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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nats say one thing in public and another in private


Sharples says Nats "privately" lukewarm on abolishing Maori seats
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says his party receives signals “privately” that the National Party is not too committed on its position of abolishing the Maori electorate seats.

The comments were made during an interview for Alt TV's Let's Be Frank programme, which will screen tonight.

The Maori Party are increasingly seen as potential support partners for a possible National government. However one possible flashpoint on policy is National’s intention to abolish the Maori seats, which provide the Maori Party its Parliamentary representation.

Its policy announced on Sunday is to “begin a constitutional process to abolish the Maori seats once all historic Treaty claims have been settled, which we anticipate will be in 2014.”

Host Martyn Bradbury put to Dr Sharples right wing commentator Matthew Hooton's view that "the desire to dump the Maori seats was simply window dressing for the more meat-eating National fringe than genuine policy," and asked whether the announced policy suggested National were more serious about abolishing the seats.

Mr Sharples replied: “No, I think Mr Hooton is pretty close. That’s the same message we’ve been getting privately, that in fact it’s well off.”

Asked if National leader John Key had consulted the Maori Party over the policy announced on Sunday, Dr Sharples said “He’s told us that is his policy, yes.”

Mr Sharples says the declared policy of abolishing the Maori seats after Treaty claims are settled doesn’t make sense, because the two issues are not related, and are “two different kaupapa.”

Mr Sharples says that the issue of abolishing Maori seats is a “deep structure” issue.

“We’d fight that to death. But the reality is that’s not going to happen in the next three years and we need to fight for the things to benefit Maori and New Zealand today over the next three years – I’m talking about education, I’m talking about health, I’m talking about family strength, I’m talking about community development.”

The interview is scheduled to screen on Alt TV’s Let’s Be Frank at 8.30 pm tonight.

10 Comments:

At 30/9/08 9:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“We’d fight that to death. But the reality is that’s not going to happen in the next three years and we need to fight for the things to benefit Maori and New Zealand today over the next three years – I’m talking about education, I’m talking about health, I’m talking about family strength, I’m talking about community development.”

Well in that case Pita Sharples, you best go with labour then.
The Maori party are idiots if they go with National.

 
At 30/9/08 9:53 am, Blogger Ivo Serentha and Friends said...

greetings from Italy, good luck

Bye Marlow

 
At 30/9/08 10:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out in public Keys pulls out the old abolish-maori-seats card to woo the white vote.

In private he is kissing Tariana's hefty ass and telling her how sweet it tastes!

Good work John!

 
At 30/9/08 2:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Family - almost as big a myth as religion.

When people are lazy, stupid, criminal, drunk, fat, poor, useless...... look to their parents for the (almost) entire reason and problem, then look further to grand-parents and others around for the rest.

If you have little or nothing to offer DON'T BREED ........

 
At 30/9/08 2:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have little or nothing to offer DON'T BREED

Since the dawn of time, the envious, the bigoted and all the old farts have been telling people off for irresponsibly having children. However, and I'm sorry to burst your bubble here, all that ranting has never ever made the slightest bit of difference.

That is, unless... you're not a talkback radio host by any chance?

 
At 30/9/08 4:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot families in jail.

What right have people got to breed children they have no capicity to care for.

People shouldn't get pets they can't and won't look after either.

Its disgusting, sad and cruel, if being mad sad and angry by cruelty is bigoted I am happy to be a bigot.

 
At 30/9/08 9:13 pm, Anonymous The Hag said...

Will someone please tell me (the bloody election site wont)
Can someone on the general roll give their party vote to Maori?

 
At 30/9/08 9:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No sane person on the general roll would give their party vote to maori

 
At 1/10/08 12:06 am, Anonymous The Hag said...

Why the bluidy hell not?
The treaty gives this old white woman, her ancestors & her descendants, legitimacy in this Country.
No other colonials have this dignified status, as far as I know.

Who tries to retain some of the basic assets of this Country?
Not the profligate no hopers that have been running the show lately, that’s for sure.

So bight your tongue you cheeky imp.

 
At 1/10/08 9:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone on the general roll give their party vote to Maori?

The last I heard was that we still lived in a democracy and it was still ok for someone on the general roll to vote for the Maori party.

 

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