Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ratana and the Labour Party--are they 'on' again?'


Up until recently the Labour party and Ratana had close ties, but that all soured for a couple of election cycles. It seems that the National Party and John Key in particular have lost their ‘new love’ and a return to the past ‘special relationship’ is underway. This time, the Labour Party cannot take for granted that such loyalty and support can be taken for granted. It is a ‘balancing act’ that will take upfront and honest expressions of intent and follow through. Although the Ratana movement does not represent the majority of Maori voters, they do however wield influence that is ‘noticed’ by all. This time, Labour, don’t assume that ‘she’ll be right mate.’