Straight from the Government’s ‘Crap On Your Taxpayers File’

### ODT Online Fri, 8 Apr 2011
RWC waka support heartens Sharples
By Eileen Goodwin
Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says the controversial Rugby World Cup waka he is backing has support in Dunedin. Speaking without notes at a well-attended lecture at the University of Otago’s Marama Hall last night, the Maori Party co-leader was surprised several people had approached him at Dunedin International Airport to say “the waka’s good”.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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2 responses to “Straight from the Government’s ‘Crap On Your Taxpayers File’

  1. Peter

    Just goes to show how low the Maori Party has sunk. They talk about fighting for the rights and welfare of ‘their people’, but support the crass commercialisation of ‘their culture’ in support of a wider global sporting culture that supports the ripping off of ‘the man on the street’ to enrich the sporting barons of rugby. Sure, there are [Maori] who are also enriched, but this is the classic division created to ensure the ultimate maintenance of the status quo.
    The RWC is all about money and the Maori Party has bought into it. As much as I don’t like Hone Harawira’s race-based views in forming a new left party, he is spot on in identifying the Maori Party’s Uncle Tom subservience to economic, social and cultural values that you’d think are the antithesis of why the Party was created in the first place.

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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Mon, 11 Apr 2011
      Editorial: Promoting Maori at the world cup
      What is most striking about the proposed temporary Maori pavilion on Auckland’s waterfront for the Rugby World Cup is some of the reported public reaction. It is not possible to discern whether the negative responses were prompted by the estimated cost, the design, the exclusivity of purpose, the type of structure, the Government contribution of $1.8 million – or a combination of all of these. Is it something to do with what seems to be an increasingly disquieted national mood?

      It might be thought advantageous to the country that at some point during the tournament, at a location with a likely high flow of visitors, it would be beneficial to have a display of one aspect of New Zealand that makes us unique in the world.

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