However, the Herald quoted Labour's Shane Jones in saying something I just don't simply understand.
Labour MP Shane Jones took offence at claims from the Maori Party that gang members were "our people".
"Stop calling them our people; they are not our people," he said.
"Our people don't go to jail for killing teenage boys, our people don't go to jail for raping, selling P and celebrating it as a mark of distinction and success.
"They're not our people. In fact they are not people ... They are the slaves that would have been dispatched before Christianity without a sliver of doubt."
What on earth does he mean by that?