Davis’ priorities

April 26th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

will become an MP again, once Shane Jones resigns. Not certain how long he will be an MP for as Labour’s gender quotas means 47% of their caucus at least must be female.  So the top few spots on the party list must go to women.

However hopefully Davis will (this time) be given a winnable list place as he seems one of the better Labour MPs. He has written on Facebook what his four priorities are:

Priority 1: no surprises, improving Maori educational achievement, and more importantly, improving Maori achievements through education. I’ll argue to my dying breath that education is the road to Maori success.

I agree. I look forward to some education policy from Labour that is more than just promising to abolish national standards and charter schools – policies both designed to help under-performing students.  Where does Kelvin stand on National’s pledge to pay the best teachers and principals up to $50,000 more in return for them sharing their assisting other teachers? Is Labour going to abolish this also?

Priority 2: Regional Development for Te Tai Tokerau. We’ve got plans and strategies coming out our ears in TTT, but unless a Govt stumps up with some serious dough to implement these plans we’re wasting our time. Even a quarter of 1 percent of the money going into the Christchurch rebuild would go a long way to rebuilding the Tai Tokerau economy. Te Tai Tokerau has endured it’s own tragedy, but it happened over 40 years not 40 seconds. The effects on our people have been equally devastating in the long run. 

Shane Jones was a big supporter of mining for Northland, yet opposed by many in his own party. Where does Davis stand on mining in Northland? Also does he support the mandate for the Ngapuhi settlement, which could deliver hundreds of millions to the region?

Priority 3: Te Reo Maori, it’s in a sad state and one of the reasons is that it has been rendered down in most communities to a ceremonial language that had little relevance to most peoples everyday lives. We need to make Te Reo a transactional language so that if i wish I can walk into any business, bank, supermarket, service station or pub and conduct my business in Te Reo if I choose. It is a right English speakers enjoy without having to think about it. Those who wish to conduct daily transactions in Te Reo do not enjoy this right. There are a number of simple and relatively inexpensive practical activities that can happen to get people speaking Te Reo in the community. A lot of dosh is being spent on initiatives that have questionable impacts on improving Te Reo. They need to be reprioritised.

I’m glad he’s not asking for more money – just a reprioritisation. I’d encourage him to be specific.

The Government currently spends $77 million a year on the promotion of Maori language and culture. Where would he cut money from, and what would he spend it on?

Priority 4: Stopping sexual, physical and emotional abuse of women and children, and yes to men as well.

I was outraged with the Roastbusters scandal and the well publicized sexual abuse/ pedophile cases in Kaitaia over the last few years. 

I sat back and waited for a male MP especially any male MAORI MP to make a stand and say something along the lines of “What the bloody hell is going on that men can treat women and children like this?” I was waiting for a male MP to take a stand and tell all of us men that this abuse is (predominantly) a male problem, and that we need to sort our shit out ourselves. We need to have serious conversations with our sons, grandsons and nephews about how a real man treats a woman. But i bet this is just too hard for most males.  …

So I determined if no other male MP was prepared to stand up and start lecturing men on how we need to treat and love our women and children, and if I was ever in the position again to pick up that mantle, I will.

Some months ago I approached some people who work in this field and told them if i ever get back into parliament, tell me what I need to do to support them. I’ll give them a call soon.

So men, I don’t give a rats arse if I’m accused of not being a REAL bloke, I’ll still be a sports and rugby fanatic, get on the piss, keep up my fishing, shooting and getting lost up in the bush – but i love my wife, daughters, mother, sister, nieces,cousins, friends and colleagues too much to ignore sexual, physical and emotional abuse any longer.

Very supportive of Davis showing some leadership on this.

I support all of the four goals he has outlined (well not sure I agree you need Maori as a transactional language, but agree getting little return for the amount spent), but they key is coming up with specific policies and initiatives to achieve them. Hopefully he will detail these in weeks to come.

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34 Responses to “Davis’ priorities”

  1. BeaB (2,164 comments) says:

    A former intermediate school principal and a Ministry of Education contractor. Doesn’t fill me with confidence.
    However he looks good in a suit and can string a sentence together.

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  2. kowtow (8,929 comments) says:

    Sounds like he should be in the Maori Party.

    Maori maori maori……where’s the ordinary working new zealander in any of the above?

    But then that’s modern labour for you,….. a very splintered organisation with its members focusing not on the general good of the country but on their own very specific identity group, be it sister, homo, race …… but it ain’t the worker.

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  3. Fentex (1,130 comments) says:

    I support all of the four goals he has outlined (well not sure I agree you need Maori as a transactional language, but agree getting little return for the amount spent), but they key is coming up with specific policies and initiatives to achieve them

    jolly good thing Jones got out of his way then, isn’t it?

    Because among all those claims Jones was such a good MP, such a promising candidate, a possible first Maori NZ PM I don’t recall many being as positive about so many of his policy positions.

    Nor many being as grateful to hear his views on violence, and say “Very supportive of Davis showing some leadership on this”. Which is odd as that’s exactly the kind of thing such a “promising” candidate as Jones ought to have lead on I would think.

    Isn’t it nice that Jones leaving has such a positive outcome – we all in general (and Te Tai Tokerau in particular) seem to have benefited.

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  4. Fentex (1,130 comments) says:

    Sounds like he should be in the Maori Party.

    Or standing for a Maori electorate like Te Tai Tokerau…

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  5. wiseowl (974 comments) says:

    Maori are given equal opportunity now which is what it should be about.
    It’s what they make of the opportunity that matters.Throwing more and more money or focusing on racist policies will just entrench them more.
    Race should not be considered in policy making. We are all ‘people’.

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  6. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    Davis, racist

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  7. freedom101 (513 comments) says:

    The more media coverage he gets for these priorities the better. The educational priorities are a big laugh … everything Labour stands for in education is going 180 degrees in the other direction!

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  8. Manolo (14,161 comments) says:

    Davis sounds like a partisan and sectarian Maori more than a NZer. Why isn’t he in the racist Maori Party?

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  9. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Pffft…. his goals are all over the place.

    “Improving Maori educational achievement”. Ok, fine.

    But then we see the nonsensical “We need to make Te Reo a transactional language.” Yeah, right. What a *waste of time and money*. Will he be forcing places like banks to hire Maori speakers so that the occasional Maori-speaking customer can hold up the people in the queue behind them by waffling on to the teller in Maori – just to get an ego boost?

    Davis would be much wiser to focus on say two things – education and stopping domestic violence – and put all of his energy into those. Instead, he wants to “tilt at the windmill” of making Maori a transactional language as well. Waste of time and money.
    Will he be forcing our physicists and chemists to publish their research papers in Maori (so that no-one overseas can understand them)?

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  10. itstricky (2,020 comments) says:

    Davis sounds like a partisan and sectarian

    Maybe he’s Andalusian.

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  11. hj (7,142 comments) says:

    When I was a kid i read a classic comic about the person who started the espiranto language, It told a picture story of people in post war Europe saying things like “speak Polish, or I won’t sell to you”. It seemed like a good idea then and it does now; a language whose grammar can be learnt in 20 minutes.

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  12. doggone7 (845 comments) says:

    “However he looks good in a suit and can string a sentence together.”

    Are those the sole attributes of the National Party MP clones who ask the patsy questions in Parliament?

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  13. doggone7 (845 comments) says:

    The worst thing for Kelvin Davis today is that in the past 72 hours he hasn’t happened upon a violent incident and intervened to help out. That’s what gets the news, that’s what people want. Then there would not need to be any focus on his priorities. Kelvin Davis has a reasonable chance of being the member of the opposition in Parliament and for that fact are his priorities important?

    What the opposition thinks is surely unimportant anyway. As soon as they ask questions about shady dealings from the Key Government they are slated. Most of the people, especially on here, want the National party to be able to do whatever they want and use whatever means they like to achieve their aims.

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  14. tas (654 comments) says:

    He wants to win TTT off Hone. More power to him I say.

    These statements are clearly aimed at Maori voters in TTT. Presumably he will tone down the Maori this and Maori that after that is out of his sights.

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  15. wat dabney (3,840 comments) says:

    Priority 1: no surprises, improving Maori educational achievement, and more importantly, improving Maori achievements through education. I’ll argue to my dying breath that education is the road to Maori success.

    So, a voucher system then.

    No. Just kidding. He’s just spouting the usual leftist lies.

    His real priority 1 is to support the state-sector teaching monopoly responsible for the current Maori education train-wreck.

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  16. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    This is all ambulance at the bottom of the cliff stuff especially that stuff about Rape. Well I guess he can talk about rape all the time. But what about the economy or economic development which Shane Jones was concerned with. He looks like a fairly decent fellow and I guess in time he will get up the speed on the big issues. He talks like a District Councillor rather than an MP. Very disappointing.

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  17. mara (769 comments) says:

    Kelvin’s big talk will make no difference to the sad stats. Only a few more generations of civilisation will do this. If at all. The poor state of Aust. aboriginals increased over the last 40 years proportional to the amount of money the Govt. threw at it. Welfare is killing native people particularly, amongst others. Jones, if he has a brain, already knows this. He should have told Kelvin.

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  18. OneTrack (3,348 comments) says:

    And the short story is, Labour is not replacing Jones then. Is there anybody left in Labour who is pro-economic development or pro-business or even pro-Waitakere Man? Or have they progressed beyond that?

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  19. Southern Raider (1,777 comments) says:

    Why should the tax payer have to fork out money for the Northland economy? Mr Davis if your serious about this then just get your motley crew of northland iwi to hurry up and settle with the crown. You would then have money to do what you want. Can’t understand why you think you can double dip

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  20. greenjacket (486 comments) says:

    “improving Maori educational achievement ”
    For the last few decades anyone with half a brain has known that Maori educational achievement is a disgrace, and successive governments have thrown millions of dollars at the problem – without success. So what will Kelvin Davis do that is different?

    “a Govt stumps up with some serious dough to implement these plans we’re wasting our time”
    So he wants the other regions and cities to spend money on Northland – exactly on what? Government regional development programmes rarely succeed, so why will his regional development be any different?

    So apart from a vague desire to spend other people’s money on his region, he doesn’t actually have any policies.

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  21. Paw Prick (43 comments) says:

    Vaguely intrested untill he announced he is still going to ‘get on the piss’
    How old is this guy?

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  22. itstricky (2,020 comments) says:

    My guess would be that he is as old as the (respected) senior MP who thinks it’s great to play beer-pong, go planking, use the word ‘gay’ in ordinary speak and do selfies with twenty-somethings whilst sipping champagne.

    He’s probably completely dry – he’s just proving to you that he’s a “man of the people” – just like the other bloke.

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  23. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    “What the bloody hell is going on that men can treat women and children like this?”
    In the case of many Maori men, they had their first taste of being beaten up by their (solo) mother until they got old enough to leave home and big enough to be the boss themselves. At this point woe betide the woman who tries,or appears to try to dominate him. No father around modelling good behaviour because the DPB allows resource to flow from men to women without reciprocation so women have kids alone.
    Feminism and the erosion of mana tane (male honour and prestige) is the colonisation that dare not speak its name. Good luck with those Labour Party Hand Mirror feminists Kelvin; they’ll love you while you’re in your white knight “it’s all men’s fault” phase, but as soon as you follow the facts, look at the bigger picture and hold women to account for their part in these problems you’ll realise what a poisoned chalice you hold.
    No word on fetal alcohol syndrome? That would be a good place to start, by stopping kids futures being stolen before they’re even born by their mums prioritising getting drunk over having healthy kids.

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  24. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    Martin, I suspect Maori (and non-Maori) men may play a significant hand (and fist) in that problem too, but some women will be a part of the problem.

    Promoting it as a man only problem will only address a part of the problem and will struggle to get the amount of support it needs.

    To push the whole message you need evidence and statistics. Is anything substantial available?

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  25. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    I think you missed my point Pete . . .

    “as soon as you follow the facts, look at the bigger picture and hold women to account for THEIR PART in these problems . . .”

    My point is that women have fault also, not that it is all their fault, or the far more common: all men’s fault, as the white knight position holds to the delight of feminists.

    There’s no ministry of mens affairs bro, not that we need one any more than women need theirs.

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  26. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    Re evidence and statistics, I have compost to make chickens to feed and a daughter to push on a swing. Surely I don’t need evidence to assert that everything’s not men’s fault?

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  27. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    Just pushing the issue around Martin. I’m aware from experience that if you speak against “it’s men’s fault” you can get a strong backlash. And here’s proof of this, I posted your comment on Kelvin Davis’ Facebook page and this is his response.

    Mate, no violence is acceptable by any gender towards any gender, but if you think that some bloke smacking over the missus all comes down to his solo mother beating the crap out of him when he was a toddler you are a fool. The reasons for sexual, physical and emotional abuse are many and varied, and I’m not going to change the whole world, but as a man I can stand up and tell men to keep their bloody fists to themselves and their dicks in their pants.

    And:
    “This is probably the craziest thing I’ve read today.”
    “bringing the cave man since ages ago”
    “I see you’re an older white male. Are you racist and ignorant, or just plain ignorant?..”

    To debate this out where it needs to be debated you need to be well prepared.

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=778279242203925&id=776784779020038&stream_ref=5

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  28. Paw Prick (43 comments) says:

    Itstricky
    All for having a couple beers and some fun.
    That phrase turns me off however.

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  29. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    Wow that was pretty intense Pete, glad to have left it til now to check. I guess the ministry has done its job.

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  30. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    Martin – yep, I’ve been assaulted on it on Facebook, assaulted on Twitter, assaulted at The Standard (nothing new there). But I’ve also had some positive communication from Kelvin who understands what you were getting at and says he has taken it on board.

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  31. Kea (13,546 comments) says:

    Kelvin Davis, continues the same old tired lefty narritive of women as victims, while ignoring the fact it is men who are failing in our society. They are over represented in almost all the negative social satistics.

    If you are not a Maori or a female, what does this man offer you ?

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  32. Kea (13,546 comments) says:

    I’ve been assaulted on it on Facebook, assaulted on Twitter

    Assaulted ! :)

    On a serious note, this is what happens in a feminised society. PG is a victim, but not in the way he thinks.

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  33. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    Kea – but he very explicitly DOES say he thinks some men are failing!

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  34. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    I don’t think I need the Government ‘encouraging’ me to speak Cannibal though, thanks all the same.

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