Saturday November 25, 2017   Last updated 07:45AM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

06:00am - 09:00am
Labour Party List
Waateanews.com

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Labour Party List
WILLIE JACKSON

Some of the ridiculous things claimed by the mainstream media last week over the Labour's Party list was really disappointing and reminded me how voters need to always be wary of media personalities more interested in putting their so called 'style' into the story rather than sticking to the facts.

TV3 Political Editor Paddy Gower is one such media personality.

Now believe it or not I have liked Paddy through the years although that like is now being severely tested. He’s entertaining the way a dog chasing his own tail is entertaining but his claims last week that I had thrown a tantrum because of my placing on the Labour Party list is lazy journalism at best and outright defamation at worst.

Let's get this straight and for the record, I had every right to question the list particularly when I found out that we didn’t have a Maori in the top 15 and of course to discuss the agreement that I had with the leadership.

Now I couldn’t give a hoot about Paddy Gower’s news deadlines or anyone else’s for that matter the election is still five months away and we are in a fight for the Maori vote. As the new Maori Campaign director a position that I was appointed to four weeks ago, I have to come up with the strategy for the Maori seats, I knew what the criticism was going to be of the list and so I had no choice but to talk with the leadership before the list announcement. It was regretful that the announcement was held up but I was satisfied that we had worked through the issues.

That's what adults who are genuine about getting real change do, they sit down and talk. I won't always get what I want for Maori, Pacifica and Working New Zealanders, but I will always negotiate the best I can for them. Now I think the list is very good and an example of this country’s diversity and although I believe Maori should be represented in the top 10 and 15 places I am proud of the two exceptional Maori women who have made the top 20. Willow-Jean Prime and Kiritapu Allan are young leaders for Labour and Maori.

Also if Labour get 32 percent which would make us contenders for Government we could have 12 Maori MP’s. That’s unprecedented in terms of New Zealand political parties and of course I’m presuming we’re going to retain all 6 Maori seats, but that’s a challenge we are all looking forward to.

I have made it clear to our leadership and now want to make it clear to this country that Maori see themselves as partners in Labour and that partnership must be honoured.

So when a media personality like Paddy Gower comes out and attempts to paint my concerns and genuine principles into a tawdry story of personal ambition and unbridled ego, I just roll my eyes.

Labour are in this fight to win it, because of the homeless stuck in motels, the family who can't move out of the garage and the young men and women who can't find minimum wage jobs and need us to find solutions now.

There was a tantrum thrown last week, but it wasn't from me, it was Paddy Gower trying to get your attention with school playground tactics. Expect this nonsense all the way through to the election where ratings matter more than your right to make informed decisions as voters.

Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

TWWoA 300x150 Info Days
Rheumatic Fever
E-Tangata-191117
Waatea TV
 
Irirangi Waatea Kaiwhakahaere Bernie O'Donnell, Te Ati Awa
Te Puea Marae Chairman Hurimoana Dennis
Hurimoana Dennis was found Not Guilty for kidnapping.
Dr Leonie Pihama Associate Professor
Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) has taken out the New Zealand Research in Education's (NZARE) Group Award for a second time after receiving the award previously in 2015.
Te Ao Pritchard Pacific Panthers Organiser
Breakfast Host: Dale Husband
Dr Alex Macmillan Advisor to the Royal Society Report
Health professionals from around the country are meeting today in Wellington, to talk about how the NZ health sector can respond to the challenges of climate change for health and healthcare services.
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare
Breakfast Host: Dale Husband
Jacinta Ruru Professor MAI Doctoral Conference
The 2017 MAI Doctoral Conference hosted by MAI ki Massey in Palmerston North, was held last week from 16 -18 November and Co-Director Jacinta Ruru commented just how powerful and empowering this gathering of Maori and Indigenous doctoral students is; "This is such an important annual opportunity to bring together incredible postgraduate students from around the motu to spend time together supporting and inspiring one another.
1 Ngahiwi Apanui | Nga tohu reo Maori 2017
Kei Te Whanganui a Tara tenei kaupapa tuu ai ki Te Papa Tongarewa. Apopo tatou mohio ai ko wai ka hua ko wai ka tohu
2 Kevin Prime | Te ngangara kino e whakamate ana i wa taatou rakau Maori
Kua mahuta ake tenei ngangara ki te whenua i te rohe o Tamaki Makaurau
Keystone pipeline spills 5000 barrels of oil & company caught hiring mercenaries
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: 4 days ago the Keystone pipeline leaked 795 000 litres of oil causing a shut down and testing for groundwater contamination. Indigenous peoples, farmers and environmentalists all warned the Keystone Pipeline had the risk of leaks, the company downplayed any such concerns.
No justice in our league
JOHN TAMIHERE: West Auckland has been a nursery for rugby league and in fact has more rugby league clubs representing Glenora, Te Atatu, Waitemata, Blockhouse Bay, New Lynn, Bay Roskill and Pt Chevalier - than rugby.
A blow to democracy
JOHN TAMIHERE : Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.