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Sean Plunket: Here's what our news media have been told about their Treaty obligations

Read the document in question, Te Tiriti Framework for News Media, here.

Sean Plunket broadcasts every weekday 7am-10am at The Platform.

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What we’re not seeing at the moment (Friday 20 Jan) is the battle of motivations going on behind the closed doors of Labour’s caucus room.

How this battle plays out could well determine the outcome of the election and therefore the country’s direction.

Will political pragmatism win out, allowing a centrist candidate like Chris Hipkins to lead a Labour rebranding exercise in a bid to retain power.

Or will the Maori caucus seek to wield its voting strength to realise its dream of installing a Maori PM, Nania Mahuta maybe?

Such a move, coming amid widespread opposition to He Puapua and Three Waters, would almost certainly consign Labour to the Opposition benches.

It would also confirm the views of those…

Jan 20, 2023
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We could already be there.

I was under the impression Labour had only one caucus.

When did they suddenly have a "Maori caucus"

Sounds very much like we are heading into a racist apartheid situation.


Will an apparent widespread call to bring forward the 2023 election receive oppositional support, though?

Some there may prefer to see Labour, by clinging onto power by their fingernails, make a further political and economic mess to country’s detriment. Where is the leader and party to get us on the recovery road, financially and socially? Start to rid us of Labour’s divisive, racist plague? Make no mistake, we are up the river without a paddle.


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This transcends things - not that I will ever again vote Labour. Mr Hipkins may also turn out to be all mouth and no trousers...

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Well, I have somehow managed to post as an unknown member.

Actually kenmartin44, me, is the author of the below post.

Hmm, the present PM will not be so after 7/2/23. Despite her spin, she has seen the writing on the wall. Labour is doomed in 2023, and with some attention by voters thereafter will be out of office for years. BUT Labour’s undemocratic, unfair, divisive and racist plans, open and hidden, remain. Remember that…

PM, thanks for your 2020 leadership and during other crises. Otherwise, goodbye!


Goebells was right: If you make a lie big enough and repeat it often enough, people will come to believe it’s true.

”Maori never ceded sovereignty” is in this category.

I just checked the wording of the Treaty of Waitangi. Sure enough, Article The First says:

The Chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the separate and independent Chiefs who have not become members of the Confederation cede to Her Majesty the Queen of England absolutely and without reservation all the rights and powers of Sovereignty which the said Confederation of Individual Chiefs respectively exercise or possess, or may be supposed to exercise or to possess over their respective Territories as the sole sovereigns thereof.”

Jan 19, 2023
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Exactly and ”wenua” didn’t exist until the colonists wrote it.

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