Small on Maori Party stand off

February 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

An insightful column by Vernon Small:

    Which brings us back to the current stand-off.

    Yes, it’s about asset sales, the Treaty and the Government’s poor timing in the week leading up to Waitangi Day.

    But it is also, and mainly, about the ’s positioning.

    Goaded by Mr Harawira, and needing to deny it is National’s poodle, the party has come out swinging – and not for the first time in recent days. …

    Well, last year the Maori Party argued it needed to be at the table with National to be effective.

    But Labour, Mana, the Greens and NZ First feasted on its votes, despite its public stand over Auckland council seats and the foreshore law.

    Mr Key has shown the way forward in the current stoush; a clause that makes the Crown’s Treaty obligations clear while leaving private investors out of the mix.

    It remains to be seen whether the Maori Party will reluctantly claim that deal as a partial victory or continue to pound the table.

    However, the appearance of disunity is not necessarily instability – though it is no surprise Labour is talking that up.

    It will likely take a lot more goading from Mr Harawira before Dr Sharples and Mrs Turia finally push back their chairs and leave.

Things would be much more difficult if National had one fewer seat, and could not govern without the Maori Party. National should hope that its MPs in marginal seats are all in good health!

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11 Responses to “Small on Maori Party stand off”

  1. BeaB (2,104 comments) says:

    Call me a cynic but I suspect John Key quite welcomes (foments?) these trivial sideshows as it keeps all the opposition foaming and frothing while he gets on with the substantive matters. It’s as though he knows exactly how to press their buttons and away they go like Pavlov’s dogs.
    Look at the reaction to Catherine Isaacs – utterly predictable and we could all write the scripts for PPTA, Labour, Greens ourselves. But it’s no different from Labour bringing in Picot to lead the committee – after all Catherine is not actually going to run the schools!

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  2. kowtow (8,130 comments) says:

    This goes back to Labour reviving the dead treaty and that dreadful court decision on the so called and undefined “principles”.These were then written into law ,SOE Act. What a dogs dinner.

    I hope the racist party walks on this one. An early general election on the treaty would be great,seeing how there will never be a referendum on it. Just judges and Attorneys General in secret back room deals. Great accountable democracy…….yeah right.

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  3. Griff (7,220 comments) says:

    Pre waitangi beat up
    don’t you love our national day

    http://www.waitangi.net.nz/waitangi-day/index.htm
    On the public holiday of 6th February each year, New Zealanders of all ethnic backgrounds and creeds gather to commemorate the first signing of the Treaty at Waitangi in 1840. Waitangi Day is a generally optimistic focus for debate on national identity and multiculturalism in New Zealand, and at the Treaty Grounds a peaceful family-oriented celebration prevails

    ha how I love spin

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  4. kowtow (8,130 comments) says:

    …..and there it is again,tucked neatly in after debate on national identity,”multiculturalism”.

    What debate? There isn’t any. It is definitions by minority power groups and interests. High courts, cabinets and back room deals. Bugger the electorate.

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  5. Paulus (2,591 comments) says:

    Cannot see the Maori Cabinet Ministers giving up their Ministry roles, and the baubles of Ministerial power.
    Sharples loves being Minister for Maori Affairs, and he is well suited to it. Likewise Tariana in Education.

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  6. thepolecat (63 comments) says:

    I’ve written a blog on this situation.

    http://theglobalcircus.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/iwi-backed-maori-party-attempt-to-play.html

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  7. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Not PC’s take: http://pc.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/its-those-fantastical-treaty-of.html

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  8. KevinH (1,192 comments) says:

    John Key has promised an “elegant” solution to the conundrum of the Maori Party underlining the role of the Treaty in future asset sales. What shape that solution will take has yet to be defined however the solution lies in the government legislating to protect the remaining 51% share of the assets that remain in public ownership.
    A win win scenario that will provide surety to the market as well as the electorate including Maori is to put in place guarantee’s that the remaining 51% forefills the principles of the Treaty.

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  9. BeaB (2,104 comments) says:

    It’s a nasty bullying attitude – do what we want or we will withdraw our support. With friends like these who needs enemies.

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  10. tvb (4,311 comments) says:

    The Maori Party are not a reliable partner of Government. They want to cherry pick their way around the processes of Government, taking credit for the easy stuff and run for the hills when the going gets tough. I cannot see the point to them apart from acting like the canary in the mine, they squawk if things get too far from the centre and perhaps that is useful to John Key.

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  11. hj (6,797 comments) says:

    I don’t think Maori are chuffed about dodgy Chinese property developers buying dairy farms.

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