Jones has never lifted his pedal from the metal. He has shown that he is wily, smart and honest, well as honest as you will get any poly to be.
He deserves to carry the red banner.
Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
19 April 2010
Media StatementStatement on Treaty negotiations with Ngai TuhoeAt no point in the negotiations have Ngai Tuhoe asked for any form of separatism from New Zealand or an independent Tuhoe state. Those issues are simply not part of any negotiation the Crown is undertaking. The Crown has not, and will not, make any offer to Ngai Tuhoe that includes such forms of redress. Any claims by TV3 or other media organisations are simply untrue.
The Crown and Ngai Tuhoe have been engaged in negotiations for nearly two years. The negotiations raise a number of complex issues which both parties are working through in a constructive manner and we hope to see progress in the near future.
Ngai Tuhoe have discussed the importance of Te Uruwera and the Crown is currently exploring with them what form any redress might take. The Crown has made clear its position that any settlement must recognise the rights of all New Zealanders, including public access and conservation values.
Now “Sunrise” – apparently a commercial disaster – falls. But we have a Canterbury University media academic commentator saying…. well with the “owner” being Iron bridge (a private equity group) as owners, we cannot expect a decent owners interest in news…. these guys are only after profits.
So what do you want in a business????? Profit is utterly neutral. It has no interest in left, right or centre…. it ought to be the ultimate owner.
Bad case of be careful what you wish for.
National is up 2.1 percent to 58.1, which gives them a commanding 72 seats in Parliament.
Labour is down 0.8 to 29.2, the Greens pick up some of that and move to 7.5 percent.
The rest make up the numbers – Act is down to 1.4 percent, the Maori party is 1.2, Winston Peters’ New Zealand First has a few diehards left at 1 percent, but Peter Dunne has even fewer – just 2 people out of 1,000 say they will vote for United Future.
In the preferred Prime Minister stakes John Key is up to 51.5, a commanding lead over New York-based Helen Clark who drops back to eight but still ahead of Phil Goff – who glides to 6.5 percent.
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