Last weeks clash between the Māori Party and National in Parliament overshadowed one of the best speeches Kelvin Davis has given.
In responding to National’s continued attempt to paint co-governance as separatism, Davis said…
“Judith Collins dove headfirst into the politics of division and, in doing so, she tried to rewrite history, Te Tiriti o Waitangi. You see, Judith Collins is opposed to a partnership with Māori on our terms. She’s opposed to Māori asserting their rangatiratanga in health. She’s opposed to Māori asserting their rangatiratanga for Māori to come up with solutions to care for our most vulnerable children.”
“As Minister for Māori-Crown Relations, the solution is walking across the bridge that is Te Tiriti o Waitangi from the non-Māori world into the Māori world”.
…Ignoring his needless swipe at the Māori Party for being a 1.2% party, Kelvin provided a forcible argument for co-governance in an authentic way.
His certainty backed up by actually running these services previously gave him an authority that Judith simply couldn’t compete with.
I fear this desperate race-baiting is honestly all National have so Labour must be more assertive in shutting it down. Rather than fear the debate, Labour should lead it.