Some Letters to the Editor

Definitive Treaty Words

Here is an irrefutable fact – straight after the signing of the Treaty, Hobson said “The Treaty, which forms the base of all my proceedings, was signed at Waitangi on the 6 February 1840… This instrument I consider to be de facto the Treaty, and all signatures that are subsequently obtained are merely testimonials of adherence to the terms of that original document.”

Those were the exact words used by Hobson, the person who co-drafted the Treaty and arranged for the translation into Maori and its transcription onto parchment by Henry Williams. He then attended the signing by the 52 Maori chiefs at Waitangi on February 6, 1840, and signed the Tiriti o Waitangi as the representative of Queen Victoria.

It doesn’t get any better than that: the evidence of an eyewitness, the creator of the Treaty, a party and signatory thereto. He finished off by saying “He iwi taki tatou – we are now one people.”

Hey Mr Dey and all other Bay of Plenty treatyists/separatists/apologists, I believe that is game set and match?

R Paterson
07 Mar, 2016
Sun-live e-edition only.

Two Nations?

New Zealand is drifting towards two nations, with a newly created tribal elite of unlimited greed calling the shots and everyone else increasingly becoming second class citizens in the land that was built by the sweat and toil of the pioneers. Please note the words tribal elite, as it is not Maori or part Maori who are driving this separatist agenda but a very small and elite clique of agitators, most of whom have far more European blood in them than Maori.

The treaty settlements have been enriching the tribal elite. And have these greedy grabbers of our tax dollars and our national resources ever said ‘thank you’? Instead, that all-time bludger, the Ngai Tahu tribe, upon getting undeserved top up of $68 million on top of their original treaty settlement of $170 million, has challenged the amount, claiming that it should be more.

The two mainstream political parties seem to regard Maori not as human beings but as voting fodder, whose votes can be bought at election time by ever increasing handouts to the tribal leaders who allegedly control the votes of their tribes. So long as we have governments that refuse to say no to these ever more imaginative demands, the situation will only go from bad to worse.

The 1Law4All party is the only party that is prepared to work body and soul for the equal treatment of all citizens without special privileges, rights and funding for any particular racial group.

I Brougham
7 Mar, 2016

The Next One Was Censored

In 1962 the Maori Community Development Act was passed as a result of consultation between Government and Maori groups. In an effort to curb drunkenness, one section of the Act allows Maori wardens to order bars to stop serving “drunken and quarrelsome” Maoris.

Fast forward to 2016 when a Wellington lawyer described this well-meaning provision as “racist.” Oh, what an uproar! The editor of the Dompost (“Compost”) devoting a whole editorial to this “racist” law. That all-time opportunist Minister, Steven Joyce, chipped in with a promise that the Government will look into whether this racist law should be removed from the statute books. In 2011 Steven Joyce voted for the thieving and racist Marine and Coastal Area Act, which is the worst example of racist law ever enacted by a New Zealand Parliament – stealing the beaches off the public so that they can be claimed by those who happen to be born a privileged coastal tribalist.

Despite devoting a whole editorial to this relatively minor matter, the editor refused to print a thoughtful letter to the editor by Barrie Cronin. In the interests of freedom of the press and the ancient but apparently now forgotten pillar of journalism that different points of view should be fostered so as to inform the public, below is the letter that editor Bernadette Courtenay did not want you to see.

It is ironic to read in your two similar items (Wed. Jan.6 & Fri Jan.8) – both written by the same staff writer – the suggestion that the work of the Maori Wardens is racist, and that the legislation creating them should be removed from the statutes. Regulatory Reform Minister Steven Joyce says that the Government will look into the matter.

The irony is that our legislation is becoming filled with blatantly racist laws, about which few people seem concerned. The dedicated Maori seats in Parliament and the Maori Electoral Roll, are clearly racist. What could be more racist than the Marine and Coastal Area Act, which took the entire coastline of New Zealand away from common ownership, and allowed only coastal Maori tribes to claim customary marine title (effectively full ownership) over parts of it? The Waitangi Tribunal, which deals with Maori matters, but before which non-Maori may not appear? The fisheries legislation, which grants some fishing areas to Maori alone?

The apparently never-ending so-called Treaty Settlements, involving the ownership of much New Zealand land, forests, and lakes? Wahi Tapu areas into which non-Maori may not go? Auckland’s recently delineated Areas of Cultural Significance, which require special permission, at a fee, from local Maori for citizens to make any alterations to their own properties? The claimed ownership of many natural resources by Maori? Now natural water is under threat. The list is long.

Perhaps Steven Joyce might be able to explain to Government the true meaning of “racism,” and that any legislation that discriminates in favour of a particular race automatically discriminates against all other races. It is clearly the present Government’s policy to maintain a bi-racial society. Let them be open about it, and have no more empty talk of democracy and equality. New Zealand will never be free from statutory racism until the same laws apply to all citizens, of every race.

Barrie Cronin