Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, August 2nd, 2015 - 146 comments
Categories: john key, Minister for International Embarrassment, national, Politics, same old national - Tags: te reo, te ururoa flavell
It must be the pressure is getting to him and he is getting bored as his stint as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Because John Key is doing some pretty stupid stuff.
The latest is his insulting a young 16 year old woman who asked him a perfectly reasonable question. She was left upset and embarrassed after he said her suggestion that New Zealand has a month long Maori language week would be boring. He managed to insult Maori and idealistic young people at the same time. Way to go John.
A teenage girl was “upset and embarrassed” when the Prime Minister said her suggestion of a Maori language month would be boring.
The 16-year-old asked John Key whether he would extend Maori language week, when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College, on Friday.
Key said he preferred keeping it to a week of Maori language celebrations and that people would get “bored” by a month.A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said Key’s meaning was that the celebrations may be diluted over a longer period.
She said she thought students may have misinterpeted his answer.
Classmate Trent Brown Marsh, 16, said the girl was in tears after assembly and was considering taking time off school because she felt embarrassed.
He said his friend was “basically laughed at”.
“She’s still upset. She doesn’t want to go back to school,” Brown Marsh said. “John Key made the whole school laugh in a rude way.”
Brown Marsh said he was angry that the year 12 girl was invited to talk to Key about Maori language week but then her question was “dismissed”.
“His reply was haha no. He kind of explained (his answer) but it was insensitive.
“It made me feel quite disgusted in what the leader of our country would say about New Zealand culture really, not just mine.
“I feel that my culture’s future depends on having Maori language. One week is such a short amount of time to embrace our culture.”
Coalition colleague Te Ururoa Flavell must be wondering what to do. He is quoted as saying “[i]t’s boring having to speak English most of the time”.
Thoughts of retiring to Hawaii must be getting stronger and stronger for Key. Crosby Textor will have their work cut out trying to sort this particular fiasco out.
Stand by for Cameron Slater to launch a hatchet job on the young woman.