Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters

Foreign students have been a significant part of tertiary education in New Zealand for some time, educationally and economically.

The Spinoff:  The vicious hidden message in Shane Jones’ blast at students from New Delhi

On the face of it that might seem like just the usual blast on the xenophobic dog whistle, a sequel to his recent attack on Indian arranged marriages. But Shane Jones is a Harvard graduate, a political whiz, a brainiac. He operates on intellectual plains imperceptible to mere mortals. What if there is something else going on, someone else in his sights?

What if there is someone who is currently on their way to New Zealand after being in New Delhi? Someone who had been there to big up the place of Indian students in New Zealand, no less?

There is such a person.

Before departing for the world’s biggest democracy, this man said he was “seriously committed to strengthening New Zealand’s relationship with India”.

He arrived in New Delhi clutching a glossy brochure called India-New Zealand 2025: Investing in the Relationship.

The document lists among New Zealand’s ambitions: “Support strong growth in services trade by attracting more high value visitors from India, and enhance education opportunities and experiences for Indian and New Zealand students.”

In the document the man in question writes: “India matters globally, regionally and nationally. New Zealand recognises this and is committing to greater investment in the relationship … The Indian diaspora already makes up 5% of New Zealand’s population and is growing. Indian immigrants and students contribute skills and diversity to New Zealand’s economy and our communities.”

He adds: “New Zealand has benefited from skilled migrants, student exchanges, and rapid increases in tourist numbers from India.”

In the light of all this – which Jones, as a voracious reader would have known – is this man the target for this morning’s broadside at, you know, students from India?

It’s not haard to work out who ‘this man’ is.

Northeast Today – New Zealand recognizes India as one of the fastest growing economies: Deputy PM Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand Winston Peters said that his country recognizes India as one of the fastest growing economies with second largest population.

Peters and New Zealand Minister of Trade and Export Growth David Parker chaired the New Zealand-India Trade for All session at Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Friday.

Peters added that India plays an important role on world stage. He also said that New Zealand is committed to invest more in its relationship with India.

So while Jones is obviously playing to an audience in New Zealand, like…

…it also seems ill-time at best, and has been called out as undermining Winston Peters.

On Thursday, the man paid a special visit to the New Zealand Centre at the India Institute of Technology. According to a local report, he said: “Education is one of the key pillars bilateral relationship between New Zealand and India.”

So who is he? Who is this man who has had a continent of shade cast upon him by Mr Shane Jones?

It is, of course, the deputy prime minister, foreign minister, and leader of the New Zealand First Party, the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

It is also another embarrassment for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has seemed unable to assert any authority over Jones.

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16 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  1st March 2020

    Gotta admit was a time when you rarely sighted a court case of corruption in Local Government.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/114439066/auckland-council-worker-charged-with-taking-bribes-for-it-contract

    Rarely sighted prosecutions for underpaying staff.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11509633

    There has been an imported ethical change.

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    • David

       /  1st March 2020

      Apparently the IRD are focused almost entirely at the hospitality business for their dodgy division.

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      • Duker

         /  1st March 2020

        Any business that has a large cash component

        Often these cases involve professionals assisting …either a lawyer with a gang laundering money , accountant for Restaurant owner and evading OIA land buying with a Korean lawyer

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  1st March 2020

    Slowdown 101 is wrong about Shane Jones saying what we are all thinking; he should speak for himself and not try to make it look as we are all racists. He isn’t particularly literate; ‘kiwis’ for ‘Kiwis’, ‘to’ for ‘too’, ‘country’s’ (ouch) for ‘countries’…if he wants to be taken seriously, he should learn to write English correctly.

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  3. Duker

     /  1st March 2020

    “, who has seemed unable to assert any authority over Jones.”

    Oh dear … the Coalition agreement specifically allows both NZ First and Greens to have a different view than labour on matters that arent part of the cabinet process.
    Please give up this babble about ‘assert authority’, Ardern isnt CEO and is only elected to have authority over her party MPS.
    In fact there are specific parts that are called ‘agree to disagree’. This isnt the situation where previously where National had poodles as ministers who were one man partys

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    • A minister undermining the Minister of Foreign Affairs currently visiting the country that’s the target of racism and contrary to the statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs is not a party having a different view and agreeing to disagree. It is effectively an attack on the Government, and the Prime Minister has to have authority over this.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  1st March 2020

    No matter who bad the feral right HATE Shane Jones hes FAR better than this carpet bagger, whos face colour is extremely high blood pressure…but the right worship him
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ER95423WkAEh9-E?format=jpg&name=small

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd March 2020

      AAAAGGGHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Corky

       /  2nd March 2020

      Go Bernie. America needs you for a new direction…back to 1880. Yee-haw! 😂

      ps- Lol!

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  5. Blazer

     /  1st March 2020

    Corruption in India is everywhere and the special marriage exemption for those in NZ is ludicrous.

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    • Duker

       /  1st March 2020

      Special rules for a racial group …what is that called ?

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    • NOEL

       /  1st March 2020

      Yeah they closed down the Mumbai visa operation and returned it to Welington.
      Expected when the living expenses for consular staff is so low and the task was contracted out to locals.

      Reply
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