Labour doesn’t deserve Maori vote

Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote.

‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more. I don’t believe they deserve our vote, I don’t believe they deserve the vote of the Pasifika people, because if there’s one thing I’ve noticed since coming through and being a Minister this time, is the very very poor resourcing of all Pasifika health, social services, you name it.’

When asked whether she is worried that the Labour party might take a large portion of the Maori Party vote , she said, ‘I think that our people have to ask themselves that for all the years that Labour were in government, the nine years of plenty, what is it that changed in their lives? What is it that Labour did that made them feel that things had changed for them, and have made a difference?’ . . .

The answer to that question is not much.

The Maori seat enabled Labour to take Maori for granted.

It was National which started the Treaty settlement process and it’s National which has settled most claims.

The progress report at the end of 2012 showed:


There have been several more settlements since then, including settlement of the last of the historic South Island claims.

But it’s not just Treaty settlements which make Maori better off with a National-led government than a Labour-led one.

Labour sees electoral gain from keeping people dependent.

National knows it’s better to help people become independent and move from grievance to growth, not just in economic measures but in social ones too.

5 Responses to Labour doesn’t deserve Maori vote

  1. Angry Tory says:

    Never forget that Helen Clarke sent hundreds of the Armed Constabulary into Tuhoe – John Key sent in hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Helen Clark threw Turia out of the Labour party – John Key invited Turia into his cabinet.

    Helen Clark said she’d never change the flag – John Key put the Tino Rangatiratanga flag on the harbour bridge.

    Helen Clark paid back 50 billion dollars of debt. John Key borrowed 60 billion.

    Yep: John Key. Leading the most left wing government in NZ’s history

  2. robertguyton says:

    “Helen Clark paid back 50 billion dollars of debt. John Key borrowed 60 billion.”

    Wow! Just Wow!

  3. Willdwan says:

    But she did it by just taxing the highest level of private sector borrowing in history, levels of debt that may yet be our undoing. No attempt to control capital inflows. If your country can’t pay its bills, (and the last Labour term certainly saw to that) then it’s better the government does the borrowing, they get a much cheaper rate and can generally inflate the debt away.

    All you offer are slogans for arguments.

  4. robertguyton says:

    Less of your “but she”, Will.
    Show us the money.
    Fact is, she did it. Paid back $50 billion.
    Fact is, Key (and Bill English) have ramped-up a $60 billion debt!


  5. TraceyS says:

    You want to live in one of the green countries Robert?

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