Interview the leaders V: Maori Party

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, April 21st, 2008 - 39 comments
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Even amateur, part-time bloggers sometimes make mistakes, and last week we didn’t send Clark her questions until Wednesday, rather than Monday, due to a miscommunication between ourselves. So, we extended her deadline to this Wednesday. We’ll post her replies when we get them. In the meantime, here are the questions to ACT’s Rodney Hide that we chose from your suggestions. We promise to remember to send these ones.

The general question remains:

Of which of your achievements in politics are you most proud?

For the two other questions we’ve gone with r0b’s question:

Do you believe that the Earth’s climate is warming? If it is, is the warming dangerous? if it is dangerous, what does ACT believe we should do about it?

and Burt’s question:

Would ACT implement tax deductibility for private health and education fees in recognition that by purchasing these services privately tax payers are funding the public system that they do not use

While we haven’t been able to cover everything you asked we have emailed Hide a link to the questions post so he can have a look at your issues. We’re expecting to post his answers on Monday April 28.

In the meantime, our next leader is the Maori Party’s Tariana Turia. You can place your questions for her in the comments section of this post. Reminder: tough but fair.

39 comments on “Interview the leaders V: Maori Party”

  1. r0b 1

    Assuming that the Maori Party holds the balance of power after the next election, how will you decide which major party (National or Labour) to choose to lead the government? Will you follow your usual practice and consult with your supporters, or if not, what other process will you use?

  2. Daveo 2

    Why did you oppose foreign maritime workers being paid a higher minimum wage?

  3. Rebel Heart 3

    What place do Asians have in NZ?

  4. Freelander 4

    Welfare dependency has been a concern of Maori political leaders since Maui Pomare’s day. Is it a priority for you? And how would you get Maori off benefits?

  5. Daveo 5

    Having an ethnic-based party makes a lot of sense when faced with a dominant settler majority often hostile to indigenous rights, but how do you intend to address the fundamental economic and class contradictions inherent in drawing support from both powerful Maori business interests and the large Maori working class?

  6. Sam Dixon 6

    Maori are not homogenous and they do not all have the same economic interests. How does the Maori Party chose whether to represent the interests of the Maori elite and Maori-owned business or the Maori poor?

    actaully, pretty much what Daveo says, and he says it very well.

  7. Billy 7

    Hey, Daveo, I had no idea you were a settler. I haven’t bumped into one of them since the late nineteenth century. When did your boat arrive? Have you finished clearing your block with your oxen train? Do you have any kauri gum for sale?

  8. And once again Billy substitutes inane humour for well thought-out debate…

    My question to Tariana is what did she think of the Kiwi/Iwi billboards?

  9. Steve Pierson 9

    Billy. This is a settler-state, just like the American countries and Australia are. anglo-celtic settlers have created a state, subsuming the previously existing tribal governance. nothing contraversial in that statement.

  10. Macky 10

    to Turia: how can we create a justice system that is responsive to Maori culture without violating the principle that all should be equal before the law and the law should apply equally to all?

  11. higherstandard 11

    1. Few “full and final’ settlements have been made through The Waitangi Tribunal, and only Ngai Tahu. and of late, Tainui, seem to have handled their settlements efficiently what do you believe the major causes are for this very slow progress.

    2. Maori are over represented in a number of concerning statistics in both the justice and health areas how would the Maori party propose to address these areas.

    3. Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Peter Buck warned in the 1930s that Maori would be destroyed by easy welfare do you agree of disagree, why ?

    4. A large percentage of all Maori children are now born to women outside of a stable partnership; many grow up not knowing who their fathers are, would the Maori party seek to address this issue if not why not.

    5. Can you envisage a NZ when there is no need for Maori seats in parliamanent ?

  12. Phil 12

    “Assuming that the Maori Party holds the balance of power after the next election, how will you decide which major party (National or Labour) to choose to lead the government? Will you follow your usual practice and consult with your supporters, or if not, what other process will you use” –

    That’s too easy a question r0b! plus, I think we already know the answer…

    A better way to put it would be;

    ” If the result on election night is such that Labour cannot form a workable government that includes the Maori Party, but National can, would you enter into an agreement to that effect?
    If so, what do you believe Maori Party supporters would expect you to achieve from such government? ”

    (re-wording suggestions welcome)

  13. djp 13

    in the second question you should have added “If yes do you think it is caused by human activity” or some such thing… that part is crucial otherwise you could be leaving him wiggle room (btw I hope he says NO 🙂

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Phil – I disagree with your interpretation of that question, it discounts the possibility of MP working with Labour (and, conversely, tacitly assumes that this can happen). Maybe I’ve missed something, but I wouldn’t have a clue as to the answer to r0b’s question!

    I would ask “If the Maori vote strongly favours Labour, as it did in the last election, will you be able to work with the party your constituents indicate as their first choice? If not, do you see your party working with National, and what do you believe Maori Party supporters would expect you to achieve from such government?”

    It would be good to include r0b’s point about consultation in there too, thoug a triple-barrelled question is a tad excessive.

  15. gobsmacked 15

    Before the last election, you told voters that you would not support National under Don Brash.

    For example, on September 7 2005, on your Stuff.co.nz blog, you said: “A vote for a Maori candidate gives more value to Maori: it means more Maori in Parliament and will keep National out.”

    After the election, you decided to support Don Brash on confidence and supply.

    So why would anybody believe you this time?

  16. r0b 16

    All rewording suggestions welcome of course. The point of my question was to establish if the MP would “consult their supporters” in deciding who to go with in government.

    It’s not a “tough” question, but I think the answer could be very significant. If they are committed to supporting the party preferred by their supporters then at this stage it appears to rule National out. And if they are not making such a commitment it’s a very telling break with their standard practice.

  17. Steve Pierson 17

    djp.. arguably whether or not climate change is man-made (which i’m sure we agree it is) doesn’t affect whether we should want to prevent it’s negative consequences – just whether or not we are able to do so.

  18. Rocket Boy 18

    You guys are all too polite, ask Tariana if ‘her dislike for Helen Clarke is so great that given the choice she would support the National Party into power over Labour’.

    Also ask her ‘Why in an MMP parliament do we still need the Maori seats?’ and ‘When the Asian population is greater than the Maori population in New Zealand will they get their own seats?’

    Seems to me that the Maori Party are on course to win 7 seats in the next parliament with only 3% of the popular vote, hardly seems like democracy to me.

  19. principessa 19

    Will you make repealing the ForeShore and Seabed Act a condition of coalition?

    Are there any other issues you would likely make as part of a coalition deal?

  20. Billy 20

    Steve, I have settled nothing.

  21. Billy – you seem to have settled for so little.

  22. Billy 22

    And once again ‘sod substitutes inane humour for well thought-out debate

  23. Baby you’re the right-wing ying to my manly and virile left-wing yang…

    Oh and you’ll see I’ve actually managed to ask a proper question in this thread, billy – so far you’ve not.

  24. Billy 24

    Yeah ‘sod. Everyone really appreciates your valuable contributions here.

    Let’s see, working backwards:

    1. You attacked me.
    2. You attacked me.
    3. You attacked me and asked that patsy question you are so proud of.
    4. You attacked Mawgxxxxiv
    5. You attacked John Key (yawn)
    6. You attacked First Time Caller
    7. You attacked Hoolian
    8. You attacked Santi
    9. You attacked FTC
    10. You attacked Santi
    11. You attacked Absolute Power

    This is where I got bored, but I think the pattern is established.

    I am all for this. But don’t you think it is a little childish to accuse me of contributing nothing when I do the same?

  25. Tane 25

    Can you guys stop ruining our thread with your domestic?

  26. lprent 26

    I’d agree. Makes me feel a bit uncomfortable listening in on so intimate a discussion. Sounds like you need to figure out how to trade e-mails.

  27. Gooner 27

    Which other minor party do you feel the Maori Part is aligned to the closest and why?

  28. Jeez Billy – you’re right. I guess I was just in an attacky mood today…

  29. Absolute Power 29

    “attacky mood today” Is my safety assured around these parts as the rather disjointed robinsod character is a nasty piece of work?

    [lprent: Talking to me? Usually – depends what you say. You get used to the ‘sod and other assorted bod’s (left and right) around here. They are highly reactive to posts or other commentors. Eventually they get clipped, either by other more ‘responsible’ commentors, by one of the moderators, or in a more terminal mode by me. So long as it doesn’t get too far out of hand (ie incipient flamewars), we tolerate the usual disjointed blog comment acrimony until it gets too tedious. Very occassionally they actually say something interesting. Often it is a pretty good indicator for figuring out next weeks headlines.

    Been scanning your comments. From your name, comment style, and some rather obvious book promotion I suspect you’re aware of this already. I think you and ‘sod will get on quite well together.]

  30. Absolute Power 30

    Iprent , does a pit ball get on with a poodle?

    [lprent: depends on gender?]

  31. Don’t be so hard on yourself, bro. You’re not that much of a poodle…

  32. Absolute Power 32

    robinsod the come back line is rather gormless. Go to a wit doctor and get back to me. Must go ladies, such a busy schedule these days. I got another overseas interview about the book.

  33. Matthew Pilott 33

    “Pit Ball (sic)” Absolute Power?

    Christ matey, stay away from them, ‘less you want to lose an arm!

  34. Millsy 34

    My question:

    Do you accept that having our welfare system, with all its faults, is much better than than having mothers and their babies sleeping under bridges and begging on the streets?

  35. To either Pita or Tariana:

    Current National Party policy is to ‘combine’ the Maori and General Electoral rolls into one.

    Current Labour Party policy is to stand firm on the issue of the Seabed and Foreshore legislation.

    My question is, assuming that both parties take opposite stands of their opponents, which currently is my observation – do you in your role as leader of the Maori Party value long-term presence in Parliament over your party’s formative issue, or vice-versa?

    And if so, why?

  36. Draco TB 36

    It is highly likely that in the future NZ will become a republic. What do you think is necessary for this to come about?

    In regards to tino rangatiratanga why do you think Maori should be able to live under different rules than everyone else?

  37. What do you say to members of the public who find it disgusting that you are wasting tax payer dollars by calling up MP’s in Parliament who don’t pronounce Maori place names correctly.

  38. Jum 38

    Tariana Turia,

    Please tell me if you deliberately started your political training with Labour because Helen Clark was and is the best politician, but only as training because you had every intention of starting your own party, but needed the expertise first?

  39. Matthew Pilott 39

    Brett Dale, I’m sure she has nothing to say to you. Referring to yourself as ‘members of the public’ is a touch odd though.

    Actually she might call you up on apostrophe misuse, if it’s her thing.

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    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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