Sunday, 22 April 2018

My tweet about Bishop Brian Tamaki.

I want to write briefly in relation to this tweet

The tweet was prompted by these stories;

One from Stuff:

Another from Newshub

I affirm the rights of all New Zealanders to believe what they wish.
This Human Right, is enshrined in our Bill of Rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in Article 4 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

I uphold and will always defend the right of anyone in New Zealand, to believe what they wish.

Recently in Easter Weekend, during the Easter Production 

Destiny Church made some alarming claims.

A Scene in that play, plays a montage of Maori Prophets like Ratana, Rua Kenana and Tawhiao.

The Play, portrays a following Scene where a young Brian Tamaki says 'They are dead and I am here now'(paraphrased).

In the context and timing of the Production I mention above, and the claim made therein, I further wish to assert that, such a claim by itself is offensive to the pononga (followers) of those Rangatira, who are considered Prophets.

They are Maori Prophets.

It is detestable to claim oneself as a sole Prophetic authority for all Maori people.

It is my belief that Brian Tamaki's burn injuries are divine retribution.


Further comments:

I uphold the rights of Brian Tamaki and his followers to believe as they wish. Their religious freedom is as dear to me, as are my own rights and the rights of all other New Zealanders.

The offering of my opinion, is just that, the offering of an opinion. This opinion offered is in relation to this story.

I do not hold that, Destiny and it's subsidiary organisations like it's School, ECE, Gym, Social services etc are bad. These organisations and programs are incredible and make very positive contributions to our community and our wider society.

It is my assertion that a twisted ideology has bought dire, near fatal consequences for the one who espoused it.

Thank you.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

A poem for an Angel

The text of a poem dedicated to my nephew Harlem whose unveiling, we commemorated this weekend;

Angel above:

I know it’s hard,
I know it’s sad,
Most days…
We want to cry.

We miss you now,
We missed you then,
May we never have such pain
But babe, our sweets
Our honey boy…
Allow me this once
to speak of joy…
See the day
You rose,
And flew like a dove
Was the day we gained an angel ABOVE
So much has happened in these 10 years
Glory to Jah
We know you were there.
You guided,
You lifted,
You showed the way

But even through tears, I gotta say
That knowing you upon us shone
Made each new day
A brighter one..

You helped brother
With his gifts to share
Now no one denies his dancing flair

You helped Aunty Bunty bring us together
Kai iwi lakes, Ahikiwi Forever!!!

You got all the cuzzies,
The nieces, the Aunties,
The kuias.. the whanau
All as one…

BOTH for a 70th to remember
And a Christmas in the Omapere Sun

You did it.. you helped us,
Way pointed
And then….
Sweet cheeks…
you helped
Nana Joey smile again.

You reminded Papa Shane
of his need to be home
Hokianga called him
He’s in the zone

All these years you’ve kept
Nan Suzuki safe in OZ,
No, not the bird…
Actually Oz

Nanny Tan
Aunty Aka
You gave them the skills
So they could help people
Not just pay bills

But baby,
But sweets
Although it’s been rough
There’s something for
which Mum can’t thank you enough

See the
Glimmer of hope..
With an Angel above
Is that you helped Mum
To again find Love

So with you right there,
Our babe we reminisce

Hasn’t all been hard yards..
Some days.. you made it bliss

We love you
We miss you
Watch us, like a dove

Harlem Sailor Cash
Our Angel above

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Advice for my former Party - the Maori Party

There are some who'd advise against me sharing these thoughts and ideas, saying that 'I should not look to my past'. Others who may say 'Is there a point to you saying this?'. Others still may contend that 'It does nothing'... or even worse.. I may be called something of a traitor.

I do NOT write this for any of those people particularly.

I write for those genuine friends, family and associates of mine who remain in, who support, who vote for the Maori Party... but who are OPEN to a different view.


I can not categorically say that the Maori Party in 2017 had a highly successful campaign. In hindsight, I think they should reflect on the 2 kawenata they signed for 2016 and 2017 with MANA and One Pacific. I don't think that any of those Kawenata served the Maori Party, MANA Movement or One Pacific. I don't know that having Non-Maori candidates in the Maori Party, truly served their purposes or kaupapa.

I can NOT contend that it was in the best interests of Rahui Papa and Tukuroirangi Morgan to have the Maori King's support for the Maori Party. In fact in the Maori Party's history, it is not a strong result compared to previous years (2008 and 2005).

I (like the rest of the country) was shocked when I heard that Te Ururoa Flavell lost the Waiariki seat, I had predicted that he would win. He did not.

I think even with standing in many General Seats, this did not help the overall Party vote. We see that they had THE WORST Party vote result, in the Party's history.
I HAVE to say, some of their General seat candidates were naive. Others could never get away from news stories of corruption. Some still, were said to have expressed homophobic views. None of this served the purposes of the Maori Party.

Now all of this... on top of some of the obvious... like maori voters (rightly or wrongly) continually associating the Maori Party with the National Party, or controversial legislation like Ture Whenua reforms, the lack of focus on the issues that affected the average Maori....

ALL of this contributed to the Maori Party's poorest showing EVER!!!

And so whanau, there is no way, that anyone can say with certainty that the Maori Party can have a great future.

I do not suggest that in it's current form, with the current candidates, current executive, current leadership, current policies and current marketing..... that the Maori Party can survive.

In fact, I also do not encourage the Maori Party to continue to do what it has done this year. It would be silly to do so.

This was the worst result for the Maori Party... and may I say... doing in 2017 what was called for by members in previous Elections is NOT how to win!!!!!!! Those calls were specific to those previous years. Conditions have proven different in 2017... and the Maori Party did not see this or read this properly.
My advice to my former Party, is that the great gains of previous terms like Whanau Ora, U.N.D.R.I.P and others are won and continued. The Maori seats are also secured for survival.
The Maori Party in it's current form has served a purpose and a time passed.

It it's current form it serves NO Purpose. I don't think it should continue in it's current form.

It is not about a 'Rejig, Reimagine, Rethink'. NO!!!! It is time to set this kaupapa of the Maori Party (2004 - 2017) to rest, to END!!!

There is no recovery from the electoral difficulties of this year. The people and members need to move on.... and rethink individually what they should do.

To be fair, or try to seem so... all hope may no be lost... but something more than radical needs to happen.... and there is no way of knowing what that is at this point.


Note that I caveat everything I say; I am a former member and former voter of and for the Maori Party. It may be obvious to some that I am no longer a member and am in fact a member of another Party.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Predicting Maori Seats in 2017

Predicting Maori Seats in 2017

My personal, informed opinion on how the Maori seats might go in 2017.
In some cases, there is a clear idea whereas with others it is anyone's guess.

Te Tai Tokerau
In my view, Kelvin voters will vote for Kelvin because they are pleased with his work and don't want Hone. Hone voters will vote for Hone because they are pleased with his previous record of service and believe he may be that 'effective independent voice'.
I have no clear prediction for Te Tai Tokerau and it could honestly go either way.

Tamaki Makaurau
Again, I honestly feel it may go either way, Peeni has a great record of service over the last 3 years and is respected throughout the rohe. But The Maori Party also have a great history in this seat and their candidate has a  high profile. The Maori Party's Shane Taurima has as good a chance as incumbent Peeni Henare to win.

It's a no brainer, in all the history of the seat, Labour's Nanaia Mahuta has always won. I predict she will win again.

A consistent and strong showing for Incumbent Te Ururoa Flavell for over 10 years. I predict him winning again.

Te Tai Hauauru
Like 2 other seats, it is anyone's guess. Incumbent Adrian Rurawhe had a good majority last Election. Maori Party candidate is popular in parts of the Electorate. Not sure if it is a level playing field. Polls show support for the Maori Party's Howie Tamati, but Adrian's connection to key parts of the Electorate make him have a strong chance. I won't call this one here. Both Howie and Adrian have a good chance.

Labour's Meka Whaitiri won the by-election that got her in to Parliament and the General Election Result last time. I predict her winning comfortably again.

Te Tai Tonga
 Labour's Rino Tirikatene has held the seat since 2011 and has not been unseated. He does have a  challenge in Green's Metiria Turei. But I do not think that Rino will lose.

Important Note:
* I obviously believe in the Maori seats but don't talk about that here. See my thoughts on this youtube video
* I have blogged on Political Issues for 4 years
* I have campaigned for several parties, including Maori Party, Greens and Labour
* I have already voted and so hope things go a particular way, but try not to bias my writing here.
* I believe it is clear that Labour will win Party vote, so won't comment on that here, that's not bias, that's going on previous results.
* I won't comment on the Greens, alot insomusch, they have consistent voters in the Maori seats, but have not yet won candidacy which is the focus of this blog.
* The 2 biggest upsets which affected the seats from then onwards, will be mentioned here rather than throughout the blog.
 1. was the 2004 Seabed and Foreshore debacle 
2.  2010 split of the MANA Movement from the Maori Party.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Core Numbers for National and Labour

Core Numbers for National and Labour going back to 1996 (MMP Elections, the last 7 Elections)

Data from 

You decide what it means:


2014 Result: 604,535
2014 Percentage: 25.13%

2011 Result: 614,937
2011 Percentage: 27.48%

2008 Result: 796,880
2008 Percentage: 33.99%

2005 Result: 935,319
2005 Percentage: 41.10%

2002 Result: 838,219
2002 Percentage: 41.26%

1999 Result: 800,199
1999 Percentage: 38.74%

1996 Result: 584,159
1996 Percentage: 28.19%


2014 Result 1,131,501
2014 Percentage 47.04%

2011 Result 1,058,636
2011 Percentage 47.31%

2008 Result 1,053,398
2008 Percentage 44.93%

2005 Result 889,813
2005 Percentage 39.10%

2002 Result 425.310
2002 Percentage 20.93%

1999 Result 629,932
1999 Percentage 30.50%

1996 Result 701,315
1996 Percentage 33.84%

All this tells us that there are about 2 - 4 hundred thousand swing voters.
Or in other words, we can see from the Change Elections (1999 and 2008), the difference is about 8 - 10%

I mean these results tell us that it is really up to the swing voters. I've only looked at numbers here and only for the 2 major Partys. Also it is clear that every single one of these Elections had their own unique circumstances and situations that influenced the results.

One thing is clear.... that the only truly trustworthy poll is on Election Night AND

That it is important to vote.

For the 2017, I do not doubt that it may well be quite close... National voters will turn out and so will Labour.

We just want to see who gets more???

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Oranga Tamariki

My Submission to the Social Services Committee on the
Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill

E nga mana, kouotu o te Komiti Tena Koutou.

You gather, not just to discuss a bill and hear views on a bill.

NO, You, each and every committee member gathered, holds the future of children in our nation in your hands, in a very literal way.

I was a child in care when I was 11. I am now a grown man and throughout my life, have know many of my whanau in a similar situation.

The time when we are away from our Mums and Dads is undoubtedly the MOST traumatising time of our lives. We are apart from those who gave us life.
Now, we are away from them to be safe, and it is only that safety, that gets us through the weeks and months (or for some YEARS) that we are away from our very own Parents.


In our case, for the majority of our time in state-care under CYFS way back in 1999-2000 we lived with Mum's Brother. We were with WHANAU.

Let me tell you, we are so so grateful for that, because it showed us all those years ago that we do indeed have a wider loving whanau and our whanau really actually, care in a tangible and real way.

I urge the committee to ENSURE that our children in state-care are at the very first oppurtunity, placed with their whanau. This needs to be mandated and explicitly stated in law.

It is NOT Optional. It is NOT a Maybe.

Children NEED TO be placed in their safety of their whanau.

Tamariki Maori in particular, SHOULD be placed with their whanau or even their hapu.

This is the right thing to do. This is the RIGHT THING to write in to this law.

You are all connected to tamariki, whether you are Parents yourselves, or Grandparents or Aunties or Uncles. What wou;d you want for your own tamariki.

As for me, I want tamariki in Aotearoa to be loved in and by the safety of their own whanau.