Labour MPs Shane Jones, Parekura Horomia and Mita Ririnui (Te Arawa) have been getting quite a bashing recently, it probably doesn’t help that they have used their Ministerial credit cards for some seriously inappropriate purchases. But the question we’d like to ask and one which Hone Harawira is asking on his Facebook Page is,
Is racism is not only alive and well, but flourishing in the New Zealand media?
No doubt spending taxpayer money on porn, chinese food, golf clubs and a $900 bike is something to be alarmed at, but why is the focus on our Maori MPs?
The NZ Herald’s report has sparked loads of debate as has Hone’s Facebook question, which has 85 comments at last count, the following comment was particularly insightful:
… It seems that there will always be those within the European culture take delight in “minimising” our people. They have no mana of their own, but take delight in attempting to destroy those of our people called to represent us.
These faceless individuals will use their”position of influence” to engage in their destructive agenda (as viewed in this mornings NZ herald), under the guise of “public good”.
Because you can’t drink fresh water from a “saltwater bore” so it is with those who possess no mana, nothing they produce is of any use-irrespective of the position they hold. But the real trick is..don’t be drawn to drink from their well (saltwater bore) otherwise we become as useless as them. We have their own destiny to fulfil/mana to enhance, lets get on and do that because we don’t need them.
Another key point to come out was the sensational aspect of Mr Jones’ misue (i.e. porn), with another writing saying:
The porn aspect makes Shane Jones’ story spectacular. But you are right … remember how hard Tuku Morgan got bashed for his $89 boxer shorts?
But let’s not remember that was $$ supposedly for Maaori broadcasting, in the same way as taxpayer funds ought to be going to positive things rather than degrading and objectifying people (men and women) in grubby porn.
This whole expose seems to highlight serious problems with MPs’ perceptions of what is right.
And this seems to be a critical point, that is that MPs would feel that it is appropriate to use their credit cards for personal use. Regardless if they intend to pay the monies back.
But then we have strayed from the true issue. Was the initial reporting racist in that it payed particular attention to our Maori MPs?
For instance the National Business Review focused completely on Mr Jones spending.
Here are is a sample of NZ Herald articles on the subject:
- Rorting work credit card can cost you job
- Ministerial credit card misuse sparks online debate
- John Armstrong: Goff must demote Jones boy
- Transcript of Shane Jones‘ admission statement
- Jones was potential Labour leader, says ex-party president
- John Armstrong: Report gives MPs licence to booze
- Heatley didn’t intend to deceive, says Key
The Stuff’s reporting seemed to focus less on Maori MPs however the 3rd most commented story was Shane Jones, Minister of Pornography, which in itself says a lot really.
Interesting to note regardless…