The Maori Party and the ETS

by Jeremy Greenbrook-Held

Of all the things that were going to rip the Maori Party apart, it looks more and more likely that it’s going to be support for National’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

Russell Norman’s observations in The House are telling:

Hekia Parata from National has been given the job of sitting next to Te Ururoa Flavell in the House to make sure the Maori Party do what they promised in their dirty deal. Now he’s been taken outside to be leaned on in private.

But don’t worry – everything will be alright now Maori have been given the honour of flying ‘their’ flag on the Harbour Bridge on Waitangi Day.  Although given that Maori – like any other ethnic group – are hardly homogeneous, just what their flag is is still open for debate.

Speaking of Hekia Parata, is there any truth to the rumour that she’s currently advertising for her fourth executive assistant in little over a year?