Fairfax missing some Maori MPs

June 25th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Fairfax says (correctly) few have been elected in general seats. However they miss a few out.

Elected Maori Members of Parliament in NZ, excluding Maori electorates

1993: Sandra Rose Te Hakamatua Lee-Vercoe,  Auckland Central; Winston Peters, Tauranga

1996: Winston Peters, Tauranga

1999: Georgina Beyer, Wairarapa; Winston Peters, Tauranga

2002: Winston Peters, Tauranga

2008: Paula Lee Bennett, Waitakere.

2011: Paula Lee Bennett, Waitakere; Louisa Hareruia Wall, Manurewa

They missed out Simon Bridges (Tauranga), Mike Sabin (Northland) and Jami-Lee Ross (Botany).

UPDATE: Also missed out Ben Couch (Wairarapa) and Rex Austin (Awarua off memory). Also Sir James Carroll (Waiapu).

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20 Responses to “Fairfax missing some Maori MPs”

  1. Unity (588 comments) says:

    And those are the ones we actually know about. How about all the others with a smidgen or more of Maori blood that isn’t obvious. With a smidgen they apparently count as ‘Maori’ if all the nonsense we have to put up with is correct.

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  2. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    Do they identify as Maori?

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  3. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    I’m not surprised they forgot about Winston.

    Any time anything Maori comes up, Winston usually bashes the shit out of it – “race-based privilege” etc. It’s one of his saving graces…

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  4. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Unity: Excellent point…As best I can work out, one can be “Maori” with any fraction of Maori blood, and even if they are as white as me…of course you would only thus self identify if there is some advantage in it, or at least no disadvantage…on the other hand, You can be any fraction of Maori, and self identify as pakeha…

    Someone made a very good point here a wee while ago regarding Maori imprisonment stats…How do we decide how overrepresented they are in the prison muster when there is no agreement or standard of what makes one “Maori” ??

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  5. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    Sick of the racist status quo?

    http://1law4all.kiwi.nz/

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  6. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    David, I think the Dept of Corrections does a periodic census of the prison population, so that would be the source for numbers of Maori in prison.

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  7. Neil (588 comments) says:

    I think you have missed one maori MP earlier than that – William Rex Austin National Awarua MP from 1975 to spmewhere about 1990.
    He succeeded Aubrey Begg Labour and was succeeded by Jeff Grant

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  8. Nigel Kearney (1,019 comments) says:

    Ben Couch

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  9. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    There you are then – there is a large proportion of Southlanders whio are descended from the early settlers who married into the local population. Very few of them when I was growing up thought anything of it.

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  10. Tarquin North (305 comments) says:

    Fairfax are missing a lot more than the odd Maori M.P

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  11. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Mikey: that doesn’t answer the question…How do THEY decide which prisoners are “Maori” or not? If your name is Sullivan for example – a common Maori name in Taranaki – and you have a Maori grandfather but pale skin and blue eyes, can you be Maori for the purposes of the jail census? What if you have a Maori grandfather but a much darker skin, and decide you are pakeha? Who decides what muster you are included with??

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  12. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Hi David …. and a few more

    Sir James Carroll, Waiapu 1893-1908 and Gisborne 1908-1919
    Rex Austin, Awarua, 1975-1987
    Ben Couch, Wairarapa 1975-1984

    But you are of course right to point out that Labour, with all the hubris about their commitment to Maori, has a very poor track record of selecting quality candidates to contest winnable ‘General’ seats.

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Self-identification, same as the regular census.

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  14. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Clem Simich?

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  15. Unity (588 comments) says:

    To avoid all this confusion, seeing there is currently money in being ‘Maori’ and therefore many with a smidgen are identifying as such, surely the blood quantum should be brought back in. How can one be ‘Maori’ if more than 75% of their blood is something else? They are of mixed blood.

    Personally, I feel that if there weren’t all these bogus treaty claims with many claiming to be ‘Maori’ when most of their bloodline is Anglo Saxon or something else, then no-one would care one iota whether they had Maori blood or not. We didn’t used to bother but all this greedy gravy train nonsense is highlighting this racist nonsense and making us think this way. I don’t want to think like this!!

    If blood quantum was re-established, then ‘Maori’ would not be 15% of the population. They would be lucky to be 5%!!?? The same with the prisons – the ‘Maori’ negative statistics would drop. Surely?

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  16. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Unity: I agree with all of the above…I cannot help but get annoyed when a “Maori” who is as fair as me and has blue eyes starts playing the “we wuz robbed” card…

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  17. Unity (588 comments) says:

    I feel the same, David. It’s long overdue for all of these racial divisions to be halted. I’m fed up with them. It causes resentment and is unsettling for the country as a whole. We never used to be like this and I want to return to those times. We should be much more enlightened these days especially as we have long inter-married and lived, played and worked together. I don’t differentiate between people of Maori descent and anyone else, unless they are hitched to the greedy grievance industry and then I’m totally anti.

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  18. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    “I cannot help but get annoyed when a “Maori” who is as fair as me and has blue eyes starts playing the “we wuz robbed” card…”

    Mihingarangi Forbes. Buys into all the usual Treaty train horseshit. Changed her name from Joanna after a School based “Maori immersion course”, and works for taxpayer funded Maori TV as a “Maori” journalist. Check the pic.

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/reporters/mihingarangi-forbes

    How many people get a ticket on the gravy train just by saying they’re Maori I wonder.

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  19. Unity (588 comments) says:

    She doesn’t look the slightest bit ‘Maori’ either does she. Hekia Parata had an English name but I’ve forgotten what it is. However, her Maori ancestry does show. It’s amazing that they don’t feel they are insulting their ‘other’ ancestry when they accentuate their Maori side. Why can’t they feel proud of all their ancestry? It’s amazing how money can change one’s perception isn’t it. One can guarantee that if there wasn’t money in it, it wouldn’t be an issue.

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  20. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    Also Jill Pettis (Whanganui).

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