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Michael Bassett: NANAIA, JACINDA AND THE TRIBAL TAKEOVER

Have you noticed that when Jacinda’s government is forced to make concessions under public pressure they never sacrifice co-governance? Maori domination of the revised hospital structure was defended tenaciously. With Three Waters, Nanaia Mahuta will fiddle around the edges of the legislation, but co-governance is still there in the middle, an immovable obstacle. Advancing it is central to Nanaia’s being; it has become her raison d’etre. After a lengthy, undistinguished political career, she can at last see her long-desired Tainui tribal takeover on the horizon, and she doesn’t want to give an inch. Jacinda Ardern and her low-level caucus understand so little about Maori affairs that most of them can’t see what Nanaia is doing right under their noses. They won’t lift a finger to prevent her tribal takeover bid.


First co-governance itself. To this government, co-governance means that non-Maori, who constitute more than 83% of New Zealand’s population, would possess 50% of the authority in the country, and be democratically elected. Forget about one-person, one-vote: some, as Napoleon the Pig said in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “are more equal than others”. The other 50% will be made up from only 17% of the population who are Maori. “It’s time to re-think democracy”, Minister of Maori Affairs Willie Jackson tells us. And, there’s nothing in any legislative proposal for co-governance to ensure Maori would be democratically elected by all Maori voters. Instead, they will be selected in the old tribal way: by a handful of self-appointed aristocrats. But co-governance will be more than that. Whichever becomes the dominant tribe will exercise much wider power. Nanaia intends to make sure that that tribe is Tainui. That explains the appointment of the Mahutas and Ormsbys to so many positions, irrespective of their merits, or lack of them. Their job is to ensure that when push comes to shove, Tainui does the pushing and the shoving at the behest of the King Movement, with that loudmouth, Tuku Morgan, yes, he of the $89 pair of silk underpants paid for by the taxpayer, playing a key role.


One hundred and sixty years after the New Zealand wars of the 1860s, the Waikato-Tainui tribe that, more than any other, caused grief for Maori and Pakeha alike, hopes to take over control of New Zealand’s levers of power. Following the wars of the 1860s Waikato-Tainui was on the outer within Maoridom. For a century it was Ngati Porou, building on the legacies of Sir James Carroll and Sir Apirana Ngata and many Kupapa Maori who had fought on the government’s side, or remained neutral, that dominated Maori ranks in the central bureaucracy. In Cabinet in the 1980s I sat next to Nanaia’s uncle, Koro Wetere, Minister of Maori Affairs in the Lange-Palmer years. He was always complaining about the excessive influence wielded by Ngati Porou, and was constantly searching for ways to promote Tainui.


Remember the Maori loans scam at the end of 1986 when an enthusiastic effort was made to raise $600 million for investment in a Maori “resource development corporation”? Wetere clearly envisaged that Tainui would play a key role in it, and that his tribe would eventually emerge as the business hub of Maoridom. His officials in the ministry were at cross-purposes. After a major investigation by the State Services Commission that high-lighted chaos in the Maori Affairs department, and the fact that Treasury had rejected the scheme before it got off the ground, Wetere’s plan collapsed, and the minister was reprimanded. Several crooks associated with the scheme were lucky not to be charged. Prime Minister Lange dismissed the “groups of self-appointed experts in international finance ranging from undischarged bankrupts to lapsed priests” who had been trying to raise the money. That didn’t halt Tainui’s ambitions. Nanaia’s father, Robert Mahuta, spent much of the 1980s hanging around Wetere’s office and was spotted on occasions sitting in the minister’s chair if it happened to be empty.


It should not be any minister’s role to advance personal tribal interests. Getting family members appointed other than on merit is beyond the pale. New Zealand is a democracy; our constitution provides for one person-one vote. Willie Jackson should be firmly reminded of this fact. Any scheme which endeavours to entrench racial or tribal privilege in any administrative arm of government should immediately be rejected.


It is clear that Labour’s cabinet has failed to enforce these basic rules. Promoting tribalism under the guise of co-governance should be stopped in its tracks. Now! In addition to all the other changes needed to the Three Waters legislation, co-governance must be dropped.

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I liked Trump in the last two elections but he has had his run; I now prefer de Santis. And I am not at all sad that Bolsinaro has been kicked out. Whatever your views on climate change, weather, and the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world needs the Amazon Rain Forest, which is being destroyed with the help of people such as Bolsinaro.

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I agree with you 100% on the Amazon rain forests, as well as others Frank. While this may be difficult to believe and understand, with the fullness of time we will see President DJT for what he really is, and has achieved.

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Marshal Gebbie
Marshal Gebbie
Nov 16, 2022

You've got to applaud the way the electoral trends are pointing throughout the world.


Trump looks like he is making his last hurrah, he will fail in his new quest for the US presidency in exactly the same way that those he supported in the midterm elections failed. The electors showed the way.

Bolsonaro was turfed out by the Brazilian electorate...A victory for ALL South America's sanity. Once again the electors showed the way


Given the aberrations bulldozed by the Tooth Fairy, Nania Mahuta and the rest of her gang of thugs....Given the damage caused in inter racial relations, to the very fabric of democracy in our nation, given the hurt and rage engendered by a bought, gutless media, given…


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No need to get offensive with vulgarity in an attempt to defend your position. Not a radical. Just a veracious researcher, not blinded with brainwashing propaganda. Check out Project Mocking Bird. You been MK Ultra'ed (check that out too).

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I am new to this site. At first I wondered if I'd gone down the proverbial rabbit hole.

I was confused to find myself agreeing with the contributors instead of my usual trusted mainstream media. But the scales fell from my eyes after reading David Round's chillingly accurate predictions from 2015, We are indeed the frog in the boiling water: https://www.nzcpr.com/treachery-is-a-contemptible-thing/

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I guess what I’m trying to get across is that the voters vote for these “lying, treacherous..etc” politicians, so we do only have ourselves to blame. Perhaps most people are a poor judge of character and expect more from our politicians, however a Politicians previous life is now more easily uncovered than it was 25 years ago.

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harveyandsara
harveyandsara
Nov 16, 2022

eo . I would like to believe this is the case but I don't trust him ,Willis,Stanford or any of the others for that matter.I think they have just become blue labourites.

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Just to reinforce what I mentioned about Luxon and National Party, you will note that the National Party candidate selected to stand in the by- election for Hamilton West is Tama Potaka of the Tainui tribe --- the same as the tribe of Nanaia Mahuta's.


That says it all as far as Wimp Luxon is concerned. If Nats think they can win the next election by cosying up to the so-called Maori Elite, then they are beyond bloody stupid.


The only opposition to Ardern's government, which is destroying democracy and handing rule to a few Maori so-called elite, is David Seymour and the ACT Party.

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winder44
winder44
Nov 17, 2022
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Looks like it is down to.

I identify as:

Race, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religion, Dietary affiliation, ad infinitum.

It's going to end in tears eventually.

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