chris trotter on eye to eye has mounted a resolute and heartfelt defence of te wanaga..
trotter makes a good case..pointing out that te wananga were/are spectacularly successful in bringing into the education system those, both maori and pakeha, who that system had failed..and the head of the organisation, rongo wetere, deserves a medal and commendation for his work..
(not to be hung out to dry as some low-rent con-man sucking on the government tit/nipple..)
parekura horomia does his credibility no good at all when he says that te wananga will not be closed by a labour govt..(this, of course, flies in the face of recent threats/expressions of indifference, from education minister trevor mallard)..
the maori party candidate is muddying the waters with obvious electioneering..with horomia joining in, (sigh)..
ken shirley from act says his concerns aren’t race based, but are about accountability for the spending of taxpayers money..
trotter flares at this, and vents all over shirley, in another spirited defence of te wanange head rongo wetere..(i’ve never seen trotter so engaged..it’s almost a case of; ‘whoar!… steady there tiger..’)
(despite well-documented examples of wastage and a culture of extravagance at te wananga, the maori party candidate is now denying anything at all is wrong at te wananga, and banging on, (again), about racist conspiracies..(she provides new nuances to the word strident, and is well overdue for some serious media training..)
host willie jackson shuts her down by asking her not to go all ‘destiny church’ on him, as she says the same thing for about the fifth time..(she sounds like a discordant tape-loop..)
horomia redeems himself somewhat in the final minutes with spirited claims that te wananga will not be closed down..
(btw..eye to eye is required viewing for political junkies..the format suits an uninhibited, usually enlightening, exchange of ideas, and the host, willie jackson, does a good, even-handed job of asking the questions and steering the show..)