Labour's Maori caucus faced down criticism on Tuesday that the Government's policy to abolish charter schools would mean a return to the dark days of the state education system failing Maori youth.
Jacinda Ardern hopes a compromise will resolve a potentially nasty clash with Labour's Maori MPs and iwi leaders over the future of charter schools. Thomas Coughlan reports the two sides remain far apart.
Talkback host, union delegate, and occasional firebrand Willie Jackson is back in Parliament after a 15-year hiatus - and is now a Minister to boot. He tells Shane Cowlishaw about his plans for the Employment portfolio and the evolution of Maori politics.
In today's email we check out what came out of the Labour and National party conferences over the weekend, including cabinet minister Alfred Ngaro getting "carried away" in a presentation on social funding.
Labour's attempts to hold a firm line on charter schools have been undermined by the party's new list candidate Willie Jackson, who has been a strong advocate for the schools and is CEO of Manukau Urban Maori Authority, which sponsors Te Kura Maori o Waatea charter school in South Auckland.
Labour leader Andrew Little has sought to draw a line under disharmony about the party’s list rankings for the 2017 election, saying it was unfortunate but the party had to move on.
1. A messy list release
As far as pre-election unity goes, Labour’s delay in releasing its list rankings is far from an encouraging sign, writes Sam Sachdeva.