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Hard News: Team Little: pretty good

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  • Matt Crawford,

    The impression I recieved from Mahuta during the leadership campaign is that she seems to have focused most of her energy internally into her electorate (keeping Labour in a Maori electorate post-seabed&foreshore is no mean feat) but I think it has come at the expense of her profile at the national level.

    That's something to consider about profile of Labour at present - a large number of electorate MPs, and a handful of list members. There is only one list MP on the revamped front bench (Little).

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Amy Adams mentioned at NetHui South last week that she too sees broadcasting and comms as strongly linked, and is concerned to have policy and legislation that in both that takes a unified view and reflects new technology. So both Labour and National see broadcasting and comms going together.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Sue Moroney seems to have missed out.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2558 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Maybe Toi Iti could help with information about Mahuta’s standing.

    You’re asking a son of Tuhoe for comment on Tainui? ;-)

    I only know that the name Mahuta carries weight.

    Yep – that’s why her Dad called himself that :-)

    This remarkably frank Herald obit captures both sides of Sir Robert. I think the difficult last years have been overtaken by the achievements in memories now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You’re asking a son of Tuhoe for comment on Tainui? ;-)

    They all look the same ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ron Davis, in reply to Matt Crawford,

    "I think it (Mahuta's achievement within Maoridom) has come at the expense of her profile at the national level"

    Thank you for a sensible comment on the issue I had wondered about briefly and without particular judgment much earlier, and that had invited Giovanni Tiso's unhelpful personal attack in response.

    And if Mahuta was indeed responsible largely for the return of the Maori vote to Labour as somebody else has suggested, then I salute her. However I did think that that was as much a consequence of a degree of self destruction within the Mana and Maori parties as well as the hard work of all the (now) Maori Labour members.

    But, as before, I make no particular claim about it. And it was dyslexia that confused Mahuta and Huata earlier on, not a deliberate discourtesy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2014 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ron Davis,

    And if Mahuta was indeed responsible largely for the return of the Maori vote to Labour as somebody else has suggested,

    Andrew Little praised her efforts on Te Karere earlier today. I don't know if she deserves where she has been placed but she has been selected and I cant see why her being selected needs more scrutiny than any of the others. I don't see how Nanaia needs singling out as "could do better" We can go right down the front bench and say the same but whatever floats your boat. One thing I do know is that her Family is highly respected and carries much respect from Maori in general.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    On the other hand, Su’a William Sio is ranked eleventh with a relatively light policy load, including “interfaith dialogue”.

    What "interfaith dialogue" has that waste of oxygen ever engaged in beyond his fact-free pandering to homophobic evangelicals in South Auckland?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    What “interfaith dialogue” has that waste of oxygen ever engaged in beyond his fact-free pandering to homophobic evangelicals in South Auckland?

    A fair question.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Jacinda got Justice and also Arts and Culture. Both significant portfolios.

    I presume Andrew Little and Annette King have worked together for years in the Rongotai electorate at personal and political levels so know each other well.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Exactly that: he's heavily interfaith rather than evidence.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1930 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    What "interfaith dialogue" has that waste of oxygen ever engaged in beyond his fact-free pandering to homophobic evangelicals in South Auckland?

    "Bridging bigotry" was discarded as an impolitic name for the portfolio.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ron Davis, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    "Inetrfaith dialogue"
    I guess the fact remains that even the evangelicals and bigots (not necessarily interchangeable terms) can vote. Particularly, Pacific Islanders are heavily influenced by their churches, and specific churches hold sway on specific Island groups. The "interfaith" bit probably panders to the island groupings more than to faith per se. There could be a certain kind of wisdom in the (shadow) ministry title, although it kind of escapes me at present.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2014 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    'Interfaith' can also be another way of addressing ethnic tensions, which is why it appeared in some councils in this diverse region. May come in handy if our politicians continue to play the Islam card to justiify state surveillance and other activities.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    What "interfaith dialogue" has that waste of oxygen ever engaged in beyond his fact-free pandering to homophobic evangelicals in South Auckland?

    That I don't know.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Ron Davis,

    The “interfaith” bit probably panders to the island groupings more than to faith per se.

    I'd bet on that.

    There could be a certain kind of wisdom in the (shadow) ministry title, although it kind of escapes me at present.

    It's a way of giving kudos and mana to the guy who delivered the biggest majority Labour has anywhere, whilst almost sounding like it's some kind of politically correct thing. I'd be amazed if it does actually turn out to be Christians reaching out to Muslims and Hindus, and any of the hundreds of other faiths, though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to BenWilson,

    I thought he was a Morman ?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Amanda Wreckonwith, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Morman?
    Merman?
    Mormon?
    :-)

    Since Sep 2012 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    Oh shit, yes Mormon man ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Portfolio sparring partners:

    Little vs Key
    King vs Coleman
    Robertson vs English
    Mahuta vs Flavell
    Twyford vs Bridges and Smith/Bennett
    Hipkins vs Parata
    Sepuloni vs Tolley
    Davis vs Woodhouse and Lotu-Iiga
    Ardern vs Adams, Barry and Foss
    Clark vs Joyce
    Sio vs Lotu-Iiga and Bennett
    Lees-Galloway vs Woodhouse and Joyce
    Woods vs Smith and Groser
    Cunliffe vs Joyce
    Parker vs Finlayson and Groser
    Shearer vs McCully and Goldsmith
    Goff vs Brownlie and Foss

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • NSA,

    An informative background on Mahuta at E-Tangata, for an inkling as to what she may be bringing to the table beyond policy.

    Fort Meade, MD • Since Sep 2014 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Portfolio sparring partners:

    Those are title fights, not sparring partners!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I thought he was a Morman ?

    They claim to be Christians, no?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    On Robertson's role, and Parker's performance, I think it's a great decision. Parker may have been, in fact I've been told was, a good senior finance Minister but I don't think he was good in Opposition at all. He was too much the boffin, too technical and abstract, not able to translate economic options into meaningful experiences that families' comprehend.

    Grant may need good researchers and support, but that's available, what he'll bring to the portfolio is the ability to make it meaningful and of all the challenges Labour faces, that certainly is one of the most important. It makes great sense to put your talent where it matters and good on Little for recognising that.

    It really is Little v Key and Robertson v English. The importance of the undercard, education et al, is also very important and I like the look of Katharine Moody's line-up.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to BenWilson,

    oops - quite right :-).

    Also interesting that Winston's favourite issues (immigration, seniors and racing)have been left to the unranked in Labour - and energy and water (likely big issues coming up wrt deep sea oil exploration and on-going freshwater issues) have also gone to unranked Labour members - perhaps going to let the Greens lead the attack on those in QT? Same goes for primary industries - also unranked. Not sure whether there is anything in this but perhaps opposition tag-team noteworthy.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

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