Treaty Entrenchment by Stealth

Treaty Entrenchment by Stealth?

(What you don’t know can hurt you)


As part of the Consideration of Constitutional Issues, which was agreed to in the 2008 Relationship Accord and Confidence and Supply Agreement between the National and Maori parties, a Constitutional Advisory Panel was appointed in August 2011. This panel was to ‘continue the conversation’ about how to govern the people, land and resources of New Zealand.

Whilst this panel had other items to discuss, such as the length of our parliamentary terms and the number of MPs in Government, it soon became clear that their main area of focus was to encourage and establish interest in entrenching the Treaty of Waitangi into a written constitution for New Zealand.

Had they succeeded in convincing enough people in New Zealand that this was best for New Zealand and the people who live here, it would have been the ultimate victory in a long and carefully strategized war against New Zealand’s democracy. A war which has been waged for the past 40 years by part-Maori activists and their Treatyist allies.

It must have been a bitter blow that they did not achieve their objective, despite 40 years of re-interpreting the Treaty of Waitangi. During that time, treatyists have been infiltrating education institutions to enable the teaching of their own ideological propaganda to innocent students, plus consistently and tirelessly putting down any discussion that questions their goals and aspirations with cries of ‘Racist!’

Time for Plan B?

Despite an overwhelming lack of support for a ToW entrenched constitution, which should have given a very clear message to the panel members putsching that agenda on just how New Zealanders felt about race based laws and power, the CAP’s report, presented in November 2013, made numerous recommendations to the Government which were designed to advance and enhance part-Maori power in both local and central Government.

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Credit: Graphic included with kind permission of John Ansell

Whilst the recommendations are numerous, the ones relevant to the point of this tale revolve around part-Maori representation in local Government. (See report link below) It seems that no matter how often the people of New Zealand exercise their democratic rights and vote against having unelected, unaccountable, race-based seats in local Government, activists pushing this agenda refuse to get the message. There seems to be no lengths to which they will not go in order to force their agenda upon the population at large.

We’ve seen the Auckland Super City amalgamation and the Statutory Maori Board forced onto Auckland by the Government and the absolute disaster that has become.

Northland, Hawke’s Bay, Tauranga and Wellington are all considering amalgamation plans put to them by the Local Government Commission. In every case, part of the amalgamation plan is the establishment of an unelected and unaccountable-to-ratepayers part-Maori Board.

Mr Basil Morrison

Basil Morrison seems to be the public face of the force driving many of the strategies to enforce these race-based agendas.

Mr Morrison is currently Chair of the Local Government Commission, Chair of the Local Government New Zealand Superannuation Board of Trustees, a director of Landcorp Farming Ltd and Civic Assurance, and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. In the past, he has been Chairman of the Ohinemuri County Council, Mayor of Hauraki District Council, a member of the Waikato Regional Council, President of Local Government New Zealand and Chair and Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum from 2005 to 2009. Basil Morrison therefore has considerable knowledge of local government matters at a local, national and international level.

Mr Morrison was also on the New Zealand Geographic Board from July 2010 until July 2013. It was under his watch that the ‘h’ was forced into Wanganui, in spite of the fact that 80% of people polled on the issue did not want it, and the North Island and South Island were given Maori names even though 81% said ‘No’ to that.

Now, in his role as Chairman of the Local Government Commission, which he holds at the same time as being a Waitangi Tribunal member, he is actively pushing the amalgamation of councils agenda, everywhere he can. And, in every case, the amalgamation proposal includes an unelected and unaccountable-to-ratepayers part-Maori Board.



Giving more and more power to only one part of any society, separated from the rest by either race, religion or culture, can only be a recipe for disaster. It is undemocratic and unconstitutional. It impinges on the human and democratic rights of every other person.

Having been denied public support for a Treaty of Waitangi based Constitution, this pressure to accept unelected and unaccountable-to-ratepayers part-Maori representation in local Government has all the appearance of a rear guard attack.

As the situation is Auckland has shown, once part-Maori Boards are established, huge amounts of money are demanded from the general rate take, for part-Maori aspirational projects which have little or no benefit to the rate payers in general. The aims being part-Maori focused, and not community focused.

Naturally they will protest that the community in general will benefit, but such Board s and Councillors have not shown exactly how that will happen.

And since these representatives are appointed, not voted for by the rate payers, they are not answerable to rate payers on any decisions they make or what they spend money on. Yet, having votes on Council decisions, they can have a huge influence on the lives of all rate payers.

The full report by the Constitutional Advisory Panel can be viewed here, with the recommendations to Government starting on Page 16.

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