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The Maori Party Dilemma.

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:44 am Tue 13th March 2007

With Bradford’s section 59 Bill hanging on the support of the Maori party, they have been delivered a test of credibility. They must decide whether or not they will allow their members a conscience vote, but more important their opening statement is about to be tested. At the formation of the Maori party they told New Zealand, that their party was not just for Maori, but for all New Zealanders. Clark dropped the Bill in the first place because she didn’t want labour facing off against 80 percent of the population. She left that to silly Sue. Inadvertently the numbers have put the Maori party in the Dock for Labours crime. If the Maori party wants to claim the position of true representation they have no choice but to support the obvious public position. If they vote for Bradford’s Bill, they are voting for Labour, a party that operates without conscience or mandate — Isn’t that what they walked away from in the first place. Tomorrows a big day not only in politics and the future direction of our country, but also for the future of the Maori Party.


  1. Actually I just been reminded that poles since Clark’s departure from promoting the bill, have ranged consistently from 80% to 90 %.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Right-On the button Bevan

    Be sure to vote on this poll:

    Onward – Jim

    Comment by JimBWarrior - HandsOnEqualParent — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  3. Source;

    NEWSFLASH: Maori Party Support S.59 Repeal
    Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 12:53 pm
    Article: The Scoop Team
    NEWSFLASH: Maori Party Support S59 Repeal

    Reported by Kevin List at Parliament

    The Maori Party has announced that it will be supporting the unamended S59 repeal bill — the so-called “anti-smacking” Bill — of Green MP Sue Bradford.

    The announcement was made moments ago by Maori Party Co-Leader Dr Peter Sharples.

    In practical terms it means it is now likely that the private members bill will be passed as proposed by Bradford, I.E. National MP Chester Burrow’s amendment is likely to fail tomorrow when the bill receives its 3rd and final reading.

    Full audio coverage of the Maori Party and Green Party Press Conferences being held today will be posted on Scoop later this afternoon.

    Comment by JimBWarrior - HandsOnEqualParent — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 1:36 pm

  4. My letter in the local rag today says it all — I hope Nats and the stupid Maori party stop this bullshit – social engineering promoted by a washed up utopian hippie.Don’t Maori understand they will be the group that is most affected !!!

    Misery producing —ChCh Press

    I applaud Simon Barnett’s front-page comments (March 10) regarding the anti smacking bill. I agree with the home invasion scenario, and I have no doubts this bill will add to the rapid breakdown of the family in New Zealand.This bill will not act as a deterrent to the deranged maniacs who bash little children to death. However it has the potential to further fracture the family on hearsay, flimsy evidence and the balance of probabilities. This will lead to another increase in fatherlessness and actually sentence more people to misery, particularly more children.

    Parents are supposed to bring discipline into a family so that the children will accept responsibility and learn boundaries, growing up and becoming apart of society and then starting the sequence all over again when the child becomes a parent.

    Surely the preservation of the family unit should be a paramount consideration for Government.

    Comment by dad4justice — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  5. Maori Party Co-leader Pita Sharples admits voting for the bill as it stands is a brave thing to do. The poll along side the release. 90% are against you. 9% are with you. 1% doesn’t know. Brave?

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 3:49 pm

  6. Pacific Island Leaders call on MP’s to reject bill, but where does Mark Gosche stand, with his people or with his party.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Tue 13th March 2007 @ 3:57 pm

  7. Ahhhhhh the voice of reason. Go John. Stick it to them. Tell em how it is.

    Comment by Mark Lloyd — Wed 14th March 2007 @ 8:47 am

  8. Maori MP Pita lack of Sharpness said he wants to go back to the “old culture ” ?? What a dumb bell -thicko!! It is no wonder the scumbag government has just spent so much money doing up the destructive de family court’s around the country . Unscrupulous two faced lawyers and nutbar back stabbing psychologists look set to unleash their opinion on so many ignorant families as the insidious gravy train of deceit cranks up to destroy the family . Judge Boshier is a political puppet and he is all for the obliteration of the family through litigation !!

    In 12 months time I bet I say – I told you so. Parents rights is the single biggest election issue now as 85% of the population are ignored when they request the right to set boundaries and discipline their own children .

    Comment by dad4justice — Wed 14th March 2007 @ 9:15 am

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