“The Dakota Access Pipeline has been stopped, the Prime Minister has resigned, and the Warriors are coming to Kaitaia … so it’s an awesome day to be alive” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira on hearing the news that the PM was stepping down.
“Look, John Key has been a great leader … for the rich” said Harawira “but I doubt that those living in car cases, caravan parks and cold, damp houses will be shedding a tear anytime soon.”
“And in case people haven’t noticed, Maori have also suffered massive setbacks in housing, employment, justice, corrections, education and welfare during his time” said Harawira “The only Maori who will mourn John Key’s passing are those who clipped the ticket during his reign – those who reaped the benefits of Treaty settlements and corporate success, but did nothing to lift their own people from the mire of welfare despondency, drug-fuelled violence and suicide.
“In fact it’s difficult to think of a time in New Zealand’s recent history when so much has been done for so few, by taking so much from so many”
“I don’t buy the line about John Key’s legacy being marked by economic stability and an increased profile on the international stage, because I see where it has come from – off the backs of those who could least afford it, te pani me te rawakore, the poor and the dispossessed.
“I wish him well with his future and I hope his family get more time with him, but most of all I wish us all strength in overcoming the mindset that only the rich should matter in life”