Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lucia Hekia Parata is being savaged in the Dom Post this morning [UPDATE]

I've voted for Hekia Parata, as she has been the National candidate for the Mana Electorate for the number of years, or so. Around mid-year, we generally get a Happy Matariki card and calendar, with a picture of Hekia Parata and John Key on one side. Strangely enough, though, we never get a Happy Christmas message. I would have though Christmas would be a far more important time of year to acknowledge than Matariki. To me, that misjudgement typifies Hekia Parata's style, what she focuses on and thinks important isn't in step with the mainstream. Not that I'm mainstream, but I think most people in NZ would rank Christmas much higher up the festival scale than Matariki.

So, here's Tracy Watkins with a devastating article on Hekia Parata. I almost feel sorry for her.

When Hekia Parata was promoted to the education portfolio, she was pegged by some as a future leader, ruffling a few feathers among her colleagues.

All the ingredients were there - a rags to riches back story, professional success and powerful mentors, including Finance Minister Bill English and Prime Minister John Key, who saw in her an echo of his own rise to the top.

But she also had the all important X-factor - supreme self-assurance, an engaging personality and a guffawing laugh that could fill a room.

So, an egotist, in other words. It seems it's the type of politician that makes it in New Zealand, except they have to be able to perform as well. I'm not sure about a guffawing laugh being part of the "X-factor", but maybe Tracy threw that in there just to mock. Certainly the type of person I'd look for would be radically different.

As blunders mounted one on top of the other in the education portfolio, however, Ms Parata's poise deserted her. Hard questions were met with obfuscation and, when under stress, she reached for the bureaucrat's trick of papering over the cracks with jargon.

The pressure began to tell in other, more personal, ways. Beehive insiders talk about a tense and poisonous atmosphere within her ministerial office, brought on by an increasingly demanding minister, who was out of her depth and casting around for others to blame. She churned through several private secretaries and lost a senior adviser just two months into a two-year secondment.

Ouch, ouch, ouch. I don't see how Hekia Parata can survive this sort of thing. The only way to stop it at this point, because politics loves a good savaging, and Hekia Parata's blood is in the water right now, is to fight back effectively (ala Judith Collins and the Binnie Report) or to resign. Going to ground and hoping Christmas (bet there wasn't even a consideration Matariki could do the same thing if this happened mid-year) will smooth things over, is not a good idea. Journalists will come back from holiday and take up where they left off, for want of better stories.

Related link: Parata loses her poise under pressure ~ Dominion Post

UPDATE: The NZ Herald has a piece by Audrey Young that is much softer: Leap-frog minister in a class of her own

1 comment(s):

Redbaiter said...

Man, this was all so avoidable.

All one had to do was read Parata's press releases associated with her previous positions to know she had no mind of her own.

Just the same old pre-programmed with Marxist rubbish National party loser.

Who let the left set the discussion framework and then tried to fight them from within that framework.

But its not just down to Hekia.

Almost the complete National party are completely useless. Parata has no backup, and would be on her own even if she did have what was needed to defeat the teacher's unions.

The left own education in NZ, and it will take a much more resolute force than the dumbfounded National Party to take it from them.

Especially when the Nat's leader is more interested in impressing imbeciles by "dancing" like an idiot or carrying out mock gay marriage ceremonies and the like.

What an empty headed damn fool the man is, fiddling while Rome burns.

Parata is a disaster, but its not all down to her. The National Party is a weak and useless political force because it is white anted from within by people who should really be standing under the Labour party banner.

John Key if he switched parties, would probably be the best Labour leader they have ever had.

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