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ANOTHER MAORI POWER GRAB: THIS TIME LOCAL GOVERNMENT


Recently we saw how the government’s proposed health structural reforms have little to do with improving health care for all New Zealanders. They are essentially a power grab by Maori who will control their own health authority and effectively be given veto rights over the health structure for everyone else. Seventeen percent of the population will ultimately control the health of the other 83% of us. The recent interim report into the Future of Local Government: Arewa ake te Kaupapa comes out of the same mould. Fifty-nine pages of flatulent phrases, portentous utterances, and false assertions about the Treaty, lead the reader eventually to the real purpose of the report: more power for Maori. This time local government is to be restructured to “create conditions for shared prosperity and wellbeing” for Maori. Once more it is Nanaia Mahuta, Jacinda Ardern’s in-house Rasputin, who is driving the power grab.



Why a need for local government change right now? You might well ask. In 1989 the Fourth Labour Government reduced 817 small units of local and special purpose government to a more realistic set numbering 78 today. In 2002 the Fifth Labour Government fine-tuned some of the legislative details and requirements. One struggles through this interim report to discover why the Sixth Labour Government needs more changes. In thirty pages of platitudes, interspersed with the occasional untranslated Maori word, the authors argue that current local authorities aren’t contributing enough towards the “wellbeing of their communities” and that prosperity isn’t being “shared equitably among New Zealand communities”, that is, Maori. We are told that major – but as yet largely unspecified - changes are needed to our local authorities’ structures and powers.



It’s not until page 33 that more is revealed. Bulls’ wool about the Treaty of Waitangi being a “partnership” is wheeled out yet again. As usual these days, the report fails to acknowledge Article 1 of the Treaty where the chiefs gave “absolutely to the Queen for ever the complete government over their land”. These days the Treaty is said to contain obligations that were never in the document. Disconcertingly, the hapless writers of this “interim report” tell us that in recent years Maori have been doing well under existing legislation, settling historical claims and increasing their representation in local government. Which immediately raises the question: why fix it if it ain’t broke? Because, we are told, “current statutory and institutional arrangements do not provide for adequate Maori representation or input into decision-making, or for sufficient protection of Maori rights, interests, and wellbeing”. The same could be said of course about Pacific Islanders’ interests, and those of Asians who now number as many amongst the Kiwi population as Maori. But Mahuta and her carefully chosen review panel of Jim Palmer, Penny Hulse, Gael Surgenor, Antoine Coffin and Brendan Boyle seem not to care a fig about any of them.



The problem with the current local government scene, we are told on page 37, is that Iwi representatives and Maori are unable to form “effective partnerships” with councils because councillors and staff “lack the necessary cultural competence, or lack understanding of Te Tiriti and New Zealand history”. As one who sat for a decade on the Waitangi Tribunal and who knows a bit about New Zealand history, I certainly have a better handle on both the Treaty and our country’s history than the average Maori, many of whom, sadly, are prone to make up the Treaty and claims about it as they go along. This report is just another example, and it suggests a lamentable lack of knowledge by its authors.



The underlying problem with this report is that if one believes in democracy, a key element of which is one person, one vote, Maori with only 17% of the population can’t conjure up a majority to run every aspect of New Zealand life. And even if they could, they can never produce equal outcomes in life for everyone. People behave differently; some are careful with their bodies, others are careless. Some smoke and drink too much, or engage with drugs or other risky behaviour. Luck doesn’t favour everyone; besides, DNA in our make-up can vary enormously. No change to the health or local government systems can guarantee equal outcomes for Maori, or for anyone else. Changes to personal behaviour, on the other hand, could assist. The authors of this report would have more success improving outcomes for Maori if they could engineer that!



Why is the Ardern government rushing ill thought-through, racially-charged legislation? Rasputin understands this better than most. With both the Labour caucus and the cabinet currently over-represented with Maori, plus Labour’s unprecedented MMP parliamentary majority that the polls tell us isn’t going to last, Nanaia has convinced her colleagues to bring forward all their racist legislation while there is still time. She and they know enough about politics to realise that a National Party in government has nearly always been wet, and is unlikely to wind anything back. Nanaia is urging her colleagues to legislate as soon as possible. Try to give 17% of Kiwis the powers of 51% because of their ancestry, and they will run the country for ever. The pitifully weak Labour caucus will be driven like blind sheep into the lobbies to vote for this pernicious nonsense.



Why are the rest of us so slow to understand this deliberate racism? This is where the Ardern Government’s most cunning sleight of hand assists them. The so-called Public Interest Journalism Fund that channels taxpayer money to newspapers up until the 2023 election so long as the recipients play ball means that the racist health legislation, and now the proposed local government reform, don’t get a public airing. The New Zealand Herald has become the next best thing to a mouthpiece for this Labour ministry, ignoring difficult, racially-charged issues that might embarrass its paymasters.



By 2023 we could be living in a New Zealand with a permanent racial divide embedded in its governance. Meanwhile, the Maori Party seems to be lining up to cut a deal with Luxon’s National Party in the way that it did with John Key’s government, hoping this time to lock the racial divide into New Zealanders’ lives.

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@bradfordir345 below says 'We don't have a democracy any more- we have a dictatorship.'

Legally, we have never had a democracy. Parliament supports a dictatorship by Cabinet power over appointment. See Sir Geoffrey Palmer Unbridled Power.

From 1999 it became worse with the passing of the Constitution Amendment Act 1999.

When the G-G is unable to act from any unknown circumstances, the ''Administrator '' can act to carry out he functions of the G-G.

Who is the Administrator? That is to be an unknown until after acting: not defined in the Amendment Act. This has to be deliberate and careful drafting by Parliamentary Counsel Office doing what they are told as good state servants [ ooops .. public servants]

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Dec 11, 2021
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well said.....especially - any politician who wants power can not be trusted.....

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pat.j.dyer
pat.j.dyer
Dec 11, 2021

OMG, this is shocking! Thanks Michael for bringing us up to date. As each day passes I feel more & more uncomfortable living in NZ. This has to stop...NOW!

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ron
ron
Dec 10, 2021

This is a worthwhile reading, just referenced in 'breaking views update' daily newsletter:

The Truth about the Treaty ‘Partnership’ – Reuben Peter Chapple

https://thebfd.co.nz/2021/12/10/the-truth-about-the-treaty-partnership/


To me this confirms that the Crown, really another name for the prevailing NZ Government, has effectively seen fit to renege on, to disrespect its own simple ToW obligations, giving itself ongoing permission to re-write them in favour of Maori tribal interests (the so called 'principles').


Indeed, if you read 'breaking views', from the events being reported there, it's crystal clear that, courtesy of the 'partnership' notion being promoted by the Labour Government, there's already a Maori tribal power grab happening at a local level. Centrally imposed local government structural changes will formalise this takeover t…

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alanw
alanw
Dec 10, 2021

The 1989 amalgamations were a ghastly failure resulting in rate rises far exceeding inflation, huge increases in government debt and declining participation in local government voting and involvement. They served only to cement the Labour Party's grip on city councils.

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mark. wahlberg
mark. wahlberg
Dec 10, 2021
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Alan, as you say ," The 1989 amalgamations were a ghastly failure" I remember part of the plan of amalgamation was, in the interests of "economies of scale" and "less is more", to turn collectivised local infrastructure assets into stand alone businesses which would be called "Local Authority Trading Enterprises" or LATES for short. Here in the Tararua, all these "LATES" went broke and workers with years of combined local knowledge and experience lost their jobs. But the Fat Cats with all the fancy ideas kept theirs along with their generous 6 figure salaries.


33 years on labour are doing it again. This time its called "3 Waters" where the rivers will flow clean while the grass grows green. Halleluja…

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NZ Politics Daily has the heading "Jacinda Ardern Tells the World Leaders our Democracy is Being Challenged Across the Globe".

Ardern gave Two pre-recorded speeches overnight as part of the 'Summit for Democracy' - a world event held by US President Joe Biden. The event aimed to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today by collective action. In her speeches the use of Aotearoa was evident.


Two points then: We don't have a democracy any more- we have a dictatorship.

It's easy to say what the greatest threat to NZ democracy is: Ardern and Mahuta.


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Have just read the article on her speeches on News Hub. Lies and Hypocrisy.

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