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Don Brash: Roadblock law-change faulty governance

Changing the law to allow Maori tribes to stop citizens to scrutinise vaccine passports and Covid-19 status is bad governance.


Section 22 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Act (No 2) 2021, that became law on November 19, gives the Police Commissioner the power to appoint a Maori warden, a nominated representative of an iwi organisation, a Pasifika warden, or a community patroller to stop motorists to check vaccine compliance.


The police, which is a service made up of people of many races, already has the authority to police roads. If more staff are needed to police vaccine credentials on New Zealand roads, it should be over to the police to hire more staff to do the work. Delegating the role to untrained iwi members is a recipe for disaster.


More worrying is the appearance that both the police and the Government have caved in to Maori sovereignty radicals who are marking out territory through these roadblocks under the cover of Covid-19.


An effective government would govern in a way that affirms the legal equality of all New Zealanders.


This latest twist in the iwi-roadblock saga is a glaring example of ineffective government mired in the conflicting interests of preferential treatment.



Garrick Tremain's website

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pat.j.dyer
pat.j.dyer
Dec 07, 2021

Why didn't the Government ask the Army to help out if the northern iwi were that desperate. The tail wagging the dog.

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An important legal detail- the checkpoints are only legal because of recently passed legislation and that legislation specifies that the appointed thugs have no power to stop people unless there is a police officer supervising.


Most likely it will be impossible for police to be there 100% of the time. If they stop you ask to see the Police Officer. If he's not there, drive straight through. You'll not be breaking any law.


Here is a screengrab of the legislation-


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JW
JW
Dec 13, 2021
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you could just show them your vaccination certificate, or covid test result. Asking to see a police office is only going to slow down the holiday makers in the queue. I suspect the queues are going to be large as Aucklanders head north... better yet, stay home for the holidays?

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alanw
alanw
Dec 06, 2021

It's disgraceful governance, not merely faulty, and likely to get very ugly.

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I don't accord Ardern's lot govt status any longer. They once were amateur now they are impossible. To find that Ardern is an alumni of the WEF charmed school for trainee leaders showed she was acting in her own interest. She loves adulation without merit and has the frown to match. Her behind the scenes introducing policies lining up with a foreign body has to put her in the treasonous consideration category. She has no executive ability but her eyes are focused on her leadership elevation. Pride goeth before a fall.

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winder44
winder44
Dec 06, 2021

I've started watching "The Force" on Prime rather than "Te News" on One. I find it easier to understand. Even the weather forecast on One is now steeped in dual language with a touch of apartheid.

More facts on "The Force" and less waffle, and don't get me started on the TV adverts!!!!!

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