Labour versus Maori and Partnership Schools

When announcing two new partnership schools ACT’s David Seymour blasted ‘relentless negative attacks’ on the education alternatives.

…they had also found themselves “the constant focus of relentlessly negative attacks” from other sectors of the education system who seemed to believe that the education system was funded for them, rather than for kids.

“I don’t think it is entirely fair that our Partnership school sponsors have had to be their own PR agents while also setting up schools in quite heroic and successful ways but nevertheless that is part of the reality they face.”

The Labour Party has strongly opposed partnership schools (aka charter schools), led by education spokesperson Chris Hipkins who seems to be closely associated with teacher unions.

The two new partnership schools that will open next year both aim to provide education leading to employment for Maori children. If Labour was serious about representing their Maori constituency they would recognise the potential benefits of fixing parts of our current education system that are failing many Maori kids.



From a closing address Hipkins gave to Te Ara Whakamana Pathways and Transitions Forum:

Our education system needs to prepare our young people for a world we can’t yet imagine. We might not be able to imagine ‘what’ they will be doing, but we can predict with a reasonable degree of certainly some of the attributes they’ll need if they are going to succeed.

Far from having a ‘job for life’ they can expect to chop and change careers on a regular basis. They will probably undertake a range of different types of work, some salaried, some contracted, some in a workplace, some from home.

Subject specific knowledge and technical skills will be a lot less important, transferable skills will be essential. Attitude and aptitude will be just as important, if not more important, than qualifications.

That poses enormous challenges for the education system and here, as around the world, we’re only just beginning to grapple with those.

The current focus on standardisation and measurement works against adapting the education system to the needs of the modern world. Those policies seek to refine a system that was well suited to the last century, but simply won’t cut it in the future.

Our focus has to be on a much more personalised learning experience, one that brings out the best in each and every individual. No two people are built exactly the same so we should stop forcing the education system to treat them as if they are.

One way to stop forcing the education system to provide more personalised learning experiences is through partnership schools. They provide an alternative for the many kids, by some counts a quarter, who are failing in the state system.

I want young New Zealanders to undertake courses of learning and study that leave their options as wide open as possible. Closer partnerships between schools, tertiary education providers, and industry will be vital.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean kids should be learning job-specific skills at school.

Job-specific skills are best learnt where they will be used – on the job. But a closer partnership between education and industry will result in a much greater emphasis on transferable skills, and less of an emphasis on subjects and credit accumulation.

One of the new partnership schools just announced:

  • Napier – Te Aratika Academy: a single sex (male) senior secondary school for years 11 to 13. It will have a vocationally-focused kaupapa Māori special character, and will target male Māori students. Sponsored by Te Aratika Charitable Trust. An opening roll of 67, with a maximum of 200 by 2019.

Te Aratika Charitable Trust is a new charitable trust formed by Te Aratika Drilling, a civil construction firm across the North Island.

Ronnie Rochel, the director of the company, said that since 1998 she had been working and mentoring young men.

“I am passionate about providing a platform for change,” she said.

She saw many young boys come in to apply for jobs and although they had been through the school system, they were were not employment-ready.

Sounds a lot like what Hipkins suggests – except that it isn’t under the control of the teacher unions that seem to have Hipkins as their spokesperson and seem to oppose diversification of education.

Partnership schools are one way of providing more personalised education and vocational preparation. Maori groups in particular see them as a more effective alternative for kids currently failing.

Will Labour put kids and Maori educational interests first?

Or do they have too close a partnership with teachers’ unions and don’t really want diversification beyond their control?

McCarten moving to Auckland

Matt McCarten is leaving Wellington and his job as Andrew Little’s chief of staff, and is moving to Auckland to apparently head a new Labour office there. Things seem up in the air with an expected official announcement later in the week.

Stuff: Little’s chief of staff to head new Labour office in Auckland

Labour leader Andrew Little’s chief of staff Matt McCarten is poised to quit the job and head up a new Labour office in Auckland.

Little said he had not finalised who would staff the Auckland office, though he had been looking at setting it up for some time.

But the move there by McCarten was “voluntary, willingly and with agreement, not in high dudgeon”.

Asked if he had anyone in line to take over as his chief of staff, after McCarten shifted north, Little said: “That’s part of the detail that is to be finalised”.

Sounds like the story got out before things were sorted out.

His move to Auckland will leave Little searching for both a new chief of staff and a new chief press secretary after Sarah Stuart quit the latter role in May.

And more sorting out to do too.

NZ Herald says:

Labour leader Andrew Little is to open a new Labour Party office in Auckland and re-deploy his chief of staff Matt McCarten as Labour prepares for battle in 2017.

Little said Labour’s new office in Auckland would open by the end of September and McCarten had offered to head it.

It was part of the planning for election year, including how to target the voter-rich Auckland.

Little said he would be spending a lot of time in Auckland and needed a base there. It would be formally announced at a Labour function for Auckland businesses, interest groups and movers and shakers on Wednesday.

McCarten had volunteered to take on the role and was not being pushed.

“He wanted to do it. His strength is in the networks and setting up programmes and places for me to go to and getting stuff organised. And that is what I need.”

Labour currently does not have a party base in Auckland other than its MPs’ electorate offices.

That’s odd. From early July and the Taxpayers’ Union – Speaker’s Warning To Labour Over Parliamentary Funds:

Some weeks ago Labour sent an email in the name of Paul Chalmers, the Project Manager at Labour House, to Labour’s Auckland supporters detailing how Andrew Little had opened a Auckland office that will be “the centre of the Labour and progressive movement in Auckland and the place to co-ordinate the local government and General Election campaigns.”

The email also called on “like-minded partners” to share office space and other facility resources.

It appears that Andrew Little and his MPs are pooling together taxpayer resources to open a campaign office in central Auckland for the Party and Phil Goff’s campaign for the Auckland mayoralty. Use of taxpayer resources in this way is clearly against the rules.

This says that Labour had already opened a campaign office in Auckland.

Does anyone know what is actually going on here?

Waatea 5th Estate – Labour v NZ First

Waatea 5th Estate 7pm special – Labour vs NZ First – the fight for Maori votes
Joining us tonight to look at the fight for the Maori vote…
Andrew Little – Leader of the Labour Party
Winston Peters – Leader of NZ First

Andrew Little starts by being quite critical of the Maori Party shackled to National , and then he promotes the Labour Maori MPs as wonderful.

The live stream keeps dropping out.

Little is asked about demoting Nanaia Mahuta, and Pete Kane seems to be hogging all the bandwidth.

Now to Peters quoting Helen Clark saying the Maori Party was last cab off the rank.

I’ve switched to Waatea and it is doing the same thing but not as badly.

Peters rubbishes Tuku Morgan so it looks like there’s a working relationship there any more – ‘blatantly ignorant’.

Little says he thinks Labour are honouring the responsibility of representing Maori.

He again links the Maori Party to ‘their mate the National Party’.  Seems to be quite antagonistic towards them.

Peters joins the piling in on the Maori Party, so he and Little are on common ground there, apparently seeing them as a threat and they sound grumpy about it.

Peters claims that fees for managing Kiwisaver will take 22 billion dollars of new Zealanders over the next twenty or so years. He gives no comparison of how much funds who don’t charge fees would make for their investors.

Asked if Mahuta’s seat is under threat he talks his MP up and thinks she is very strong. Not a strong denial of threat though.

Winnie whines about Tuku Morgan again. He says that the Maori Party are down to 1 seat and in a state of desperation. he also piles into Hone Harawira.

Little must be hoping he doesn’t have to try and negotiate a coalition with the Greens, NZ First, plus the Maori and Mana parties.

And Little again runs the Maori party down and then does some electioneering for Labour.

Then Peters has a turn at rubbishing everyone.

Willie Jackson asks Peters if he would help National get over the line. Doesn’t sound promising.

Then Jackson asks if Peters will go with Labour and between cut outs I don’t think he is going there either.

Little is asked if he can work with Winston and he avoids a direct answer and starts sloganeering for Labour, also avoiding the question.

Asked if he with work with the Maori Party he also avoids a direct answer.

He says he and the Greens are for change and then blasts the Maori Party and says they are ‘not on the radar’.

Next Peters who waffles on again without saying anything new. We have to wait until the election and then see what he wants to do for himself. He’s not interested in telling voters what they might get with NZ First.

Jackson did his best but I found this a quite depressing insight into opposition politics.

Peters is cranky and non-committal, as ever.

Little demonstrates what Labourites think of anyone who sides against them. He seems to see the Maori Party as traitors that don’t deserve his attention.

It might be entertaining for a while but imagining Labour, Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party perhaps with Mana dabbling on the side trying to negotiate a governing arrangement does not give me any optimism about the quality of alternatives to a gradually flailing and failing National.

Housing promises don’t compute

Vernon Small points out that political rhetoric on housing does not match reality, and it simply does not compute when you look at some basic numbers.

Stuff: Promises houses can be more expensive – and more affordable – do not compute

But whether it is a crisis or not, it is certainly becoming a farce.

No more so than in the mutually-exclusive policy aims that Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has to trot out on behalf of all his colleagues – and he was at it again over the weekend.

Policy goal one is that house prices should not fall, but should rise by single digit percentages.

Policy goal two is that the ratio of house prices to income should fall from the current nine time (going on 12 times) to an average of four to five times across the country.

Policy goal three is that incomes should rise steadily, but not in a highly unsustainable or inflationary way. That will not, for yonks, deliver the $200,000-$250,000 a year household income needed to ensure the average $1 million Auckland home is around five times the average household income.  

Play around with the figures, and give Auckland a price margin over the rest of the country (shall we say six times household income?) and you still have a very long wait.

Then add in percentage house price increases that even in single digit percentages are likely to outpace wage increases and  … well you get the picture.

The picture is very clear.

Unless house prices come down a lot or wages go up a lot then ‘policy goals’ are way off the mark. They don’t compute.

And not just for the Government.

Labour MPs are hoist on a similar petard by refusing to publicly admit they would like to see a fall in prices. They have one mitigating grace; that they are prepared to use Government cash to build a swag of affordable houses; but refuse to face the inevitable (perhaps even desirable) truth that house prices must soften – not just rise more slowly.

But Labour’s policy of providing tens of thousands of ‘affordable houses’ comes nowhere near close to making what is actually affordable to people on modest wages possible in Auckland and other cities and regions.

Only Green co-leader Metiria Turei – and a raft of clear-eyed economists – seem prepared to utter the unlovely truth; only a big dive in house prices, especially in Auckland, will provide a significant easing in home affordability in the next 10 to 20 years.

Many may not agree with what Turei has proposed but at least she is being honest about the numbers.

We either need significant housing deflation, or some honesty from National and Labour.

They don’t seem to be inclined towards either.



UK update

Another UK update from Missy.

Despite the Bank Holiday weekend, the recent ‘heatwave’, drownings, the media have still managed to drag out a few political stories for the end of summer.


John McDonnell has said that Richard Branson should be stripped of his knighthood for undermining democracy in the wake of traingate, and the release of the CCTV footage of Corbyn and his advisors walking past empty seats.

McDonnell wrote a piece for the Sunday Mirror this morning in which he said Sir Richard was ‘…a tax exile who thinks he can intervene and try and undermine our democracy’. He went on to talk about the rich and powerful being given gongs for not giving anything back – a bit ironic considering Corbyn recommended someone for a peerage for providing a report that essentially whitewashed Labour’s anti-semitism problem, and left Corbyn’s name out of it completely.

McDonnell is being criticised by many from both within Labour, and the general public for his comments, with one Labour MP quoted as saying, ” “Dare to question Saint Jeremy’s version of the truth? John McDonnell will strip you of your knighthood.”

In this McDonnell was very stupid, the story was starting to die down by the end of the week with focus going on the hot weather, Bank Holiday weekend, and reported disagreements within the Conservatives, by doing his opinion piece McDonnell has brought the whole traingate story back into the top stories in the media just as the Government are coming back from holidays.


Speaking of the Government, Theresa May is expected to hold a cabinet meeting this week where she will demand that her Brexit Ministers (Fox, Johnson, Davies) get along, this comes after reports of tensions between the three. She is also expected to ask all of her cabinet to come up with a strategy for the EU exit, and how a Brexit Britain will look.

On Brexit, there is still a court case pending (due to be heard in October) brought by a law firm who wish to force the Government into putting it to a vote in Parliament, Government lawyers are confident it will fail, which is good since May announced last week there will be no Parliamentary vote prior to triggering article 50, the decision will be made by Cabinet alone.

This is a good move by May as there have been a number of threats by MP’s and Members of the House of Lords to try and block Brexit, whilst that will be popular with many Remainers, most people in the UK see those threats as undemocratic, and it will further erode the public’s confidence in Westminster.


Spending figures in the UK were released last week showing an increase in spending, and an increase in tourists. This has been put down, in part, to the low pound which is encouraging more tourists to come here, but also an increase in offshore internet sales, also due to the low pound, house prices have dropped, but estate agents can’t be confident that is due solely to Brexit, or just a normal summer slump, business confidence has increased from the beginning of July, most likely as they realise the world isn’t going to end.

The story has been a little different in Germany, where in the two months since Brexit business confidence has dropped, and spending has decreased, it is hard to know if this is because of the Brexit vote, or if it would have happened anyway, one thing does seem to be certain, businesses in Germany are encouraging a favourable agreement between the EU and Britain on trade.

State of emergency on homelessness?

Following up on his call for a state of emergency on homelessness on Q & A this morning Labour spokesperson on housing Phil Twyford has followed up with a media release:

Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness

Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis.

“There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum in the headlights. It is time to declare a state of emergency and treat this crisis with the urgency it deserves.

Māori political play looks credible

Māori political interests are becoming clearer and look like they are aiming for real gains – and it doesn’t look favourable for the Labour Party, who appears to be losing it’s connection with yet another pew from it’s once broad church.

Maiki Sherman has an in depth and fascinating analysis of Māori political manoeuvrings at Newshub – Opinion: Māori politics now a Game of Thrones.

In short, the Kīngitanga movement appears to be teaming up with the Māori Party, and they are working towards an alliance with Hone Harawira and the Mana Party.

The person at the centre of this is Tuku Morgan, ex NZ First MP and now a closer adviser to Kīngi Tuheitia and president of the Māori Party.

If this works it could put a strong bloc of Māori in a strong political position, competing with NZ First for holding possible balance of power after next year’s election.

And it will either sideline Labour from power, or it have a powerful influence over a Labour led coalition.

National could be the main benefactors – apart from Māori.

As next year’s election looms closer, the power plays have begun.

And right at the centre of it is the King himself – Kīngi Tuheitia, the Māori Monarch. His movement, the Kīngitanga, is reasserting its relevance.

The King’s annual address is the only time he speaks publicly.

Over the years, his speeches have included the personal criticisms faced by the King and the overwhelming need to reaffirm the relevance of the King Movement.

Of equal importance, and intrinsically tied to the two points just mentioned, are the ever-increasing political themes seen in the King’s yearly speech.

Māori water rights, Kōhanga Reo, a Treaty of Waitangi claim to greater Auckland, and the question of sovereignty.

All of these issues have been part of an attempt to assert the power of the Kīngitanga.  

However, the King Movement does not command the same power it once had with the Government of the time.

The movement itself, as noted by the King in his annual addresses, has had to work on rebuilding its support amongst the Māori people.    

A king with fractured support from his own tribes is a king whose power is also fractured, leaving cracks for any government to divide and conquer.

Securing major concessions such as shared sovereignty then would be an uphill battle.

And so, politically at least, a strategy is needed to strengthen the King’s hand in the realm of Parliament.

Cue the King’s speech of 2016 that attacked Labour.

It was claimed the King went off script this year. But this is not the case.

Labour leader Andrew Little was set up – he was sitting front and centre moments before the King’s address was delivered.

The King said he would not be voting for Labour again and criticised the leader for his unwillingness to work with the Māori Party.

He then went on to back the Māori Party, with a nod also to Hone Harawira’s Mana Movement.  

The King’s Hand – Tukoroirangi Morgan

Tukoroirangi Morgan has been the King’s Hand – the King’s closest adviser – for many years.

And Morgan now has another job – he was recently appointed President of the Māori Party.

He is expected to be a game-changer for the Māori Party. The latest developments with the Kīngitanga support is a clear sign of this.

Morgan’s strategy and game plan will be well thought out.

The first move was to extend an olive branch to the Mana Movement. Breakfast with Hone Harawira.

And the backing of both the Māori Party and Mana Movement by the King in his annual address was anything but a coincidence.  

The Marriage of Convenience – Mana Party

A Maori Party-Mana alliance is the ultimate marriage of convenience in the Seven Kingdoms.

The seed was already sown following the meeting between Tukoroirangi Morgan and Hone Harawira.

A formal merger is highly unlikely. But a marriage of convenience is very much on the cards. A deal is almost certain to be struck in the Seven Kingdoms.

The King’s endorsement of Mana though has served more reasons than one. It would be a hard sell to say the Kīngitanga was backing an independent Māori voice without acknowledging Mana.

The Political Pawn – Māori Party

The real power-play here is the King’s endorsement of the Māori Party and setting up its alliance with Mana.

In order to strengthen the Kīngitanga’s political relevancy, they need to secure more concessions from the Government.

The King and his office are well and truly  aware of the benefits of sitting at the Government table.

Unlike other political parties, the Māori Party is not tied to the greater party needs and wants. Māori aspirations come first.

And so the King is taking over the Māori Party –  a movement capable of doing the Kīngitanga’s bidding at the Government table. And sitting across from John Key will be none other than Tukoroirangi Morgan.

The Māori Party has been hijacked by the Kīngitanga – they just don’t know it yet.

Perhaps they are willing parties to this power play – they will have been well aware of the significance of appointing Morgan as their party president.

The Princess – Nanaia Mahuta

So, where does Nanaia Mahuta sit in all of this? The Hauraki-Waikato MP has been the political princess of the Kīngitanga for two decades.

Questions have been swirling for a while about whether Mahuta will contest the next election. While she has confirmed she intends to stand, inside sources reveal that is not the case. The King’s attack on Labour all but confirm this. It is no longer a question of if, but simply when Mahuta will step down.

The King’s criticism and its inferred message for voters to ditch Labour now makes it far too awkward for Mahuta to stand at the next election. Hauraki-Waikato are block voters. They have backed Mahuta over the years, much of it based on loyalty.

And loyalty should not be underestimated when it comes to Māori politics. When Labour announced its reshuffle in December 2015, Mahuta was demoted down the list. This caused outrage among Hauraki-Waikato constituents and the Kīngitanga. The King’s spokesman Tuku Morgan came out firing saying Little would regret it and the snub would come back to bite the party in the backside. The Kīngitanga has delivered on that promise.      

Labour has now been outcast by the Māori King, and therefore, the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.

Expect the Māori Party to win this seat at next year’s election.

The Outcast – Andrew Little

Labour has now been outcast by the Māori King, and therefore, the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.

However, with at least another year out from the election, expect further moves to take place in the interim.

As the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Labour have tended to use their Māori support rather than deliver what it has wanted. No are we seeing some utu?

The Gatekeeper – John Key

According to a media advisor in the King’s office, John Key and Kīngi Tuheitia have had at least three meetings in the past six months.

A stronger Māori Party could also be another saviour for National in that it may not have to rely on the Kingmaker – Winston Peters.

The Māori King could save Key from Winston the Kingmaker.

Yet, as they say – a year is a long time in politics. Anything could happen.

But one thing is certain – the Māori politics Game of Thrones is well and truly underway.

Yes, a lot could happen in the next year.

But what Sherman illustrates here is credible, and it looks like a well thought through plan. That could succeed.

The biggest unknown is who will lead the next Government, National or Labour. This plan appears to favour National. But above all it could put the Māori Party, the Māori King and the Mana movement into a very powerful position – and there may be little the rest of us can do about it.

What would provide a strong Māori bloc in Parliament with the most benefits?

A Labour led coalition, where Labour is keen to make up for nine years out of power, the Green Party is keen to launch their long planned ideals, possible NZ First are also in the mix, with the Māori Party making up the numbers?

Or the Māori Party building on their relationship with National, possibly providing National with a path back to power without needing to rely on Winston Peters, and holding on their own a decisive vote?

Where would Mana fit in if Harawira wins his seat back? He has vowed never to team up with National. But he could still team up with the Māori Party, who apart for Confidence and Supply have voted against the Government more than for it.

The next year in politics could be much more interesting than the same old ‘Winston holds the balance of power’.


Politics has no fury like a Labour scorned

From Twitter yesterday:

: Has any NZ govt initiative ever been so embarrassingly pretentious and naive?
US blocks McCully’s showpiece

Hutt City’s anti-TPP stance comes to mind.


Hooton: Yes, but no one outside NZ knows that that!

Quin: I’ve done my best to inform my small but geographically widespread follower base.

Hooton: Treason.

Quin: You can accuse me of anything you want, just don’t stop sending the cheques.

Hooton: Usual account?

Quin: Yeah, The NeoLiberal Bank of the Swiss Illuminati, as usual.

Hooton: For those who don’t understand this, media staff have briefed journos that I pay money to . Because they’re fucking mad.

Quin: So..about that invoice? Should I be making other arrangements?

Hooton: I’ll launder your cash through & who are also on my payroll apparently.

Quin: The cult headquarters won’t build themselves!


Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor politics a fury like a Labour scorned.

With a few words borrowed from William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride – will that title describe the Greens?

Labour supports spy bill

Labour say they will support the Intelligence and Security Bill being introduced to parliament this week through the first reading and intend to push for some improvements at committee stage.

This is a sensible and responsible approach.

It is important that all parties work together to ensure we end up with the best protection possible but keep the best protections possible for privacy of individuals.

Better balance needed in Intelligence Bill

Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Andrew Little

Leader of the Opposition

Labour will support the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill to select committee so the issues can be debated nationwide and important amendments can be made, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.

“The legislation controlling the work and scope of New Zealand’s Intelligence and Security agencies needs to be updated so they can adapt to a rapidly changing environment and new challenges. However this must be balanced with the privacy and rights of all New Zealanders.

“The Cullen Reddy Review showed that amending legislation is necessary. While we will support the Bill at first reading, it does not get the balance quite right. I have confidence changes can be made at select committee which is why Labour will support the Bill at first reading.

“There are concerns in the Bill that Labour wants to see addressed. The definition of National Security must be amended at Select Committee following a national debate. At present the definition is too broad and must be narrowed down to actual threats to security and government.

“It is also concerning that the legislation appears to have ignored a number of the protections for personal information suggested by the Cullen Reddy Review. These are vital and must be a part of the legislation. In today’s world it is too easy to ignore privacy concerns and we have seen what happens in the past when protections aren’t clear.

“Labour is supporting the Bill through its first reading in good faith that these changes can be made. These will result in a better piece of law that gets the balance between security and privacy right,” says Andrew Little.

Clear majority supports cannabis change

A poll commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation on cannabis shows a clear majority supporting growing and using cannabis for medical purposes, including a majority of supporters of all of National, Labour, Greens and NZ First.

Growing or using for a medical reason like pain relief:

  • Keep illegal 16%
  • Decriminalise 16%
  • Make legal 63%

There was slightly more support fro ‘make legal’ – 66% – if a terminal illness was involved.

Results on possession for personal use are more mixed but still with a clear majority of 64% wanting change.

Possession of a small amount for personal use:


  • Keep illegal 34%
  • Decriminalise 31%
  • Make legal 33%

Full results:


The poll of 1029 respondents ran from July 18 to August 2 and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.

However chances of change look non-existent under a National Government, even though a majority of National voters support change.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has said that the Government is clear on its position – that leaf cannabis would remain illegal.

This is political speak for ‘National refuse to go there’.

And don’t expect much from Labour either. Last week Andrew Little told a student radio station that Labour could hold a referendum but later backed off that position.

Newshub: Where does Labour stand on decriminalising cannabis?

In the interview with Salient FM on Tuesday he was asked to clarify his stance.

Asked “so you will possibly have a referendum?” he replied: “Yeah, we want to make sure that there’s a good information campaign about it and have a referendum about it and let people decide.”

When asked how much of a priority it was, Mr Little said it wouldn’t be in his first 100 days.

“[It] may not even be in the first term but it would be something I’d be happy to see at some point in our term of government.”

But today he’s backpedalling.

“I’ve been very clear, it’s not a priority, I’ve got no commitment to make about it; it’s not a priority,” he told Newshub.

Would Greens force the issue with Labour? How hard Greens pushed Labour for change on cannabis law would show how serious they are. It is Green policy but tends to be ‘not a priority’ with them as well.

‘Not a priority’ is political speak for ‘we want to look like we support it but don’t want to actually do anything about it’.



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