Maori Wards Repugnant to Democracy
Under the Local Government Act, passed by the Clark Labour government, every local council (including regional councils) must consider every six years the introduction of special, race based Maori wards to enable part-Maori (code for the greedy tribal elite) to be put on councils because of their race rather than anything to do with democracy.
This apartheid style law gives a privilege to New Zealanders of a certain bloodline (part-Maori) over all other New Zealanders and is a violation of the democratic principle on which New Zealand has always been based and for which thousands of our servicemen of European and Maori ancestry gave their lives in two world wars.
Why at this point in our history should part-Maoris be given a status above others in respect of council representation? A democracy ensures that all eligible voters equally elect councillors on merit. Race should never be used as a means of qualification for obtaining a council seat or anything else for that matter. A healthy, democratic society requires that all people be treated equally regardless of race, religion, gender, etc. and the Local Government Act is a violation of this important and basic principle and should be repealed. But that won’t happen so long as National and/or Labour call the shots, the words “National” and “Labour” being two sides of the same racist coin.
Maori wards should be seen for what they really are – an important step towards institutional racism and nobody wants that except, of course, the tribal elite who want to monopolise such positions.
Race based wards can not be justified by any reference to the Treaty of Waitangi or those modern-day politically expedient fabrications: “partnerships” and “principles.” There are no principles in or of the Treaty and its whole purpose was to make all New Zealanders equal. “We are now one people” said Governor Hobson to each chief as he signed. Well, we were for one and a half centuries until our two mainstream parties deserted us, each for its own crooked reasons.
Councils that have recently considered Maori wards are the Wellington Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and New Plymouth District Council. In Wellington and Tauranga the councillors took a vote and rejected this racist concept, the voting against it in Tauranga being 9-0. However, the Local Government Act allows a poll to be taken to reverse a council’s decision so long as a sufficient number of signatures on a petition request it. The cost of the council carrying out such a poll is approximately $170,000.
In Tauranga the tribal elite and some of their white lackeys are threatening to launch such a petition but that is a waste of time as any ensuing poll would be most unlikely to reverse the council’s decision. The reason why so many councillors voted against Maori wards is that they know that Maori wards are so unpopular with the ratepayers. Wherever there has been a poll the ratepayers have rejected Maori wards overwhelmingly as they believe that unelected Maori councillors, unaccountable to the ratepayers, would push for ever more rises in rates to support ever greater expenditure on part-Maori-specific projects. And we are already spending more than enough on those! One only needs to see the “wish list” of the new Auckland Super City’s Maori section (more than $240 million for new “Maori projects”) to realise what the ultimate outcome of Maori wards really is.
In both Nelson and Wairoa, polls have shown decisively that the ratepayers do NOT want these racist wards. Even in Wairoa, where part-Maoris constitute 48% of its declining population, they voted against special Maori wards and by a significant majority.
In New Plymouth the council has recently decided by a single vote (the casting vote of the new mayor, Andrew Judd) to introduce Maori wards. Signatures are currently being collected by the ratepayers to force a poll that will almost certainly throw this toxic concept out. And one hopes that – for his racist and unnecessary attack on democracy in New Plymouth – Mr. Judd will also be thrown out of office at the next council election.
However, Mayor Judd is small bikkies really; the real problem is the refusal of the government to repeal these racist provisions in the Local Government Act.