Is this Labour’s Orewa speech?



Only the most simple pundit would draw the conclusion that Twyford’s argument against Chinese speculation is Labour’s ‘Orewa speech’. The only thing that connects Don Brash’s racist anti-Maori speech and what Phil Twyford has said is that like Orewa, Phil made his comments in a place inside NZ.

That’s it.

Labour’s ‘Orewa Speech moment’ was when they decided to steal Maori land with the foreshore and seabed land confiscation, what Twyford has brought up are legitimate concerns about China having a massive influence over our economy and political systems. Read ‘The Hollow Men‘ and base values directed Brash, Twyford may be many things, but a card carrying member of skin head racism he is not.

National based their attack on basic racism against Maori that was totally unjustified, Labour have based their attack on basic race sounding names that have some justification.

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The only reason National are calling this racism is because they don’t want any scrutiny of their own contacts with China. Jenny Shipley, Don Brash, Ruth Richardson and Chris Tremain are Director’s of the China Construction Bank, Judith Collins interaction with Chinese Officials to help her hubbies Chinese Company, Oravida, to gain more Chinese money is now a thing of legend, and Maurice Williamson’s love affair with  Donghua Liu saw him become Liu’s personal handyman when doing up Liu’s batch and heavying the Police to drop domestic violence charges.

National don’t want a solution to demand side property bubbles because they need the Auckland market speculation to keep the GDP rates looking good. This has caused a cultural friction and it’s not going away anytime soon.


  1. +100 Great Post !….certainly nothing like the infamous Don Brash NAct ‘Orewa Speech’ !

    I find it interesting a few Maori have accused the Labour Party of racism towards the Chinese….but I suspect they are members of Tariana Turia’s Maori Party… and long time enemies of Clark’s government over the Foreshore and Seabed Act

    ….and as we all know…. the Maori Party props up jonkey Nact ie they have compromised themselves and their Maori people’s welfare shamelessly

  2. Rather odd that allegations of racism by Phil Twyford has been leveled against him – particularly when many of his constituents in Te Atatu are not of European descent …

    And that when he raised this issue many of those same people in his seat of Te Atatu are not only of different ethnic origin to him – but are also many of them on minimum wages and who haven’t got a chance to own their own home someday…

    A classic case of the pot calling the kettle black by the National party.

  3. So true Martyn,

    “National don’t want a solution to demand side property bubbles because they need the Auckland market speculation to keep the GDP rates looking good. This has caused a cultural friction and it’s not going away anytime soon.”

    Also the large Auckland “blue” voting block is their goal to keep them happy.

  4. Ministers and Members of Parliament should not have any external control over anything.

    There should also be a mandatory “gardening leave” provision that prevents ex MP’s from being directors or otherwise, of any company in NZ.

    I would say six years should be long enough.

  5. As I have previously said, there is nothing racist about what Twyford has said. It is no different than giving stats on the Maori over-representation in prison. If it’s fact, it can’t be racist. Where Twyford is being caught out is in the shonky use of the data. There is no way everyone profiled as Chinese is Chinese, simply because names from several asian countries all sound the same, and because some names of Europeans I know sound asian. I am concerned about non-NZ residents land-banking in NZ, but let’s gather some real data, and get away from this nonsense.

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