What does 1Law4All stand for?
1Law4All stands for equality in Law and Government for all citizens. We stand for that principle and against any decisions that single out any race or races of New Zealanders for advantage over all other New Zealanders. Our position is based on this cornerstone principle of democracy.
Why set up 1Law4All?
We have become a political movement because an increasing number of New Zealanders are concerned that successive New Zealand Governments have been leading our Nation away from the democratic principle that all people are equal in law and Government.
We want New Zealand to be a place of unity and prosperity. A place where everyone plays by the same rules and enjoys the same rights. That’s the basis of any healthy democracy.
Who is behind 1Law4All?
1Law4All has been established by ordinary New Zealanders. People who are very concerned that our country is moving towards a nation of two levels of Government. One for one race of people and one for the all other New Zealanders.
1Law4All currently has over 1200 registered and paid up members.These people are from across the political spectrum and represent a variety of ethnicities.
Aren’t Maori entitled to a privileged position in New Zealand?
We’re sure all Kiwis want to enjoy all the benefits of living in a peaceful and prosperous country. The best way of guaranteeing that is to embrace equality of all before the law. It is the foundation stone of democracy, which has proven to be the most enduring and successful system of government so far. It makes for united, prosperous and happy nations.
Privileges given to one group compels unfair treatment of others. Unequal treatment breeds resentment, destructive attitudes and corruption.
Maori people as a whole will benefit more in the long run from being treated equally before the law, not with special privileges above other New Zealanders.
Shouldn’t New Zealanders be made to speak both English and Maori, our official languages?
Language is for communication. English has turned out to be the most advantageous language for most New Zealanders to use (predominantly) so far, domestically and internationally.
We oppose the requirements imposed by state or local Government authorities to learn the Maori culture in order to secure employment or do their jobs adequately. This singles out one race of people for special recognition above all other cultures in our communities, of which there are now over 150.
A choice to learn the Maori language by anybody has our support for that fundamental democratic freedom to do so.
You have been accused of being anti -Maori
This is incorrect. This criticism has arisen because we oppose many of the central and local Government decisions which are by-passing democracy in order to favour Maori.
It is correct to say we are anti-Maori privilege in Government and law. As we would stand against such favour for any race of people.
Is this Maori-bashing?
1Law4All is fighting for the legal equality of all New Zealanders, no matter what their ethnicity or who their great grandfathers were. It’s in the best interests of all of us.
Equality and inclusion of all in the democratic process is what has made New Zealand and many other Western countries prosperous, while others remain impoverished and war-torn.
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela are celebrated worldwide for their stand for equality before the law. How can it be a wonderful thing in their countries yet labelled racist here?
What are your attitudes to ethnic protocols?
Cultural displays and ceremonies can be a very enjoyable and rich part of our lives.
There are approximately 150 ethnicities represented in New Zealand now. They certainly add colour and richness to our country. Each one is entitled to celebrate and foster its culture, as long as those practices comply with the law. These cultural ideals and activities are not the responsibility of taxpayer funding via Government.
For example, some cultures can require women to forgo their rights to be treated as equal to men. This is discriminatory, illegal and totally inappropriate in New Zealand law.
There must be no legal dispensation for ethnicity, culture, religion or skin colour.
Is your aim to ban Maori culture and language?
We support and encourage all races of New Zealand citizens to preserve and celebrate their own culture, heritage and language – within the law. This is a freedom that does not need Government input.
Government events should be organised to suit the participants and purpose. They should not automatically have any cultural or religious rituals imposed on them.
Does the Treaty not require Maori to receive special treatment?
This 173-year-old document guaranteed Maori the rights and privileges of British subjects. Legal equality. No more, no less.
Modern revisionists have been reinterpreting and rewriting the treaty. But the fact remains, it is an 1840 document written for a specific situation in very different times.
Continued arguing over what did or didn’t happen for the subsequent 173 years is a waste of everybody’s lives. It is time to move on to what will make New Zealand united, healthy and prosperous in the 21st century. And that certainly won’t be laws and Government decisions which favour one race of people over all others.
If we stole their land, don’t they deserve compensation?
“We” stole nothing. Nobody alive today was involved in those disputes and issues brought before the Waitangi Tribunal.
As many experts have said before, the decision to turn back the clock to this period of history and develop some means of redress, is fraught with many flaws. The major flaw being that today’s taxpayers – often referred to as “The Crown,” – are burdened with the costs.
Claims against historic injustices all the way back to 1840 have been heard and settled, sometimes for the 5th or 6th time. Unfortunately, the process has moved on from fact to fiction, feelings, myth and modern day desires.
Weren’t Maori almost destroyed by colonisation?
Population of Maori certainly declined dramatically in the 19th century. We are concerned that some of the reasons for this decline exist in historic documents but receive little or no attention. Despite the inevitable problems between settlers and Maori in the 19th century, , some credible historians also suggest that colonisation probably saved Maori from much worse decline.
We are concerned that historic records of New Zealand have been selectively used to provide undue favour to Maori in the 21st century, over all other races of New Zealanders.
Yet we understand the need to for Maori history to be discussed and for the culture to flourish as with all cultures. This provides a vital sense of identity. But to preserve only the most favourable parts and exclude the whole truth of history serves nobody in present nor future generations.
It is also 2013. It is time to focus on the future. Policies which will make New Zealand united, healthy and prosperous in the 21st century.
Your party is undermining bi-culturalism, a philosophy that has attracted international admiration
In Government and law, there can be no bi-culturalism. There are different terms for that system of Government in other parts of the World and they fail to bring harmony to a nation made up of many races of people. Indeed they damage that harmony.
We must be one people in Government and in law, despite different attitudes, cultures, and beliefs throughout our population.
Maori assets are only worth $37 billion and Treaty settlements have not yet reached $2 billion. Do they deserve more?
That asset value equates to a considerable sum for each of our approx 500,000 Maori New Zealand citizens
The fact that these assets are held by tribal structures is a democratic freedom those tribes have exercised.
What we oppose, is Government allocating the funds of today’s taxpayers, to any specific race of people.
Further, the allocation of those funds are based on events for which none of today’s taxpayers were responsible.
Maori are prominent in the crime and poverty statistics. Is that equality?
We expect all Kiwis to be treated equally by the law and by Government. This principle cannot be compromised, no matter how much we feel compelled to help those not coping with life as well as others. Decisions and polices around welfare support cannot be racially distinct.
What is your evidence that Maori are treated favourably above other New Zealanders?
Below are some examples.
- While, normal, everyday businesses ownerd by Maori people, are not exempt from tax, or enjoy any favourable rates of tax, some Maori authorities pay the lower tax rate of 17.5%. There are a number of Iwi which hold their assets and commercial entities in charitable trusts, which pay no tax.
- People claiming Maori heritage can claim race-based scholarships, grants and leniency in tertiary institutes.
- Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 – gives rights and privileges to our coast, seabed and local government which are only claimable by Maori, with many terms only defined by those same Maori.
- The Independent Maori Statutory Board on Auckland’s City Council – unelected allocated seats on Council. They are funded by the ratepayers, yet unaccountable to them.
- Democratically elected women councillors on the Auckland City Council have been treated as inferior to their male colleagues at formal Council ceremonies – to meet demands for Maori protocol to apply.
- Maori can claim the body of a deceased relative from the next-of-kin yet the police won’t step in.
- There is increasing talk of priority funding and treatment in healthcare (i.e. not needs based). Some hospital boards already give Maori preferential treatment.
- Our Ministry of Education has been promoting Maori culture, policies and practices on schools, teachers and the curriculum for many years now. There is no freedom for teachers nor Parents of pupils to decline these initiatives.