Their curious ideas about Maori representation is another good reason to keep Greens on the sideline

Did Alf hear Metiria Turei blatting on about Maori being unrepresented on the new Environmental Protection Agency?

Maori fill only two of eight positions was her complaint (although earlier today Mrs Grumble couldn’t track down an internet reference to the remarks reported by Radio NZ).

The way we were taught to do our sums here in Eketahuna, that means 15% or so of the population is represented by 25% of the appointees. Not bad, eh?

By claiming this to be under-representation, Ms Turei reinforces Alf’s firm belief that Greens are unfit to hold any office that would require them to make economic decisions.

Just imagine how the buggers would cut up and apportion the national cake when that’s a measure of their grasp of maths.

Oh, and has anyone checked out the Green Party list?

Turei says Maori are well-represented, and the line-up does include herself in the top spot, MP David Clendon at 8, and Waiheke local board member Denise Roche at 11. But getting Roche into Parliament would require the Greens to capture 9% of the party vote.

The rest of the Maori Greens – the next one is ranked at 22 – can forget about it.

Much more critically, of course, the Greens have somewhat botched their line-up from a geographical perspective.

Aucklanders fare badly.

But the bloody Environmental Defence Society is bleating about Maori representation on the new Environmental Protection Agency, too

The agency has two people with Maori backgrounds on the board, former Ngai Tahu chief executive Anake Goodall and Taria Tahana from Ngati Pikiao.

EDS chair Gary Taylor says a co-governance model would have been preferable.

“Rather than having one or two Maori, I prefer boards established on a co-governance basis,” he told Waatea News.

In other words, this tosser wants Maori to be elevated to a 50:50 governance role.

What would that do for our democracy?

Presumably Taylor agrees Maori are special and thus are entitled to exercise power well in excess of their portion of the population.

But does he think they are special enough to be worthy of co-governance of his own organisation?

Alf visited his organisation’s web-site and checked out who is on the board.

He invites his constituents to do likewise.

The names: Professor Barry Barton, Professor Dick Bellamy, Professor Malcom J Bowman, Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Simon Harvey, Heugh Kelly, Garry Law, Graeme Lawrence, Raewyn Peart, Shay Schlaepfer, Dr Sue Turner, Professor Emeritus Charles F. Wurster, and – of course – Gary Taylor.

Alf can find no sign of a co-chairman.

He accepts that many Maori nowadays do not obviously look Maori or have obviously Maori surnames.

Hence he is hard-pressed to pick which ones on that list comprise the 50% of Maori representation which Taylor champions for co-governance purposes.

He is confident Taylor will oblige by identifying them for us.

2 Responses to Their curious ideas about Maori representation is another good reason to keep Greens on the sideline

  1. nasska says:

    …”Maori nowadays do not obviously look Maori or have obviously Maori surnames.”…

    Here your humble correspondent may be able to assist Alf.

    Look for an off white colour (a Dulux colour chart may help), an discernable aura of entitlement & a large bone carving hanging around their necks. The latter can provide further info as the size of the carving is indirectly proportional to the ratio of Maori blood the wearer possesses.

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