Maori TV’s Native Affairs show has been engaged in some impressive investigative journalism.
Last night it presented the story on how the Maori Party arranged a fundraiser at the Northern Club at $5,000 a head with John Key as the guest of honour. For this price guests were promised a confidential chat with the PM. It is a sign of how far the Maori Party leaders have drifted from Maoridom that they should rely on an exorbitantly priced fundraiser held at the bastion of Auckland’s corporate society and with a right wing Prime Minister as guest to fund their election campaign.
Māori Television’s analysis of the story was sharp. Paddy Gower provided compelling criticism of the event. Mike Williams clearly described the event for what it was. Holding a fundraiser in the Northern Club with John Key in attendance made it look like a National Party fundraiser rather than a Māori Party fundraiser.
In characteristic style Shane Jones has given his take on the issue. Of the Māori Party he has said:
They’re nothing more now than the prime minister’s personal kapa haka group.”
The prime minister was clearly trying to give the Maori Party a lifeline, but it was up to iwi to throw them that lifeline “not the corporate donors of the northern club.”
The event shows how close this election is going to be. National is providing life support to the Māori Party and is willing to embrace by jettisoning one or more of its MPs so that one party whose leader has not ruled out chemtrails but has ruled hour anthropogenic climate change and another party who is favourably inclined to legalise incest may be elected. And with one of its propaganda machines being under a certain amount of scrutiny things are not going well for Key. I await with interest the results of Felix Marwick’s OIA request for information about Key’s contact with Cameron Slater and David Farrar. The result has been turned down on the basis that “it would involve too much research and collation”. Has there been that much contact that the collection of the information would require too much resource to be applied? Or is it that Key is terrified of the precise nature of the links between his office and Slater being disclosed?
Māori Television has broken another important issue, that of the rather liberal spending habits with the Trust’s credit card shown by some members of the Kohanga Reo Trust. The trust’s response in banning Native Affairs Reporters from a recent press conference is appalling. The Trust needs to be brought into line. The movement is far too important to be damaged by this sort of behaviour.
Kia kaha Native Affairs and Mihirangi Forbes. Along with Suzy Ferguson from Morning Report and Felix Marwick it is good to see Journalists asking the hard questions.