As mentioned in last month’s update, by promoting further co-governance arrangements for Auckland, and requiring the recognition of ‘mana whenua’ as rangatira, the draft Auckland Plan undermines the fundamental principles of democracy.
This month, as an example of such ‘Treaty partnership’ arrangements, we take a look at the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority co-governance entity, to see how this is working for the citizens of Auckland.
Many Aucklanders are unhappy about the actions of the Maunga Authority. The people of Devonport-Takapuna have taken exception to the Authority’s “authoritarian manner”, and have organised a petition, to provide a gauge of public opinion for the Authority. Please consider signing – the link is available in the newsletter below.
The freedom to express an opinion is a basic, fundamental principle of democracy, and yet the Nelson City Council has decided to cancel a talk by Bruce Moon, who was invited by the Nelson Institute to speak. Mr Moon chose to present on the fake history of New Zealand, focusing on the Treaty of Waitangi, its interpretation and its implementation. The reasons given for the cancellation of the talk were that not only was it deemed a threat to health and safety, but also because a balanced discussion couldn't be held at the venue.
However, such a distinction is not required if you wish to peddle ‘the Treaty is a partnership, and the Chiefs did not cede sovereignty’ view to 20 schools, as Vincent O’Malley is doing so - funded by the Government through the Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund. See below for details.
Other issues covered in this newsletter, with suggested actions you can take, include:
- The Local Government NZ campaign to abolish the poll provision
- The Iwi Chairs’ Forum influence on LGNZ
- Update on claims under the marine and coastal area act
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