Shane Jones showed them at Ratana Pa. By God, he showed them. He showed them all his inestimable leadership skills.
Labour was challenged to reciprocate the loyalty shown to it from Ratana for decades by accepting four Ratana candidates for winnable positions in Parliament - on the list.
To rub his nose in it, Labour leader Phil Goff had to endure a speech praising Prime Minister John Key for being "a brilliant speaker" and "a person who should be admired".
When told a few home truths by a Ratana minister about Labour's condescension and arrogance toward Maori of the past eighty years, what did he do? Offer a word or two of repentance? Smooth the troubled waters? Pledge a new commitment to do better in future?
No, our big shot from Up North cemented the relationship forever by telling his host to 'stick to ministering.' That about sums up my opinion of the great brown Labour knight, Shane Jones who came galloping in to save Labour a few years ago, riding on his trusty Hereford bull.
Remember how he was to be a future PM? Prime Mug, more likely.
Ratana minister Kereama Pene, who delivered the critical speech, was told by Labour MP Shane Jones he should stick to ministering.Clearly Labour is still in denial.
Mr Pene told the Herald that Labour had missed the message. "This is quite serious," he said.
Mr Pene said "a real relationship is born out of truth, a real relationship is born out of respect for each other".