Tōrangapū: Willie Jackson in the hot seat
Te Karere host interviews Labour's Employment Minister Willie Jackson about how the caucus are feeling after it was a revealed that Labour's popularity is up in the polls, surging to 48%, his response to National's assertion that Labour aren't up to the job of governing the country, as well as Willie Jackson's thoughts about Te Karere turning 35 years old tomorrow.
Scotty: Your party is surging in the polls at 48 %, must have been a good buzz at Labour's caucus hui today?
Willie: We are really happy, but of course there’s still a lot of work to do. Especially as we know, we have goals we want to achieve. But weren’t arrogant about the polls. We know this is the start, maybe it's the honeymoon period. But we are really happy.
Scotty: The opposition says the bubble will burst - they say you'll slide when you fail to deliver on your promises, your response?
Willie: Don’t listen to them, they are talking humbug. It's easy for the opposition to put us down. But we know there are plenty of problems within their party. They don't have a leader and there's plenty of issues there and backstabbing. Not good at all. Who will be the best person to lead them? That's where their issues are different to ours.
Scotty: Te Karere marks an important 35 year anniversary tomorrow, as a former Māori broadcaster what's your response to this milestone?
Willie: You are right, we must acknowledge Ngāti Porou. They started it It's only right to acknowledge Whai Ngata and Derek Fox who started this platform. We must remember what they did at the beginning. And I must acknowledge you all for continuing this work all the time. Even though it's sometimes difficult, with English being spoken in the studio by your friend from the north - Harata's uncle. Despite the up's and down's, the work continues. So I must acknowledge you, Arana, Harata - thank you for continuing this platform, which is te reo Māori.
Scotty: There's been speculation about rationalising down to a single Māori news service, what's your position on this issue?
Willie: It’s a big kaupapa, we are still talking at the moment. It wouldn't be right for me to speak on it. I will leave it for out Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta. But I have heard things about it, such as is it best to give this to TVNZ or Māori TV? There's much being said. But it’s not right for me to speak on it. I will leave it to Nanaia Mahuta.