The Herald reports:
Labour Waiariki candidate Tamati Coffey says it is a “missed opportunity” after he was denied a political stall at tomorrow’s Te Arawa Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition.
But the event’s committee is standing by its decision, saying the competition is about kapa haka, and nothing else.
Mr Coffey took to Facebook last night to air his concerns about not being allowed to set up a stall at the event.
How dare they not allow Tamati a stall. Do they think all those parents have gone there for Kapa Haka or something?
The post received mixed reactions.
“Oh man, let the tamariki do their thing without the politics – this post is the very reason organising committee has ‘banned’ political parties. You’ve lost sight of the kaupapa already. Our kids especially those that hit that stage are already inspired, by their whanau/hapu/iwi, their kura and aspirational kaiako,” one person wrote.
How can they be inspired without a Labour Government? Impossible.
Ms Mohi said the Electoral Commission and Te Puni Kokiri – Te Arawa would have stalls at the event.
“We are making sure there is election information there, but just through organisations that have no party affiliation.”
But you can’t just tell people there is an election on. You have to tell them who to vote for.