Tamihere on Goff

December 6th, 2009 at 2:50 pm by David Farrar

John Tamihere writes:

LABOUR Party leader did an absolute somersault on his party’s position in regard to Foreshore and Seabed matters and Maori matters generally. …

Goff and his attack this week reflects not just a desperate man leading a desperate Party but shows the lack of integrity, credibility and leadership.

It is easy to divide a country, it is tough to unite it. Goff has embarked on a cheap, nasty direction for the Labour Party and I’m glad I’m not a member of it anymore.

You have to wonder why Parekura Horomia, Mita Ririnui and Nanaia Mahuta still remain in a Party that they know took the stick to us whenever a poll came out showing there was a difficulty to matters Maori.

The Foreshore and Seabed Legislation that we voted for is unworkable and unfair. It needs to be repealed and Goff knows that.

Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia are pro-Maori but not anti-Pakeha. Goff and his mates have taken the Maori vote for granted and whilst they can be pro-Pakeha, they are definitely now anti-Maori.

That is harsh criticism, considering it is from no Maori radical, but .

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9 Responses to “Tamihere on Goff”

  1. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    “You have to wonder why Parekura Horomia, Mita Ririnui and Nanaia Mahuta still remain in a Party..”

    Where else would they go? Who is going to hire them? They are not precisely intellectual giants, are they?

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  2. dave (988 comments) says:

    Labour Party leader Phil Goff did an absolute somersault on his party’s position in regard to Foreshore and Seabed matters and Maori matters generally

    Not just Goff – what about Horomia and Jones, who I understand approved Goff’s nationhood speech. Did they not somersault also? Is Tamihere now saying that Jones is anti Maori?

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  3. reid (16,470 comments) says:

    IMO the real seed that planted the Maori Party was not the foreshore act but Hulun’s despicable trick she played on Turia by telling her to lie down and then arranging that photograph.

    Maori don’t do humiliation and that bitchy act emotionally spurred Turia to setup the MP when she probably would not have gone to such lengths otherwise – she would have found another way within the Liarbore machinery that was already setup.

    Now it appears, Liarbore have decided to institutionalise that Great Mistake by holding their ground when they could easily have blamed it all on Hulun and reversed their support for the act and thereby moved to repair a damaged but not irreparable relationship.

    Every moment that now passes moves the Maori and Liarbore farther apart and without them, Liabore become just a blue collar worker’s party, and those people are becoming fewer and fewer as those jobs are exported to developing nations.

    Oh dear.

    It’s even more tragic that Goff did it simply to get a move in the dismal polls he’s been receiving. According to Colin Espiner today on RadioLive, that hasn’t happened according to his inside sources, so Goff’s risky move looks to have failed and has left him without much ammo for this weeks caucus discussion. Unfortunately neither Cunliffe nor Jones will be willing to take on the poisoned chalice that is the Liarbore Leader’s office, with the unbreakable hold that Key maintains in the all important Preferred Leader poll.

    Double Oh dear.

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    P.S. I can’t wait for Goff’s annual visit to Ratana. I hope he’s told the DPS he might need a double-detail this year.

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  4. serge (108 comments) says:

    “It is easy to divide a country, it is tough to unite it.” I am not sure if we can say that we as a country are divided, the maoris represent about 12% of the total population, the rest of us 78%, I was poor at maths but division would amount to 50/50,?

    Now, another fact, more and more of the 78% have no interest nor allegiance to anything maori, we have no guilt nor pangs, the mix of the 78% are becoming the lesser of the “British” and more and more from the rest of the world, in other words, we are disconnected and thus disinterested in the maoris which I believe is worse than being divided.

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  5. reid (16,470 comments) says:

    serge, I’d be very sad if what you say turns out to be the case.

    I’m a sixth generation pakeha NZ’er and I call myself a European NZ’er on the census forms because I don’t care to describe myself as pakeha since there’s a possibility as I understand it, that it means the fleas on the pigs that Cook imported.

    Whether that’s true or not I don’t really care. I just prefer to refer to my European ancestry as a mark of respect to my great great great great great ancestors.

    At the same time my ancestors that I have immediate cognisance of are all NZ’ers and that connects me to Maori in the same way that Doone described in his great poem: No man is an Island, entire of itself.

    Fact is, We [all humanity] are all connected. Whether you want to be or not, whether you like it or not, we are all connected.

    The fact is, Maori were disenfranchised and poorly treated. Regardless of whether that was done according to the mores of the time, it’s a fact and personally I think most European NZ’ers now appreciate that. As Moore has said, if we didn’t have the treaty process, we would have had to invent it, because we sure as hell need something that addresses that.

    At the same time the Maoris in a spirit of generosity have also come to the party, and from my observation, notwithstanding the minority view of brown racist motherfuckers, most have accepted the fact that the clock can’t turn back, they will never own the whole country as they used to in times past, and European technology and political connections and trade has, on balance, produced benefits that would otherwise never have occurred.

    I would be angry too, if I was living in the country that my ancestors used to own but which now has Asian street signs and where the only job my grandfather was eligible for was a rickshaw driver and where my great great grandparents were raped and slaughtered. Wouldn’t you be? Most of the country knows what happened. And we’re in the process of rectification. BTW, of course some Maori also did their fair share of raping and slaughtering as well, and recognising that is also part of the healing.

    Can such horror ever be rectified? The spirit of generosity that Maori are now displaying, given what happened, cannot be overlooked. Neither can the fact that this and the previous generation of political leaders are now genuinely dealing with it. When it started in 1984, I didn’t support it. I now accept I was ignorant of the facts and I come back to Moore.

    If we didn’t have this process, we would have to invent it.

    The fact that Goff is now attempting to play off one group against another, shows he understands humanity and humane works about as much as Hulun ever did, which is approximately 0%.

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  6. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    It’s a bit difficult to talk about Maori and Pakeha being separate races when most people identifying as Maori have at least some Pakeha blood.

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  7. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    In regards to racial divisions etc. I like the scripture that says that, ‘God made all the families of the earth from one blood’.
    If people realised that skin colour doesn’t mean squat there would be a lot less racial tension around….

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  8. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    So in New Zealand it is perfectly acceptable to be ‘pro Maori’ yet anybody who made the claim to be ‘pro white’ would immediately be labelled racist.

    When will the people of New Zealand wake up?

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