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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>

Garrett gets two strikes in one
June 29, 2009, 3:15 am
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In regards to lewd comments he had made about a female worker Garrett was reported as saying:

“I’m on a very steep learning curve, I now understand very clearly that the kind of thing that might have been okay in a law firm in Tonga is not okay in Parliament.”

Mr Garrett said he “very much” regretted the remarks.

In a bid to excuse his behaviour he seems to have put his foot in it again by suggesting lewd comments about workers were acceptable in a Tongan law firm.

What was supposed to pass as an acceptable excuse for his ‘understandable’ mistake was quickly realised by Labour list MP Carmel Sepuloni who thinks Garrett should apologise to the Tongan community.

In the article linked above, Ms Sepuloni says “Choosing to make a gross and racial generalisation about sexual harassment being normative in Tonga to defend his own misconduct is not only unwise but also disrespectful. As the pin-up boy for the ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ policy, I do find it ironic that he is so quick to blame his unprofessional conduct on his past experiences – working on oil rigs and time spent in Tonga.

Mr Hide said “It is a learning experience in becoming an MP. I said it is good he can learn quickly – because he has to.”

Hope he learns quick, because its one more strike and out, right?