< October 2020 newsletter

Labour continues down race-based path - undermining equal rights, democracy

Labour’s Māori Manifesto 2020 recommits to the partnership path with Māori. They will continue to support the role of Māori Crown relations – Te Arawhiti in growing the capability and capacity of government departments and organisations to be better Treaty partners, promising to look to take even bolder steps to create change.

The Greens want to go even further down this path, committed to supporting and resourcing the investigation of how to implement recommendations from the Matike Mai constitutional transformation report, including the goal of constitutional transformation by 2040.

 The Māori Party wants to go the whole hog and simply implement all Matike Mai recommendations.

The radical and far reaching  Matike Mai constitutional transformation report recommends completely new power structures. It calls for a new political system by 2040, in which Māori and the government share power, resources and responsibility for resources and social policy. Matike Mai suggests six different models as to how this might work. The proposed models can be found on pages 104 – 112. See also the group’s suggested plan of action on page 113.

As former Prime Minister David Lange explained in a speech presented in 2000, the Treaty of Waitangi was a contract between the Crown and Māori, not a ‘partnership’. He said treating it as a partnership was not only “absurd” but doing so would result in the introduction of profoundly “undemocratic” rights and entitlements.

As we see today - he was so very right!

The campaign for radical constitutional change in New Zealand is part of a wider and far reaching attack on Western civilisation and Western democratic values, conventions, institutions and philosophical foundations. For a brilliant analysis of this ideological war, read ‘What no one's talked about during this election campaign’ by writer Karl du Fresne.


Green Party policy: Constitutional Transformation: Developing a National Constitution

Star News: Opinion: Democracy under threat by Dr Muriel Newman

David Lange 2000 https://www.brucejesson.com/david-lange-2000/

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Local Government update

Government plans a local government system that actively embodies the Treaty partnership. On 23 April 2021 the Minister of Local Government established a review into the future for Local Government:  “The overall purpose of the Review is, as a result of the cumulative changes being progressed as part of the Government’s reform agenda, to identify how our system of local democracy and governance needs to evolve over the next 30 years, to improve the wellbeing of New Zealand communities and the environment, and actively embody the Treaty partnership”. Continue reading

The cost to ratepayers of implementing the partnership principle

Photo: Penny Smart, Chair of Northland Regional Council The partnership-with-iwi provisions are creating significant cost pressures for councils. This includes large and on-going costs associated with implementing and maintaining the variety of ways Iwi/Māori are involved in local government and contribute to council decision making. Continue reading

The ‘partnership’ myth - the single biggest threat to our democracy

Progressing the Treaty ‘partnership’ agenda is a key priority for the Labour government. But by doing so they are introducing divisive policies that are undermining our democracy.   Continue reading

Labour boasts of roadblock partnership

Two Labour Members of Parliament have confirmed the claim by Democracy Action that the Government and Police condoned the illegal iwi roadblocks on public roads. Tamati Coffey (Labour - Waiariki) and Kiri Allan (Labour – List MP living in the East Coast) have stated that these roadblocks were “well supported” by the Government and that police “helped with the checkpoints”. Continue reading

Iwi checkpoints “show the way” for Treaty partnership

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. Continue reading

This is how the Treaty partnership works in practise, folks

The partnership interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi is manifesting in a myriad of ways. The recent unlawful closure of the road to the North Cape by Ngati Kuri, with the collaboration of government agencies including the Department of Conservation, the NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency, is but another example. Continue reading

Government moving beyond settlement of treaty grievances – to partnership

Last year, the Government created a new agency - 'Māori Crown relations'. At the launch, Minister Kelvin Davis, announced that "The agency…will help facilitate the next step in the Treaty relationship – moving beyond the settlement of treaty grievances into what it means to work together in partnerships." Continue reading

‘Partnership’ - a way of heading off costly litigation?

Last month we reported on the Horizons Regional Council vote to create a committee of councillors and iwi leaders to come up with strategies for managing Manawatū waterways. Continue reading

What partnership?

For those who were unable to attend the public meeting held in West Auckland on February 23, at which Dr Don Brash gave a presentation on the Crown-Maori partnership ideology, you can now view it here:    Continue reading