Henare on Labour’s walkout following PM’s ‘backing rapists’ accusation

Henare on Labour’s walkout following PM’s ‘backing rapists’ accusation


It’s that time of the week
when we talk politics, and joining me live
from our Wellington studio is Tamaki Makaurau MP, Peeni Henare. 13 Labour MPs exited
Parliament earlier, due to being offended
with what PM John Key said. Here is what he said; So Peeni can you tell us
why Labour was offended? His unsavoury remarks are insulting,
both towards us and the House. That’s why I left the House, because of the degrading comments, and also because of my concern
with what’s happening there as it’s a burning current issue. The PM’s remarks were made
against the entire house, and because of that,
I exited the House. Christmas Island – the situation there
has clearly escalated, what’s the latest you’ve heard? I have heard reports from Kelvin Davis
and others in the House confirming armed police
have arrived there to try and subdue the unrest
on the island. The prisoners
are in a state of fear, they are starving and are wearied. The biggest issue in my view, is where is our PM
and Government in all of this? If they had done something
in the last two months, then this wouldn’t be happening
right now. But what should the Government do? Since these Kiwis are in Australia, it’s unlikely our Government has any
power to be able to intervene? Yes, that’s one issue, but the PM has said
that he wouldn’t send people to the island to assist
New Zealand citizens. The thing is that the PM says he has the phone number
of the PM of Australia. Maybe he should give him a call. Controversy at Maori TV
with the reported sacking of two receptionists because
they aren’t fluent Maori speakers – your view? I’m disappointed to hear about this. I have a long history with many
Maori TV employees. This is upsetting. While I agree that their employees should be up-skilling
their reo Maori skills for the sake of the language, employees shouldn’t be fired
or belittled. They should be encouraged
and offered help on this journey. I question what the board’s
stance is on this. They’ve faced so many issues
in the last year, but the board remains silent. You also have concerns about the levels of funding
for Maori broadcasting – what are your concerns? In the past seven years, broadcasting funding
has taken a hit. If they really do care
about the Maori language, as the minister says, they need to realise
that broadcasting is a vehicle that is used for the survival
of the language, and they need to fund
the continued revitalisation of the language through this medium. Peeni Henare,
thank you for your time.

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