The Prime Minister has made the right call by deciding to sack Whaitiri.
The public details are not clear but it appears that Whaitiri and a staff member were involved in a physical altercation and although the details are disputed it seems that both parties agree that a physical confrontation occurred.
Labour Ministers ought to treat their staff with dignity and respect. No ifs no buts.
The decision will reinforce for Ardern a deserved reputation for toughness. She is a lot more than stardust.
The incident also exposed the right’s spray and walk away approach to trying to affect the political discourse with no more cruelly exposed tweet than this one.
— Hamish Price (@hamishpricenz) September 20, 2018
Although this one went close.
Meka is staying. Low standards set by Ardern. Weak. So Māori caucus finally standing up, but it’s to protect one of their own, not for the good of Māoridom. I hear announcement is pending.
— Paula Bennett (@paulabennettmp) September 12, 2018
And the right tried to make something about the timing. Labour was criticised for announcing something on a Friday, now they are being criticised for doing something on a Thursday …
Although National’s pollster gave it all away.
On which day of the week will the PM announce the findings of the inquiry into Meta Whaitiri's treatment of staff?
— David Farrar (@dpfdpf) September 17, 2018
It really feels like criticise by numbers.
I hope that the media notice how cynical the right is with the truth.
And for Meka the opportunity of redemption and forgiveness should always be kept open.