Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has accepted Disability Minister Tariana Turia and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples’ challenge to a street race to settle the Supercity Maori Advisory Board dispute. Standing beside his customised Crown limo, the Kupapa II, Sharples said “we called on Rodney to resign as he promised but he won’t. So we’re taking this battle to the streets”.
It is understood that the race will be split into several stages including a sprint section on the near-empty ‘Holiday Highway’ and an ‘off-road’ stage around quake-damaged Avonside. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has confirmed he has no plans to get the roads repaired before the race or, indeed, at all.
A Community Max scheme in South Auckland has employed 1,000 people to line the route of that stage to pretend to be fans. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has defended the initiative. Smiling falsely, she said: ” Actually, you know, I understand it’s really hard to get a job but you’ve actually just got to keep on trying. This programme will actually give young people an opportunity to really learn vital workplace skills like standing around pointless for ages, cheering when everyone else does, and pretending to care what your betters are doing”.
Attempts were made to contact Prime Minister John Key for comment but he was too busy spitting on the unemployed.