Election Aotearoa Leaders’ Debate

Oriini Kaipara and Heta Gardiner lead the Election Aotearoa Leaders’ Debate.

Tuesday 22 August, 8.00pm
On Maori TV, and streamed live on MāoriTelevision.com and Stuff.co.nz

Kelvin Davis (Labour)
Te Ururoa Flavell (Māori Party)
James Shaw (Greens)
Gareth Morgan (Opportunities Party)
Hone Harawira (Mana)

See: Maori poll semi interesting

NZ First refused to take part in a debate with Gareth Morgan.

A disappointing start – someone sang a song, then a ‘game’ that was fairly lightweight, then to the first break with virtually no debate so far.

The first proper segment was on housing. Mostly vague same old waffle. The one who stood apart and stood out was Morgan, he sounded like he knew what he was talking about and had actual suggested solutions. he got the best response from the crowd.

So far the rest have all been disappointing, notably Davis and Shaw. Harawira began by taking an off topic swipe at Morgan, to the silence it deserved.

It revved up a bit later with a few heated exchanges but I can’t see many votes being won out of that debate.

Shaw repeated the point that National weren’t represented, but it was never explained why National were not there.

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  1. PDB

     /  22nd August 2017

    Gareth should be worth a laugh or two.

    • PDB

       /  22nd August 2017

      I was wrong – what a bore-fest. Hone said he is going to tax the top 1% to build 10,000 state homes, Davis comes across poorly and as a bit of a simpleton, and Flavell looks like he is wondering why he bothered turning up.

  2. Corky

     /  22nd August 2017

    I wonder if the King wants to mingle with ‘little people?’

  3. Felt sorry for Hone, begging to be gifted TTT..

    • He has run out of money, he is desperate to get back on the gravy train

      • Pickled Possum

         /  22nd August 2017

        RUBBISH man …your just making shite up.
        Show us his bank account!!!
        Put up or STFU

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  22nd August 2017

    Pete the reason why National didn’t debate was …
    they said “we already have debated 4 times
    (and the precious petals don’t want to over Tax themselves maybe)
    That was the reason given by National.
    Winston didnt want to be upstaged by te ururoa …
    who doesn’t want anything to do with Winston any way.

    Hone spoke the most common sense with te ururoa and gareth a close second.
    Jez kelvin just looked like a possum caught in the headlights …
    screaming “fuvk 2 moons !!!”
    Really kelvin you need yo do a bit more study on your parti policies.
    James is luvurly.
    Who to Vote for???

  5. PP Kelvin has the best Te Reo 🌺

    • Pickled Possum

       /  22nd August 2017

      Trav “the best te reo” Is it the one most easily understood … For you ?
      The 3 maori men all are from different tribes so have different dialect.
      My fave was te ururoa as he smoothly conveyed his message in a dialect I am familiar with.

      • Kelvin’ enunciation is very clear sndches a naturally fluent and erudite bloke. That said, I respect Flavell.

        Hasn’t Russell Brown got a face for radio. Not happy when ( on Media Take) the commentators weren’t happy with MSM framing polls and Jacinda’s “importance”.

  6. sorethumb

     /  22nd August 2017

    NZ First refused to take part in a debate with Gareth Morgan.
    GM is realistic about immigration, so likely NZ First would come off second best.


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