Maori MPs and candidates

March 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

has had two hotly contested selections this weekend for held seats. Shane Reti won Whangarei and Wayne Walford won Napier. As it happens they are both Maori. No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban. No head office deciding. All decisions made by 60+ local members and delegates.

National already has nine Maori MPs. They may have 11 after the election. And unlike some other parties, they select Maori MPs in winnable general seats such as Waitakere, Tauranga, Northland, Botany and also now Whangarei and Napier.

Is it perhaps not time for us agree that we no longer need the to get Maori MPs into Parliament. There are other reasons you can advocate there should be , but in recent years there’s been a great track record of Maori candidates being selected for winnable general seats.

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17 Responses to “Maori MPs and candidates”

  1. Manolo (13,378 comments) says:

    Quotas of any type should be ditched. Selection must be based on merit, not gender, sexual orientation or skin colour. We are all New Zealanders.

    Shame on socialist Labour and communist Greens for sticking to quotas.

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  2. OneTrack (2,614 comments) says:

    The separatists will never allow it.

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  3. tvb (4,208 comments) says:

    Yes but I wonder how many National MPs of Maori descent have a good understanding of Maori culture and language. They are probably more European in outlook. Not that I think the definition of “maori” should belong to left wing political parties. So far as the Maori seats go there will be no change while the National Party relies on the Maori Party for confidence and supply. Once that goes then the National Party will move to abolish them.

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  4. Pete George (22,853 comments) says:

    It’s worth remembering that ‘Maori’ MPs are not just Maori, they also represent other ethnicities and interests. And non-Maori MPs can capably represent Maori interests.

    ‘Maori’ is not binary.

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  5. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Candidates selected on ability; not union, sexual, or gender based is the way to go . . . take note Labour/Green weirdos.

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  6. AG (1,784 comments) says:

    No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban.

    Great! Congratulations!!

    Now – when is National going to get some more women candidates, so that its caucus isn’t 75% male?

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  7. OneTrack (2,614 comments) says:

    ‘Maori’ is not binary.

    Can we get a quote from Margaret Mutu on that?

    Maori and tauiwi. Those are the only options.

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  8. tvb (4,208 comments) says:

    PS the move to abolish the Maori seats will come once the treaty settlements are completed and assuming the Maori Party is out of Parliament. Then National will pick its timing but it will move to abolish the seats. They may set up a Grand Maori Affairs select committee with the House only dealing with third readings of legislation affecting Maori along similar lines of the Grand Scottish Committee in the House of Commons. There will need to be some trade off for abolishing the seats but not too big a trade off. The only person to miss out will be Harawera (and possibly Flavell if he is still around) unless the Labour Party/Greens take him on.

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  9. David Farrar (1,856 comments) says:

    AG – we’ll see how things look at the end of the selections and after list ranking. I certainly hope we get more female MPs. There’s an excellent nominee in Taranaki King Country who would make a great MP.

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  10. CHFR (219 comments) says:

    AG and DPF as a woman I fail to see how the bits I have (or don’t have) make me the right person/or not for Parliament. I know it may be a bit old fashoned for some but I do not want to get into the bruising environment that is Parliament, this from a politics junkie, and most women I know feel the same.

    I am offended by the concept of quotas as I will never know if the person is there because they are right for the job (my preference) or because their skin is the right colour, have the right bits or the right sexual orientation or not.

    I see the Maori seats as exactly the same. It is a very patronising pat on the head saying “there there I am so racist I wouldn’t vote for you because you are Maori (but too scared to admit it, but am happy to lay the accusation on everyone else) so I will set up a way you can be represented”, it is racisism plain and simple.

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  11. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    I wish I knew “who is a Maori” ?

    Does that mean that only anybody on the Maori role is a Maori ?

    Or does being a declared Maori entitle those to separate special benefits as Maori ?

    I assume the two possible/probable National MPs are not closet women or homosexuals.

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  12. jcuk (586 comments) says:

    There is a saying SWMBO ….”She Who Must Be Obeyed” … a joke with an element of truth … The power behind the throne … why do women need to join in the stupid male dog fight and stop being women?

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  13. Zebulon (68 comments) says:

    One of the things that I respect about National compared to the left, is that when they have a lesbian, or Maori, or even a disabled Martian candidate, you know that that person has been chosen because they are good enough and not because of a quota. Quotas are demeaning to all candidates from minority groups as they say that you are not good enough to make it on your own, and they insult the electorate.

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  14. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    DPF, National MPs with a brown tinge are hardly Maori, one would expect so called Maori MPs to be fluent in reo, none of the national brown tinge mob are fluent, in fact they need a translation when some maori MP is speaking in reo.
    Brown MPs yes, Maori ?

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  15. edhunter (498 comments) says:

    So hori someone without a tan but fluent in reo is a Maori? Does that mean you only have to feel Maori to be a Maori?
    And off topic but how many full blooded Maori are there left? It’s a question to which I’ve never been able to get a proper answer, some say none, some say there’s a few up north & on the East Coast.

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  16. DJP6-25 (1,270 comments) says:

    It’s way past time to dump the racially selected seats. New-Zealand’s own version of Jim Crow, or apartheid.

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  17. Shazzadude (505 comments) says:

    “Yes but I wonder how many National MPs of Maori descent have a good understanding of Maori culture and language. They are probably more European in outlook. Not that I think the definition of “maori” should belong to left wing political parties. ”

    Agreed. Of the number of National MPs who are of Maori descent, I would consider Tau Henare and Hekia Parata the only ones who place any sort of priority on Maori issues. There’s a big difference between having a focus on Maori issues, and merely having Maori ancestry, and this distinction appears to be lost on DPF.

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