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Part 2: Death of Democracy in New Zealand

Part 2: Death of Democracy in New Zealand

This current Labour government led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is currently making decisions, for the most part hidden behind a smokescreen of the Covid pandemic and its effects, which will lead to the death of democracy in New Zealand.

The only reasons that I can see for these decisions are based on an Ideological Socialist agenda couple d with inexperienced ministers, incompetence and a hidden agenda to enact a tribal race based system of governance supposedly justified by a requirement to comply with the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous peoples alongside an interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi.

As is common knowledge, in the general election of 2020 the Labour government was able to form a government on its own as a result of winning the election contest with a simple majority.

It was not long after the election that a number of MP’s in the government went public with comments to the effect that they were proud to be part of a socialist Labour government even though there had never been a word spoken about this prior to the election.

The Labour government was elected on the back of what I would call Jacinda mania. This being as a result of her almost daily appearances on TV as the saviour of the nation from the Covid 19 pandemic and her appearances on TV showing empathy with the families of the victims in the Christchurch Mosque shooting.

She was making almost daily TV appearances through the first few months of the coronavirus crisis to update NZ’s population and explain the actions being taken by the government to control the spread of the coronavirus. But in fact our country’s success against Covid-19 was more a result of geography than policy.

The huge moat around New Zealand did much more to ensure our safety than the government, which in fact failed to manage even basic quarantine facilities and had to end up calling on the military to achieve the desired result.

This huge level of exposure on almost a daily basis in the run up to the 2020 election must have been of immense help in developing people’s perceptions of how well she was doing in handling the crisis and consequently how effective her government was.

The truth is not quite so rosy though because when you look at the government’s statistics since their first election victory in 2017, on practically every single metric her administration has failed.

They promised through their Kiwi-build scheme to build 100,000 homes over a decade but this program was abandoned after two years, and house prices have skyrocketed. They promised to develop a light-rail connection from Auckland’s central business district to the airport and this seems to have met a similar fate before it has even been started.

Child poverty levels have risen under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership, as have carbon emissions. The gun buy-back scheme implemented after the Christchurch mosque attack was nothing short of an expensive PR disaster that actually achieved very little in real results.

In the 2020 election campaign, she should have struggled to explain why her governments promises had failed, but no one asked any accountability questions and she was elected with an absolute majority based on the public perception of her image.

The gap between people’s impression of her leadership and her actual performance as a leader has widened appreciably but her superstar status will not change until the public start demanding accountability for the government promises that have failed.

So, on my scorecard I would have to grade her; A+ for Public Relations and probably the same for effort but in the grade that counts I have to grade her with an F for Results given the almost universal failure on practically every metric.

From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.

In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: “This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”

Since then the numbers of faceless communications specialists have skyrocketed. The Government’s iron grip on the control of information has tightened and this Government has become one of the most thin-skinned and secretive ever.

Since the current Government took office, the numbers of communications specialists have ballooned. Each minister has at least two press secretaries. (Ardern has four).

In the year Labour took office, the Ministry for the Environment had 10 PR staff. They now have 18. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade more than doubled their staff – up to 25.

MBIE blew out from 48 staff to 64. The super ministry – and its colleagues uptown at the Health Ministry – are notorious for stalling even the simplest requests. But it is the New Zealand Transport Agency that takes the cake: employing a staggering 72 staff to keep its message, if not its road-building, on track – up from 26 over five years.

At every level, the Government manipulates the flow of information. I have to agree with Dr Don Brash’s statement:

“It’s hard to disagree with those who say that this is a grossly incompetent Government, piling on public servants and new spending programmes without levelling with the electorate about the taxes that will eventually have to be raised to pay for them.”

There was no mention about a change to our system of government prior to or during the election campaigning yet here we are staring at a list of decisions that have done just that and with more to come.

One of the ‘pillars’ of democracy, the ‘Executive’, consists of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and Government Ministries – the executive arm of the Government that runs the country. The policy agenda they implement is presented to the public in a party manifesto in the lead up to an election, and the public mandate they receive from voters gives the winning parties the constitutional legitimacy to govern.

That’s how it should work, but instead of sticking to their election manifesto, the 2020 Labour Government is rolling out He Puapua. Developed in 2019 as a roadmap for implementing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it is a blueprint for tribal rule.

Jacinda Ardern not only kept He Puapua hidden from her then coalition partner New Zealand First, she also deliberately concealed it from voters during the 2020 election campaign.

So, while the government is pressing ahead with a secret separatist agenda that undermines democracy, they are failing to deliver on their manifesto policies, including improvements to their management of Covid-19.

Democracy is also eroded and personal freedom undermined through the dictatorial manner in which the government implements controversial policies.

The shock ban on new deep sea exploration licenses, that is closing down the Taranaki oil and gas industry and is now contributing to New Zealand’s rising cost of living, was undertaken without any democratic involvement.

A similar lack of democratic process dominated the abolition of firearm ownership rights, following the Christchurch mosque attacks, and more recently, the outrageous decision to retrospectively remove the democratic rights of communities to call for a referendum over Maori wards. Some are now warning that this is to clear the way for tribal control of local government.

The government has already put in place a separate Maori Health Authority that will control health issues for Maori but has also given this Maori Health Authority the right of veto over any decisions around funding of the general health budget. This is another decision that is clearing the way for tribal control of government.

Justice is another pillar of our democracy and a serious concern relating to this is one of the key objectives of He Puapua; the on-going attempt to introduce Maori tikanga (customs) into common law.

The danger has been highlighted in the Marine and Coastal Area Act claims process where a Judge in the first High Court case ruled that tikanga trumps common law requirements. If this decision stands, the entire New Zealand coastline is likely to fall into tribal hands.

Now, the Government is even trying to force councils to ignore their legal responsibility to democratically consult with their communities over the Three Waters proposal, which will take billions of dollars’ worth of assets owned by ratepayers and give control to Maori.

Another pillar of democracy is the ‘Media’. Often referred to as the Fourth Estate, their role is to act as a watchdog, informing the public and holding the government to account.

The problem New Zealand faces is that the Ardern Government is now funding the media through a $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund.  One of the eligibility requirements is promoting the fiction that Maori are in “partnership” with the Crown – a fundamental premise of He Puapua.

The head of journalism for NZ on Air, the agency which administers the Fund has reported that of the 34 applications approved in the first funding round, 40 percent of the money will go to Maori journalism projects.

There is much criticism of the Fund with predictions that most of the money will end up being spent on advocacy journalism. As with the $3.5 million Three Waters propaganda campaign and taxpayers will be paying for their own indoctrination.

The line that once separated journalism from activism is being erased, and we are witnessing the slow death of neutral, independent and credible journalism.

The extent to which the He Puapua agenda is undermining the pillars of our democracy is only now starting to become obvious and this may be why there has been such a push for urgency in making these decisions so that they are done before the electorate realises that Democracy is being destroyed.

Labour’s Maori Caucus seems to be gaining control of Parliaments Executive wing and their radical influence in Cabinet is permeating throughout the government service, the judiciary, and even the media. 

The Government has announced plans to update New Zealand’s laws on “hate speech” and the proposal adopts language taken directly from the list of recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 15 March terrorist attack but without the key protections present in the UK law the Commission wanted to copy.

I will leave the last word on this to political commentator Chris Trotter, who strongly believes that introducing hate speech laws would be a disaster:

“To bring the country together, the Royal Commission – and now, seemingly, the Labour Government – is intent on empowering the citizenry to send their neighbours to jail for up to three years for the ‘crime’ of pissing them off…

It won’t work, Jacinda. No matter how much you’d like it to; no matter how sincere all those promises you made to the victims. It won’t work. You need to listen to those who are warning you that the unintended consequences of this direct attack on the freedom of thought and expression, guaranteed to all New Zealanders in the Bill of Rights Act, will be huge.

Freedom is unruly. It’s rude. It hurts people’s feelings and makes them angry. But people died for it, Jacinda. Leave it alone.”

Fortunately, there is a growing public awareness of the separatist agenda that is trying to be put into effect and people are finding their voice and courage to promote common sense. There many who were once cheerleaders for the Prime Minister who are now beginning to realise that Jacinda Ardern is the problem.  

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained to create a socialist state with the first and most important one being control of Healthcare.

Saul Alinsky who died in 1972 wrote a book about 50 years ago titled Rules for Radicals. This book detailed how to achieve a socialist state and set out eight levels of control that must be obtained before you can create a socialist state.

  1. Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.
  2. Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
  3. Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and that will produce more poverty.
  4. Gun Control – Remove the ability of people to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state.
  5. Welfare – Take control of every aspect of the population’s life (Food, Housing and Income).
  6. Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
  7. Religion – Remove the belief in god from Government and schools.
  8. Class Warfare – Divide the people into wealthy and poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy to support the poor.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see all of the above occurring in New Zealand of recent times.

Alinsky was merely simplifying Vladimir Lennin’s original scheme for world conquest by communism under Russian rule. Josef Stalin described his converts to communism as “Useful Idiots”.

The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control and it could easily be said that that is what is happening here in New Zealand under the present government.

Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”

Andy Loader

Co-Chairman P.L.U.G.

Primary Land Users Group