MARY-LOUISE KEARNEY: CO-GOVERNANCE - "IT’S THE VETO ISSUE, STUPID”
Dr Mary Louise Kearney writes that very few people know about the veto aspect of co-governance or its significance because this is rarely mentioned by the media and politicians. “Whether negligent or deliberate, this helps fan the apathy of New Zealanders and their dangerous ignorance about co-governance (and similar major policy issues) overall”.
GOVERNMENT QUIETLY CHANGES ADVICE ON THREE WATERS
This explosive exposé by journalist Graham Adams points out that the Department of Internal Affairs has obscured information about direct iwi control of water under Three Waters legislation, four months out from the election. “Although almost all the public’s attention has been directed towards co-governance at the overarching strategic level of Three Waters, the real transfer of power to iwi and hapū lies at the operational level”.
YES, WE HAVE APARTHEID
Dr John Robinson writes of separate rights based on race, which are constantly added to so that the division has become increasingly absolute. He suggests steps we can take as a country to counter the intended future as set down in the He Puapua report to Government, where the aim is for two unequal systems of government (the “Vision 2040”)”.
A REFERENDUM ON CO-GOVERNANCE WOULD RETURN A BIG, FAT NO
Heather du Plessis Allan - 1ZB Drive Time host
“The Labour Government has gone out of its way to stop people from having any kind of say on co-governance. Heather du Plessis-Allan: “It used to be the case that when your local council proposed to establish Māori wards, ratepayers could object. They would need to collect signatures from 5 per cent of ratepayers to force a vote. The vote was binding. That was democracy.
In 2021, Nanaia Māhuta binned that right to object. Too many times democracy had said no.”
ACT CALLS ON ALL PARTIES TO RENOUNCE UNDRIP
“John Key got it wrong when his government signed the Declaration. He may have thought it was just symbolism, but it is now creating great division with the He Puapua report demanding it transform New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements with ‘declaration compliance’ by 2040.”