By Fiona Mackenzie

Can we change the course of history? Many say we can’t; we should just accept what’s happening and go with the flow. Others feel they simply must do something, make an effort so our descendants won’t pay the price of our apathy. Hence the formation of 1Law4All and our grassroots attempts to inform fellow New Zealanders of just what the trends will mean.

Professor James Allan is another who has spoken out in his book, “Democracy in Decline”. A Canadian who has also lived Down Under, he writes about the forces currently undermining the democracies of the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

True democracy, where every adult has one equal vote and the most votes wins, is not a perfect system. We don’t always get what we want but hey, we do win occasionally. And majorities are usually reasonably fair to all. Proof of democracy’s value lies in the indisputable fact that the 5 countries described have been among the most stable, prosperous and evolving nations on earth. So many emigrants or refugees from all of the poorer, ruthless or soul-destroying regimes around the world have dreamed of winning a safe haven in one of them.

So while we’ve observed disturbing happenings here at home, Prof Allan has finally articulated the methodology by which the power-hungry and misguided are undermining one of the fairest, most inclusive and enjoyable little countries in the world:

  1. 1.         Judges (i.e. ex-lawyers)
  2. 2.         International law
  3. 3.         Multinational organisations or agreements
  4. 4.         Undemocratic elites

A take out of what he wrote follows.

The Judiciary

Now, why oh why, do we believe these ex-lawyers have a higher moral calling than the plumber or nurse living next door? Yet we do. And they have extraordinary power, despite lawyers being ranked well down the list of the most trusted professions in 2013 (at 37th, they are admittedly above politicians at 46th).

No longer do these ex-lawyers simply apply what Parliament has decreed to the cases before them. Increasingly, activist judges have taken it into their own hands to decide what legislation should mean, often intervening in ways not at all intended by the elected lawmakers.

Our most classic example is Sir Robin Cooke’s radical interpretation of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. The tribal chiefs ceding of sovereignty to Queen Victoria (in return for the rights of British citizens and protection) was suddenly reinterpreted as “a partnership” between the Crown and iwi, with the Crown obligated by the undefined “whatever iwi want them to mean” principles.

The motives behind the appallingly written Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 have become clear. Such loose, vague and undefined legislation provides little restraint on politicians and judges deciding to transfer public coastline to private iwi interests, or to manage it for their personal benefit.

And as suspected, the Maori Party-instigated Constitutional Review aimed to take power from the people and their elected representatives, to put it in the hands of unchallengeable, activist ex-lawyers, again for the benefit of private iwi interests. No doubt, this threat hasn’t gone away.

International Law & Multi-country Trade Agreements

The democracies of the world have been losing their sovereignty. Judges and bureaucrats have been increasingly looking beyond their borders to international arrangements and decrees when making decisions, thereby taking power away from the people and their elected representatives. Our sovereignties are progressively being challenged by the bureaucratic will of the likes of the United Nations, the European Union and trade agreements.

So despite New Zealand leading the world in universal suffrage (of men and women of all races), we seem to accept with no questions asked that the despots in the United Nations have a right to tell us how to run our country and that we should hand over governing power to unelected, self-serving, feudalistic/tribal leaders.

Even Australia has been struggling to enforce plain cigarette packaging within its borders.

Undemocratic Elites

Thanks to the judges, the bureaucrats, the UN and less than principled politicians, self-appointed tribal leaders have gained unchallengeable power in New Zealand.

We see the results in the propaganda and revisionist history being taught in schools and tertiary institutes; what has been a public coastline is now subject to numerous tribal claims and closed door negotiations; there’s the underhand “fire sale” or gift of public assets to tribal leaders; the transfer of control over cities and environmental resources (national parks, lakes, rivers and the Hauraki Gulf) from elected politicians and councillors to unelected, racially-biased private interests.

In Auckland, the Council has facilitated the imposition of undefined tribal processes and unlimited tribal fees on private land owners seeking resource consents (to build a shed or a deck or to chop a tree); even scattering the ashes of recently departed loved ones is to be subject to iwi approval and fees; and more recently there’s the cancellation of council permits to hold running events in Auckland’s public parks in order to appease tribal demands.

Allan describes how such elites are successfully imposing their preference or sentiment on countries without bothering to convince a majority of us that it is the best course in the circumstances. These groups are no different from any corrupt corporate bully, gang or mafia. We Kiwis even pay them handsomely from hard-earned taxes, yet we have no say on who they are or the limits of their power.

Why Don’t the People Notice?

No doubt you’ve noticed some of the tactics being used:

  • •People ignore the message while denigrating the messenger. This has been very successful, especially when the people being attacked and undermined are straightforward, honest folk who don’t have the means or street smarts to outwit devious political games. The fact that our tabloid media love a stoush, and have no wish to investigate or report actual facts doesn’t help.
  •  •They highlight democracy’s failings, while ignoring its strengths. A common mantra by tribal politicians these days is “Democracy doesn’t work for Maori; it’s tyranny of the majority.”

Well none of us win all the time, but the best long-term lifestyles and outcomes for the people tend to come from democracies, not feudalistic societies.

Maori certainly weren’t doing too well under tribalism in pre-settlement New Zealand. Now living in the South Pacific’s most prosperous nation, Maori have privileged status with more than equal access to health, education and welfare than the citizens of our undemocratic neighbours.

World history has demonstrated time and again that ruthless minorities do tyranny far better than majorities ever do. The quest of many modern tribal leaders is all about securing unchallengeable power and control over New Zealanders and their cash. And currently, they are doing a fine job of achieving it.

  • •They redefine democracy so we don’t realise our vote no longer counts. MMP and its coalitions have certainly muddied the waters with some small parties making gains totally out of proportion to votes won. Now our elected Councillors are falling over themselves to create “partnerships” with self-appointed, unchallengeable and taxpayer-funded tribal leaders. This includes the ability to create racially-biased legislation such as Auckland’s Unitary Plan.

If such deals weren’t with Maori, there’d be a considerable uproar. But so many of us have been indoctrinated to believe Maori are entitled to more, including authority over and above our democratically elected representatives.

Take Action Now

Reading Prof Allan’s book confirms that we have been accurately reading the signs. What’s happening in New Zealand is part of a trend in all complacent, tolerant and prosperous democracies. It can only result in unrest, resentment and strife.

The big question is – will we let the selfish, the appeasers or ignorantly oblivious facilitate the destruction of our democracy? And will we be strong enough to turn the tide?


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  1. Yes – WE will be strong enough! But are there enough of us WE people? What about the huge apathetic masses, complacently and compliantly being stamped on like the stepping stone softies that they are? What’s it going to take to wake them up and stir them from their apathy?

  2. Yes I agree with the message but as I have said before you undermine the message if you don’t say who is giving it. These anonymous pieces will be taken as a crock unless someone puts their name to them. You quote someone else but who are you???

    1. You what? Either what’s written resonates and appears to be valid, or not. How does having somebody’s name attributed as author make a truth into a lie or vice-versa?

    2. I agree with Jeremy. Anonymous editorials deter people to submit their own name (including myself), especially if you are self employed and your business could suffer if publicly labelled as Maori hater (which is not what 1law4all is about). What is needed most is that more prominent people are linked to 1Law4All who have a reputation to loose and who we can identify with. Otherwise 1Law4All may not be taken seriously and not gain as much support as it deserves and will be viewed with suspicion by the public.
      I fear that anonymous editorials, however valid, are in danger to be counter productive to 1law4all. Just a thought.

      1. Well maybe, but the message surely has to stand on its own, doesn’t it? As mentioned in the article, opponents frequently distract people from the message by attacking the messenger…

  3. …the above listed ‘entourage’ of gutless self-serving political opportunists, alongside the twisted, bigoted and ever-hateful Maori pseudo-historians have set themselves up as a permanent ruling elite of New Zealand…Our Rule of Law and Democracy at this time have almost departed…History will no doubt record the events that will follow when New Zealanders wake up to this reality…!!!

  4. The general public just cruise along through life oblivious to what is happening in their own back yard, let alone what is happening in our society. I feel the more that is published and brought to the forefront on what is going on and general public are made aware of the discrepancies that are going on and how the races within our country are being separated because of a document between two races that was signed over 100 years ago, nothing will change. 1LAW4All is indeed doing this and in these early stages of being established it is interesting to watch the numbers grow. Whether these posts have names to them or not, who cares? It is not hateful Maori bashing, just stating the facts.

    1. It is essential it is made crystal clear that Maoris are not responsible for the apartheid in New Zealand, it is Government’s.

      Maoris cannot change and make laws, only Governments can.

      Whom I would call “Maori-in-the-street,” on average they are as sick of apartheid as anyone else.

      Take a Maori doctor’s wall plaque. He might honestly have passed his exams with true distinction, but would anyone want to register with him in case he was given a Maori pass? Not me and the Dr. holds this shame not of his own violation.

      1. While I agree that you cannot blame most Maori, you can certainly blame the activist and elite Maori who have waged a long term campaign of propaganda, misinformation, and bullying of anyone who disagrees with their political agenda. The Government may be the one giving them everything, but they are the ones who have made the political climate in New Zealand such that people are afraid to object.

        1. And as with extremists terrorising in the name of a religion, we need the good people (Muslims, Maori, whoever) to also stand up and say this is not acceptable.

  5. It’s all very true. I have posted this link, although I know that I will probably be the object of much vilification from some very nice well-intended people.

  6. It is one thing for a minority to see and appreciate that Democracy is becoming a myth by the actions of our elected local and national politicians. The challenge is to change the status quo.

    Under the manipulated system we live under and the blatant bribes thrown to the unthinking masses, it is difficult to see a change taking place in the short or even medium term.

    There are several groups who do appreciate that things are not right in New Zealand as well as in the USA but each group strives independently to initiate the needed changes.

    They need to forget their minor differences and under a strong leader focus a combined effort at changing the domination of the major political parties. There is strength in solidarity.

    John C Mathews

  7. Frustration and utter disappointment is the only result I have after many years of fighting the injustices we seek to correct, but the Maori juggernaut keeps rolling like a snowball, gathering size and momentum.

    The problem lies in how to get the message out into the grass roots of New Zealand society, but how? We have tried referendum, but fell short on the numbers required, while appealing to racially loaded boards of inquiry are futile.

    There are fewer newspapers than there were ten years ago with fewer readers and in addition, they are more strictly censored and edited to reflect a less confrontational viewpoint, which a good investigative journalist would have uncovered in times past.

    Blogging is of course a prime factor in the demise of printed media, so how can we make the clarion call of equality thunderous enough to reach those who can – and would – make a difference? Experience has shown that only ‘radical’ or at times eccentric steps are the ones that are widely reported and it is this approach which should be adopted.

    Nothing gets noticed more by politicians and the general public than a negative report about New Zealand in the foreign media, as was the case when I had an article published in the British Daily Express back in the early 90’s when I earned the wrath of John Banks on his Radio Pacific talk-back. My point is that there has to be an utterance of a key-word or maxim so outrageous as to upset the sensibilities of those opposing the very suggestion of equality under the law.

    I am not suggesting putting a bucket of manure over a politicians head, but a well placed article from the likes of David Round in a well read publication abroad would certainly get things rolling.

    There are also parts of the United Nations treaty wording on equality which could be used to good advantage and which, in the hands of some keen legal minds, would be very useful.

    At 76, I am hopeful that some progress can be made before my departure so that I can rest more easily in the knowledge that my children and grandchildren will not become second class citizens under the yolk of a tribal system in a country I had great hopes for back in 1958.

    1. True and strong words Kenneth….why not expand your reply and forward to David Round your deepest thoughts as regards this ‘iwi’ invasion of New Zealand Democrary and the Rule of Law…. Let us go INTERNATIONAL about this …..!!!

  8. The totally lop sided delivery of fairness, justice and equity continues to gain a foothold. Apathy is the head-in-the sand escape, growing at a similar speed to the boundless iwi claims for compensation without proof. It is well past time to confront before the majority are totally engulfed by the rampant minority.

    NO is the only way to go. We’ve had more than enough. It’s time to get tough. Grievance mode is unfair at best. It will never end until the law prescribes equity for all. Nothing will change unless the majority mobilise. Keep up the pressure. Barry

  9. Be it Judges, United Nations Conventions, Maori organisations or whatever, it is our elected representatives that in the end give away our democracy.The one thing we can all do is to make an appointment with your electorate MP (MP’s) and bluntly put it to them what they are allowing to happen. They should be ashamed of themselves.
    Secondly we can all learn what Binding Referenda has done and continues to do for Switzerland. Politicians squeal at the very mention of BCIR therefore it must be a threat to them. The thought that we the people could possibly do better is beyond their comprehension. However the Swiss people have them in check. Talking to your local MP makes you feel good as well as paving the way for better democracy.

  10. Kenneth said it all for me. My sentiments exactly. My frustration knows no bounds but for some reason I just keep on keeping on, posting and/or stating my views on our lack of democracy etc everywhere I can. I feel many people also worry but fear to express it in case they are labelled racist. I don’t let this label stop me at all these days because being nice and quiet will never change the direction this country is heading in and only exacerbate it.

    We now have apartheid here – special privilege based on race is apartheid whichever way we look at it. We must take advantage of any and every means to wake the rest of the people up and let them feel that it is quite okay to say ‘enough is enough’. We must have racial equality under the law whatever it takes. The big worry is that the more entrenched it becomes – and this is happening more rapidly than ever – the more difficult it is going to be to remove it. I really fear that it won’t be peaceful!!?? Surely people power with us all standing together en masse will help change things for the better.

  11. There are 5 powerful weapons of the Maori-elitist that lead most to the time-honoured “Someone (else) must do something about it….”
    PC entrenchment
    Maori-bashing label fear
    Established legal precedents
    Gutless media

    It will take a strong public figure of some note to instigate a strong PUBLIC movement before anything meaningful will happen – and he/she will need a deep purse to run an effective publicity campaign, since the standard media will not cooperate unless it is seen to be popular.

  12. In 1831, 13 Maori chiefs petitioned King William to be their friend and protector. While King William did not do so, Queen Victoria did. There were two ways by which the Queen could have gained sovereignty over New Zealand – by force, or by treaty. I think there should be more gratitude that the treaty option was chosen. Instead it’s been used to beat money out of us ever since.

    Here’s an idea. Why don’t some of you write a letter to our present Queen, asking her for her help and protection of our democracy? Tell her what’s going on here, and make sure you send a copy to the British papers! If they got enough letters they may take some notice. At the very least it may draw some attention where it’s needed.

  13. Don, I’ve tried on numerous occasions to discuss the problems I see facing this country with my local MP. It’s all been a complete waste of time.

    However, funnily enough he actually agreed with me when I first started talking to him but his Party was in opposition then. Now that they are the Government he’s swung complete around. When John Key tells him to jump, he asks him how high!! That’s what he said a while ago. So, there is absolutely no point in me speaking to my MP – unless of course John Key agreed with my concerns.!!

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