National criticised over Maori representation

Should every party in Parliament rank their caucus with balanced representation of every major New Zealand demographic?

The new National Party lineup announced by leader Todd Muller yesterday has been criticised for ‘a lack of diversity on their front bench’, and in particular forr not having enough Maori MPs prominent on their rankings.

Maori tend to not vote for National in big numbers, so why should National arrange their ranking to appear to represent Maori proportionally?

Should National also balance their lineup with union representatives, teachers, climate change activists, social activists and racing and fishing representatives?

Tariana Turia is complaining about the lack of Maori in National’s front bench – but her Maori Party was notable for it’s lack of diversity, they only had Maori representatives. As was their choice.

Should Labour have farmers and ex corporates and religious advocates in their front bench?

Should NZ First have a balance of young MPs?

Should Greens have business representation in their caucus and their list?

Or should each party represent who they wish, and rank their MPs how they wish?

Maori already have a special guarantee of representation in Parliament through the Maori seats. National have never been given a Maori seat by Maori voters, so why should National go out of their way to represent them?

Muller had to put forward his new lineup in a hurry, and National are in opposition, not in Government. John Key’s Government represented Maori through some of their own MPs and in particular by including the Maori Party, who were voted for by Maori.

Every party shouldn’t have to be representative of everyone, they should represent who vote for them.

Labour hasn’t had a particularly good record of representing Maori interests despite holding most Maori seats most of the time (currently all Maori seats).

It would be democratic nonsense for all parties to be diverse enough to satisfy every interest group in the country. The Greens who promote themselves as diverse are making little attempt at gender balance these days, but that’s their choice.

Voters are supposed to decide what they think of the diversity or lack of diversity of each party lineup.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  27th May 2020

    Great post, PG. Food for thought. I have no questions.

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  2. Griff.

     /  27th May 2020

    Maori
    Have race based electoral roll , their own race based seats in parliament and their own openly racist Maori political party competing in MMP elections .
    Want even more special treatment with a demand that every party also has a quota of Maori in its caucus.
    Racist bullshite.

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    • Fight4nz

       /  27th May 2020

      And they get all the worst results in the education system. And in the legal system. Even hog the unemployment.
      We shouldn’t let them have everything and a couple of seats in parliament!

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th May 2020

    I don’t care what colour you are so long as you do your job well. It’s a travesty that our media don’t.

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    • It’s also ridiculous to assume that all Maori think alike.

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      • Corky

         /  27th May 2020

        Of course it’s ridiculous to assume that. But it’s not ridiculous to assume many do. That’s thanks to collectivism. Collectivism, like socialism, demands everyone think and act the same. And they do.

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  4. artcroft

     /  27th May 2020

    Labour have a cabinet of two and both are white. Yet no one utters a word.

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  5. Corky

     /  27th May 2020

    Thumbs up for Judith Collins replying to a questions from media with: ”is there something wrong with being white?” No, Judith. There’s nothing wrong with being white. It’s just some people and many Maori want you to believe that you’re surplus to requirements.

    If Muller had said:

    ”The National Party under my leadership does not have rankings or rolls based on race and gender. We choose ministers on their competence to get the job done.”

    But,no. National played the silly race/gender game and lost. How dumb do you have to be?

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  6. Fight4nz

     /  27th May 2020

    So that’s why there’s no intelligent people in ACT, that don’t get any votes from intelligent people.

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    • Corky

       /  27th May 2020

      Most New Zealanders are mush in the middle ground.
      Have you been in Mongolia these last few months?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  27th May 2020

      @F4NZ, well that was unintelligible.

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      • Fight4nz

         /  28th May 2020

        Read ‘they’ instead of ‘that’.
        No so dedicated to correcting autocorrect as Gezza

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        • Gezza

           /  28th May 2020

          Autocorrect? I turned it off. I can proudly say that 99% of my multitudinous cock ups are all my own work; I don’t proof-read properly – but the FiP2 also has a lot to answer for.

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