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English snubs kids haka

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, June 1st, 2017 - 19 comments
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There’s the fake image building via painful social media – like spaghetti pizza and walk runs – and then there’s there’s the true character moments that go genuinely viral. Video shows PM Bill English apparently ignoring kids’ haka at Pulse netball game in Wellington

A video showing Prime Minister Bill English appearing to ignore a group of Maori school children perform a haka at a netball game has sparked outrage online, with many labelling him disrespectful.

The video shows children performing in the half-time break at the Pulse vs Steel netball game in Wellington, as English seems to ignore them in favour of speaking to the person seated next to him.

He also did not appear to clap at the end of the performance.

“This is the kind of guy we have running the country . . . and who wants us to vote for him come election time,” said Teri Ross, the person who posted the video on Facebook on behalf of her friend.

The video has so far been viewed more than 42,000 times, with more than 500 shares.

Time for another fake meme to try and cover the mess Bill. I hear that dabbing is all the rage at the moment.

19 comments on “English snubs kids haka ”

  1. Carolyn_nth 1

    Can’t get the NZ Herald vid to play.

    Can play this one: on TVNZ site.

    English appears to be gesticulating and haranguing some poor woman with his words of wisdom.

  2. esoteric pineapples 2

    For once in my life I feel like leaping to Bill English’s defence. Sometimes we expect too much from our leaders. No one should be expected to do the perfect thing every time. I doubt he was consciously snubbing them, which would be a completely different matter. If I was in the middle of an interesting conversation, I would be focusing on that as well, rather than what was going on around me.

    • I agree with esoteric. Sniping at Bill English at every opportunity comes across as lame, especially over trivialities; how he holds the bat, where his attention was during a haka. Sure, criticise him for his actual failings as a Prime Minister, rather than trying to undermine his public image just ’cause he’s on the other team. Seems more a National Party strategy, than one we should employ. Unless, of course, it’s funny, in which case, enjoy!

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        +111

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.2

        Well said Robert

        This is a sideshow. Its the decisions he makes, and his destructive plans for the future which should be our sole focus.

        It across as a bit petty and obsessive if we focus on these personality or soft media pieces.

    • weka 2.2

      I kind of agree re the sniping at every little thing, but those kids were performing a haha *for him, and he ignored them. That’s not good.

      • Andrew 2.2.1

        “but those kids were performing a haha *for him”

        No they weren’t.

        “A Netball NZ spokesman said the haka was not performed for English.
        It was organised some time ago and was the regular half-time entertainment for the game.”

    • Planet Earth 2.3

      Bill English probably doesn’t need you to defend him, esoteric p, but you are correct – this election will be won or lost on trust and policies, not on weak complaints that the PM didn’t pay sufficient attention to the half-time entertainment at the netball. if he’d focused on the “kids haka” (sic), we’d be reading about him snubbing the voter sitting next to him who wanted a word!

    • Carolyn_nth 2.4

      Possibly you are correct.

      But it does mark a difference between Key and English. Key was aware of being on stage and performing most of the time. English is sluggish in front of the media and in public.

      The Nats electoral success has had a lot to do with key’s media savvy performance, plus Crosby Textor manipulations. The wheels seem to be coming off.

  3. mauī 3

    I think the setting is important. At a half-time break of an event people are mostly doing their own thing, i.e. taking a break from proceedings. Although from the video it does look like most of the crowd is watching and paying attention. So that puts Bill out of step.

    If he had snubbed a haka when he’s in the same room and at a formal occasion then it’s a totally different story.

  4. Those kids probably considered doing their haka in front of the pm as being quite a big thing. We know English is culturally impaired but imo this WAS disrespectful and par for the course for this most useless of PMs.

    • Well , whether he did or did not ignore them – this is the same man that has been ignoring large numbers of New Zealanders for a very long time both children and adults.

      And we already know the destructive results of his neo liberal fundamentalism, and that he was the driving force behind that embarrassment John Key for the last 9 years,… so…

      If the cap fits ,… wear it.

  5. Hmmmm…it might be good to check out Bill’s involvement with learning te reo Māori and compare his efforts with the other Pākehā Nat MPs before we get too carried away. Kia tūpato e hoa ma.

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