Samoa Tsunami could be chance for Key to show Pacific leadership

by Jeremy Greenbrook-Held

Ok, this isn’t going to happen very often. Deep breath. Here goes. Credit where credit’s due: Whaleoil is almost right on the money with his post regarding our Government’s response to the Samoan Tsunami. The devistation in Samoa is beyond belief, and it is time for John Key and Bill English to step to to the plate and demonstrate why New Zealand is a leader in the Pacific.

So far, the government’s response has been to stand back and wait for Samoa to ask for help. Bill English has ‘flown back to Wellington from his home in Dipton’ (coincidence? I think not) while our fearless leader remains on holiday in Florida – his fifth week of holiday since taking office at the end of last year.

This is real politics. Not only are there over 130,000 Samoans living in New Zealand, but we are a regional leader in the South Pacific – it’s time for some real leadership at the highest levels. And this means more than just dishing out aid and drinking kava. This means actually treating the situation in Samoa as though it were happening on New Zealand shores – every available RNZAF aircraft and Navy vessel should be on its way to Samoa with supplies and helpers – and this should happen without being asked, as a responsible regional leader.

It’s time for John Key to show that there is more to him than the smiling exterior. It’s time to step up to the plate and prove you belong in the A-League.

FOOTNOTE: It’s interesting that while Whale’s post is quite measured and reasonable, some of his commenters give us an interesting insight into how some people on the right think.

FOOTNOTE 2: Chris Carter and Luamanuvao Winnie Laban are tweeting from the ground in Samoa. It’s quite harrowing.