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

 


Flavell mistaken

PRESS RELEASE

23 July 2014

Flavell Mistaken

In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."

"I presume in using the word “rant” Mr Flavell refers to my interview on this week’s Native Affairs program and suggest he re-looks at the interview. He should compare my measured approach with his speech today and ask himself “who is the one 'ranting' here?”

"Unfortunately for Mr Flavell I do understand the history of our nation. I understand the founding vision that we should be one people with “equal rights and privileges” as set out in the Treaty. The Conservative Party is happy to stand for that uniting vision. Let me say clearly that laws of racial segregation are not the answer for Maori, or anyone else for that matter. Mr Flavell points to the flaws of racially segregating laws in the past, and yet stands arguing for them today. Nothing could be more inconsistent."

"Mr Flavell implies that Conservative policy is somehow a minority view. It is simply not so. New Zealanders are tired of division along racial lines and they do not support laws of segregation."

"Given the ever-increasing number of laws and processes that segregate New Zealanders on the basis of race, I think it is important for this to be part of the election debate, and his suggestion that I should not speak out on this matter shows he is the one holding the indefensible position."

"Perhaps Mr Flavell needs to ask why the Conservative Party achieved more votes in a five week campaign last election than the Maori Party who had years to prepare? We continue to gain the support of New Zealanders - support that is growing daily, while in contrast the Maori Party looks to be struggling."

"I am happy to stand up for a nation in which all people are treated equally and without racial bias," Mr Craig concludes.

ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: John Pilger, And Making War On China

In July, the New Zealand Defence Force is scheduled to join the latest round of Talisman Sabre, a huge training exercise that Australia carries out biennially in conjunction with all four arms of the US military.

Last time around in 2015, New Zealand contributed 650 personnel, 45 vehicles and two of our $NZ771 million dollar fleet of NH90 helicopters to this regional war game.

What’s weird is that Talisman Sabre is actually a rehearsal for an assault on China and its ability to defend itself. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite. More>>

ALSO:

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news