Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Political commentator: Final Waitangi Day for Maori Party

3 February 2014

Political commentator: “This is the final Waitangi Day for the Maori Party”

Ngapuhi political commentator David Rankin has spoken out ahead of Waitangi Day, saying that this is the final Waitangi Day for the Maori Party in Parliament.

Mr Rankin, who was the first commentator to pick Hone Harawira’s exit from the Maori Party, now says that the Maori Party’s days in Parliament are numbered.

“I have it on good authority from senior people in the Maori Party’s administration that they are rapidly losing members, that their finances are desperate, and most importantly, that their internal polling is showing them losing their remaining seats to Labour in the next General Election,” says Mr Rankin.

“Privately, the Maori Party have already written off any chance of holding Te Tai Hauauru[currently Tariana Turia’s seat],” says Mr Rankin, “and acknowledge that the Party’s new leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, is losing support to the Mana Party in his seat of Waiarki, paving the way for Labour to win all the Maori seats except for Te Tai Tokerau, which is presently held by Hone Harawira.”

Mr Rankin says the Maori Party has struggled to attract any quality candidates, and is failing to gains support from younger Maori in particular, while the Party’s association with National has left it looking to some as though its MPs have compromised their principles for the “baubles of office.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news