Nine years of a National Party Government pandering to separatist demands will be an issue that voters will consider in next year’s general election, Auckland business manager Casey Costello said today.
Ms Costello who, with former National Party leader Don Brash, represents a new national campaign named Hobson’s Pledge, launched today, [28 Sep 2016] said that successive Governments have taken New Zealand further and further away from the kind of country that most New Zealanders want – one where everybody is equal before the law.
“As each chief signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Governor Hobson said ‘He iwi tahi tatou. We are now one people.’ He did not talk about partnership, or about principles,” she said. “He did not say that unelected tribal appointees would have voting rights on local government councils nearly two centuries later. “The Treaty which chiefs were invited to sign – and overwhelmingly did sign – guaranteed all New Zealanders the same rights and privileges. It was an extraordinarily enlightened commitment for its time,” Ms Costello said. “It happened nowhere else in the world, and we should celebrate it.”
Ms Costello, who says she feels driven to step forward for both her Ngapuhi and Anglo-Irish ancestors, made it clear that New Zealand was doomed to increasing racial resentment if we continued on our present track. Hobson’s Pledge Trust has been established to oppose moves at central or local government level which would lock in constitutional preferences for anybody based on when their ancestors arrived in New Zealand.
“We will consider supporting any political party committed to ending such preferences,” Ms Costello said.
Click here to e-mail Casey Costello or phone her: 027 532 4959
To see one of the Hobson’s Pledge adverts running in a number of NZ Community Newspapers, click here.
To listen to a radio interview between Leighton Smith, Casey, and Don Brash, follow the instructions below. Once you get to the page linked to below, search down for the items circled in the illustration below. The interview is broken into segments. Click on 10.00 – 10.15 for the first segment, then, after it’s finished, click on the next one. Continue across the page to hear the full interview, complete with adverts!. Click here to go to the NewsTalkZB radio broadcast web page.