The Working Group Weekly Political Podcast with Minister Michael Wood, Efeso Collins & Damien Grant



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Issue 1 – Why Fair Pay Agreements are the most important legislation this Government can pass!
Issue 2 – Auckland City Council and AT say they are broke – what does the future of Auckland look like?
Issue 3 – Cost of living crisis – what are the solutions?
Issue 4 – Lowering voting age to 16 goes to Supreme Court

To debate the political week we have Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayoral Candidate and Councillor, Efeso Collins.

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The podcast broadcasts live at 7.30pm from the Mediaworks studios on Facebook, YouTube & The Daily Blog and posted up afterwards on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Rova & Youtube.

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  1. Effeso. What are you going to do about Panuku and Paul Majurey and his massive legal bills he’s racking up for the TMA.

    His a liability for the Auckland ratepayers.

    His Tupuna Maori Authority legal costs so far sit at $870k.

    And because he lost the Appeal he’s doubling down and going to the Supreme Court!

    The guy is a lunatic! And a liability!

    • Oh! And in relation to AT. How about the chief accountant finance manager and an iwi contractor going to work for a company, Mott Donald for contracting work on the $14.5b hole in Auckland Wynard Quarter!

      Inside knowledge in the hands of an international construction company!

      • And then. What about that crook Paul Majurey in Panuku derailing consent(s) for major house construction developments and iwi treaty settlements and also costing the Auckland Ratepayers $870k to defend his operations manager of TMA-Tupuna Maunga Authority in court hearings, for basically not doing his job properly then lying about it.
        And now he wants to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court! So Auckland council have given the TMA another $10m. to ‘plant some trees’?

        How much of that putea will be used for legal representation in the Appeal to the Supreme Court?

    • I want to talk about something else very serious in this respect. I’ve been concerned by some of the drifting rhetoric I’ve heard from members opposite in this House about the events in the occupation that we see out the front. The words I say now I say with some precision and I say really carefully, because I think we need to take great care with this. Out the front of this place, there are people who I think we all feel for. There are some people who are confused, there are some people who are scared, there are some people who have been manipulated by an avalanche of misinformation. There are some people who have been hurt over the past couple of years and they’re lashing out. We feel for those people.

      But underneath all of that, there is a river of filth. There is a river of violence and menace. There is a river of anti-Semitism. There is a river of Islamophobia. There is a river of threats to people who work in this place and our staff. Those are things that we should not in any way be condoning, things that we should be apologists for, things that we should be overlooking with the rhetoric that it’s all just good people and maybe we should talk about it and maybe we should put the mandates up for negotiation. I would say that there is a river of genuine fascism in parts of the event that we see out the front of this Parliament today. I just urge colleagues in this House—decent and honourable members of the centre-right parliamentary parties in this Parliament—that a lot is actually on them to not give succour and comfort to an emergent and dangerous far-right movement. I just ask those members to reflect upon that.

  2. Well reluctantly I admit Michael Wood is impressive as is his new legislation.

    Collins not so much. Didn’t say anything tangible and as Damien pointed out it sounded beautiful, but meant nothing. But maybe he’s a good performer

    Michael Woods comments were offensive, because the bit that stuck was the river of filth.


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