So what does David Tua believe in?

December 10th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Maori Party is seeking talks with retired boxer to discuss the possibility of his standing for the party at the next election.

But it had better get a hurry on. While Tua told the Herald he was more than happy to have talks with the Maori Party, he was also happy to sit down with Mana and the Conservatives.

“I’ll sit down with anyone. Anyone and everyone … I’m not going to close the door on anyone.”

A Mana Party worker had already made a preliminary approach but the Conservative Party had not.

To me that suggests Tua has no political beliefs or policies – or alternatively he is totally unaware of the policies of political parties he thinks he may stand for.

How could you be considering both Mana and the Conservative parties? They have almost no policies in common.

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32 Responses to “So what does David Tua believe in?”

  1. Colville (1,769 comments) says:

    To me that suggests Tua has no political beliefs or policies – or alternatively he is totally unaware of the policies of political parties he thinks he may stand for.

    Yoy mean he is going to try to whore himself out for a MPs salary?

    Sheesh that has never been done before ! :-)

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  2. straya (55 comments) says:

    No beliefs, or perhaps better described, totally malleable beliefs? Sounds like an excellent candidate for leader of the Labour party.

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  3. edhunter (434 comments) says:

    O for oarsome.

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  4. All_on_Red (941 comments) says:

    What ever Party spells “awesome” with an “O” will get him.

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  5. rouppe (852 comments) says:

    So obviously the policies are not important. It’s then about who can make Tua the Tua-Man once again. Cause right now, he’s a loser. There’s no money in that

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  6. Robo (20 comments) says:

    No – you are looking at it from a beltway perspective. Mana and the Conservatives are both anti-establishment parties. It is quite common for parties on the far left and right to appeal to the same people.

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  7. Zapper (843 comments) says:

    Maori Party? I thought he was Samoan?

    Does this mean the Maori Party will be accepting NZ Europeans now too?

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  8. dime (8,746 comments) says:

    Its a shame Mallard wont be around to take him on…

    Maybe he could start a pasifika party? case race based parties are OK in NZ (unless youre white)

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  9. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Maori Party? I thought he was Samoan?

    It has always amused me how some Maori regard Islanders as proxy Maori, rather than evil colonists.

    The fact is Islanders are recent colonist immigrants who compete directly with Maori for social services, hand outs and jobs. The Islanders are, by far, the worst immigrants for Maori.

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  10. big bruv (12,327 comments) says:

    Would we really let somebody as stupid as Tua be an MP?

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  11. J Bloggs (100 comments) says:

    I can see why both Mana and the Conservatives would appeal to Tua. Mana, for its social equality political outlook. The Conservatives for its Christian based moral stance. For either party, getting Tua on board for an endorsement would be good milage in the South Auckland/ Pasifika communities. The Conservatives, particularly could do a lot worse than having Tua help them get penetration into those communities (the Cons look very WASP-ish at the moment, IMHO, and someone like Tua would counteract that).

    Whether he’d make a good MP (or even a good candidate) is another question entirely.

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  12. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Cause right now, he’s a loser. There’s no money in that

    No he is a – battler- and many folk will identify with that.

    Being beaten down and getting back up, taking on the big guys, all political gold if its spun right to the people they are aiming for.

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  13. BeeJay (65 comments) says:

    Be fair about this!! He has been punched in the head quite a lot!

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  14. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Be fair about this!! He has been punched in the head quite a lot!

    Something a few other political hopefuls might benefit from… if you ask me ! ;)

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  15. emmess (1,333 comments) says:

    He could stand for the Mono, the Moori or the Conservotive parties
    Or the Notionol party or the Lobour party or the OCT party for that matter

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  16. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    How could you be considering both Mana and the Conservative parties? They have almost no policies.

    Fixed it for ya.

    He can join Mana or the Conservatives because they have no policies that anybody takes seriously. The one horseshit parties can promise everything David Tua wants.

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  17. redqueen (342 comments) says:

    This could be a whole new marketing campaign, ‘Tui for Tua’. ‘I’m standing for what I believe in…yeah right…’

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  18. MT_Tinman (2,790 comments) says:

    big bruv (11,865 comments) says:
    December 10th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Would we really let somebody as stupid as Tua be an MP?

    Mad Cath.

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  19. stephen2d (45 comments) says:

    I think he believes that becoming an MP (for anyone) will give him a sure paycheck, which otherwise he will struggle to get from anywhere now that his boxing career is effectively over.

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  20. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    ***The fact is Islanders are recent colonist immigrants who compete directly with Maori for social services, hand outs and jobs. The Islanders are, by far, the worst immigrants for Maori.***

    They’re both polynesian groups and so have a degree of ethnic affinity. Tariana Turia suggested allowing Pasifika voters to vote in the Maori electorate.* She also got angry a few years ago that there were too many European immigrants. Essentially, she wants more brown people in power and fewer whites.

    * Shane Jones pointed out they weren’t signatories to the Treaty.

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  21. Kimble (4,092 comments) says:

    porklift

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  22. seanmaitland (401 comments) says:

    @ bigbruv “Would we really let somebody as stupid as Tua be an MP?”

    Sue Kedgley, Jeanette Fitzsimons, Jacinda Adern, Hone Harawira

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  23. stephen2d (45 comments) says:

    “big bruv (11,865 comments) says:
    December 10th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Would we really let somebody as stupid as Tua be an MP? ”

    No one can beat Arsenasty Taylor, no one!

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  24. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    Perhaps he wants to do some good for PIs in South Auckland, and will entertain whichever party he thinks would be the best vehicle for doing that?

    Your mistake DPF is in assuming he must be an ideological fanboy of some political theory or another, like you are! ;-)

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  25. MH (558 comments) says:

    all very well,but for him the gloves are off and we NEED to ask the tough questions- how many moon landings has he had and whether the cow jumped over the moon or not.

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  26. radvad (620 comments) says:

    MH
    He should also be asked if he believes in taniwha, as should a few other MPs.

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  27. J Mex (178 comments) says:

    Just to be fair to David, he never said ‘O for Oarsome’,

    He said ‘O for Olsen’ (a family reference)

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  28. Shazzadude (466 comments) says:

    “How could you be considering both Mana and the Conservative parties? They have almost no policies in common.”

    It makes sense when you consider where Samoans typically lie on social and economic issues. They overwhelmingly lean left economically, but also lean conservative on social issues due to christianity’s strong grip on Samoan culture.

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  29. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (518 comments) says:

    He will end up high in the Labour list under women’s quota….just sayin….

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  30. big bruv (12,327 comments) says:

    “So what does David Tua believe in?”

    Let’s be honest here. Tua is thick, as thick as pig shit. The man let his fortune slip through his fingers and is now pretty much skint.
    David Tua believes in earning a living, he is not smart enough to earn over $140,000 a year in any other job so the prospect of being an MP for a few years seems quite attractive.
    Of course it will be a train wreck should be ever make it into the house, the mans lack of intelligence will be demonstrated on a weekly basis.

    Come to think of it….he is the perfect Green party MP.

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  31. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Tua must be broke and, given his limited intellectual abilities, eager to go with anyone who can offer an easy buck.

    If not politics, where else could the likes of Horomia, Turia, Shanks, Mallard, Mahuta, Turei, find a job other than school janitor?

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  32. deadrightkev (175 comments) says:

    Manolo

    Brutal. Brutal but completely true.

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