– Sir Robert Jones in the NZ Herald, 9 September 2014

The Pope’s Losing Battle with the Mob, headlined Warsaw’s Polityka newspaper. Poland’s a Catholic country.

Nevertheless, the newspaper didn’t pull its punches with its cynicism towards the papal threats, publicised here, to defrock Italian priests displaying obsequious sycophancy towards the Mafia.

They’ve always done so, lured by the largesse these imbued-in-religiosity mobsters render to the clerics from their extortion practices. Like all foreign horror news items, we read of them, grateful for the pervading integrity of New Zealand life. Well don’t be too sure. Consider this. Recently, a shop tenancy changed in a modern 17-storey Auckland CBD office building owned by my company. The previous tenant had blocked off some of its window which we now intended putting back to a conventional shop front.

At this stage, sit down with a stiff drink and accept my assurance I’m not making this up. For we were then informed by a planner my Auckland office uses for council dealings (which can be laborious) that under the new council rules, changes to a building’s appearance require resource consent and we would be subject to penalty if we simply put back the window.

If that’s not outrageously absurd enough, things then became truly Kafkaesque and illustrate why the Government, against ill-considered opposition parties’ objections, wishes to tone down the Resource Management Act.

For we were then told that under the new Draft Unitary Plan, not yet enacted, our building being within 50 metres of a designated Maori heritage site, we needed RMA approval (for a new shop window, for God’s sake), this instantly forthcoming at a cost of $4500 plus the approval of 13 iwi.

The council refused to advise the addresses of these iwi outfits, yet added that without their consent, we can’t put back the window.

So the planner located, then wrote to the 13 iwi, ranging from Taranaki to Whangarei.

Five replied stating they had no concerns while others said they were considering the matter, presumably calling huis to weigh up this window crisis.

One respondent bearing that fine old Maori name of Jeff Lee, representing something called Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki, contacted the planner. (See the tribe’s financial report, below)

Look up their web site if you have tolerance for Maori sacred footstep in the earth guff, although it’s 100 per cent on the mark with its proclamation: our vision is only limited by our imagination.

I’m sceptical about Mr Lee’s vision but have no doubt about his imagination, for, after advising the planners verbally that no Cultural Impact Assessment Report was required for the window, he nevertheless asked them to consider it – brace yourselves – given his ancestors, centuries ago, gathered in the vicinity.

Lee then wrote, outlining his terms for assessing the window’s cultural impact which, he said, would take him a total of six to eight hours.

For this he sought $90 per hour plus GST and travel expenses of 0.77c / km.

At this stage we became involved and told the planners to tell Mr Lee to get stuffed. In the words of my company’s manager, a historian knowledgeable in Maori history and who speaks the language: It’s a classic case of bureaucrats worried about cultural correctness without thinking through the consequences.

I more succinctly call it a racket, just as with the Bay of Islands hole in the rock (our ancestors gathered feathers nearby and Captain Cook looked at it, so give us money.)

So too with the gangsterish extortion attempt with the Mighty River float. Evidently, all of these sacred sites hypocritically become desanctified by the payment of money.

The council has designated 61 sites across Auckland and nominated 3600 others of interest. Undertake earthworks (swimming pool, building foundations, a shed etc) within 50m of a scheduled site and one must engage (pay) iwi.

None are of Stonehenge moment but instead claptrap such as our ancestors beached canoes nearby and the feather-gathering ilk.

I sent this material to Alan Duff in France. It makes me sick, he replied, adding that an acquaintance had been confronted with a $90 an hour rort after buying a section and wishing to build a house.

Not even the New York Mafia would come at this nonsense. Six months after I bought a Wall St office tower, I received a panicky letter from the building managers, enclosing a letter from the Mafia’s lawyer, saying he would like a meeting with the owners to discuss his client’s offer to provide the building’s services. Treat them seriously, my manager urged.

Some hope! Instead I replied to the shyster lawyer, proposing a meeting in my Wellington office and heard no more.

But at least they would have provided the services, presumably clipping the various contractors’ tickets.

What’s happening here is far worse, being more aligned with the Italian Mafia’s offering of unneeded protection services. In their wrong-headed sycophancy to Maori nonsense, the council fools who naively allowed this to develop are no different in principle from the fawning Italian priests.


Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Income Stmt

8 thoughts on “Bureaucrats Wallowing In Cultural Correctness

  1. I’ve just returned from the Killing Fields and genocide museum in Phnomm Penh and was sickened by what I saw there but after reading your article, I feel even more sickened, not in the same way of course but by the way so many of our politicians are bending over backwards to be PC? Are they like this throughout NZ now or just in Auckland and New Plymouth?

  2. Auckland council bureaucrats are trying to smooth the whole thing by saying that it’s only applied in a few cases and of course they also manage to find a few people who say “its no problem and only cost us a few hundred dollars”!

  3. Due to suppression of the news media and suppression of National’s intent through the Constitutional Advisory Panel to implement Maori sovereignty and an upper house of Maoris with power to veto Parliamentary decisions within its Election Campaign, National romped through with a big win.

    Now we know the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement will also be implemented, further suppressing the populace.

    God save New Zealand.

    1. Of course the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement will be pushed through. It is John Key’s chance to making sure that he will get a good job, a better opportunity than he has at present in the film industry, in the US after he is voted down here. He will get enough job offers from US companies that then sue the New Zealand nation for compensation because of our national laws that restrict them from doing illegal things.

  4. Bob Jones needs to change his planning advisor. Doesn’t he know that these people are in cohorts with the city bureaucracy? After all, the more the red tape, the more paid work for them! The sensible advise would have been to simply restore the window/s on the basis that there was already a building consent in existence for it/them, i.e., the original consent to the building.

  5. In effect, the Draft Unitary Plan forces everyone to bow under Maori superstitious believes and pay, not only literally, contribution. Anything to do with ghosts and religion, especially in the way it is forced in Auckland upon others, has nothing to do with culture and is contrary to the individual’s freedom of religion as laid down in the New Zealand laws. The waiting is for someone who is willing to go to court on basis of this. Maybe the Human Rights Commission is a good starting point.

  6. Wow! So this rag-tag bunch of tribalists sucked over a quarter of a million dollars out of ratepayers’ pockets in 2013, and almost half a million in 2014. And for what?

    Attending a few Local Government Assn meetings and scribbling a few fantasy cultural clap-trap confidence tricks.

    I wonder how much dosh the other dozen or so treaty trickery shysters have siphoned out of hapless ratepayers’ pockets?

    As Bob commented: what a racket!

  7. Has anyone considered drafting a personal declaration stating that the undersigned is unable to participate in any activity or formal process that is based on race or ethnicity? Sign the form and email it to the Minister of Justice. Also register having made such a decLaration on a public web site.

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