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Laban asks Te Heuheu: What about Pasifika training initiatives?

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (C) drinks Kava as Hon Georgina te Heuheu looks on (R) during a visit to His Highness Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, July 7, 2009 in Apia, Samoa. The Prime Minister is on a four day visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and the Cook Islands for the first time in his role as Prime Minister of New Zealand.News that National is supporting the expansion of Maori training initiatives is welcome by Labour. However, Pasifika Spokesperson for Labour, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was questioning why Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Georgina Te Heuheu was not supporting similar initiatives for Pasifika people. <READ MORE>



Neo-colonialism at its best as Key visits his Pacific 'children'

john keyJohn Key left Fiji in the ‘naughty corner’ during his pacific tour. Key’s patronising paternal instincts came through when he would not say whether he preferred the ava/ kava of Samoa or Fiji. He did not want to pick a ‘favourite’.

Instead, he said: “Haha, it’s difficult to choose among children even if ones a little wayward at the moment” <READ ARTICLE>

Referring to Samoa and Fiji as children really does provide typical insight into the NZ relationship with its pacific neighbours.

And then there is Niue. Oh no we can’t just hand over the remaining $4million in relief/ develepment aid we promised five years ago. We have to send someone to check that they are using it ‘properly’. Apparently full of laughs, Key said he is choosing to treat Niue’s complaints as a “joke”. <READ ARTICLE>

It has been a cringe filled four days watching Key on his holiday in the Pacific, but at least we had the last laugh watching him dance.  <READ ARTICLE>

John Key joins in a dance at the Matavai Resort. Photo / Getty ImagesMy inner optimist says, it’s great he has taken the time to check out the islands though, his holiday has given the pacific extra air time… Considering our dear Te Heuheu is still playing the quietly nodding noble savage, any voice is better than no voice at all. Nevertheless, we should have left him to peddle oil in Samoa, since he thinks its way better than running the country (and they should have left the journalists who did not do enough research to at least have an ie to wrap round their pants in Tonga with him). <READ ARTICLE>