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Mid-Term Scorecard

Mid-Term Scorecard

We have reached approximately the middle of the government’s term of office since the last general election and it is time to look at how they have done so far.

After the last election the Prime Minister happily claimed that her government would be the most open and transparent government ever and she also at one time claimed that we should treat them as the one source of truth and that her government would be one of kindness.

Well if I was going to rate them on those statements alone I would have to say they get a huge fail.

I have never seen a government in this country that has gone through an election and then ignored their own manifesto so badly after being elected.

Not only have they failed to follow their manifesto in any real terms they have actually been found to have had a hidden agenda that is a direct attack on our democratic principles of government.

The most obvious example of this is the He PuaPua report which was hidden from not only the electorate but also from the government’s own coalition partner until it was forced to bring it into the open after the election by a copy being leaked.

This whole report is about giving a co-governance role to Maori and has many recommendations contained within it that lead to that end result.

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern stated that the report was not government policy but in fact many of the recommendations from within that report have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented. Nearly every one of those recommendations is an attack on our democratic principles. The report is supposedly about addressing the requirements of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to comply with some “interpreted” partnership outcome from the Treaty of Waitangi.

Let’s be honest for a change and state plainly that Maori, by their own proudly proclaimed history, are not Indigenous to New Zealand and there is no mention of partnership anywhere in the Treaty document.

Maori proudly tell of the journey of their ancestors to New Zealand by canoe from Hawaiki. This fact then makes them just an earlier immigrant species than the Europeans and others and under the definition of Indigenous this is plainly obvious.

The Cambridge dictionary definition of indigenous is as follows:

Indigenous

Adjective

used to refer to, or relating to, the people who originally lived in a placerather than people who moved there from somewhere else : 

used to refer to plants and animals that grow or live naturally in a place, and have not been brought there from somewhere else:

not foreign or from outside an area:

And in relation to the supposed partnership between the Crown and Maori, enacted by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, there is nowhere in the Treaty document where a partnership is mentioned and in fact many revered Maori elder statesmen have over the years stated the opposite to be the case as shown in the speech copied below: 

‘The Hon Sir Apirana Ngata -M.A. LLB. LIT.D’

(THE TREATY OF WAITANGI   – an explanation published in 1922)

The acclaimed Maori Leader Sir Apirana Ngata explains the intent in the pages of this book, the “Treaty of Waitangi”. He concludes with the words: “The Treaty made the one law for the Maori and Pakeha. If you think these things are wrong and bad then blame our ancestors who gave away their rights in the days when they were powerful”.

This Government is passing legislation through Parliament with the assumption that all people are not free and equal; that some are more equal than others and that some are better able to consider how we get better healthcare, not based on the matters before them, not based on any particular expertise they may have, but based on ethnic background.

This comes back to this simple idea of equality for all and Democratic Rights.

This government is setting us up to be controlled by a system of race based governance presided over by a tribal elite of unelected Maori representatives which will be bad for the majority of the Maori population and also New Zealand’s other races. An example of the feeling from a prominent Ngapuhi Kaumatua, is shown below:
David Rankin, Ngapuhi kaumatua.

Direct descendant of Hone Heke.

A part-Maori with mana.

It may surprise many New Zealanders, but a growing number of Maori are fed up with the Waitangi Tribunal, and the entire Treaty gravy train. There is a stereotype of Maori collecting millions of dollars in settlement money and living the easy life. The reality is very different. Here are a few facts:

  1. The Tribunal makes up history as it goes along. A growing number of New Zealand historians are pointing this out, although most of them are labelled as racist for doing so. Facts are omitted in Tribunal reports, and evidence is shaped in some cases to fit predetermined outcomes. As an example, I gave evidence at a Tribunal hearing about my ancestor Hone Heke, the first chief to sign the Treaty. However, because the oral history of our whanau did not fit with the Tribunal’s narrative, my testimony was excluded. Yet, several radicals with little knowledge of our history had their testimony included because it fitted with the separatist agenda. This leads to point 2.
  2. In the 1970s, many of us hoped that the Tribunal would be an organisation that would achieve reconciliation. It has turned out to be a body that is bringing in apartheid to New Zealand. This sounds dramatic, until you see how it advocates for race-based access to certain areas, and race-based management policies for Crown land.
  3. Treaty settlements make tribal corporations rich, with the help of favourable tax status and often little or no rates to pay. So with these advantages its pretty easy to become super profitable. But do you think the average Maori sees any benefit from this? None at all. I have been asked several times to be on trust boards and have been offered large sums of money to do so. I refuse. History will judge the kupapa (traitors) who have abandoned our people for money.
  4. The tribunal is a bully. Go against it, and you will be labelled a racist or worse. Yet, who does it help? Apart from a few elite Maori who have become millionaires from the process, there is no benefit to Maori overall. Drive through Huntly or anywhere in Tuhoe and you won’t find any evidence of these multi hundred million dollar settlements.

Let’s be clear. The Tribunal exists to make lawyers and a few elite Maori very rich. It has deprived our people from their birth right and divided and destroyed many of our communities. The sooner it is shut down the better.

David Hone Heke Rankin

Te Matarahurahu hapu

Ngapuhi

The challenge now is for the government to defend their position based on their current apartheid based system they are promoting which basically states that people aren’t born free and equal; or they could be honest and dump this system of race based governance, stop promoting policies of division and return to supporting the democratic rights of all on an equal basis.

There may be significant issues within the Health Ministry for Maori, but instituting an Apartheid system of governance such as is proposed in the Pae Ora bill, will only make the division between Maori and other races get much wider. To treat Maori equally with other races does not require race based apartheid governance systems, although it may require specifically targeted programs to address the issues.

We do not need to destroy Democracy in New Zealand to achieve the desired results just use the resources that we have, wisely, for the benefit of all citizens equally.

There have been so many instances where this government has either taken away the democratic rights of our voters or tried to do so and failed, that I have to grade them with a full on “F” for failure.

Examples are: Banning of ratepayer referendums on appointments of Maori to local bodies; The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill; Rotorua District Council (Representation Arrangements) Bill; Three Waters; Pae Ora; etc.

The Attorney General’s ruling that the Rotorua Bill discriminates against non-Maori and is in breach of the Bill of Rights, is not only a slap in the face for the Labour Government, which unanimously supported the Bill at its first reading, but in particular for Tamati Coffey, the MP sponsoring the Bill, who hailed it as breakthrough legislation that would introduce a ‘new type’ of democracy to New Zealand: “There is nothing to preclude us being able to ‘tweak democracy’ to make it work for us here in Aotearoa.”

It has now been revealed that this ‘tweaking’ of democracy by Tamati Coffey and the influential Maori caucus involves replacing New Zealand’s system of universal suffrage – where all votes are equal – with a new system designed to give Maori votes greater influence than the votes of everyone else.

Under Labours 50:50 co-governance, it is claimed that representatives of a 17 percent minority of the population who identify as Maori will be given the same voting power “at the table” as representatives of the 83 percent majority. By giving representatives of the tribal elite almost five times the voting power in democratic decision-making, as the representatives of the general public, co-governance is similarly discriminatory, undermining the principle of equal representation, which, under Section 19 of the Bill of Rights, cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.

This mid-term Scorecard definitely in my opinion comes in as a failure.

Andy Loader