I’m just not sure what can actually be said for Mike Hosking’s latest column….
Where’s the New Zealand First in foreign aid? And all this on the back of the news that cheaper doctors’ visits in this country have been delayed.
This is the stuff a classic New Zealand First voter would have expected and embraced – you miss out, so Mr and Mrs Tokelau can get some more help. And to what end? We can’t subsidise a doctor, but we can hand out thousands to a person who doesn’t even live here.
It doesn’t make sense to me, but then I was never sucked in by the Peters snake oil act.
And is the money, this billion dollars, for aid or to suck up to the islanders and remind them what’s what when the Chinese arrive – and if it is that we can give up now. Because guess what? China have more money.
…he just really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hates Pacific Islanders doesn’t he?
There are a couple of things to try and unpack here.
Firstly NZ spends .23% of GDP on international aid when the UN standard is .7%, so you know, we’ve been shortchanging others for a long time.
Secondly, we don’t just owe our Pacific Island brothers and sisters kinship because they are whanau, we owe them because as an industrialised country that is contributing to climate change we have to try and offset the damage we are creating to the environment that will impact them first.
Thirdly, I just don’t think Mike understands that Tokelau, like the Cooks and Niue, are actually free association states officially placed under NZ sovereignty. We have obligations to them whether he seems to know it or not.
Look, I agree that aid isn’t enough to combat Chinese influence, that’s why I suggest Rugby Diplomacy and promotion of Journalism in the Pacific, but that doesn’t mean that aid isn’t needed or necessary.
This isn’t the first time Mike has lashed out at Pacific Islanders, but by trying to paint out this aid budget as robbing the poor in NZ to splash cash around for feckless Islanders is ugly, especially because I can’t recall Mike ever articulating any concern for poor people needing access to cheaper health care in his entire media career.