Hon Hekia Parata

December 6th, 2010 at 4:08 pm by David Farrar

John Key has announced:

Prime Minister John Key today announced that is to be appointed a Minister in Cabinet.

“Ms Parata takes over the Ethnic Affairs and Women’s Affairs portfolios previously held by Pansy Wong. She will also be Associate Minister for ACC, of Energy and Resources and for the Community and Voluntary Sector,” Mr Key says.

Ms Parata’s role as Associate Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector follows discussions with Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Tariana Turia, who requested an associate in this portfolio. It is no longer considered necessary to have an associate in Mrs Turia’s Disability Issues portfolio.

Ms Parata will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon by Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government.

“Ms Parata has a strong background in the public service and has also been a successful businesswoman.

A well deserved promotion, and I predict Hekia will shine as a Minister.

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33 Responses to “Hon Hekia Parata”

  1. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    So National is not only racist but also sexist. There is no need for a Ministry of Womins Affairs.

    If women want equality they will have to give up a few rights and privileges.

    ACT is the answer for those who beleive in one law for all.

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  2. jaba (2,117 comments) says:

    I wonder what Faafoi thinks

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  3. Rex Widerstrom (5,342 comments) says:

    I too predict she’ll make an excellent Minister.

    So the question must be asked, why did Key and the National powerbrokers allow her rise to be blocked by an incompetent out-of-her-depth dullard (with a rather liberal attitude to other people’s money) and only promote Hekia when the dullard actually did something wrong (as opposed to years of simply doing nothing).

    I’ll give you a three word hint: the answer include “pandering” and “ethnic group”.

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  4. m@tt (624 comments) says:

    ACT is the answer for those who beleive in one law for all.

    Unless you happen to be Maori with a foreshore property

    I trust Ms Parata will be given a little more freedom than Pansy to pursue her portfolios.

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  5. northern (44 comments) says:

    Fantastic news – well deserved by Hekia! @jaba: who cares what Faafoi thinks? He doesn’t seem to think much at all! Hekia’s promotion – following her tremendous byelection success – will bring more focus on the Mana electorate, which Labour and many others have wrongly seen as crime-ridden and poverty-stricken. The byelection result proves it’s time to recognise most people here are upwardly mobile and aspirational, ready to vote National in increasing numbers.

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  6. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    “Unless you happen to be Maori with a foreshore property”

    No one regardless of race owns the seabed at present. I assume you support racist legislation that will give the seabed to one racial group.

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  7. dave (987 comments) says:

    Horowhenua, Mana, and Ohariu is now ministerial skid row..

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  8. OctagonGrappler (84 comments) says:

    Will Ethnic Affairs still be retained in 2050 when we have an asian/pacifica/maori majority,and when 90% of University grads will be women will they continue with wimmins ministry or maybee a mens one.

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  9. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    “I trust Ms Parata will be given a little more freedom than Pansy to pursue her portfolio.”

    Are yo suggesting the ineffective and out-of-her-depth Pansy Wong was constrained? I cannot think of anything other than her own limited abilities.

    She was not up to the task, and was dishonest too. Good riddance.

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  10. KiwiGreg (3,246 comments) says:

    ” I predict Hekia will shine as a Minister.”

    How? Given all her “Ministries” are entirely irrelevant.

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  11. Rex Widerstrom (5,342 comments) says:

    Manolo: +1

    Key has many faults; constraining his team isn’t one of them. People have been allowed to show unexpected talent and depth even when it’s been to National’s disadvantage (e.g. Lockwood Smith), and conversely been allowed to make a mess of things and been expected to fix it themselves without Key running interference for them (which admittedly helps gives rise to the “relaxed about everything” meme).

    Where National did fail Wong was in selling her as some sort of “special envoy for Asians” which appeared to give her the impression that she didn’t need to take her portfolios seriously. The sooner politics in NZ stops pandering to special interests – whether that be on the basis of their race, their possession of a vagina or anything else – and treats all its citizens equally, the quicker we can expect all our politicians to devote their attention to all of us, and not just the narrowly defined voting demographic to which they’re assigned.

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  12. edhunter (533 comments) says:

    Congrats to Parata, but I cant help but feel that unless Pansy does the honourable thing & fall on her sword & resign from parliament forthwith poor Hekia…heck the whole National party will become tainted much as labour was tainted by the Taito scandal. Headlines like this are going to continue to appear:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4422522/Husband-billed-taxpayer-for-100-000-of-air-travel

    And where there’s smoke there’s fire & I can’t help but feel that the whitewash/swept under the carpet enquiry that cleared her & hubby will soon be revealed as having as many holes as swiss cheese

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  13. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    I wonder if the Minister of Ethnic Affairs and Women’s Affairs will still require several trips to China every year.

    On a side note why the heck were these ministries even retained? How much larger was the deficit than expected, shouldn’t we be chopping back govt spending to absolutely necessary things?

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  14. Steve (4,538 comments) says:

    Good. As Associate Minister for ACC, Hekia Parata may be more responsive. I have had nothing from Nick Smith in the past 20 months and fuck all from Pansy Wong other than ” It would be inapropiate to comment at this time” both useless

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  15. kiwi in america (2,495 comments) says:

    ed hunter
    How on earth can you equate Field’s blatant, corrupt and systematic breaches of the law that landed him in jail with a single proven travel abuse incident that cost the taxpayer $500 (since repaid)? Im not excusing Wong and her Ministerial resignation was absolutely essential but there is no moral equivalence between what the two MPs did.

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  16. Dave Mann (1,200 comments) says:

    I can’t help wondering when they will establish a ministry of white men’s affairs…

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  17. Dave Mann (1,200 comments) says:

    Oh hang on…. White guys are ethnic too aren’t they? Or do they have no known ethnicity at all?
    I’m confused now…

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  18. Dave Mann (1,200 comments) says:

    … But there IS a ministry of men’s affairs… right?

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  19. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    With the govt forced into tighter fiscal constraints on account of larger than forecast deficits .. maybe it’s time to cut some of these govt affairs .. along with the Ministers.

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  20. tvb (4,307 comments) says:

    There is no need to have a Ministry of White men. They dominate all the most important jobs in this Government as they have dominated in all previous Governments.

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  21. Rich Prick (1,647 comments) says:

    Excellent and inspired promotion … but if only for a very brief moment, I hope. The portfolios are pathetic, and are ones I would get rid of as a complete waste of money. I would like to see her quickly promoted to more senior post, at Bennett or Collings level, now that would be a hat-trick of very capable women.

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  22. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    tvb, obviously there would never be a Ministry of White men. However, there is as must justification for a Ministry of Men’s Affairs as there is a Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Personally I would like to see neither but as I said in an earlier post if woman want complete equality they would have to give up a few rights and privileges. The women in the last Labour government showed they were not prepared to. They voted against Muriel Newman’s Shared Parenting Bill.

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  23. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    How on earth can you equate Field’s blatant, corrupt and systematic breaches of the law that landed him in jail with a single proven travel abuse incident that cost the taxpayer $500 (since repaid)? Im not excusing Wong and her Ministerial resignation was absolutely essential but there is no moral equivalence between what the two MPs did.

    oh that’s easy…

    ZERO FUCKING TOLERANCE !!!

    moral equivalence ???…she ripped off the system and allowed her husband to do it as well. The actual amount doesn’t matter. the morality of it is, she and her husband are proven thieves, liars and cheats.

    given the same rigourous investigation Taito was put through i’m sure the Wongs would come up well short and find themselves in jail as well.

    just cos Huge McPhailure couldn’t “find” the evidence doesn’t mean the Wong’s weren’t blatantly and systematically ripping off parliamentary privilege for their own commercial business purposes and defrauding the taxpayer.

    You’d have to be a total fuckwit to think that wasn’t happening.

    but you know what Kiwi in America. If you ain’t here in NZ paying your dues and taxes then your opinion ain’t worth shit !!!

    RE : Parata…I’d swap her Womens portfolio with Georgina TeHeu Heu and give her PI Affairs. Maybe even combine PI and Ethnic and Womens ministries to make the Ministry for Non White Eurocentric Males.

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  24. BeaB (2,103 comments) says:

    Umbrellas up. Pollywog’s frothing again.

    Good to see Hekia uses her own name, not her husband’s title.

    And, boys, you may not have your very own ministry but you do run most of them as well as the boardrooms of the nation and the main corporates and the armed forces and the police so it’s not a bad trade-off.

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  25. tvb (4,307 comments) says:

    I am disappointed the headlines are about other colleagues being disappointed rather than this merit appointment. In the by-election Hekia Parata got support deep into Labour’s core vote which if translated to the National stage will reduce the Labour Party to an irrelevant rump for many many years. So of course it makes sense to promote Hekia to the “shop window” for National. Let the disappointed ones (if they are briefing the press) demonstrate how THEY will grow National’s vote. Let that be the first question in the interview for a Cabinet job. But I would like her to get a big portfolio after the election – education???

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  26. KevinH (1,191 comments) says:

    Hekia Parata deserves her promotion to Cabinet, she has got the credentials and talent to excel into the future with the National Party. Hekia also presents as a possibly high ranking M.P. going into a post election reshuffle in 2011 and there are a couple of rolls she could fill that are presently occupied.

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  27. Paulus (2,589 comments) says:

    Hekia has an excellent future in politics in New Zealand.

    Cannot believe the media made up story that other senior National MP’s were disappointed with her appointment. They know sensibly to keep their own councel as a General Election is only 11 months away. Typical media stirrers trying to make a story (as uusual – media outlets are only there to sell news/gossip for ratings and money).

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  28. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    “And, boys, you may not have your very own ministry but you do run most of them as well as the boardrooms of the nation and the main corporates and the armed forces and the police so it’s not a bad trade-off.”

    So who is “you”? Because of alleged and unproven sexism you that allow a very small minority of men to hold very high paying jobs that justifies a sexist Ministry or Wommin’s Affairs. It only looks where women meant to be disadvantaged. If women want equality which they have in law unlike men they should be prepared to accept equality. Many feminist like radical Maori will never be satisfied.

    The Ministry of Wommin’s Affairs is sexist and creates disharmony between the sexes as the Maori Affairs does between the races. It is time they were both abolished.

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  29. BeaB (2,103 comments) says:

    Sorry, Chuck Bird, I can’t follow what you are saying. What on earth is a Wommin? I have never met one fortunately so have never detected any ‘disharmony between the sexes’.
    Why are you living in such an unhappy world? Perhaps it’s just too hard having to see all these uppity women and Maoris who don’t know their place. So different from the good old days for the good old boys.

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  30. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Umbrellas up. Pollywog’s frothing again.

    my logic is impeccable…

    ZERO FUCKING TOLERANCE…BeaB…ZERO FUCKING TOLERANCE !!!

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  31. kiwi in america (2,495 comments) says:

    pollywog
    I never saw you on this blog condemning Philip Field’s corruption but you seem impelled to comment on Pansy Wong’s. If you have evidence you think McPhail has missed, perhaps you ought to enlighten the police.

    For your information I own companies in NZ and those companies pay tax – probably more tax than you pay so I would suggest you pull your head in. Your foul language and ad hominem attacks demean you, this blog and do nothing to advance your cause.

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  32. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    “Why are you living in such an unhappy world? Perhaps it’s just too hard having to see all these uppity women and Maoris who don’t know their place. ”

    BeaB. I just object to my taxes funding whinging allegedly oppressed groups be they Maori, homosexuals or hairy legged feminists. If these groups want to lobby government they should do so with there own money not mine.

    I also object to my money funding government adverts that denigrate men particualrly in the area of domestic violence. If a man injures or kills a child he is condemned and rightfully so. If a women dumps a new born baby in a rubbish bin we her calls for her to be re-bonded with the baby.

    Fortunately most I mix with are not hairy legged feminist.

    I am glad to see the women in the ACT Party see that Wimmin’s Affairs has passed its use by date like the special Maori seats.

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  33. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    pollywog
    I never saw you on this blog condemning BLAH BLAH BLAH

    I own companies in NZ and those companies BLAH BLAH BLAH

    Your foul language and ad hominem attacks BLAH BLAH BLAH

    BLAH BLAH BLAH…ZERO FUCKING TOLERANCE MUTHAFUCKA !!!

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