Ardern to miss Ratana to attend Davos

I’m not sure what the big deal about politicians attending the January Ratana Church event – they don’t give this attention to any other religion – but the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will miss it this year to attend the he World Economic Forum in Davos.

RNZ:  Prime Minister won’t attend Ratana celebrations

Jacinda Ardern will be in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum and deputy PM Winston Peters will take her place. On her return from Davos, the prime minister – along with ministers and Maori MPs – will make the trek to Northland to attend Waitangi commemorations.

RNZ: Labour Māori MPs face demands for action as PM misses Rātana celebrations

Last year, the freshly-minted Prime Minister kicked off the political year at Rātana and Waitangi with warm welcomes and celebration at the news she was expecting her first child.

In two weeks Jacinda Ardern was expected to return to Rātana – a Labour stronghold – but international travel to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum means her deputy Winston Peters will instead take her place.

And from there Ardern will attend Waitangi Day celebrations. She made a big impression last year, going top Waitangi for five days, but she will struggle to match that performance.

On her return from Davos she, along with a strong contingent of ministers and Māori MPs, will make the trek to Northland where her attendance at Waitangi commemorations is locked in, but she’s yet to commit to attending the annual Iwi Chairs Forum on 1 February.

In a statement Ms Ardern said her schedule for Waitangi was still being worked through and a decision about whether to attend the Iwi Chairs Forum hadn’t yet been made.

While some say Ms Ardern’s absence from the forum would be viewed as a snub, others say Māori have moved on from waiting with bated breath for the prime minister to deliver a speech of promises and instead just want to get on with business.

Mr Paraone said they can expect to receive some criticism at Waitangi as well as some free advice on what to do better.

“There will be some of my relatives who over the past twelve months have been quite critical of the Māori members, particularly those from the north, and then there will be others who will continue to be quite supportive of them but by the same token be whispering in their ears saying, hey we expect a bit more.”

But Rangitane Marsden, the chief executive of Ngāi Takoto – the iwi hosting the forum this year – said many Māori had moved away from expecting the government to provide for them, and, rather, the focus this year was on iwi economic development and building a strong business relationship with the Crown.

“I think this is the year where we want to sit down and do business, so that’s probably the theme of what we’d be after with government: it’s ‘let’s not keep talking about things, let’s not have anymore rhetoric speeches, let’s actually make something happen and be real about what we do’.”

“I think there’s a new opportunity to build a stronger relationship so we can move forward. In the past … there’s been a lot of energy put into the relationship with National and now that we have a new government it’s probably a switch of tack.”

Iwi leaders are hoping Ms Ardern will attend the forum but at the same time Mr Marsden said they’ve reached a point where they don’t need the prime minister repeating herself in order to get things done.

“So while every year at the election or Waitangi we’d wait with bated breath for a particular prime minister to describe what they’re going to do to make a difference for us – those days are fast disappearing,” he said.

I would expect Labour to deliver on something to Māori now theyt hold all seven Māori  electorates

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16 Comments

  1. David

     /  12th January 2019

    Trump is doing Davos this year, it’s turned into a globalist elite photo opportunity and quite the ugly display of inequality. Billionaires and politicians.

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  2. duperez

     /  12th January 2019

    Jacinda Ardern not going to the Ratana event presents a most unusual situation. Normally her decision to not attend a traditional occasion would see the boot being put in by all and sundry on some sites. That it’s a Māori event though might take the heat off.

    Do you think those who want to go crook be in a bind about what to criticise her for? No, someone’s already found an angle – she “prefers her international stage and pushing brand Ardern.”

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  12th January 2019

      That is probably true ! 😀

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  12th January 2019

        What will she do when Neve’s at the annoying, sticky face and hands stage, babbling away and attention-seeking ?

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      • duperez

         /  12th January 2019

        My humble opinion is that saying the PM isn’t attending Ratana celebrations so she can go to Europe to “push brand Ardern” says a lot more about the attitudes of the commentator than Ardern.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th January 2019

          Not really. She’s lapped it up before. Look at her with a bawling baby in the UN. They must have wished her and the howler anywhere.

          But she may find that the novelty’s worn off this time.

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        • Griff.

           /  12th January 2019

          Whats more important a fringe religion or nz standing on the world stage.
          I know which one I would rather they spend time on and it is not some obscure cult.
          For some reason i think the prime minster does not have a high regard for pseudo christian cults .

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  3. thespectrum

     /  12th January 2019

    I went to school with the “Ratna” boys. Played rugby with and against them too.
    Jerry Mat might have played in the 2nds I think.
    He used to just slope around? Him the Gov G? Really? 🙂
    Only went out to Ratana a couple of times in the early ’70’s on the “25th”.
    It is always so hot . Almost no water coz Ratana wanted a dry barren place
    to walk in the wilderness like Jesus did or some such story.
    Cost a dollar for a glass of water even back then.
    Played rugby on grounds hard as concrete.
    A room full of old spectacles and walking sticks from the people he “healed”
    They were just from people who had died actually 🙂
    The Temepara (temple) and the Hymns and Prayers
    with their reference to TW as the prophet not Jesus. Henry the 8th comes to mind..
    As it was when the MP’s showed up it was all fake whaikorero fake promises.
    Whetu Tiri Katene Sullivan was the last credible link to the Ratana era.
    Maori of the 1930’s would rather put their faith in a Kiwi style Mahatma
    and in the late 90’s put faith in Ghosts like Pita Sharples and Metiria Turei
    but all were better than any thing Nat or Labour were offering.
    Present day dilutes Kelvin Davis Marama Davidson are the new Maori leaders.
    Winston Peters always and now – Simon Bridges pass as Maori
    (double entendre intended.)
    Jacinda Adern could pass as Maori but chose to pass on Ratana instead.
    All NZ Governments passed on Ratana since 1930 so what’s changed?
    And Jacinda is going to Davos who is having a barbeQ at his spread in Morrinsville.
    Good bloke Davo 🙂

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  12th January 2019

      My brother went every year with Maori friends, among them Trevor Smith. My mother was very taken with Trevor and would probably have swapped my brother for him. Mrs Smith was very fond of Jerry, so might well have made the swap.

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      • thespectrum

         /  12th January 2019

        Wow how coincidental Kitty. I was trying to think of Trevor’s name all last week. I passed him by Spriggens park last week and I said hi mate feverishly trying to remember his name. A talented guy a bit like me got lost in the maelstrom of identity politics,
        Good cricketer and rugby player and intelligent too.
        Mrs Smith? Mina? I liked Mina the few times I met her had a great sense of humour. I remember on the Putiki Maori club trips in the early 80’s. They all dead many years back. May be Huia Kirk is still alive and Weterina Cooper? Those old Kui were the last of their generation. Never see their like again.
        Te Wai tuku kiri
        ki te iwi kua ngaro
        e pakangatia nei
        e tatou e.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th January 2019

          Jeremy Smith was the little brother who was, for reasons long forgotten, considered to be ‘cool’ and let to go around with the older boys.

          Trevor changed his name to Johnny B Goode. He was a looker in his youth, he was the handsomest of all that group.

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          • thespectrum

             /  12th January 2019

            I think I did not make it clear that Jerry in my post was Jerry Mateparae ex Governor General. I did not know Jeremy Smith only Trevor.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th January 2019

          He came to my mother’s funeral.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  12th January 2019

            I knew that you meant him, not little Jeremy..I don’t remember meeting any of the Smiths except Trevor.

            I meant that Trevor came to the funeral, not Jerry Mateparae 🙂

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