You can take the girl out of the fish and chip shop…

Henry Cooke on Stuff opines that Jacinda has managed two successful Waitangi Days in a row. I guess that depends on what your view of a ‘successful’ Waitangi Day looks like.

If it is because she has served breakfast for the second year running, then yes, it was successful.

If it was because she managed to massage the numbers relating to Maori unemployment and prison inmates to make them look better, when arguably they have hardly changed, then yes. It was successful.

In reality, this government has done nothing for Maori other than throw a bit of money around. It may sound good, but it will turn out to be a drop in a bucket, and will make no difference at all.

But, in the lead-up to an annual event which can often be marred by protest, splashing a little money around often works wonders, as it did this year.

Maori are never quite as hard on Labour-led governments anyway and the fact that Labour now holds all the Maori seats will also help to smooth things, along with the fact that a fair few of the Maori MPs turned up for the occasion.

Jacinda’s speech was poor; she stumbled when asked about the Articles of the Treaty, clearly having no idea at all, and she spoke no Te Reo.

Unlike Simon Bridges, who gave a full speech in Te Reo. quote.

At Waitangi, Bridges emphasised the work his party was doing out of Government on policy that might help M?ori, without attempting any cheap political hits.

In the media standup afterwards, the challenge for National of holding onto an older P?keh? centre-right vote while appearing progressive on Treaty issues became more apparent.

Bridges reiterated his aspiration to settle all Treaty claims by 2024. He said he was keen to see the treaty relationship move from one of “grievance” to something more productive.

His image as a prime-minister-in-waiting is very slowly coming along.

He then proceeded to both endorse and reject Brash’s famous 2004 Orewa speech, which called for an end to “race-based privilege” for M?ori, and saw National’s poll numbers shoot up in populist agreement.
Bridges said he agreed with the general idea of the speech – equal treatment for everyone – but not the nuance of it: he argued that M?ori-targeted funding actually fitted into this framework perfectly, as it was still needs-based.

This was quite a tightrope to walk.

Stuff end quote.

I loved the way Bridges pointed out that he is the first Maori leader of a major political party in New Zealand, thus giving a not too veiled finger to Mr 7 per cent himself, Winston Peters. Maybe that was payback for the ‘Burning Bridges’ stunt that Winston played in parliament last year. Good one, Simon. Winston had it coming.

When a member of the globalist elite opts to cook breakfast for the masses, don’t be fooled. She may be playing the game of pretending to be nice and normal, but she is not. She is being patronising, proving that she can bring herself down to the level of the great unwashed, if she so chooses, but she won’t remain there for long.

In the meantime, for me, Simon Bridges had a very good first foray into the complex world of Waitangi. As for Jacinda… maybe they will cook fish and chips for breakfast at Waitangi next year. That will be right up her street.