Q+A: Robertson, Maori, climate and Syria


On Q+A this morning:

Political Editor Corin Dann interviews Labour’s Grant Robertson – what kind of Finance Minister does he want to be?

Robertson sounded fairly slick but very general. As Josie Pagani suggested, little to connect with ordinary people. Slogans are not a good way to sell policies or buy votes these days.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox talks about her party’s RMA win this week – how will iwi participation change the way RMA decisions are made?

I haven’t looked closely at the RMA concessions that the Maori party are negotiating to enable National to get it through.

It sounds like one of the key provisions is to ensure Iwi are notified of all RMA applications.

I don’t see any problem with this. Anyone can submit on an RMA application. Here in Dunedin we have people on the other side of the harbour complaining about how a new house may look to them. That sort of trivial thing is a farm more prevalent problem than Maori protesting over a motorway being built through a sacred site.

New Zealander Mark Wilson heads one of the world’s biggest insurance companies – why he believes New Zealand needs to do more to protect against the effects of climate change.

Russia sends warning to America after cruise missiles are dropped on Syrian airbase.


  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 9, 2017

    When I arrived home from Palm Sunday Mass this morning, Wayne had gotten up early to watch Q&A. He was saying they opened the program with the Syria bombing thing…..but what really got up his nostrils, was that *not one* of the assembled panel referred to DOTUS as *PRESIDENT* Trump……they all just called him *TRUMP*.

    Wayne wondered if the same bunch of leftard snowflakes would call Little Little it’ll be last time he’ll bother getting out of bed to watch it 😡

    • Gezza

       /  April 9, 2017

      Anything interesting happen at Mass?

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 9, 2017

        It must have…..after Confession the penance took me 20 minutes 😛

  2. Zedd

     /  April 9, 2017

    Marama Fox.. you’re a political star rising (unless she falls before/on 23/9). She is very well spoken, even if I don’t agree, with all her words.

    It was interesting to hear the Akld. Chamber of Commerce spokesman, sounding like they are seriously looking at/forward to a change on 23/9 ? ‘Team Natz’ (without JK) appear to be losing their teflon/gloss ?? LOL 😀

    • Zedd

       /  April 9, 2017

      the one thing I disagree with Mrs Fox; ‘being at the table, is the only way to get gains’.. (paraphrase) whilst this sounds reasonable, it goes both ways; Maori party voting with, this Govt. on issues that are likely only benefiting the ‘wealthiest kiwis/maori’… perhaps inc. her most powerful supporters, in the ‘kingitanga/iwi-leaders forum’ & ‘iwi-media’ ? :/

      • John Schmidt

         /  April 9, 2017

        Its swings and round abouts. If Labour led the government they would be in coalition with them. Their point being its better to be inside the tent where things get done rather than outside of the tent where nothing happens.

        • Zedd

           /  April 10, 2017

          ‘outside the tent’.. where other voices get to have their say/with diffrernt opinions (even if it, just falls on deaf Govt. ears).. the times they are a-changin’ 😀