Having Paula Bennett as Minister of Social Development and Employment (Minister of Social Welfare in old-speak) is a shameless marketing ploy by John Key. A segment of the population swung away from Labour at the election and Key wants to keep them swung his way with a Maori who is a former beneficiary. This also helps to reduce the white-guy-in-a-starched-shirt image of National. The offices of Work and Income New Zealand (the social welfare department) are dominated by Maori and Pacific Island women, so having one at the top fits in well.
The NZ Herald sounds like a union/communist newspaper when describing Bennett:
Twenty years ago, Paula Bennett was a teenage Maori solo mum trying to get off the DPB by waitressing at a truck stop and washing dishes at a retirement home.
Note the reverse racism here: the Herald mentions that she’s Maori, but you’ll never see an article lauding the fact that someone is Pakeha/white. Of course not, because Pakeha are the oppressors and the Maori are triumphing despite this, so their victories must be mentioned.
This same article also show’s Bennett’s Socialists/Marxist beliefs and her patronising paternalism (maternalism?):
She [Bennett] expects her associate minister, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, to be instrumental.
“She and I share a belief that all children are our children. That means the good, the naughty, the broken and the cherished. We’ve talked about that many times, and I’ve got no doubt that’s the understanding we will bring to the role. She will play a big role. She’s got experience and some really firm views on what we need to do for Maori people.”
“She and I share a belief that all children are our children”. How dare she claim ownership of New Zealand’s children! The arrogance of this is breathtaking: children belong to parents and parents alone. It’s all part of the Social/Marxist agenda of controlling children and undermining parental authority.
We have a new government but the underlying attitudes haven’t changed. The Socialists/Marxists who are running this country should keep their filthy claws away from our children.