Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rodney Hide to resign over Maori seats

post has been updated
Rodney Hide says he will have to resign as minister if Auckland gets Maori seats on the super council, as it is fundamentally against the culture of New Zealand. He even said it won't threaten the stability of government as Act will still provide confidence and supply.

He's wrong about the seats. He's partially right about the stability; as the Maori Party also provides confidence and supply, stability wont be threatened even if Act withdraws its support.

My take is simply this: Auckland should get the seats.If Hide wants to resign it is up to him, but he`d be a hypocrite not to if Auckland get the seats. Audrey Young said this in October last year
Act's Rodney Hide put his weight behind the Maori Party last night, supporting any move to entrench the Maori seats on the basis that what was good for the general seats should apply to the Maori seats too.
Whereas here he says the Maori seats are " just wrong". If they are just wrong, why support entrenchment and stand ACT candidates in the Maori electorate at the 2008 election?

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Blogger Gavin Knight said...

I suspect she was referring to the Royal Commission on Auckland which reported last year, not the Electoral one from the 1980s/1990s

August 20, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Swimming said...

good point gavin I was just amending the post...

August 20, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Nick K said...

The principle is one law for all. The "pakeha" seats are entrenched so the one law principle says the Maori ones should be too.

The same principle applies in the Supercity issue. One law only; not a special law for maori and one for others.

August 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

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