68 days off

January 29th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Prime Minister John Key has accused Mana party leader of “taking the mickey” over his absences from Parliament.

MPs will have their attendance recorded – and made public – from today. Parliament has adopted a roll call to show how many MPs, who earn at least $147,800 a year, turn up for debates, select committees and other business.

And this morning Key pointed the finger at the Mana leader, saying he was often not present. However, he could not provide further details.

“Hone Harawria is an obvious one,” he told reporters.

“You go and look at the number of days he was here in the 2011-12-13 period – not very many.”

The record for this Parliament (from 2011 to present) shows Harawira had approval for 68 days leave.

ACT’s John Banks had 29 and United Future Peter Dunne had 13 days leave approved. Independent MP Brendan Horan had permission for 21 days off since he was expelled from NZ First in 2012.

Exactly what proportion of sitting days Harawira has missed was unclear, but this year there were 84 sitting days scheduled.

That’s a key thing. We’re talking 68 days away, out of only around 84 scheduled days a year. Now this is over two years, but still suggests an absentee rate of 40% or so.

The PM and the Foreign and Trade Ministers will generally not be in the House much because their jobs require them to travel a lot.

I’ve blogged before on how rarely Harawira has spoken in the House, and also how he has asked almost no written questions.

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50 Responses to “68 days off”

  1. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    Great example for his constituents who are struggling with unemployment and welfare dependency…

    “I don’t have to work just because the white man thinks I should”

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  2. Mighty_Kites (85 comments) says:

    What you conveniently fail to mention is that he had permission from the speaker to miss every single one of those days. But of course that would not support your argument, so it gets “overlooked”

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  3. Pete George (23,833 comments) says:

    Harawira attended and spoke in the opening debate in Parliament yesterday. He has lofty goals but if he’s not prepared to put the work in in Parliament he can’t expect to win much support.

    There was a major contrast between his prepared and read speech and the passionate and emotional speech that followed – John Banks on poverty, unconditional love and education.

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  4. kowtow (8,945 comments) says:

    Instead of just “pointing the finger” ,Key should pull the trigger and like his party policy states and as he had promised get rid of the race based seats.

    A referendum at GE time would be the democratic ,common sense way to go.

    And if the “infamous Orewa speech” is any indication it would get 80 % support.

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  5. CJPhoto (228 comments) says:

    Given there is only 84 sitting days, the reasons should have to be justified more rigorously. Overseas trips being one where you cant come and go easily.

    Many of Hone’s appeared to be protests – as a politician, you are meant to effect change in the House, not the picket line. And the Hui, why didn’t he arrange his schedule around his work.

    ON his side, he does have a big electorate, and being the only person in his party, he has not list MP’s to support him. A disadvantage of small parties under MMP, especially for the large Maori seats?

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  6. peterwn (3,338 comments) says:

    It seems to me that John Key and Hone Harawera have different views as to the duties of a MP. John has in mind a structured set of duties such as he would expect from his MP’s, and David Cunliffe would have a similar attitude. The major parties could not function properly without some discipline on their MP’s. Hone’s view would be that his duties as a MP are basically those of a roving ambassador. So the issue becomes one of whether MP’s are expected to ‘keep terms’ (like university students) with respect to house and select committee hearings. To the extent that Hone can effectively exercise his vote whether present or absent would strongly support the view that MP’s should ‘keep terms’. This would be less messy that trying to deny a vote to an MP absent without reasonable excuse.

    As far as the PM’s attendance is concerned, it appears he is present for question time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and if absent on those days this would generally be known in advance. It appears too he does not ‘disappear’ to avoid an awkward question, and I just cannot understand why MP’s ask the PM questions on Thursdays. Anyway John sees even the most awkward question as an opportunity for batting practice.

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  7. jcuk (760 comments) says:

    What is the point in having him sitting in the chamber listening to the LWNJs and RWNJs and twiddling his thumbs becuase he cannot speak to the measure under discusion when he can be out doing possibly useful things as an MP but out of Parliament. Listening to him on National Radio this morning it seems to me that Mr Key was rather unwise to pick on him. As MK point out he had leave of the Speaker for all of the absences …. perhaps it would be better if more MPs got out and about instead of baracking each other in the Chamber … no not perhaps … but … it would be better.

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  8. RRM (10,104 comments) says:

    Highest paid Harawira EVER! Mum would be proud. Thanks, white mother fuckers.

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  9. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    Have to laugh at the weakness of Harawira and the Greens arguments about working hard outside of parliament.

    The bottom line is the people who voted for you voted for you to represent them in parliament. That is clearly a different job to chaining yourself to an oil drilling ship or staging a sit-in in Glen Innes. If you want to do those things either don’t run for parliament or do it in your own time.

    As for the “large electorates” argument and other such excuses, the rest of the Maori MPs along with East Coast, West Coast and Central Otago MPs seem to manage.

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  10. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    I did like Key’s line that Harawira took a public tour of parliament to see what the place looked like.

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  11. Psycho Milt (2,429 comments) says:

    That’s funny – you seem to have forgotten to quote this bit:

    “However, the National Party is refusing to release attendance records for its own MPs.”

    Which makes the PM full of shit, does it not?

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  12. BeaB (2,165 comments) says:

    I am happy for leave to be granted for the kind of activities we expect our politicians to be involved in – trade trips, international meetings, constituency events etc etc.
    But clearly Hone sees his salary as mainly being funding for his activism, showboating and social events and we are the silly fools paying him to do as he pleases.
    I am amazed he got leave but then perhaps the Speaker’s office doesn’t question MPs requests, assuming they are people of integrity who don’t game the system.
    Mike Hosking nailed Hone last night and it’s time they got rid of the clown and the blonde and just had Hosking asking the hard questions. What a contrast to soppy John Campbell!

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  13. BeaB (2,165 comments) says:

    Key has cleverly put the spotlight directly on to Hone and his absences will all now be noticed and commented on.

    It is amusing that so many still underestimate Key. He is the master of political tactics. Just look at his ‘read the fine print’ line that will now stick to Cunliffe every time he announces another spending spree.

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  14. doggone7 (850 comments) says:

    Psycho Milt

    …and praise on here for John Banks who is seldom present in the House. I suppose it is accepted that it if Banks is not present it is because he is away doing important stuff. And Jerry Brownlee. And John Key (who I admit does make cameo appearances to grandstand at question time.)

    If Harawira is not there he’s slacking. (He could be, I don’t know, the same as with Banks.)

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  15. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    Come on Psyhco, smile a little bit. It doesn’t hurt. Honestly.

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  16. Pete George (23,833 comments) says:

    “However, the National Party is refusing to release attendance records for its own MPs.”

    Which makes the PM full of shit, does it not?

    On Twitter yesterday a journalist (can’t remember who) said that Key said he wasn’t aware of the refusal to release attendance records and he’d sort it out with his people.

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  17. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    “The bottom line is the people who voted for you voted for you to represent them in parliament”

    Actually no, Hone has been returned to the house 3 times. It’s not like anyone can be surprised. If they wanted someone to sit in parliament all day they’d have voted for someone who’d do that.

    Aside from the killer fact that all his time away was sanctioned by the speaker as an lone opposition mp, there’s nothing he can do in parliament.

    Don’t often agree with Hone, but he’s clean on this issue.

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  18. Pete George (23,833 comments) says:

    …and praise on here for John Banks who is seldom present in the House. I suppose it is accepted that it if Banks is not present it is because he is away doing important stuff.

    What is his attendance record?

    Until late last year Banks had ministerial responsibilities which will have impacted on his availability.

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  19. Nick R (522 comments) says:

    Very poor for the PM to highlight Hone’s lamentable attendance record without also publishing National’s. Labour are also suspiciously quiet. I’d like to know whether there are MPs from other parties with attendance records that are as bad as Hone’s. That includes Ministers. I agree that they may have genuine reasons for travelling on a sitting day, but they should be prepared to justify themselves to the public.

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  20. xy (202 comments) says:

    Yeah this is rank hypocrisy – we have parliament TV now, we can see how empty all the benches are on both sides. When Key is standing up and whining about this when he himself is out of parliament more often, it looks hilariously dumb.

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  21. KiwiGreg (3,279 comments) says:

    I wish all MPs showed up as little as Hone. We don’t need more laws. We certainly don’t need the grandstanding circus that is most of parliamentary time.

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  22. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    Alan, call me a traditionalist, but the job description of a MP is pretty clear, namely to represent voters in Parliament.

    I realise that’s not precisely how I put it before and you are right in saying Hone is a known quantity to those who voted for him.

    I see nothing wrong with attention being drawn to those seemingly not performing their parliamentary duties and being asked to explain.

    There are plenty of other roles, political or otherwise, where Hone and the likes can advance their goals without the burden of parliamentary obligations.

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  23. wikiriwhis business (4,209 comments) says:

    Harawira is a great example of what MP’s should be doing. Going back to their electorates and getting involved.

    If it wasn’t for his drop kick colleagues I would vote for him rascist or not.

    In esence I believe this is what Harawira believes: Taxes are the peoples property not for fueling political party agenda’s and following vested interests.

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  24. Ashley Schaeffer (535 comments) says:

    In esence I believe this is what Harawira believes: Taxes are the Maori peoples property not for fueling political party agenda’s and following vested interests.

    FTFY

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  25. Psycho Milt (2,429 comments) says:

    …Key said he wasn’t aware of the refusal to release attendance records and he’d sort it out with his people.

    He won’t come in your mouth either, Pete.

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  26. RightNow (7,015 comments) says:

    Psycho, keeping it classy since his last court appearance.

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  27. duggledog (1,628 comments) says:

    I can’t believe this.

    Hone is very busy driving round Kaitaia in his silver Uncle Tom Chrysler with Tino Rangatiratanga flags out the windows spreading hatred, fostering resentment and giving white people the evils

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  28. doggone7 (850 comments) says:

    Pete George: What is his [John Banks] attendance record?

    I don’t know except occasionally I see him there, the landscape looks unusual because the chair is filled, so it strikes me.
    I wonder if his party leader would release his attendance figures?!

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  29. alloytoo (582 comments) says:

    DPF: I’ve blogged before on how rarely Harawira has spoken in the House, and also how he has asked almost no written questions.

    Don’t written questions require…..you know…writing?

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  30. OTGO (579 comments) says:

    I’m with KiwiGreg on this too. If more MP’s didn’t turn up to parliament, say 50% were absent, then we might finally realise that we don’t need 120 in the first place to have a functioning democracy for a country of 3 million voters of which 74% actually vote.

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  31. cha (4,144 comments) says:

    heh

    However, the Green Party used Hansard, the official record of Parliament, to calculate that over the same period Mr Key was absent on 81 of 186 sitting days. Three of these were urgency days on a Friday or Saturday.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9660050/Key-scores-own-goal-with-attendance

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  32. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Harawira has had a god attendance compared to key who’s been away for 81 days! Goodness, the PM really does need to engage his brain before opening his trap.

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  33. RightNow (7,015 comments) says:

    “Harawira has had a god attendance ” – I hope he took notes, maybe on stone tablets, to pass on to his followers.

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  34. BeaB (2,165 comments) says:

    Goodness, ross69, perhaps a Prime Minister has one or two things to do away from the House. I haven’t seen him waving placards in his paid time.
    In fact, I wonder how many people work harder than our PM? Do you?
    But carry on. Underestimating John Key has kept Labour out of power for 6 happy years.

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  35. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    No doubt Mr Farrar is about to do a blog post with the heading “Key Scores Own Goal – 81 Days Away!”

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  36. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Goodness, ross69, perhaps a Prime Minister has one or two things to do away from the House

    Like play golf with Obama? “Now watch this drive!” :)

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  37. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    It’s all about priorities for the PM. When he had the choice to go to the funeral of two NZ soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan, or watch his son, Max, play baseball, the PM said it was a no-brainer – “I want to see Max hit a home run!”.

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  38. RightNow (7,015 comments) says:

    headline: ross69 scores own goal

    House wasn’t sitting when Key played golf with Obama rossie.

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  39. Mobile Michael (476 comments) says:

    I’m no fan of Harawira, but there may be reasons why he attended so infrequently. If Hone would like to explain…

    Waiting.

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  40. Garbageman (2 comments) says:

    Harawira is nothing more than a race baiting bitch and can stay away from parliament permanently for all most kiwis care, and comparing MPs actually in Govt elected to work for us to the cry babies on the opposition is laughable, but thats just this white mo-fos opinion

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  41. Manolo (14,179 comments) says:

    The native Harawira is a lazy and despicable thug. Worthless as worthless can be.

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  42. Viking2 (11,686 comments) says:

    Wonder how many air points he wracked up and then used at our expense on his days off??

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  43. Longknives (4,968 comments) says:

    There used to be a picture doing the rounds of Hone sound asleep in Parliament (on one of the very rare days he turned up for work)! I can’t seem to find it on the internet anywhere- The guy is such a waste of air!

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  44. Psycho Milt (2,429 comments) says:

    The native Harawira is a lazy and despicable thug.

    I thought native Harawiras were the only kind. Is there an introduced version?

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  45. Morgy (172 comments) says:

    Dear Andrea Vance, how about treating us like adults? To suggest Key scored an embarrassing own goal is typical of the drivel you and many of your colleagues feed us. Surely your report should have recognised the unique role of being THE PRIME MINISTER!!!?? As opposed to Hone who is a leader of a one man party. Ridiculous.

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  46. Steve (North Shore) (4,538 comments) says:

    Hone will have 365 days a year holiday after the Election.
    Unfortunately the TAXPAYER will still pay him

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  47. publicwatchdog (3,162 comments) says:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9660050/Key-scores-own-goal-with-attendance

    FYI – Hone Harawira’s reply:

    https://www.facebook.com/hone.harawira?fref=ts

    Hone Harawira

    OH WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HONE?

    Dear John

    While I know you like taking shots at other party leaders, aren’t there better things for you to do instead of worrying about what I’m doing when I’m not at parliament.

    I know I’ve been out of the house quite a bit over the last couple of years but it’s all been approved by the Speaker. Actually, I hear you’ve been away from the house even more than me John, but do you hear me moaning about it?

    I’m more than happy to tell you what I’ve been up to John … all you had to do was ask.

    I have been actively engaged in the “Aotearoa is Not For Sale” campaign, which started with a march from the north and ended in a petition of more than 300,000 people calling for a referendum which showed you were wrong to sell off the people’s assets.

    I’ve also been supporting the New Zealand Maori Council’s water rights campaign as well, which included hui with iwi reps from the north and the rest of the country at a national hui in Turangawaewae, as well as hearings in the Waitangi Tribunal, the High Court and the Supreme Court which resulted in formal recognition of Maori proprietary rights to water.

    I was out helping my mate Te Hamua Nikora knock your coalition candidate back into third place in the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election. He did OK didn’t he John? No money, no experience and no infrastructure and yet he came from last to almost win the whole caboodle!

    I get to as many of the Kapa Haka and Manu Korero events in the Tai Tokerau as I can because they showcase the fabulous talent that we have in this country. I don’t see you at any of these though John …

    I also try to get to all of the Treaty Claims Meetings around the north to hear what their claims are all about. There are some terribly sad stories but there are some wonderful and awe-inspiring stories in there too John. It’s just a pity your government has already decided to force them to settle for less than 3%. Just doesn’t seem right does it …

    I’ve been out working with schools, doctors, nurses and child welfare groups up north and everywhere else promoting the Feed the Kids bill, and that got a response from government … although giving a petty $2m to feed 270,000 hungry kids is a bit of an insult John, given how you gave $1.7 billion to bail out wealthy investors in the failed South Canterbury Finance company.

    I’ve been on the picket lines helping AFFCO workers keep their jobs. Good action that one.

    I’ve been out in Otangarei, Glen Innes, Maraenui and Pomare trying to keep the private development company you call Housing New Zealand from evicting poor people from their homes. I got arrested on one of actions protests John; sorry about that, but at least it got the media to focus on the problem for a while.

    I supported Whanau-a-Apanui’s successful campaign to keep the dirty oil barons from messing up their seas, and I’ll be marching with the crew from up north to try and stop your oily friends from polluting Te One Roa a Tohe too (that’s 90 Mile Beach to you John). I’m not opposed to development John. I just think that we should focus on local initiatives that build on our people’s skills rather than do deals with companies like Anadarko that owe $4 billion for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    I’ve also attended quite a few tangi over the past couple of years as well. You might know some of them – Paddy Whiu, Denis Hansen, Takutai Wikiriwhi, Hone Kaa, the King of Tonga, Nelson Mandela – there’s been heaps of others but you won’t know them …

    Oh yeah, and I do all of this as well as provide the best service of any MP to my electorate, with 5 staff, 4 offices (more than any other MP in the country, including you John). The folks from up north are a boisterous and unruly lot and they challenge me every day of the week, but I love working for them and with the staff I got, I’m really proud of how many we are able to help.

    Gee .. there’s a lot more I could tell you about John, but you get the picture. I’ve basically been out trying to stop your guys from ruining the world for the people that matter to me, and trying to make things better for those who don’t have a voice in parliament.

    Anyway John … if there’s anything else you want to know, just drop me a line.

    Hone
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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  48. publicwatchdog (3,162 comments) says:

    FYI Kiwibloggers.

    I don’t agree with everything Hone Harawira says, or all Mana policies – but – I think you have to agree he is VERY capable of defending himself?

    Perhaps that’s why Prime Minister John Key’s ‘okey /blokesky’ spin-doctored mask is slipping, and the true Wall Street ‘bank$ter’ arrogant, vindictive, UNTRUTHFUL nasty side is now exposed for the public to see?

    SPEECH IN REPLY TO THE PRIME MINISTER – Harawira

    http://mana.net.nz/2014/01/speech-in-reply-to-the-prime-minister-harawira/

    Posted on January 28, 2014 by admin in Speeches

    Hone Harawira: MANA Leader and Member of Parliament for Tai TokerauTuesday 28 January 2014 Tena koe Mr Speaker

    It seems the PM may have missed the fact that while he was up in Hawaii playing golf and his MPs were sizing up more investment properties to buy for the biggest untaxed capital gains they could get, most Kiwi families were going backwards.

    Since parliament last sat housing has become even less affordable, more families have fallen behind in their rent, more families have been evicted, more families have shifted to caravan parks, the price of food and everything else has continued to rise, more jobs have become more precarious and more have become poorly paid, more food parcels have been given out at foodbanks, more families have had their electricity cut off because they can’t pay the bill, more children are in hospital with poverty related illnesses and diseases, and more children are regularly going hungry.

    Big bank economists tell us we are about to benefit from a “rock-star” economy in 2014, but that’s rubbish.

    Everywhere in the world the benefits of the economic recovery are going to the richest 1% while the 99% go backwards, and NZ is no exception.

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer under a system where people strive to get as rich as they can and the winner is the person who has the most money when they die.

    How crazy is that? How does that make sense when kids go hungry because families have to pay the rent, the electricity, the petrol for the car before they can buy food for their kids?

    But does this government care? Not for one second.

    Take LOAN SHARKS for example. 6 years ago this government said it wanted to deal to loan sharks for preying on poor families but what did they do? Nothing!

    Instead they bailed out the banks and wealthy investors in companies like South Canterbury Finance, who got a $1.7 billion taxpayer windfall which in one single gift to the rich was more than the entire 22 years of Treaty of Waitangi settlements where iwi got less than 3% of what was stolen from them.

    Meanwhile the victims of loan sharks are told they must pay 500%+ interest rates so that a small loan to pay a power bill rapidly becomes a crippling debt to the loan sharks, with no bailouts for the poor. In HOUSING it’s the same.

    Everyone knows housing is becoming less affordable – mortgages are through the roof and as interest rates go up so do rents – but this government has no plans to create more affordable housing for the low-income families who need them most.

    In Glen Innes and elsewhere the government is actually pushing people off the waiting lists then saying state houses are no longer needed, and then they’re bulldozing those homes so private developers can build mansions for the rich.

    In EDUCATION the government is also missing the mark. Instead of ensuring every child can learn by adopting a comprehensive food-in-schools programme as recommended by their own experts, they’re focusing on a failed charter schools model from overseas and “drop-in” principals.

    We’ve all heard the drivel about how poverty has nothing to do with educational underachievement but that’s a refrain delivered only by commentators who choose not to hear the advice, and governments who choose to ignore the inequality which is at the heart of increased social problems in low-income communities.

    And as for those JOBS Mr Key, are you happy that unemployment helps keep wages down and keep workers worried they might lose their jobs?

    Is it your plan that 260,000 workers can’t get a job or can’t get enough hours at work to pay for a decent chance in life for themselves and their families?

    Is it your plan that this government has no policy at all to create meaningful employment except to leave the fate of the worker in the hands of the free market?

    Instead all we get is policy after policy, bill after bill, to take even more from low-income workers – in employment rights, social support, tax dollars – to feed oil and mining giants, property developers, foreign bankers, casino bosses, private consultants and the like.

    Families are struggling – Maori families, Pacifica and increasingly more Pakeha families after decades of the deepest cuts this country has ever experienced, cuts which come from policies which have deliberately driven hundreds of thousands of families into poverty, policies which have led us in a direction that has been disastrous for all Kiwi families outside of the comfortable middle class and ruling elites, a direction which has brought us to a critical crossroad in our lives – with growing inequality, homelessness, unemployment, and a growing population of working poor who can’t even make ends meet.

    At the end of last year the world mourned the loss of Nelson Mandela and celebrated his momentous life, but Mandela was not just an anti-apartheid campaigner; he was also a fighter for the poor who once said

    “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

    Mandela considered poverty to be one of the great evils of the world and believed there could be no freedom where poverty persists. At the beginning of this new year MANA stands resolute in our determination to find ways to eradicate poverty, and particularly child poverty, wherever and however it may exist, and we will do all we can to ensure that this issue, is the issue by which political parties are measured by voters in 2014.

    MANA wants a new deal for Aotearoa – one based on everyone playing their part and everyone paying their way – not just families, but government and big business as well – an economy where everyone can live in dignity and respect; where jobs are secure, hard work is rewarded, and people can earn enough to give their families a decent standard of living.

    MANA is calling for HOMES FOR EVERY KIWI FAMILY

    The building of 10,000 homes a year, especially for those on low incomes, until every child in every family is housed in a clean and warm home;

    Creating thousands of jobs in design, architecture, carpentry, cabinetmaking, painting, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, drainlaying, landscaping, roading, community infrastructure and all the related jobs that come with a strong and vibrant housing sector;

    Encouraging immigrants to build new homes rather than buy existing ones, to increase the jobs in the housing sector and to keep the current housing stock for Kiwis;

    And introducing a Capital Gains Tax to force those with too many investment properties to sell back into the housing market, drive down the prices and free up homes for those who can afford to buy but can’t find anything in the over-heated marketplace.

    Mana wants JOBS FOR ALL

    Government created community work on an indexed minimum wage for everyone else who is able to work – in hospitals, schools, old-people’s homes, marae, sports clubs, local parks – giving people the opportunity to rebuild their confidence and develop basic work skills while helping to revitalise their local communities;

    Financing and mentoring for small businesses, because if you back small business owners, they commit to a future in this country rather than leave, and their success encourages their families to do so as well.

    Mana calls for TAXING THE RICH TO FREE THE POOR

    Introducing a Hone Heke tax on all financial transactions, adding billions to the national budget and enabling government to launch positive jobs programmes, feed the kids, provide a well-resourced and positive educational environment at all levels, reduce taxes for low-income earners, and abolish GST on food and essential services.

    Mana supports TAKING BACK THE POWER

    In today’s world access to a consistent and affordable supply of electricity is a staple part of life for all NZers. It was never envisioned that it be owned by private investors. MANA supports reclaiming all electricity assets for the benefit of all citizens of Aotearoa.

    MANA’s position is clear. This is not a time for tinkering. This is a time to be bold, to chart a new path, to establish a new deal where a life of dignity and respect is a birthright afforded to everyone, and we call on all other parties to rise to the challenge rather than surrender to the squabbling.

    Tēna koutou katoa

    – See more at: http://mana.net.nz/2014/01/speech-in-reply-to-the-prime-minister-harawira/#sthash.J9DgpH5t.dpuf
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    Posted in the interests of basic ‘fair play’, so people can read both sides of the story?

    Penny Bright

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  49. publicwatchdog (3,162 comments) says:

    errr….. what happens when it is the PRIME MINISTER who fails to uphold, and is SEEN to fail to uphold, the ‘highest ethical standards’, as required by the ‘Cabinet Manual’?

    Is Prime Minister John Key going to tell himself off, or stand himself down as a Minister, over his arguably disgraceful treatment of Mana MP and Leader, Hone Harawira?

    When is New Zealand going to have an enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’ for Members of Parliament – given that we’re supposed to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ …. blah blah…… ?

    http://cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/2.50

    Conduct, public duty, and personal interests

    General

    2.50 To protect the integrity of the decision-making process of executive government and to maintain public trust in the Executive, Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their office. Accordingly, the guidance in paragraphs 2.52 – 2.96:

    explains the standards of personal conduct expected of Ministers;
    assists Ministers to identify those personal interests that might be seen to influence their decision making;
    sets out options for managing conflicts of interest where necessary.

    2.51 The guidance on conduct, public duty, and personal interests applies to all Ministers (inside and outside Cabinet) and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries. References to Ministers in this guidance include Parliamentary Under-Secretaries.

    Conduct of Ministers
    2.52 A Minister of the Crown, while holding a ministerial warrant, acts in a number of different capacities:

    in a ministerial capacity, making decisions, and determining and promoting policy within particular portfolios;
    in a political capacity as a member of Parliament, representing a constituency or particular community of interest;
    in a personal capacity.

    2.53 In all these roles and at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. Ultimately, Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.

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    Not exactly ‘leading from the front’ on this one Prime Minister John Key?

    Penny Bright

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  50. publicwatchdog (3,162 comments) says:

    Final point – in terms of effectiveness – remember who first raised the issue ‘feed the kids’?

    If my memory serves me correctly – it was Hone Harawira and the Mana Party?

    Gosh – hasn’t that issue now got some traction?

    Seems that it is not necessarily the time spent inside the House that determines how EFFECTIVE an MP is?

    Penny Bright

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