A 2016 Update

Good Riddance to Racist Rubbish

On Friday 6 May 2016, New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd announced he will not seek re-election after being harassed and abused following his championing of race-based Council representation, then adding his Mayoral vote to the creation of a Maori Ward for the New Plymouth Council.

Parts of the community were outraged. Grey Power petitioned and forced a binding referendum, while 83 per cent of New Plymouth voters didn’t want un-elected part-Maori representation.

“I was removed as a patron of a club, uninvited to community events. Getting abuse walking down the street at the Santa parade,” Mr Judd told Seven Sharp. Mr Judd said he has been spat on by a woman in a supermarket while with his children. “From that point on I’ve somewhat hidden my family, stopped taking them to events and things.”

“Friends [I’ve] known for years [were] avoiding me, ringing me up saying what a mistake, we voted for you, you’re a Maori lover,” Mr Judd said. “I had a man dressed in a Nazi uniform come to see me, saying hatred stuff, I had Christians quoting chapters of the bible.” Other mayors from throughout New Zealand have also avoided him at local government meetings.

The TV1 story is here.

The Original Story

New Plymouth Mayor Judd Opposes & Mounts UN Challenge to Democracy

New Plymouth voters have overwhelmingly rejected the introduction of a Maori ward in the district. In a citizens-initiated referendum on the issue, 83 percent of those who voted were against the proposal. A total of 56,250 people were eligible to vote with 45 percent doing so. Mr Judd said he was going to take a complaint against the Government’s Maori wards legislation to the United Nations. He said the fact that a council’s decision to have a Maori ward could be overturned by a citizens-initiated referendum was unfair. Mr Judd said he had been speaking with a representative of the United Nations over the last few weeks about a challenge to the Crown.

Hugh Johnson, who sponsored the petition forcing a referendum, said he was satisfied with the result which was more clear-cut than he expected. I think it’s very good. We beat Northland the vote there was only 66 percent. So the voters are feeling like I do [in thinking] that people should only be elected to council on their own merit.

– Radio NZ

Picture New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd (left) accepting a petition from Hugh Johnson in 2014, which called for a poll on the Maori ward initiative.

Andrew Judd just does not get it!

The New Plymouth Mayor had to go for a drive and a bush walk to internalise the results of a local referendum that had 83% vote against the creation of a separate Maori Ward in the District.

What Mr Judd does not get is that as an elected representative he was elected to represent people – to be a voice of the people. He was not elected to impose his own views on the community. The problem Mr Judd has in particular is that there is a canyon like divide between his views are those of the community.

What makes matters worse for the Mayor is he did not express his views about Maori representation to the electorate before being elected. He therefore cannot claim any mandate whatsoever to advocate the separatist democracy he is now so doggedly promoting.

Mr Judd is in the wrong job. He should simply accept that his view is so different from the community that he is not able to represent it in a manner that the community could reasonably expect.  For the sake of the New Plymouth district he should not stand again for election. Better still, he should accept that fact and resign now.

– Frank Newman

NP Ratepayers Say NO to Racist Representatives

A Maori ward seat has been given a resounding no from the people of the New Plymouth district. The council’s controversial decision to have a Maori ward was overturned in a landslide vote on Friday after a district-wide, binding referendum. 83% of voters in the binding referendum voted against the creation of the ward, with only 17 per cent of people in favour of the idea.

From the 45 per cent voter turnout and the 25,338 returned votes, 21,053 people were against the creation of the ward, with only 4285 in favour of it. New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who championed the proposal, said he was disappointed with the result. But I accept it with peace and humbleness, he said.

– Taranaki News

Links to related stories

Resounding no to a Maori ward for New Plymouth district

New Plymouth voters reject Maori ward

Frank Newman: New Plymouth Mayor should resign

Related story from 24/09/2014

Horse bolts over Maori ward

21 thoughts on “NP Mayor Judd Mounts UN Challenge to Democracy

  1. Oh! The trauma. Democracy in action. Can’t have that, now, can we? No wonder the fascist mayor is horrified. Shame he came back from his ramble. Gone bush permanently would have been better for Taranaki.

  2. It seems that we are not very good at picking our Mayors.
    First there was Mayor Mai in Whangarei using her casting vote to push her views and now Mayor Judd who appears to have an aversion to democracy.
    Weren’t there any better applicants for the Mayoral post?

  3. Well done New Plymouth now this dickhead councillor should resign ,as is obviously a Racist.
    This country is in Trouble,unless the apathy shown by most Kiwis departs like it has in New Plymouth but they still have 55% apathetic voters, its a worry.
    I have sent numerous emails to Chris Nga Tahu Finlayson about the racist trend in NZ and all I get back is smart Are emails in Part Maori.

    1. The problem with such people is they live among us, they breathe the same air and they vote. Worse still, they breed, as well as infect others with their BS!!

  4. On a possibly brighter note, the Tauranga situation was the reverse. There, the local council kept their wits about them on the foundation tenet of democracy and democratic representation, dismissing an attempt to impose race-based, unelected, unaccountable-to-ratepayers, part-Maori Council table troughers.

    As I understand it, the local pale brown brigade sought to do what the petitioner in New Plymouth did. But – here’s the bitter-sweet bit – they could not get the necessary number of signatures to force a ratepayer poll to reverse the Council’s brave and stalwart stance on democracy.

    If that’s true, then there may yet be hope!

  5. They are now trying to impose ‘Maori’ representation in Rotorua and they actually think they are being democratic!!

  6. If this guy was voted in as mayor by the people it was to serve the people not oppose the people. Does he wear his hair brushed over to one side and have a toothbrush moustache. DEMOCRACY is the way in New Zealand not Dictatorship. This man is living in the wrong era in the wrong country. If he doesn’t like the wishes of the people he should stand down and let the city move on, as voted for by the people of the city, or is the salary too big to give up without a fight????

  7. Yay, Hugh Johnson and yay Tauranga. Stand up for your rights! I think some people would be surprised by how many people with some Maori ancestry feel about the segregation stuff that goes on. They don’t like it either when things are not done democratically. It is hard to speak out but people need to.

  8. What hope is there for Democracy when you get a dick head Mayor making stupid decisions off his own back.
    The people have spoken. This idiot should be on the stage – the first one out of town.

  9. For some strange reason our elected representatives take little notice of polls and referendums with un deniable results and push through their agenders. They all need to be removed from their positions for being so arrogant. Maybe if this Mayor continues with his path the people of New Plymouth need to push him to resign and not wait until the next local body election

  10. What we need to do is find a Politician with Some Intestinal Fortitude (this will be very difficult) and push through a Law that says a Referendum is Binding, and must be acted upon.
    Government by the People for the People, not this undemocratic rubbish that we have had since MMP, where we have the tail wagging the dog all the time.

    1. We’ve already got one, Greg.
      His name is Colin Craig.
      All he needs is for the media to give him a fair go.

  11. You are right about Colin Craig, but we need to get him voted in first. As for the Media – with a recent survey showing 75% of media being left wing, it’s gonna be hard.
    Just watch that Katie Bradford get so excited when they think they have dug up something against centre right politicians.

  12. Colin Craig only narrowly missed the 5% threshold because of one man – John Campbell. His lampooning of Colin portraying him as an idiotic moron swayed the opinion of many who would otherwise have supported his policies. Goodbye John, good riddance. Bring back Mark Sainsbury for unbiased reporting on current affairs.

      1. Colin unfortunately is very naïve and too trusting. Some of his press poses hardly presented him as a future Prime Minister. I tried to warn him some time ago that the press would be out to crucify him for his non-PC views, and told him what had happened to Pauline Hansen in Australia when she wanted one law for all Australians and a limit to immigration until all Aussies had jobs. The press portrayed her as a racist (trying to take away aboriginal rights) and a xenophobe (for limiting immigration). It’s a shame about Colin as he is a very genuine person, but the press will swoop upon any perceived weaknesses (such as honesty in politics).

        The party will survive and prosper under new leadership along with the growing racial discontent. Good luck in your future, Colin.

  13. Andrew hits judder bars after try to speed past democracy! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Maybe there’s hope, yet? Perhaps not in Masterton at the moment; but in the future, who knows?

  14. Hayden Jones is just typical of brainwashed PC uninquisitive cretins that masquerade as reporters who can not accurately report the facts. Every story he does is like that ‘Good Sorts’ segment he perseveres with with, that circular voice pattern. Hayden is trying to say that anyone who voted to stop racism and uphold democracy is racist. Hayden should stick to feel good stories about cats and dogs.

  15. Those concillors who voted to have Maori unelected on council boards I suppose their reasons are that (1) maori are not good enough to stand, (2) that they are the first to arrive here, (3) that they are the indigenous people of New Zealand, (4) that they are the tangata whenua, which are all wrong. (1) Maori can stand just like any other person who puts there name forward. (2) They were not the first to arrive as written history tells us. (3)They are not the indigenous people of NZ. (4) They are not the tangata whenua as the true meaning of that word means (ancient ones- or the people before us.

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