The plastic waka

April 6th, 2011 at 10:15 am by David Farrar

Martin Kay at the Dom Post reports:

Labour MP has hit out at plans for a giant $2 million taxpayer-funded plastic waka to promote Maori during the Rugby World Cup.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei is getting $1.8m of Government funding to create the giant waka as part of Auckland’s world cup celebrations.

The canoe will be 60 metres long and almost 15 metres high.

The hapu will contribute $100,000 for the project, which was estimated to cost $1,988,000, and will then own it after it is built. The waka would be used to promote “brand Maori” during the Rugby World Cup and other international events, hapu trustee Ngarimu Blair said.

Jones said the ”blow-up waka” risked exposing Maori to ridicule and smacked of last-minute desperation to get Maori involved in the tournament’s celebrations.

Jones, who is contesting Maori Party co-leader and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples’ Tamaki Makaurau seat this year, said the only thing Maori wanted to see from the world cup was All Blacks Piri Weepu and Hosea Gear holding the trophy aloft.

I have to say I’m with Shane Jones on this one.

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40 Responses to “The plastic waka”

  1. fizzleplug (72 comments) says:

    What muppet approved that?

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  2. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    A plastic waka – a perfect symbol to represent their plastic “culture”…but with $2 million up for grabs, everything that is otherwise so precious can be prostituted to line their pockets. Thankfully it isn’t some dirty white motherf*ckers doing it – then it would be the crime of the century.

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  3. callumb (2 comments) says:

    Couldnt they just get some AirNZ plastic tiki’s to give out?

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  4. 2boyz (266 comments) says:

    I think it’s all really about Maori ™ Limited and when it comes to money making ventures, The plastic Waka will symbolise our struggle against the Pakeha colonialist oppressors and that will be $20 for entry thanks.

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  5. Manolo (14,078 comments) says:

    It seems to be an open contribution to Sharples’ re-election fund. A disgraceful pandering to the racist Maori Party and all it represents.

    Who authorised and signed off on this dirty deal?

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  6. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    This is an outrage!!!! – how could anyone be allowed to make a waka out of plastic.

    Those great boats that bought the warriors (in truth ejected misfits, criminals and miscreants) from across the sea can only be made from Totara so Ive been told (wonder what the original ones were made of – no totara in the islands….)

    Just another exhibition of tribal stupidity and greed

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  7. backster (2,185 comments) says:

    Disgraceful waste. There will be enrichment of a few, kickbacks aplenty, no tenders for its construction. Why can’t they use Labour’s similar piece of extravaganza the giant Rugby Ball that’s coloured brown and could have a few paste on tattoos on it for the cup period.It’s the price of this useless MMP system.

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,260 comments) says:

    “The hapu will contribute $100,000 for the project, which was estimated to cost $1,988,000, and will then own it after it is built.”

    My favourite part.

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  9. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    I’m with DPF and Shane Jones on this one too. What a waste. Surely the $1.8 that is coming from TPK could be put to better use? There is the small issue of the earthquake in Chch that needs govt attention and could certainly do with the cash.

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  10. smttc (763 comments) says:

    Bullshit. It is a storm in a teacup. All the muppets who sent in txt messages to Moaning Report this morning complaining didn’t even appreciate it isn’t a waka at all but rather a site or pavillion for the display of authentic Maori culture. And I understand from listening to Nine to Noon that the sketch looks pretty impressive. Shane Jones is just being a shit stirring pompous git – as usual. I beat Maori just love him.

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  11. OTGO (565 comments) says:

    But the treaty is a partnership between two peoples. Yeah right! If that was the case we would’ve gone halves.

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  12. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    The marginal benefit of the ornament is close to zero. We would be just as happy without it.

    The government should not be funding this or things like this.

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  13. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    The pavillion is a great idea, showcasing Maori culture to tourists during the RWC. The price of the pavillion which is portable represents excellent value for money in comparison to the large spends the govt has committed to in boosting tourism in the past in particular to the millions spent already with the RWC in securing and promoting the Cup internationally.

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  14. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Apparently the thing is proposed to be made out of PVC – the worst possible plastic. Toxic is its production, and toxic in its disposal. Government should be trying to phase out the use of this nasty substance, not promote it.

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  15. dc (144 comments) says:

    Well we spent $2 million to build a giant plastic rugby ball, and another $9 million flying it around the world, with fairly dismal results. But I agree with smttc, it doesn’t look that bad for the money.

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  16. trout (945 comments) says:

    The inflated rugby ball was an excellent symbol of NZ sport; it fitted well with tourist and trade promotion in the locations it was erected. A great idea. $11mill (if that is what it cost) was money well spent.
    The plastic whaka is something else; it is unlikely to be completed on time (the site, on one of the wharves apparently, has not yet been secured) and the potential owners have already said they cannot afford to store it or cover the upkeep (more money please) after the RWC.

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  17. wat dabney (3,811 comments) says:

    If anyone knows anything about spunking taxpayers’ money up the wall it is Shane Jones.

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  18. Chris R (70 comments) says:

    As long as it floats away on the tide with the occupants, never to be seen again….

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  19. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    For me to agree with anything that appurtains to Shane “Porno” Jones is surprising, but I do.

    Bloody ridiculous, when so many in Christchurch are in serious financial trouble.

    We are reconsidering our votes come November and have emailed our local MP (Cabinet Minister), showing disgust. What happens to this plastic “dildo” after the cup: can I burst it, or is it a new Maori, paid for by taxpayers, “Idle”.

    This has got to stop, not to stay with the Clark days, which is now becoming apparent with our Government. I voted and worked hard to get rid of this kind of situation.

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  20. william blake (109 comments) says:

    …and the penises spending the other $267,000,000?

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  21. Mark (1,493 comments) says:

    Shane Jones has got this right. What a bloddy nonsense this is. Given the government are cutting costs at every opportunity what the hell are they thinking here.

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  22. LiberalismIsASin (290 comments) says:

    For 2million couldn’t they have just bought a real one from a museum? Just shows that when it comes to frittering money away on pointless pc bollix that national are no different from the other lot.

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  23. Sofia (869 comments) says:

    “Sharples defended Government funding of the waka. He said a business plan would be drawn up to identify ways to generate revenue from the waka and offset the cost.”

    Why bother PIta? Haven’t apparently needed a fucking plan so far have you …
    But at least you won’t have the problem that Waiwhetu and Wellington [or is it Petone] Council have over who owns it, and since it is housing in itself, it won’t need to fit in a building that is too short to house it. The idiot pakeha are learning from their mistakes – bloody slowly, I know … but learning …

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  24. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    I believe it was a leader of this hapu on Q&A some time back boasting how they had turned $5 million into $400 million. How? According to the Office of Treaty Settlements they have not even had a Treaty settlement. I understand they own a lot of residential housing in a very desirable area of Auckland. Could it be that they are scoring big time from that interesting scheme whereby the Professional Maoris get dibs on buying “surplus” gummint properties? In the case of Ngai Tahu (at least) forever. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to find out the prices paid and the actual value of these so-called surplus properties and now assume it is another massive scam paid for by us poor taxpayers.

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  25. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    Don’t complain about it folks- you elected these morons

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  26. Manolo (14,078 comments) says:

    Shame on Labour lite for condoning this fraud.
    Yes, when comes to bend over to racist Maori iwi and beneficiaries of the generous gravy train, the National Party is no different than its socialist predecessor.

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  27. KiwiGreg (3,260 comments) says:

    For those who think this, or the giant rugby ball, were great value for money, what actual facts do you have other than the PR bumpf that was put out.

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  28. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Utterly moronic!
    If it had been athe authentic timber deal, then maybe. But plastic????
    Lets give it to the Chinese to make at a tenthy the price under the new trade deal, and give the saving to the taxpayers of Christchurch.
    Another sign of too many MPs, with too much time to dream up ways to spend my earnings.

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  29. KH (695 comments) says:

    Plastic Waka. If it’s a great idea – I’m not against it. But let those who say so who say so write the cheque.
    The problem is government, sorry taxpayer, is the sucker who is paying for it.
    What is the influence on that one by the MPs who will get to go to the games free and get free food and beer.

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  30. kiwigunner (230 comments) says:

    Cut the public service, raise GST, stop emergency benefits for Earthquake victims, but pay $2m for a plastic waka – seems reasonable – another success story for John Key and the National Party and its coalition partners!

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  31. thedavincimode (6,877 comments) says:

    Good to see that there are so many tourism marketing experts out there and that the criticism has nothing to do with the fact that its a Maori initiative per se. And yes, taxpayers should retain ownership after the cup; we could put it … ummm … at the … ummm .. or maybe the ummmm … yes of course, on top of the main stand at Eden Park; no no no, – we could sell it on TradeMe. Whew!!

    Interesting that Shane Jones criticised it partly because it was “blow-up”. No doubt Shane has expertise when it comes to inflatable PVC articles given his cinematic preferences. Good to see an MP taking a stand on an issue in respect of which he has right hand experience.

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  32. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Heh, jesus what a bunch of whining liberals, if you had any balls you would be calling for the world cup to be dumped and that money used to help rebuild a major city that is in fucking ruins.
    But no, you all want to be whining socialists.

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  33. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    GOH – a lot are. Look at the JAFAS, up to their eyeballs with RWC now and moaning that they have to pay extra.

    OH WELL!

    Perhaps it will end up just like a rusting HQ Holden on someones front yard after the RWC.

    Wasn’t there a website set-up prior to the last election, totalling up money wasted on the Labour Government’s frivolous schemes? Can someone start one up for the Nats please?

    PS: who is the new Waste Master General now?

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  34. RightNow (7,012 comments) says:

    toad: “PVC – the worst possible plastic”

    Depends who’s wearing it.

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  35. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    “Sharples… ..said a business plan would be drawn up to identify…”

    Why bother PIta?

    He’s creating employment.
    “Wanted: Crony of Maori elite for quick and easy business plan write-up. Must be proficient in buzzwords such as taonga, manaakitanga and tikanga. Paid handsomely with plenty of perks. Business plan success not required. Apply at local marae.”

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  36. kowtow (8,784 comments) says:

    National are bloody hopeless,giving good public money over for this tackey tourist venture.It is also clearly going to one small group,an iwi or hapu ,whatever that is.

    Shane would be saying this was marrvelous if he weren’t in oppo.All hypocrites.

    Why is 15% (Maori) being used to show case New Zealand culture. This Maorification of NZ is bullshit and unrepresentatve.

    What a waste of tax payers money, and so is the RWC. Tax and rate payers subsidising hotel and bar owners!

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  37. Manolo (14,078 comments) says:

    Double Dipton English has been found again! He didn’t know if the contract for the waka was out for tneder or not.

    The poor minister of Finance and former Labour lite leader is a national disgrace as waste master supreme.

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  38. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    I wonder how big the ‘Made In China’ stamp will be?

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  39. Slethaby (1 comment) says:

    This is becoming an embarrassment to this country. All this does is emphasis the indifference between the gold digging Maori at the “top” (you know who you are) and the GOOD Maori at the bottom, the indifference between the the good and bad New Zealand’ers and the Good and bad Maori. I’m not Maori myself i have a lot of good friends that are i love them to bits and am there to support the shame this has brought on them and there and our country. THANKS for the NZ government for shaming us all to the entire world, what a cheap excuse to embezzle some more money to fatten your pockets in the eyes of the world. SHAME on you.. again :(

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  40. tama (1 comment) says:

    firstly im shocked at the rascisim of the majourity of the people comenting on this.i find it interesting to see how negitivley influenced people have become by the media on this matter and towards maori culture.

    why does the government even try to get the world cup? basicaly so they can get a profit is that not correct? would they have it here if they didnt get anything out of it? RWC 2011 would generate more than $1.15 billion in total economic activity, and pump more than half a billion dollars into the New Zealand economy.This is a bloody good idea, relative peanuts to showcase a vital part of our national identity to key overseas visitors. About 0.3% of the World Cup budget overall. If you caught the news, we have just spent $30,000,000 mothballing 10 obsolete jet fighters for 10 years, now going to museums!?

    things like the waka are a perfect way to gain profit. with a capcity of 1000 people in the dining area and a museum of a unique culture that alot of people would not have ever learnt about i think this will be able to contribute immensly back to the government and intern back into new zealand. Based on Australia’s experience of hosting RWC 2003, New Zealand can expect to attract as many as 66,000 international supporters, 2,500 international media, and up to 2,500 corporate and VIP guests throughout the Tournament. with this many visitors to our country it is almost garuanteed that this will serve its purpose.

    and to the person that said the waka will just end up as junk after the world cup it can be collapeds in 2 days and reconstructed in 4-5 days so can be used all over europe and asia where it would have even more visitor

    when i look at this i dont beleive we should not be critising it at all because the desighn is magnificent which represents a part of kiwi culture which can not be ignored

    please exuse my spelling and punctuation just take from this the idea getiing put across

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