Perfect Angry Andy has to backtrack

The media have been repeating the mantra that Angry Andy had yet to stuff up. ?This was during three weeks of parliament and two months of holidays. ? Quite the test.

Little’s first formal outing for the year was at Waitangi, where he shattered his ‘perfect’ record.

Labour leader Andrew Little has watered down his comments about exploring greater Maori self-governance, referring today to examples such as co-governance of waterways rather than allowing Maori to legislate and govern themselves.

On Waitangi Day, Mr Little criticised Mr Key for dismissing a Waitangi Tribunal report that found Ngapuhi chiefs had not ceded their sovereignty by signing the Treaty.

Mr Little said that report found Maori had retained their ability to govern themselves, including law making abilities. While that was “highly problematic” it should be talked about.

At the time, Mr Little cited examples such as the Native American tribes in the United States which have some law making powers within their territories. He believed more opportunities could be found for Maori self-governance, provided it did not imperil New Zealand’s status as a sovereign nation.

Mr Little said …?he did not necessarily support self-governance by Maori but it was important to find out what Ngapuhi wanted and how it would work in practice.

He cited examples such as the co-governance of the Waikato River and Waikaremoana.

“It’s not about abandoning what we’ve got now, it’s not about abandoning the fully-functioning democratic country we’ve got. It’s about doing what we’ve always done under the Treaty. That is rising to the occasion, sitting down and talking and coming up with sensible solutions.”

Explaining is losing.

And the best thing is that Andrew Little’s position on Maori and Waitangi now is:

– Just what we’ve always done

– Just the same as National

Awesome job there Mr Little. ? Looking forward to another flawless, yet-to-stuff-up-once, performance from you.


– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald