"I think" Smut would opine "that the emergence of a strong Maori middle class is a good thing and that the manifestation of political acumen in the shape of the Maori party will be a good influence on New Zealand political discourse"
"Ah ha" I would O'oak " I think that I have been sitting on a doughnut in my back pocket and it has mullocked my trousers."
Pausing briefly to consider the etymology of the word mullocked and ascertaining that it is somehow connected with the Norwegian practise of fermenting Herrings, we would consider the ramifications of the new political party, as it was then.
You see, this was a different sort of political party...yes that light at the end of the tunnel is the 9.15 train from the Teherinikau Steel Works.
The ruling National Government needs the Maori party to get stuff done and one of the things they most, most, most wanted to do was to
But the Maori Party said NO! from athwart the flow of history. They said "There is this treaty thing, which the whole country's history is been based on and if you sell of the state farm, you have to put in the ownership papers that the new owners will respect the treaty". This made the Nats a bit nervous and consultations were held. Pita Sharples, the co-leader of the Maori party stated it plain as plain.
"We do not support asset sales. I want to make that quite clear.and:
Dr Sharples also clarified comments about if asset sales were to proceed, what the proposed role of iwi should be.
"If privatisation of state owned assets occurs it must be managed in a manner that is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
“The Crown cannot act in a manner inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.”
But the Maori Party says that is a total no-go.
“It’s a deal-breaker for Maori,” says Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples.
But wait! Careful consultations and re-considerings followed and the Maori Party rolled over and got it's tummy tickled. Because the single line that makes all the difference to what they were going to walk out over is here:
The treaty obligations will apply to the Crown only, not the private investors buying shares.So, um, that thing we were going to walk out of government because of, is not that important, really.
Which is business as usual, innit.