Watch: Winston Peters accuses Paula Bennett of asking 'mindless questions' and diving into 'moronic abyss' during Question Time
Winston Peters accused Paula Bennett of asking "mindless questions" and diving into a "moronic abyss" during Question Time today.
His comments came as National's deputy leader was quizzing Mr Peters, who was answering on behalf of the Prime Minister, on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill in the House today.
"Can she confirm that the Labour-led Government unanimously voted for the bill at select committee and the bill has now been prepared for a second reading, and do they know how they will vote for it?" Ms Bennett asked the deputy prime minister.
"On behalf of the prime minister, if that member will not conform to the proper language of an MMP environment we do not intend to answer her mindless questions.
"She knows full well the construction, we can handle it and that's why were here and that's why they're over there, because they just don't grasp what the new environment looks like," Mr Peters answered.
Ms Bennett was then given a warning by Speaker Trevor Mallard for prefacing her follow up by implying that Mr Peters led the Government instead of Ms Ardern.
She went on to try and get more answers about the bill, asking: "Does the govt support the employment relations amendment bill as it is currently written?"
Mr Peters again went on the attack in his answer.
"Look we're not going to have a dive to the moronic abyss that the member wants to go to.
"We are talking about a process of the full committee of the House and then onto the third reading, that's whats being targeted that's what we'll do."
'It’s an opportunity for us to take New Zealand to the rest of the world': Steve Hansen reiterates call for Government cash
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has repeated his views that the Government ought to sponsor the rugby national team, saying it’s a world-renowned brand.
Hansen revealed after last month’s Bledisloe Cup-clinching win that he had asked Grant Robertson for funding while the sports minister and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were in the Eden Park changing rooms.
Hansen reiterated those views today in Wellington, saying the brand was world renowned and that’s why he felt the Government should do more for the team and rugby in general.
"It’s not about going cap in hand to the Government, the whole point of making that comment and it’s interesting everybody has jumped on it," Hansen told media in Wellington.
"This is my opinion and people can boo hoo it if they like, I believe the All Blacks over a long time have been a great brand for New Zealand.”
"You can go anywhere in the world and people may not know New Zealand, but they’ve heard of the All Blacks, I think it’s an opportunity for us to take New Zealand to the rest of the world by using that brand, be it in tourism, business and that’s why I mentioned they should be one of our sponsors."
Hansen said in his mind, rugby continued to be an important part of New Zealand’s national identity and he felt the country’s top players were missing out on rewards.
"Rugby in this country is an important part of who we are and what we are and not all the money that we make goes to the players, it goes to grassroots and funding development and women’s rugby. I don’t know if you’ve seen the budget but we’re spending more than we’ve got and that’s not a great way to run your budget."
"If the money goes to grassroots and developing women’s rugby and developing young talent to come through and be All Blacks then maybe some of the money we get from Adidas and AIG and our other sponsors can be used to keep players here."
Hansen added that he felt that complacency did not only need to be fought within the team, but by the fans and wider country as well.
"The word complacency has been bandied around about us as a team, we’re fighting it all the time and we need to within our fans and within our country cause I’m sure there’d be a different attitude if this team wasn’t performing."
Construction worker injured in workplace accident above Auckland's city centre
A construction worker has been injured in an accident on top of a construction site in Auckland’s city centre.
One person was transport to Auckland Hospital in a moderate condition, said St John spokesperson Mark Deoki.
Two fire department vehicles were also sent to the scene, near the intersection of Victoria St West and Graham Street.
Māori youth labelled 'plastic': 'I'm not Māori enough but I'm not white'
Young Māori have spoken out about being labelled "plastic" because they can't speak the language - saying the hurtful term is used to imply they're fake or less Māori.
This week we've seen New Zealanders everywhere embracing te reo, sharing their stories, and encouraging others to learn the language.
But for many Māori who can't speak it, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori can be a stark reminder of the guilt and shame they feel not knowing their own language.
Eve Duncan Spring is from the iwi of Ngāruahine, but she's never learned how to speak her language.
Growing up it wasn't spoken in her home, and it wasn't offered as a language at the schools she went to.
"Where do I fit because if I say I'm Māori I'm not Māori enough but I'm not white, so if anything it just makes me sad," she said.
According to the 2013 census, just over 127,000 Māori can hold a conversation in te reo.
For Emma Brown, from Ngāpuhi, Māori was her first language as she went to Kohanga Reo.
But she was then enrolled into mainstream education for the rest of her schooling.
Now, she said, she could hold a conversation with a 5-year-old - anyone older and she feels out of her depth.
"We stopped using it around home and obviously stopped speaking Māori at school.
"I found that the better I got going through the westernised education system, the less I was able to retain that Māori that I learnt as a young kid."
She said through high school she often seemed worlds apart from the other Māori.
She had different interests from her peers, she enjoyed physics and she didn't hang out at the school marae.
As a result she was labelled 'plastic' by them, a term which still makes her angry.
"I don't know who came up with the standard."
"I've never heard a Pākehā be called plastic, but it's applied to every other culture like we've got standards to meet that someone else set for us."
Both Ms Duncan Spring and Ms Brown said the main reason they're not able to speak Māori has been their surroundings.
'It comes from within'
Jaymi Hirawani McTaggart had the same experience and she said she has been called plastic several times.
That's further complicated by her Pākehā-Chinese father and his stance on learning te reo Māori.
"I actually got discouraged by a couple of people. There's a outlook about it like 'it's not a global language, why's it so important to learn?' My dad was like, 'you should learn mandarin'."
However not everyone around them has been judgemental.
Tumanako Fa'aui said despite not being able to speak Māori he has had support from his elders.
"I've had enough kaumātua and fairly influential people tell me that it comes from within, it shouldn't be what's on the outside.
"You're Māori because of your whakapapa, it's not something for someone else to tell you."
Despite the label and the names, they're all taking steps to learn their reo. They've enrolled in courses and are learning from those around them who speak Māori.
Ms Brown said she still needs to put in more effort.
"We did a course at Unitec, the free Māori courses. My nana was fluent and my dad is so there are opportunities around for me to learn."
Mr Fa'aui said speaking with his mum at home has been the biggest help.
"I've been doing correspondence te reo courses and my mum has picked it up again so we're trying to speak as much as we can to each other at home."
- Reporting by Radio NZ's Eden More