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    DEMOCRACY ACTION

    We are a not-for-profit incorporated society working to champion the fundamental importance of democracy & equality of citizenship for all New Zealanders.

  • SPECIAL REPORT

    Auckland Council spent $129M on iwi consultation and other targeted Māori spending over the past six years. Read the report here

  • THREE WATERS REFORMS

    New reforms will see water controlled by a small number of multi-regional entities not directly accountable to the public

  • TREATY-BASED LOCAL GOVERNANCE

    Maori wards are just the start to the changes the government is planning for local government

  • MAORI WARDS

    Check to see if your council is considering one or more Maori wards and make sure you have your say



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    BACKLASH GROWS AGAINST 3-WATERS SERVICE DELIVERY PROGRAMME

    There is strong level of opposition across the country to the Government’s proposed Three Waters service delivery programme. Comments from councillors show very serious concerns. In some quarters there appears to be a suspicion that the Government is not being completely open about everything it is seeking to achieve.   Continue reading

    No real changes to the radical draft New Zealand ‘histories’ curriculum

    A recently released report on the draft curriculum content for teaching New Zealand’s ‘histories’ in our schools points to a determination to continue down the path of foisting upon our children an ideologically driven lop-sided version of our history. This is despite much criticism about the lack of balance in the draft content from historians, educationalists, parents/family, and community members. Continue reading

    Do your Council’s representation arrangements fail the equal rights test?

    Councils owe a duty of fair representation to all the citizens they represent, yet this fundamental principle of democratic governance is being ignored by councils as they build “Treaty partnerships” with their Māori citizens. This is very apparent at Rotorua Lakes Council, where undemocratic arrangements have been introduced to “strengthen the voice of Māori in our decision making”.  Continue reading

    Iwi avarice trumps conservation values on West Coast

    The West Coast Conservation Board is mired in what appears to be an intractable conflict of interest between conservationist and iwi commercial interests. Three members of the DOC West Coast Conservation Board (the Board) have recently resigned after being the subject of personal attacks, including being labelled racist for raising what they see as conflicts between the interests of conservation and the commercial interests of Ngāi Tahu.  Continue reading

    Three Waters reform to give iwi/Māori dominating influence

    As the Government releases more information about its Three Waters reforms, it is becoming obvious that the proposed system is to be dominated by the rights and interests of iwi/Māori. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Three Waters paper ‘Opportunities for Iwi/Māori in the Three Waters Reform’ sets out how this will be achieved.  Continue reading