Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Health Board held to ransom by PC

Health Board held to ransom by political correctness

The National Party is outraged that the Government is allowing the Kapiti and Coast District Health Board to be held to ransom by a case of absurd political correctness, says the Party's Deputy Leader Roger Sowry.

He's commenting on a deal done with local Maori, which has seen women banned from working on the construction of a new $5.5 million Health Centre in Paraparaumu.

"It's simple - Capital and Coast District Health should never have done this deal," Mr Sowry says.

"There's no way a Government agency like the Health Board, should be party to such a discriminatory policy.

"But I have every sympathy for Capital and Coast Health, who've been forced into this position by a Government that gives Maori special consultative powers," says Mr Sowry.

"Powers that don't extend to the rest of New Zealand.

"The banning of women from this work-site should not be taken lightly and it must be stopped immediately, long before there's any claim put before the Human Rights Commission," Mr Sowry says.

"The Government's gone too far giving the force of law to things like the 'taniwha', while ratepayers shell out big money for 'culturally acceptable' sand.

"This political correctness must be brought to an end, there must be one standard of citizenship for all New Zealanders," Mr Sowry says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news