Ardern wants to “brings back manaakitanga”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said: “I want to be a Government that brings back manaakitanga”.

MickySavage at The Standard:  Manaakitanga

There will be debate amongst the different groupings of the left about how far we can trust this Labour-Green-NZ First Government and will they be a bunch of sellout careerists or will they deliver the sort of society that Micky Savage dreamed of.

Policy decisions will be important…

The other important aspect of ruling is style.  John Key was during the early days of his leadership quite good at it.  He appeared superficially to be an inclusive genuine good bloke who had a side line of allowing his Government to sell off our assets, trash our collective institutions and destroy our environment.  But for a long time what he was saying was not too bad.  Pity he did not mean it.

I am convinced that Jacinda does mean it.  Her responses and public comments have been exceptional not to mention brave.

As an example her comments this week on Ratana Marae were extraordinary.

From Newshub:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says we should turn to Maoridom for an example of the kind of compassion and ethics the Government should show.

“I want to be a Government that brings back manaakitanga”, she said. Manaakitanga is a concept central to the Māori worldview, meaning to show respect, generosity and care for others.

“For that, we should turn to Maoridom and see the work that was done in Kaikōura, Christchurch and Te Puia. Where there was need, maraes opened their doors and responded to the need of the people,” she said.

“That is the kind of Government we want to be.”

MickySavage:

Manaakitanga fits in perfectly with the Socialist ethos of from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

Micky Savage would have approved of this speech.  If policy decisions match the ethos expressed by this Government then we are in for an interesting time.

Ardern has tried to take a different, less abrasive approach to politics as PM. Time will tell how well she manages to put her ideals into practice.

manaakitanga

1.(noun) hospitality, kindness, generosity, support – the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.

Of course the Government and our politicians should show kindness and respect, and support the people of New Zealand.

However ‘generosity’ is a balancing act, because the Government needs other people’s money to be generous.

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15 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  January 28, 2018

    you are the one correlating generosity with…money..not her.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 28, 2018

    How unflattering and ridiculous to assume that other people do not have these virtues, as attributing them to one race does. The Christchurch earthquake alone should demonstrate this. These values are by no means held by all Maori people and are held by many others. Trying to bring them back is nonsense, they have never gone away. The three Maori youths who bashed and robbed a taxidriver a few weeks ago were hardly displaying this, the people of both races who came to the rescue when they looked out and saw what was happening were.

    I saw an assault in Hamilton by a Maori man; the victim was Pakeha and the assault was unprovoked. Some young men of both races ran across as fast as they could through the traffic to stop it.

    Ms Ardern is talking nonsense here. My husband was refused the use of an old blanket to help a crash victim because the Maori owner didn’t want to get it dirty.Too bad if someone died, at least the old car rug would stay clean.

    How on earth can anyone legislate kindness and care for others ? If they could, no school would have problems with theft or bullying, as these are against the rules of every school. This is just feel-good PCness, and a naive waste of time.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 28, 2018

    Did she say ‘I WANT TO BE A GOVERNMENT….’ ? I thought that the MPs as a whole were the Government. What a Freudian slip.

  4. David

     /  January 28, 2018

    manaakitanga

    1.(noun) hospitality, kindness, generosity, support – the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.

    This definition does not seem to mention funding of said hospitality from money taken off other people.

    • Blazer

       /  January 29, 2018

      it is the antithesis of your ethos of…’everyman for…himself’.

    • PDB

       /  January 29, 2018

      Doesn’t appear to take Maori child abuse rates into account either.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 29, 2018

        Or other violent crime. All races commit that.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 28, 2018

    The first beneficiaries of the new policy appear to be racehorse owners.

  6. Corky

     /  January 28, 2018

    ‘I am convinced that Jacinda does mean it. Her responses and public comments have been exceptional not to mention brave.”

    I think she means it too. That’s good for National. I can see another Lange-Douglas divide coming, except not as severe.

    ”Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says we should turn to Maoridom for an example of the kind of compassion and ethics the Government should show.”

    What utter bullshit. Maoridom is the last place to be looking for ethics and a way forward for our country.

    • Gezza

       /  January 28, 2018

      Don’t worry about it Corks. It’s just schoolgirly babbling. She’s still all excited over Ratana.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 29, 2018

        Oh great, a gushing, girly PM who’s still stuck in the 4th form. Jolly hockey sticks !

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 29, 2018

          Maori people are no different to anyone else when it comes to virtue or lack thereof.

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 29, 2018

            Of course not Miss Kitty. It’s not about that. It’s about what you say to them when they’re all gathered together in one place with a distinctly political kaupapa.

            Likewise, no politician would go to an Employer’s Federation, Corporate CEO, property speculators or NZ Initiative donor-lobbyist meeting and tell them that corporate business is the last place we should look for ethical guidance because the logic of money is inhuman and therefore alien to humanity …

            Despite this being true and exactly what they need to hear.