Was it love at Ratana today?
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 6:10p.m.
By Patrick Gower
There was something in the air at Ratana today, not love exactly, but what passes for it in politics.
The Maori Party leadership stopped eyeballing each other - if only for now.
Labour's David Shearer got a show of support which may suggest his own back is safe from David Cunliffe.
Mr Cunliffe admitted his ambitions have been put back in the box. He had previously refused to endorse Mr Shearer in Labour's crucial leadership vote in 10 days' time.
Today he was not so bold, but beaten into submission. Mr Shearer is now completely safe.
Education Minister Hekia Parata showed her face for the first time since last year's shocker, and a defiant Mr Key defended saving her.
“They told me to sack her, to get rid of her,” he said.
The Prime Minister says she's a "smooth communicator", and she put her hand up as an early contender for understatement of the year when she said she had "made a couple of mistakes".
Te Ururoa Flavell is trying to oust Pita Sharples as leader of the Maori Party - but Dr Sharples won this round at Ratana.
The challenge will now be dealt with at another meeting in about eight weeks, but the vultures are hovering over the Maori Party. A Ratana elder gave them a prophecy of doom unless they form an alliance with Hone Harawira's Mana Party.
Mr Shearer wouldn't rule out working with that, while Mr Key doesn't want a bar of it - though he found time for a hongi with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, and a long, friendly chat.
At Ratana, alliances are always forming. And in politics, alliances are what gives you power.
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25/01/2013 1:08:13 p.m.
@Mike WELL BLOODY PUT.A true scape goat.
25/01/2013 12:07:32 p.m.
Well put John, You have now alienated the New Zealander. Your cronie should be looking after all those in the education system, not just the maori minority. You did nothing but attempt to political point score at Ratana. You know very well that you are only keeping he in her position for the vote cunt in parliament. She is incompetent and should be stood down for her handling of the CHCH school closures, and Novapay. Public now see you as a leader without leadership skills.
25/01/2013 10:40:38 a.m.
Key claims that nobody cares more about Maori childrens education than Parata. I think he will find that Maori childrens Mums and Nana care far more about their childrens eduction health and well being than any over paid under worked politician
24/01/2013 9:21:49 p.m.
In the divide and rule game of politic's, Parata still has a use, she can be the scapegoat when the Novapay goes on for several more months yet, and when Steven Joyce claims he has solved the issue, Parata will be gone when National needs to blame someone for No-pay in the interim. So for now Parata still has a use to take the biggest fall of all. Cabinet must be happy having the sacrificial lamb already lined up for the butcher.
24/01/2013 8:47:00 p.m.
Shearer again was weak and pathetic [AGAIN], Key was commanding and decisive. Anyone who supports Shearer and Labour are true nut bars. Labour are a pathetic joke.
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