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Last updated 11:33 05/03/2008
LAWRENCE SMITH
PARADISE LEFT: Dover Samuels strides ashore at Matauri Bay - which he's leaving to set up a charter fishing business in Queensland.

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Veteran Labour MP Dover Samuels plans to join the Kiwi exodus to Australia when he quits Parliament at this year's election.

And he has no hesitation in naming two things he won't miss during his time across the ditch: the Maori Party and rampant political correctness.

Samuels who has spent the past 12 years as part of the Labour-led Government told Sunday News he had bought a house on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and was looking to start a fishing charter company.

At the moment, he's hoping to spend summer at home in the Far North and winter with our Tasman neighbours. But he has no doubts about the attractions of a shared life in Oz.

"I like the Sunshine Coast. I've been to Australia quite a few times and I lived there for 21 years," said Samuels, who recently sold the motel he owned in Matauri Bay for $3.6m. "I've already bought property in Queensland and my son is very interested in the marine business and he'll probably convince me to buy a charter boat and I'll charter it out and do the Great Barrier Reef thing.

"I have a very close relationship with fishing. In fact some people say I should have gills because I've had one leg in the sea and the other on the beach since I was born. Don't get me wrong, I love my country.

"New Zealand is the best country in the world and I love the people. But winter time is pretty tough because of my rugby injuries."

But health and family aren't the only reasons behind Dover's decision to become a part-time Kiwi and join the annual 30,000-strong exodus.

The colourful MP who served as Minister for Maori Affairs between 1999 and 2002 said he was sick of Maori activism in the country.

"Non-Maori have been very tolerant of all the crap they've had to put up with and it's all just bloody garbage. I heard someone say they were going to make a treaty claim on the air we breathe. I mean, for Christ's sakes, it's all just garbage.

"The Treaty of Waitangi seems to be the antidote for everything from tagging to wagging school and colonisation which is absolute cultural bullshit.

"Frankly, I think a vast majority of Maori have had a gutsful of it, just like the average New Zealander that's why I'm going to Australia."

Samuels blamed the Maori Party for creating tension between Maori and non-Maori.

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"We've got to learn to laugh at each other. This PC, culturally correct brigade will actually destroy our New Zealand lifestyle. There's this inherent part of our country that is being destroyed because we're becoming so PC.

"You've got these culturally correct loony tunes who think everything's offensive come on, it's time to wake up.

"Even if the sun shone 24-hours a day there are some people some are in Parliament who will find the dark and find some sort of grievance. They want to take us back in history and blame somebody.

"Look at the Maori Party. Just on the surface of it, the branding is attractive people think `hey, I'm a Maori, I'll vote for the Maori Party'. There's a lot of people who think that way. But what have they got to deliver? I have seen the rantings and the ravings and other people's scripts being given in Parliament, but what are they going to deliver?"

He said it was high time Kiwis simply saw themselves as New Zealanders.

"It's time we got our act together. I think we've been too hard on ourselves. If you think about it, our achievements in sports, peace, war and adversity well, I don't think there's a country that could match it.

"But do we appreciate our contribution? No. I would like to see the New Zealand flag hauled up in schools every day and pay tribute to our nation and those that sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy now."

Samuels said while he would be spending a lot of time in Australia, New Zealand and particularly the far-north community of Matauri Bay would always be his home.

"I will never be an Australian; this place is my home. All my ancestors are buried here and that's where I'll be. That's the compulsory exit plan," he said. "I'll be going overseas, but I'll be moving

- Sunday News

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