Now that the liberal wing of National has taken over they are busily virtue signalling to all and sundry. While they are doing that they are actually widening the gulf between them and the core.

The latest noise is over National’s so-called lack of diversity and brown faces in their line up.

New deputy National leader Nikki Kaye described front bench MP Paul Goldsmith as Maori when defending the diversity of the party’s new front bench.

But this was news to Goldsmith, who told journalists minutes later that while his family had “Maori connections” but he was not Maori himself.

National’s new leaders were criticised by some Labour MPs after unveiling their new 14-member front bench on Monday – which only features one non-white MP: Paula Bennett at rank 13.

This is a change from the former front bench, where Maori MPs Simon Bridges and Bennett were in the two top spots, alongside front bencher Alfred Ngaro, who is of Cook Island descent and Melissa Lee, who is Korean.

“Paul Goldsmith is of Ngati Porou,” Kaye said, and then listed him as one of three Maori MPs in the shadow-Cabinet.

“We’ve got Paula, we’ve got Paul Goldsmith, we’ve got Shane Reti.”

Goldsmith said his family had connections to Ngati Porou.

“My great-great grandfather had European wives and Maori wives, and so I’ve got lots of relatives across Ngati Porou – I don’t claim to be Maori myself.”

Why are they even having this argument?

Don’t they realise that the vast majority of Kiwi voters are sick of the pandering and long ago reached peak Maori?

Chasing the Maori vote is an exercise in futility. National spent the 1990s pursuing vast treaty settlements and National’s share of the Maori vote slipped in a direct proportion to how much they gave Maori. One former cabinet minister even ran a spreadsheet to work out how much money National had to give to get zero votes from Maori.

At the last election and in many previous elections National didn’t even stand candidates in Maori electorates, which shows the level of commitment that National really has towards the Maori vote.

The bottom line is that Maori vote red, by and large. They are like the proverbial battered wife returning to vote for a party that knows it can take them for granted.

At the last election just 11,586 Maori, party voted for National in Maori seats out of 162,805 votes cast, or just 7.11%. There is no evidence to suggest that Maori would vote in any different percentage in the general electorates.

So National is chasing a ghost in pandering disproportionately to the so called Maori vote.

Instead of trying to out woke the left they should out play them on skills and quality.

Martin Luther King famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.

It seems the left wing instead want a nation where people are judged by the colour of their skin, not the content of their character.

If Labour and the left want to play the race card, based on nothing more than the colour of someone’s skin, then let them.

National should focus on skills and quality.

Shane Reti is there, not because he is Maori, but because he is the best person for the job irrespective of race.

Chasing diversity votes is a mirage. Stop it forthwith.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats. Cam has previously voted National, Act and NZ First, he never was ever tempted to vote Labour or Green, but once contemplated voting for the Maori party. They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners. He is fearless in his pursuit of a story. Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.