Ratana

January 23rd, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

But it took only one surprise sentence from a kaumatua speaking on the marae to indicate that while Labour leader Phil Goff will have the crowds when he appears tomorrow, he could face a more difficult time.

Joe Everett, a morehu ( follower), noted the long connections the Church has with Labour but then said that since becoming Prime Minister, had abided by his promises to the Maori people.

“In the short time you have been in power, you have done so much more than others have done for the Maori people.”

The overt praise and implicit criticism of the previous Labour government made it clear the Church followers at least are openly reconsidering their alliance with Labour.

Church elder Andre Meihana said Mr Goff could well face criticism over the controversial speech he gave last year, as well as what some saw as a failure by Labour to foster its close ties with the Church over the past five years.

I thought Key might get some stick for not agreeing to Maori seats on the Auckland Council, but that seems to be an agree to disagree issue.

And the Dom Post:

Mr Key opened his speech by joking about flowerpots at the marae – six were blue and four were red.

“I like that. Don’t go changing that when the other fellow [Labour leader Phil Goff] turns up on Sunday.”

He said his almost exclusive focus this year was to improve educational standards in the country, “so that every child in New Zealand gets the opportunity to succeed in life”.

Of course Labour and the educational unions are against having national standards and reporting to parents on them.

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10 Responses to “Ratana”

  1. dave (821 comments) says:

    I think that “one surprise sentence” is the most significant statement since the Ratana/Labour alliance in the 1930s, in terms of Ratana’s political support. Goffs speech, and Ratana’s response, will be interesting.

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  2. Redbaiter (11,880 comments) says:

    ” He said his almost exclusive focus this year was to improve educational standards in the country, “so that every child in New Zealand gets the opportunity to succeed in life”.”

    Well good for Key. Talk is cheap though. I await the outcomes.

    “In the short time you have been in power, you have done so much more than others have done for the Maori people.”

    All of it negative. In spite of what Turia and Pita think, promoting separatism does not help any NZer, Maori or otherwise. The best thing John Key could do for Maori is stop granting them special favours. Them or any racial group for that matter.

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  3. Razork (375 comments) says:

    Watch it again and you’ll see that Key actually said

    ““I like that. Don’t go changing that when the other fulla turns up on Sunday, A?.”

    Sounded like an extra from “Once were Warriors”.
    And the crowd loved him for it. Classic.

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  4. Countess (150 comments) says:

    Key says “…exclusive focus this year was to improve educational standards in the country”

    What ever happened to the jobs ? We know how his focus on improving the economy and reducing unemployment went last year .

    One jobs summit and he was over it.

    Victory over the recession has been declared!

    Thats all we need now, an ‘education PM’

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  5. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    DPF: parents already receive a plethora of reports, and Tolley has conceded this earlier (although she keeps forgetting that; maybe too much time in Bellamy’s!)

    Why do you want to dumb down our system?

    [DPF: COnsistency is not dumbing down. It is saying all parents at a minimum will have a clear report that states whether their child is under, at or exceeds the expected numeracy and literacy for their age. Schools can report whatever info they want on top of that.

    In 2012 they will also start reporting this info centrally. But the purpose will e to then deliver extra funding and support to those students not meeting the expected standards of numeracy and literacy so we don’t have so many kids leaving school unable to read and write and do maths]

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  6. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    John Key had abided by his promises to the Maori people.

    “In the short time you have been in power, you have done so much more than others have done for the Maori people.”

    why ??!! why do Governments continue to pander to this one race ?? why do they deserve more ?? FFS someone please enlighten me !

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  7. calendar girl (1,258 comments) says:

    Countess @ 11:11am: “Key says “…exclusive focus this year was to improve educational standards in the country”

    Funny how you have dropped the qualifying word “almost” from its position immediately preceding “exclusive” in the quote. I hope, Countess, that you’re not deliberately trying to misrepresent Key’s reported statement before you give us the benefit of your exceptionally insightful commentary. (Personally I find it difficult to reach any other conclusion.)

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  8. Inventory2 (9,371 comments) says:

    Countess misrepresenting John Key?

    Is the Pope a Catholic?

    Do big, brown bears shit in the woods?

    Are the Kennedys gunshy?

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  9. Yvette (2,757 comments) says:

    The one ‘surprise sentence’ : “In the short time you have been in power, you have done so much more than others have done for the Maori people.” as I heard it in a news bulletin, was actually : ” . . . so much more than others have done for the Maori Party” then amidst considerable laughter, Joe Everett corrected himself to ” . . . for the Maori people!”

    He had it right the first time.

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  10. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I’m not sure why Labour and now the Nats give the Ratana folk so much focus .. the bloke is a “prophet” whatever the fk they are AND who gives a shit what they think more than any other section of society .. will Labour and the Nats turn up to a Brian .. opps BISHOP Brian Tamaki sermon once a year in future???

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