The New Plymouth Racist Mayoral Zombie Reincarnates

The New Plymouth Racist Mayoral Zombie Reincarnates

Below is the alleged content of a facebook post by Murray Chong (a New Plymouth councillor) regarding the part-Maori committee on the New Plymouth council.

Iwi representation debate . . .

We had a referendum last term based having Maori Wards, and 83% of the voters didn’t want it due to it not being democratic as it was a race based rule.

On Monday we debate the set up of this new committee, and I hope our councillors remember and consider how the majority of its ratepayers voted in the above referendum.

This new Iwi representation committee will not only offer recommendations to our council (which is fine) but they will also have the power to make final decisions on the items shown below without it having to go through to full council for all elected councillors to have the final vote on.

We have elections to vote for councillors to make final decisions on our behalf and many people have suggested to me that unelected committee members should only have the authority to give recommendations to our council and definitely not have the authority to make final decisions.

This ruling that they are wanting to allow in this committee is unlike any other council committee and is not the standard democratic process.

This will be a very interesting debate on how we will all vote on this, on Monday.

Read the drivel on Stuff about how exhuming racist representation for New Plymouth is somehow a fresh start!

Iwi and council launch a new governance partnership and a fresh start


From the Racist New Plymouth Council . . .

New Governance Partnership Between NPDC and Senior Iwi Leaders Created

22 June 2017

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and iwi leadership have created Te Huinga Taumatua Committee to bring the expertise of iwi leaders to the Council’s decision-making process.

“This is a pleasing step forward and is about iwi leaders having a seat at the governance table,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.

Te Huinga Taumatua Committee will consist of five iwi leaders and five elected Councillors to identify and discuss issues of cultural, economic, environmental and social importance to Maori in the district. Unlike the former Iwi Relationship Subcommittee, Te Huinga Taumatua will generate items for the Council to consider as well as make recommendations on Council issues.

“The committee consists of iwi leaders with strong mana and governance experience. It will focus on issues of importance to Maori and provide strategic guidance to NPDC,” says Cr Gordon Brown.

“It’s a pleasing step forward in our partnership and we’re looking forward to the future of this governance committee,” says Cr Marie Pearce.

The committee consists of:

Mayor Neil Holdom.
Councillor Gordon Brown.
Councillor Richard Handley.
Councillor Stacey Hitchcock.
Councillor Marie Pearce.
Larry Crow (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama Trust).
Leanne Horo (Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust).
Glenn Peri (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Trust).
Liana Poutu (Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust).
Colleen Tuuta (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga).

The committee’s name has two parts: Te Huinga, which has a dual meaning for a gathering of people and a gathering of leaders, and Taumatua, a place where birds gather high in the trees.*

The committee will meet every five weeks starting 17 August, pending Councillors’ confirmation of its terms of reference at their next meeting on 26 June.

It will also help NPDC meet its statutory obligations relating to the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi under the Local Government Act 2002.

The committee’s full terms and references are online in the 26 June Council Meeting agenda.


* From whence they can undemocratically defecate on Ratepayers, below.

Swansong

Swansong?

Despite the possibility of civil unrest, the pervasive apathy of so many New Zealanders have made the task of championing racist-free democracy untenable for the 1Law4All Party and its Board.

The Board feels that by continuing to oversee the Party limping along in the way it is, members and donors may be given the impression that the Party has some chance of meaningfully opposing the rampant racism that is perverting NZ’s democracy.

In 2013 and 2014, 1Law4All solicited members with the promise of having the name 1Law4All on every NZ ballot paper. That promise was broken.

The present Board and several hundred stalwart members, donors and supporters have soldiered on since then, resolved to get the name 1Law4All on to every ballot paper and hoping to regain the credibility forfeited by the treachery of certain Board members of that time.

Alas, despite the need being even greater now, time has not healed the wound. The Party has never really recovered from that betrayal of members in 2014. As a consequence and despite everyone’s best efforts, the present position is:

  • The Party lacks the 550 financial members necessary to register to be eligible to lodge a Party List with the Electoral Commission, or utilise the $37,500 allocated to it for public broadcast funding; (see EC letter, below)
  • The Party has insufficient prospective Party List candidates (6-7 would be required if the 5% voting threshold was reached);
  • The Party has no President, or Secretary;
  • The Party has no Leader or deputy;
  • The Party is not broke, but lacks anything remotely like the necessary money to fight an election campaign—est: 1.5 million min;
  • The Party lacks the necessary administrative staff and general human resources necessary fight an election campaign.

Therefore, with a truly heavy and somewhat exhausted heart, the Board has proposed the motion to wind up. However . . .

Possible Alternatives

Instead of winding up, 1Law4All could advertise for candidates for the 64 general electorate seats. With its current bank balance (May 2017) and subject to some modest conditions, 1Law4All would offer to pay 50% of the candidates’ $300 deposit. If that was achieved, 1Law4All would indeed be on every General Election ballot paper. But not its logo. Unfortunately, only registered political parties can use a registered logo beside electorate candidates names on ballot papers.

There is no requirement for 1Law4All to be a registered political party to enable electorate candidates to use the party’s logo and name.

Another option might be assisting with the legal fees of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations (CORANZ) in fighting the recently advertised 550+ applications for NZ’s coastline by part-Maori opportunists, using the Marine & Coastal Area Act.

Yet another might be combining with another existing organisation that has the same or very similar objectives.

Or election advertising to ensure the racism of National, Labour & the Greens is well-known by all NZ voters. Of course, that still leaves the problem of who to vote for.

All are welcome to suggest more options for consideration.

The Annual General Meeting of 1Law4All (Inc) is to be held at the Armitage Hotel, 9 Willow Street, Tauranga at 1.00pm on Saturday 24 June 2017.


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