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STUART SMITH MP: Has the Law Society lost the room?

The Treaty has become a vessel that can be filled with a wish list of rights and opportunities which begs the question of whose interpretation of the Treaty will be used.


Professional bodies have a crucial role in establishing standards of conduct and protecting the reputation of their respective professions. It is expected that their directives remain apolitical and do not infringe upon the freedom of their members to hold their own political views.


However, the recent proposal by the New Zealand Law Society to introduce a new statutory duty for lawyers to adhere to the "principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi" is a highly controversial and politically motivated move. It appears to be driven by the influence of woke socialists who seek to advance their own agenda rather than prioritize the best interests of the people they serve.


Interestingly, this proposal seems to have emerged from an investigation into unrelated issues surrounding sexual misconduct within the legal profession. Despite the fact that a significant majority of surveyed lawyers oppose incorporating Treaty principles into the regulatory structure, the Law Society review panel is undeterred. The opposition is well-founded, as the Treaty itself does not contain any specific "principles," and the evolving nature of these principles makes it challenging for lawyers to navigate without risking breaching the Law Society's rules.


The inclusion of an author of He Puapua, a controversial report, on the panel is not surprising, as it aligns with the underlying motivations driving this proposal. It raises concerns about the ideological biases at play and the potential influence they may have on the final recommendations.


The Treaty has become a vessel that can be filled with a wish list of rights and opportunities which begs the question of whose interpretation of the Treaty will be used.


Will lawyers have the courage to resist this woke agenda and save the integrity of the profession? It is not difficult to imagine that the ambitious and naive may see conforming to these demands as the path to a successful legal career. It is essential for the legal community to stand up against this divisive agenda or it will lose public confidence in the profession.


Infiltrating institutions and leveraging race-related issues in the current environment is a frighteningly easy path to take, as few are willing to risk being labelled as racist. It is crucial that we all oppose this agenda as those that hurl the racist label about are the racists. If we choose to look the other way New Zealand will be a racially divided nation which will undoubtedly bring on civil unrest.


It is essential that we protect the integrity of professional bodies and ensure that their directives are rooted in impartiality, respect for individual freedoms, and the best interests of the profession and the wider public. The legal profession is held in high regard, but allowing political agendas to infect their professional body not only risks the credibility and purpose of their professional body but will also ultimately undermine the standing of the profession.


New Zealand was founded on one law for all, it seems that now we must fight to keep it.


Stuart Smith

National MP for Kaikoura


This piece was first published at The Platform


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Brian Mullane
Brian Mullane
Jun 25, 2023

The NZ Law Society was paid off by the government around the same time as NZ media was paid off, defintely by 2016. How much was paid to NZLS is unknown as my OIA request to Dept. PM and Cabinet (DPMC) has not been answered (they refused to answer it and also refused to pass it on to another agency that could answer it) and my complaint to Chief Ombudsman regarding that refusal, is now over 6 months old and I have just been informed the complaint is now in the hands of 'an investigator'.

You only have to look at what went on in the lead up to 2013 and after, when senior CL Lawyers were strategically placed into…

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Liz M Lambert
Liz M Lambert
Jun 10, 2023

The Law Society whether it knows it or not is running with the idea that Maori didn't sign the Treaty. A serach of the official documents Commissioner Spain + Victoria University, will lead you straight to the documents and reports of early land dealings that will prove them wrong.

The reason why they have suddenly gone soft in the head is more sinister than lack of historial knowledge however. No less than a document that purports to sign over the administration of the country to Maori - or as they style themselves ' the Mauri Nation' is at the heart of this craziness.

Yes the Mauri Nation are a crazy bunch be so too are the secretaries to the Chie…

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Sadly I am not holding my breath. So far we've seen very little push-back form the legal profession - law society. For a start, the more controversy that rages, the more court cases play out, and the more they clip the ticket.

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I wonder what would happen if all the lawyers opposed to this bullshit, just closed shop and walked away?

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Liz M Lambert
Liz M Lambert
Jun 10, 2023
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They won't because right of standing in the courts relies upon their membership of the Society. Of course if it can be proven that the courts are being leaned on by Maori - that's another matter. See my comment above

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Now does it make sense why Helen Clark's Labor government got rid of the British based Privy Council?

It was NZs last resort for justice, politically-free of local interference and it was free to NZ citizens!

Instead NZ politicians built itself the Supreme Court - another extraordinary costly government department which can be manipulated by political activism and bias. It's not free to NZ citizens and have a guess as to which sector who was silent on its formation and gained financially?

We don't elect the blokes and sheilas in the legal fraternity to make laws for obvious reasons. The laws controlling them need to the be harshest possible as democracy is at stake.

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Sinister and incestuous

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