Meng Foon and Paul Hunt of the Human Rights Commission use the illegal roadblocks as an admirable illustration of the Treaty of Waitangi 'partnership' principle. It is a model they would like to see replicated.
“The two treaty partners collaborated – with kāwanatanga, or governorship, represented through local councils, Civil Defence and the Police, and rangatiratanga, the authority of chiefs, upheld by hapū and iwi”.
“This relationship between rangatiratanga and kāwanatanga is ready to be used across all aspects of government during the recovery programme. The time has come,” they write.
This deeply worrying Human Rights Commission (HRC) media release can be viewed at Spin Off: Covid-19 checkpoints show the way for the role of iwi in the recovery
The article also makes it clear that the Human Rights Commissioner is unlikely to objectively assess formal complaints regarding the illegal roadblocks. However, it is an issue that political parties need to address because, if left unchecked, blocking public access for political purposes will return under some different pretext.
Please take the time to write to the Prime Minister, asking if the HRC is following official government policy, and if so, what does this mean for our democratic system of governance.