Parliament

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

 

Give Maori Credit, Labour


Give Maori Credit, Labour

ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks today reiterated support for National's call to abolish Maori seats, and called on the Government to stop treating Maori like second-class citizens incapable of succeeding in the modern world.

"The Government's refusal to abolish Maori seats is evidence of Labour's belief that Maori are not capable of being elected to Parliament when running against `superior' non-Maori candidates," Mr Franks said.

"The reservation of seats for Maori gave us such statesmen as Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir James Carroll and Sir Peter Buck, at a time when the social climate made it difficult for Maori to gain a voice in Parliament. That time, however, has passed. Labour's free ride has had negative results for Maori - more recent incumbents of Maori seats have often been an embarrassment, not held to account by their trusting constituents, nor held to the standards applied to other MPs.

"Labour must deny the idea that Maori could get into Parliament on their own merits, which is why they will not give them the opportunity - why would they, when they have so much to gain from guaranteed seats?

"Yet what does the Government give Maoridom in return? Scraps of obscure policy, a television network that no one will be able to tune into and a culture of entrenched welfare dependency - all under the guise of helping an otherwise `weaker' people.

"Whatever face Labour tries to put on it, having Maori seats is nothing more than blatant racism - albeit dressed up in pretty buzzwords and token gestures. New Zealand is supposed to be a country where everyone is equal, and subject to the same laws. It is time for Labour to begin treating us as such, and stop acting like a benevolent conqueror," Mr Franks said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election