Kapi-Mana News : May 17th 2011
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First, there was Mr Brash, mounting a hostile takeover of an ACT party to which he didn't belong, finally winning the leader- ship thanks to the most junior ACT MP, Hilary Calvert, who only 24 hours before had claimed to be 100 per cent behind Mr Brash's rival, Rodney Hide. Once installed as leader, Mr Brash decided to leave his prede- cessor in place as Local Govern- ment Minister -- a decision that probably had less to do with Mr Hide's severely tarnished man- date than with the awkward constitutional issue of having the Key Government negotiate a com- mon strategy between now and November, with a coalition party led by someone outside Parlia- ment. Parliament is, after all, sup- posed to be sovereign. Therefore, it cannot be dictated to or influenced by anyone beyond its confines. Presumably, any subsequent negotiations between National and ACT about parliamentary business or and election strategies will have to be conducted, nominally at least, through Mr Hide as the messenger boy-- or, perhaps, by ouija board. If ACT's machinations seemed bizarre, they were quickly matched by Mr Harawira's launch of his new political vehicle, the Mana Party. Mr Harawira signalled his determination to resign from Par- liament and trigger a by-election in Te Tai Tokerau. This gambit was quickly denounced by everyone else as an expensive publicity stunt devised mainly to win extra office funds and election coverage for Mr Harawira, because he would be returning to Parliament as a party leader, and not as an ordi- nary MP. To cap things off, Mr Harawira then saluted Osama Bin Laden as a fellow freedom fighter -- a compliment that hadn't been applied to Bin Laden and his colleagues since they were fight- ing the Soviets back in the 1980s and Ronald Reagan called them freedom fighters. After perhaps realising that standing shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan wasn't such a good look for a newly minted left- wing party, Mr Harawira apolo- gised for his Bin Laden comments, and vowed to consult more fully with his Te Tai Tokerau advisers. Come November -- one can only hope -- such sideshows will be his- tory. By then, ACT will have widened its recent focus on taxation and crime. Under Mr Brash, the party's platform will seek further reductions in government debt, state asset sales, equality'' between Maori and non-Maori, and an even harder line than Mr Hide -- if that is possible -- on the alleged hoax'' of global warming. Mr Harawira will be doing almost the exact opposite, and will be combating what he sees as Maori Party compromises on issues affecting Maori, and oppos- ing any punitive crackdown on beneficiaries. How far will they be able to pull their colleagues over onto their ground? For now, ACT under Mr Brash is merely making the Government look more moderate without -- according to National Party polling -- affecting National's own base of support. Similarly, Mr Harawira's early gaffes have enabled the Maori Party, Labour and the Greens to sleep far more easily at night. Gordon Campbell is an experienced political journalist and columnist who has written for The Listener and Scoop. Members mark chapel's 50th Jubilee year: Joyce Smith, Tom and Rosemary Dobbie, Dawn Greenfield and Brenda Rolston, some of the early members of the Porirua Gospel Chapel, who helped celebrate its 50-year milestone. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Members of the Porirua Gospel Chapel, a fixture of the Cannons Creek community, have marked its 50th jubilee. More than 160 people gathered at the Te Akapuanga Kuki Airani Hall in Cannons Creek on May 7 for a dinner to celebrate the chapel's rich history, and a thanksgiv- ing service at the church the next day. Deacon Peggy Humphrey said the chapel, on the corner of Hereford and Champion streets, was built by volunteers in 1961, but had begun as a Sunday school at Windley School in 1958. At that time the church was only the second to be established in Cannons Creek, and many people from the area would have memories associated with it, she said. It's a spiritual base, a place to worship God freely and learn spiritual values, raise your children . . . connect with the com- munity, and a place where many couples have met and youth have become estab- lished in their Christian life.'' The church was an independent Open Brethren church run by deacons and elders rather than a minister, and had an empha- sis on participation and community service, Mrs Humphrey said. Members receive sound, Bible-based teaching on practical living, and the flat structure of the church provides opportunities for all to develop talents and skills.'' During the last 50 years the church had provided a range of services to thousands, both from within its membership and the local neighbourhood, including a youth group, homework club, after school club, holiday programme, Sunday school, adult computer classes, cooking lessons, counsellors and budget advice.
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