Whether you think the water claim to the Waitangi Tribunal by
the New Zealand Maori Council is an audacious try-on or a
legitimate test of legitimate rights, it is an issue that
will make or break the reputations of many.
If Labour thinks National's new five-year targets for
improvements in some of New Zealand's ugliest and most
depressing statistics are little more than a political
gimmick, then Labour should think again.
Still reeling from their public caning over the now-axed
rejigging of class sizes and teacher numbers, National Party
ministers got a blunt talking-to from the Prime Minister at
last Monday's Cabinet meeting.