Auckland City Council Bans Labour MPs on Stage at Pasefika But Some Villages Ignored EdictPosted: March 13, 2010
Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni has accused Auckland City Council officials of preventing MPs from her party from being allowed to speak on the main stage at the Pasifika Festival in Auckland today.
The Western Springs festival, which celebrates Pacific culture and features performers from several Pacific islands, involves addresses from Auckland Mayor John Banks and Prime Minister John Key, but Ms Sepuloni said it appeared to have become politicised.
“Yes, the Auckland City Council is running the event, so John Banks has every right to speak to those enjoying the festival, but for an order to go out to ban Labour MPs from addressing the crowds is just petty,” she said.
pacificeyewitness.org was at Pasefika when this happened. According to two official sources involved in Pasefika Festival, village stage committee and organisers were sent an email stating that they were not to allow any Labour MPs onto the stage during the Festival. At the Tuvalu stage, the microphone system suddenly turned off when Labour MPs did go on stage, and turned back on after they left the stage. We’ve never seen that political partisan sort of conduct at Pasifika before by city council-appointed officials. If you have any information on the official email sent out, the officials behind the scenes for the different villages, and other matters related to this, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org