Racism [almost] Reigns Here

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Waitemata and Hauraki Gulf Forum Councillor Mike Lee says a “disturbing” Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting was held last week to discuss proposed changes to its membership and functions. “The forum has been captured by interests that are not necessarily conservation minded or from Auckland.

“There’s a domination of the Hauraki Gulf Forum essentially by Waikato farming interests and iwi interests from Coromandel that has not worked out that well,” he says. At present six of the 21 forum members represent mana whenua, but a review has recommended that eight of the 16 members should represent Maori tribal rights over the gulf.

The review report recommends that “particular attention is paid to treaty settlement processes and the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari process” and that the forum has “co-governance” with equal numbers of mana whenua and “other” members.

A critic said that the group developing the marine spatial plan has a focus of economic, social and cultural gains and considers the environment only when it complements the other three.

7 thoughts on “Racism (almost) Reigns Here

  1. We have had land-grab as an ongoing problem for many years. Now sea-grab is coming to the fore as Maori push their “rights” once again to gain control of New Zealand and the rights of New Zealanders. It must not be allowed to gain a foothold. It is time both the local and national governments stood up and said “Enough!!”

  2. Unfortunately these things start with good intentions and good will. Seems like a fine thing to include a Maori perspective but the next stage has always been to eventually get a 50/50 membership and a de facto veto on all decisions. The objective becomes political control, not conservation and the resource always suffers. There is no way back as no one in authority has the courage to point out that the system has become corrupted.

  3. Talking of ‘sea-grabs’: Stand by for the latest sell-out by the Government, regarding the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, I see from the Dominium Post today (21/9/16) that Bill English says that he wants to “sort out the Kermadecs (with the Maori Party) ‘from the basis of a stable Government’ ” Well I think we know what that means; he will make any concessions whatever to iwi that he has to, to avoid losing their vote in Parliament. Blatant vote-buying.

    1. Dave, that is spot on – the Confidence & Supply vote every month reigns supreme. This is why MMP is proving to be the death of democracy. With First Past The Post, the party with the most votes ruled on their own and did not have to sacrifice idiotic things every month to remain in power. Unfortunately we shall never see the end of MMP, since there is no way half parliament will vote themselves out of a job. IF, however, National or Labour were to refuse the Maori demands and let the Confidence & Supply vote put them out – then campaign on the platform that they would kill all the ethnically-based legislation, they would win in a landslide – but none of them have the guts to DO it. They are just digging us deeper and deeper into a reverse apartheid situation whilst creating precedents that are more powerful in the Courts than any loosely and carelessly worded legislation.

  4. No one has ever come forward who backs apartheid. Why are part-Maori given special rights? They were never here first; they are not the indigenous people; they are all NZrs like the rest of us. It was the Labour Government that concocted our treaty into a partnership between modern-day part-Maori and the crown completely writing all New Zealand citizens out of the Treaty. What we need to do is elect a Parliament that will sweep away these apartheid statutes.

    Ian

    1. Absolutely true, BUT – we will NEVER have a majority party that would do this, so the only route to follow is to have a third party that is strong enough to oust the Maori party as the tail wagging the dog. The party has to be one that is already established (new parties have tried, but have not reached significant numbers) and is already in the public eye. It has to have a reputation of ‘stirring’ and bucking the system. Regardless of how distasteful it may seem to many, the only party that meets these criteria is NZ First, so prejudices have to be put to one side and we have to back Winnie and his motley lot – they do have the realistic possibility of becoming powerful enough to swing the monthly Confidence & Supply vote in Parliament, and so be able to dictate policy matters to National, who WILL get in again. This needs a concerted effort of as many as possible to make this happen. Complaining in the background never achieved anything. PUSH it actively with positive directions on voting. The Maori situation is serious, and will only get worse – MUCH worse – so serious action is needed with definite direction.

      1. You’re dreaming, Ross – even if it is a nice one. NZ First is really a misnomer. A more accurate name would be Winston First. Remember the “baubles and trinkets of power” remarks of disdain he made? But, when offered, he lunged at them with both hands.

        Winston has a proven history of saying the right things to buy votes. And a similar history of a lack of doing those right things he spoke of, once elected.

        Winston – being part-Maori – can avoid the racist label trundled out at every turn by the real racists, headed by that party of part-Maoris. Below is an excerpt from a speech he once gave. It all sounds wonderful, but action is what’s needed: not words.


        Tribalism

        The third major threat to our economic advancement and nationhood is government sponsored programmes to revive pre-European tribalism – as an alternative to democracy. New Zealand was once a unique place, a blend of two cultures created a vibrant nation. The colonisers were not perfect. Many injustices were done to Maori. But compared to other colonisers, the British were comparatively benign – thanks to the early involvement of the Church Missionary Society. Later, Maori and non-Maori fought side by side overseas.

        The Maori did not fight for Nga Puhi or Ngati Porou – they fought and died under the New Zealand flag just like fellow soldiers alongside them. Many Maori have made a huge contribution at every level of society and the workplace in this country. But the so-called economic reformers of the past 30 years dismantled the industries and state enterprises that were the economic life blood of Maori.

        Freezing works closed, the Ministry of Works, Forest Service, Government Print and so many others. When the Forestry Service was privatised, thousands of jobs were lost and 80 per cent of those jobs had been held by Maori. Heartland New Zealand had the heart ripped out. Tens of thousands of Maori were thrown on the industrial scrap heap. Along with unemployment came the twin curses of alcohol and drugs which are creating mayhem among Maori.

        Some Maori leaders understand what is happening and work towards a solution but others take advantage of the situation to exploit division. Along with the new age economics of selling everything and bringing in more immigrants, a new political arrangement was entered into. This is the politics of appeasement to radical Maori demands. Governments learned quickly that they could ignore real problems faced by ordinary Maori if they appeased certain so-called Maori leaders.

        And it is not new. After the communists took over Russia a century ago they appointed political commissars to all military and industrial units. These commissars policed all activity on behalf of the communist party. No matter what happened – no matter how many casualties – the communist party was never wrong. New Zealand governments have faithfully followed a similar policy, where the Treaty of Waitangi grievance industry is concerned – the Treaty travellers are never wrong.

        If you look closely you will see a steady stream of commissars appointed to police the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Appointed everywhere – local government, central government, the various agencies and institutions of state. Tribes with self-appointed leaders are being allocated major taxpayer funding to disperse within their iwi without any auditing and beyond any genuine public accountability. And the Maori at the bottom in whose name and numbers all these demands are made are getting exactly nothing.

        Auckland City example: next Friday submissions on the Draft Auckland Unitary Plan will close. This plan has some alarming contents. Nineteen iwi will have unbridled power to claim rights to any piece of land in Auckland that they deem special to them under the plan. This will be another giant step towards racial separation in this country and dominance by a few in Auckland for their own monetary gain.

        These iwi will dictate to the Auckland Council. They can invent all manner of things to lay claim to a significant place. Under the plan it is enough for them to say we want that site, they do not have to reveal the reason why. Your council has rolled over to heavy-handed iwi who are about to grasp ultimate power over the property rights of Aucklanders. Remember, they are operating under an Act that this Government passed.

        It is a massive transfer of property to a select few and a separation of New Zealand into Maori and others. Sure, restore Maori traditional rights and obligations– that is only fair – and that is what the Te Treaty of Waitangi claims are doing through the proper arena. However, council plans open the door for iwi to take rights that go way beyond anything we have seen before and will jeopardise property ownership and transactions for untold Kiwis. Again, this is not new.

        In the 1990s in South Australia there was a huge controversy surrounding the proposed Hindmarsh Bridge involving a clash of indigenous Australian beliefs and property rights. In 1994 a group of Ngarrindjeri women elders claimed the site was so sacred to them the reasons could not be revealed.

        The case was controversial because it intersected with broader concerns about indigenous rights in Australia and the Mabo and Wik cases regarding native title. Secret women’s business’ as the claim became known, evoked an intense legal battle. Some Ngarrindjeri women came forward to dispute the veracity of the claims and a Royal Commission found that the secret women’s business’ claims had been fabricated.

        There has already been an equivalent example before the Auckland Council’s Transport Committee in June 2011 when a Maori Statutory Board Member asked the committee what’s been done about the Taniwha Horotiu who lives just outside here, and that tunnel will be going right through his rohe?’

        Ladies and gentlemen this is not a laughing matter. It points to future Auckland Council decisions that will involve issues so precious they cannot be revealed to the public. And the question you’ve got to ask is, where on earth did the legal and political authority for this come from?

        Democratic institutions are being blended with tribal appointments. Tribalism is incompatible within a modern democracy. You only have to look at the tribal wars in the Middle East and other hotspots like Afghanistan to see why.

        And again major concessions are being made behind closed doors over the foreshore and seabed without any public input. Customary title – a form of ownership, is replacing Crown or public ownership. The first step in this underhand process was for this Government to pass a law saying nobody owned the foreshore and seabed – but certain iwi could, under a process that does not see the light of day or proper legal rules.

        Both Maori and non-Maori will miss out with customary title. It is simply, over time, a massive transfer of property and wealth to a select few. Ladies and gentlemen, Parliament has to stop the politics of appeasement.

        How can Maori go forwards when many of their leaders keep telling them to go backwards? At the same time we must address the real problems faced by Maori over employment, education, health and housing on the basis of need. This has to be a pan Maori approach that covers all Maori. It cannot be done through tribal favours.

        If you want apartheid and tribalism – you should vote for the other parties – not New Zealand First.


        Excerpt from a speech delivered by Winston Peters, on Friday 21 February, 2014, at Northcote, Auckland.

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