IN YOUR ELECTORATE. Remember these ex Parliamentary people left because they were disgruntled, disappointed, and down and outright disgusted with how the system worked.
For the greater good of this once wonderful caring country of ours. Currently being Flushed down the Gurgler. Please like and share.
Seriously consider the following.. But only if you care about not losing everything that has meaning to each of us..
More of The same mix in the Beehive will bring forward their agenda.. ” They will own nothing but be happy” Now let that sink in for a few minutes..
Because that is what’s coming..
Be sure to be the change we must first change ourselves. VOTE..
for the Independent Representatives
IN YOUR ELECTORATE. Remember these ex Parliamentary people left because they were disgruntled, disappointed, and down and outright disgusted with how the system worked.. To be the CHANGE they knew that they had to Stand up and be counted BE THE CHANGE. They are now almost ready to join forces as a huge Coalition of Independent Representatives all Leaders in their own right.
Now if we really want change then we must Vote The Independent Representatives 1st yes your local Electoral Representatives. Then be sure to place all the Majors last or at the bottom of the ballot paper.. Your vote must all be Independent Representatives..
At the last Election
If you voted Any of the 5 parties in the Beehive at this time please for the sake of your children or grandchildren you must cast your vote to Your INDEPENDENT Electoral REPRESENTATIVE.
You can always vote the other way after 3 years if they do not Perform.. Remember that they are maybe 15 to 22 Independent Representative Parties most with only 1 Leader some with up to 3 Co leaders each with maybe 3, 5, or over 7 additional Representatives that are there for the People by the People with the People
All on the same Page or Wanting the same thing for all. NO MORE SEGREGATION, SEPERATION OR MANDATES.
YOU AND ONLY YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A CHANGE
” Outdoor Freedom Party” has 26 Electorates with Independent Representatives also having 6 more to be added.. Do the math People.. Imagine with clever planning with all Independent Representative Parties how all seats in Parliament could be YES I say could be all decent caring Individuals mmmmm we but only we can make it happen..
An interesting article from John Allen Oldfield who I became to know through the FB Group I Founded & Administrated ( Kiwis Protecting Our Freedom of Expression ) which was disabled last December. I remain in contact with John. Sue Reyland
I have been on Luxon’s case all year. I post on his site that he is dancing on the head of a pin, not coming out and telling the electorate that National opposes co-governance, the destruction of our democracy, and He Puapua. I’ve told him it will be his downfall.
I invite you to read Muriel Newman’s column, just out today. Here is a piece form it –
“But there’s a much deeper reason for National’s decline in the polls. The honeymoon of hope and expectation around the new leader has subsided. Some will be disappointed with Christopher Luxon’s impassive stance on a number of issues – but particularly Labour’s attack on democracy through co-governance.
New Zealanders had hoped National’s new leader would take a firm position defending our values and our record of being one of the longest standing and most successful democracies in the world.
Instead, he has tip-toed around the issues, seemingly afraid of creating controversy and negative press.
This is a key reason National is losing voter support to parties not afraid to confront this issue: ACT rose 4 percent and New Zealand First 2 percent in that 1 News poll – their support coming at the expense of Labour, National and the Greens.
This is also the conclusion reached by former ACT leader Richard Prebble in his latest Herald article when he says: “Unlike Luxon, David Seymour used his party’s annual conference to clearly state ACT’s rejection of co-government and support for liberal democracy’s one person, one vote. It is why ACT is rising in the polls.”
He predicts that if National steps up and defends our democracy and values from Labour’s attack, he will win the next election by a “landslide.”
If National does not step up the question is, how much support will they lose?”
She is absolutely right. If Luxon came out this afternoon and opposed He Puapua, co-governance, unequivocally and committed to the repeal of race-based legislation, the Sam issue would disappear over night. The Nats would soar in the polls.
Ask yourself (and read Muriel’s column) why is Act doing so well? The answer is very simple. Act has done its own polling. It has determined the issue most important to the people, it has developed an appropriate policy. Thgey identify with New Zealanders and not an ideology, especially one predicated on a fabricated lie around the treaty. They are rocketing upwards. They have stolen a march on National.
So Luxon, don’t tell us about your wonderful morning in Te Puke or whereever. That may stroke those locals but it does nothing for me. You have to come out and tell us you’re on our side or you won’t be PM next year, Seymour will be. This election is yours to lose. Identify with the one issue concerning New Zealanders and do something about it NOW.
MESSAGE TO NATIONAL
By Dr Muriel Newman
Two recent public opinion polls had some good and bad news for National. The bad news is their support has softened.
Monday night’s 1 NEWS Kantar Public Poll showed National sliding two points to 37 percent, and Christopher Luxon falling 3 points to 22 percent in the preferred prime minister ratings.
The good news is that National could form a government with the support of ACT, thanks to their jump of 4 points to 11 percent.
With Labour losing 2 to 35 percent – its lowest level for five years – and the Greens losing 1 to 9 percent, along with the Maori Party steady on 2 percent, Jacinda Ardern’s potential coalition sits on 44 percent, while National’s moves ahead to 48 percent.
The bad news gets worse for Labour. Jacinda Ardern’s ranking as preferred Prime Minister is continuing to fall, down 3 points to 30 percent – her lowest rating since before becoming PM.
Apart from ACT, the other big winner in the poll was New Zealand First which increased 2 points to 3 percent.
The 1 News poll is consistent with the Roy Morgan poll published a week earlier. It had National falling 4 points to 35 percent – its lowest rating on that poll since January. This put their chances of winning an election with ACT behind an alliance of Labour, the Greens, and the Maori Party.
The biggest gain in that poll came from the Maori Party, which increased 2.5 points to 4 percent – its highest support since April 2010. The analysis suggests some of Labour’s strong support from younger women has moved across to the Maori Party, lifting their support amongst 18-49-year-old women from 3.5 percent to 9 percent.
Could it be that Jacinda Ardern’s agenda to empower the iwi elite has ended up building support for the Maori Party, instead of Labour? How ironic that would be if her sacrificing of our democracy ended up harming not only New Zealand, but Labour itself?
National also lost support from women, with some of the older women they had won back from Labour after the 2020 election, returning to Labour.
When searching for a reason behind the fall in National’s support the pollsters pointed out that, “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has built her leadership on being the person New Zealanders can trust to deal with challenges as varied as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Christchurch shooting. If Christopher Luxon’s missteps in recent weeks result in people distrusting the National Leader and questioning his honesty, or the honesty of the team around him, he will come under renewed scrutiny as an alternative Prime Minister heading towards next year’s election.”
But there’s a much deeper reason for National’s decline in the polls. The honeymoon of hope and expectation around the new leader has subsided. Some will be disappointed with Christopher Luxon’s impassive stance on a number of issues – but particularly Labour’s attack on democracy through co-governance.
New Zealanders had hoped National’s new leader would take a firm position defending our values and our record of being one of the longest standing and most successful democracies in the world.
Instead, he has tip-toed around the issues, seemingly afraid of creating controversy and negative press.
This is a key reason National is losing voter support to parties not afraid to confront this issue: ACT rose 4 percent and New Zealand First 2 percent in that 1 News poll – their support coming at the expense of Labour, National and the Greens.
This is also the conclusion reached by former ACT leader Richard Prebble in his latest Herald article when he says: “Unlike Luxon, David Seymour used his party’s annual conference to clearly state ACT’s rejection of co-government and support for liberal democracy’s one person, one vote. It is why ACT is rising in the polls.”
He predicts that if National steps up and defends our democracy and values from Labour’s attack, he will win the next election by a “landslide.”
If National does not step up the question is, how much support will they lose?
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is strongly opposed to co-governance and is scathing about the self-interest of Labour’s Maori Caucus in promoting this elitist agenda: “The push is coming from the increasingly out of touch Labour Maori Caucus and only serves their own self-interest, trying to compete with the Maori Party in a race to see who can produce the most separatist policies to appease a certain Maori elite. They do not represent the views of Maoridom – the majority of whom are not even on the Maori roll, and for good reason.”
ACT leader David Seymour is also clear on the need to defend democracy: “The idea of co-governance is incompatible with democracy. No society where people have different political rights based on birth has ever succeeded… The Labour Party is obsessed with the Partnership State, putting the Treaty at the heart of everything. We will need to remove the constant references to the Treaty from the law and replace it with a commitment to liberal democracy. One person, one vote, and equality for all in a multi-ethnic nation state.”
Labour’s latest attack on democracy came in the form of the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu) Representation Bill, which allows Ngai Tahu to appoint an additional two members with full voting rights onto a council that already has two existing Ngai Tahu advisors.
In the Third Reading debate on the Bill, Labour not only boasted about trashing ‘one person, one vote’ democracy, but Tamati Coffey signalled the law change could open the floodgates for other tribal groups around the country: “Ngai Tahu have opened the door… all of those iwi out there that are struggling with how representation works for them, I hope that they’re understanding that this is a potential pathway.”
The bill’s sponsor, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene, claimed the Treaty entitled Ngai Tahu to the seats: “This bill is about the evolution of our Treaty partnership and representation of iwi at the local government level. Ngai Tahu are entitled to this representation because that is the promise of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and this is a modern-day expression of that promise.”
But he’s wrong.
This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator Gary Judd QC explains how proponents of the Treaty ‘partnership’ deception – that underpins the whole co-governance agenda – are deliberately misconstruing a Court of Appeal decision:
“They put up the smokescreen of Treaty obligation, and distort the Court of Appeal’s 1987 ‘lands’ case where the Court, having been forced by Parliamentarians who would not do it themselves, to determine what was meant by ‘principles of the Treaty’ drew on principles of partnership law to hold that Treaty principles required the Crown and Maori to act toward each other with good faith, fairly, reasonably and honourably when dealing with known or foreseeable Treaty claims.
“Ideas of constitutional partnership or co-governance never featured in the case. Nor could they, for the Treaty is perfectly clear, in both the Maori and English texts. Governance was given to the Crown alone, and in exchange, the tribal leaders and the ordinary people of New Zealand were assured continuing ownership of their property and were guaranteed protection and equal status with the British settlers under British law.
“The Court of Appeal would not suggest an absurd departure from the words of the Treaty, and did not do so.”
Retired Judge and Canterbury University law lecturer Anthony Willy concurs: “In no legal sense does this ‘lands’ case decide that that there is a partnership between Maori and non-Maori and any later case which purports to rely on the dicta of Cook J is to misconstrue the reasoning on which the case is founded.”
He is categorical: “Maori and the Crown are not partners in any sense of the word. It is constitutionally impossible for the Crown to enter into a partnership with any of its subjects. The true position is that the Crown is sovereign but owes duties of justice and good faith to the Maori descendants of those who signed the Treaty.”
He also reminds us that not only did the ‘Treaty of Waitangi’ not qualify as a ‘true’ treaty at international law, but that, like all historic agreements, it has expired.
As former Chief Justice Prendergast found in the case of Wi Parata v Bishop of Wellington, the Treaty was already considered a “constitutional nullity” in 1877.
Isn’t it time all political leaders recognised that truth, so New Zealand can finally move on?
Labour is attacking our democracy using a well-orchestrated public propaganda campaign.
Jacinda Ardern has used taxpayer funding to ‘buy’ media silence. One of the key requirements for those receiving funding from her $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund, is that recipients not only acknowledge the partnership lie, but ‘actively’ promote it: “Actively promote the principles of Partnership, Participation and Active Protection under Te Tiriti o Waitangi acknowledging Maori as a Te Tiriti partner.”
When Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz allegedly used public money to buy favourable media coverage for his party’s policies, he was forced to resign. Surely that’s not too different from what’s happening here.
The point is that a fabricated treaty ‘partnership’ is being used to justify the transfer of control of major public resources and services from the Crown to private sector multi-million-dollar business development corporations run by iwi.
The financial rewards for the tribal elite running these organisations are eye watering.
In the case of Three Waters, neither the Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta nor the Prime Minister has ruled out iwi being able to charge royalties for the use of water. That would result in untold millions of dollars pouring into tribal coffers on an on-going basis.
And when it comes to further local government reforms, Labour is considering giving iwi co-governance control of all district and regional planning, along with resource management consenting – no doubt creating lucrative tribal income streams, even though the vested interest conflicts would be significant.
It’s no wonder that Labour has engineered as little media scrutiny as possible over its co-governance deception. But it remains an appalling situation to have New Zealand’s Fourth Estate effectively gagged by the Government over matters of such crucial public importance to our country’s future.
However, even if the media are not digging into the details, to his great credit, the Auditor General is. He pointed out the glaring lack of financial accountability in the model proposed for the Maori Health Authority, and now he has discovered that financial accountability for the proposed new Three Waters structures is virtually non-existent.
In his Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture in 2000, former Prime Minister David Lange was not only dismissive of partnership claims, but he warned the government of the need to “draw back” from where the Treaty industry was taking the county – or lose the chance ‘to build a more cohesive society and a more productive economy’: “The result will be a fractured society in which political power will be contested in ways beyond the limits of our democratic experience.”
Sadly, this is exactly the situation New Zealand is now facing.
As our main opposition party, National needs to not only step up, but to also consider decisive action along the lines of that taken by leaders in many other countries, including Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Fiji, when faced with similar escalating division within their societies – namely, removing all references to ‘race’ from their Statute books.
The reality is that under the cover of the Covid pandemic, Jacinda Ardern is dismantling our democracy, one law at a time – without any mandate from New Zealand voters.
And the bottom line is this: if National truly believes in democracy, in the principle of democratic representation – one person, one vote, they must take the lead and fight for our future. If they don’t, it will be to their own – and our country’s – detriment.
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I’m fortunate to have a ‘pool of Authors’ with a wealth of Political Knowledge , helping me with my website.
I do try & Make sure any input is the Truth. .. although over time no doubt some published items may turn out to be not ‘fact’.
It’s hard to keep up with this Government.
Robertson is full of corruption.
This labour government is moving all the money into the government books to make sure the debt to GDP does not go over 30%.
It has but this hides the fact.
The new facts have come out that Robertson is taking the money from the Super Fund first. Then has the governments installments of the Kiwisaver in line to be removed.
ROBERTSON IS MOVING ALL CITIZENS KIWI SAVER FUNDS INTO THE CROWN ACCOUNTS SO HE CAN BALANCE THE BOOKS FOR THE NEXT BUDGET !!
(PLEASE NOTE : editorial amendment above )
For your information the citizens kiwi saver accounts is $82 billion and Robertson has stolen it.
kiwisprotectionourfreedomofexpression.com Author …. Trevor had to think about the trespass notices and thought there is more to this.
Then he heard the news.
Robertson is moving all citizens kiwi saver funds into the crown accounts so he can balance the books for the next budget.
Fact is labour have borrowed and printed so much the country is in no position to carry out the basic jobs of governing as the country is outside the projection of its debt of 60% to GDP.
NZ has very little chance to pay back the loans as our export industry’s have been destroyed by government policies.
Robertson has been told by the world bank he has to get the debt to GDP down before our dollar crashes. Look at the value of our dollar.
So Robertson has moved everyone’s Kiwisave funds into the crown accounts to lower the debt to GDP to around 30%. But that money belongs to the citizens, its your money, saved, after tax. Robertson has stolen it. So watch your Kiwi saver fund carefully and how much it increases with interest compared to last year.
This diversion with the trespass notices is taking people’s minds off what Robertson is doing with your kiwi saver money. For your information the citizens kiwi saver accounts is $82 billion and Robertson has stolen it.
THEY’RE COMING FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION NOW
Apartheid in 3,2,1…
If you accept the interpretation [that the Treaty of Waitangi is an unequal partnership] to be the correct one then giving a Maori Health Authority the right of veto makes perfect sense.
Of course, it doesn’t stop at the health system.
Take Maori wards for example. Admittedly I don’t know much about them but I can tell you the real reason they are there is to (eventually) allow Maori the ability to veto any decision made by the Council (the government will of course sugarcoat it by saying, “It’s to allow Maori to have a final say over decisions.”)
Well, what do you know?
It has been suggested in consultation feedback published by the Government that the Maori Health Authority model could be applied to education and justice.
Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson on Friday released the feedback from the first phase of targeted engagement with Maori on developing a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
[…] “He Puapua is not the Declaration Plan, nor is it Government policy,” Jackson said. “Reports like He Puapua and Matike Mai are part of a long history of reports on addressing Indigenous rights in Aotearoa and should be seen in that context.”
In July last year, Jackson announced plans to consult with Maori on how the Government could meet its obligation to UNDRIP, before engaging with the wider public.
“We’ve now completed the first stage of the two-step engagement process to develop a Declaration Plan. This has provided us with valuable feedback to help with drafting a Declaration Plan that we will then take out to wider consultation,” Jackson said.
[…] The Government’s new Maori Health Authority is cited in the consultation feedback document as a successful model for how Maori could improve their own outcomes, particularly in education and justice.
“The establishment of a Maori Health Authority was seen as a positive step and a promising model, although some participants questioned whether it would have the power and resources necessary to be effective,” the consultation document reads.
“There was often comment by participants that the establishment of the new Maori Health Authority could give a sign for a potential approach in the justice system.”
The Government already has plans to introduce legislation in early 2023 to revamp Maori education, with the aim of seeing 30 percent of Maori learners participating in Kaupapa Maori/Maori medium education – where students are taught all or some curriculum subjects in the Maori language for at least 51 percent of the time – by 2040.
“The inability of the current education system to create bilingual, bicultural citizens who have a knowledge of and value Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Declaration consistently in their work was a common theme in some workshops,” the consultation document reads.
“Many participants explained the lack of recognition or weight given to Maori perspectives often stemmed from a lack of awareness amongst the non-Maori population of the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Maori rights more generally.”
[…] “Some participants noted that the existing Westminster system needed to be overhauled and that constitutional transformation must occur. Some participants also noted that government needed to eliminate inequality and address racism.”
The system is racist!
Noticeably absent from the article is the word ‘veto’. Under the Maori Health Authority model, the Maori Health Authority will have the ability to veto decisions made by the proposed “Health New Zealand” agency. This means, for example, the Maori Health Authority can starve Health New Zealand of funding while lining its own pockets.
The government and its media lackeys will tell you that it’s all about addressing inequalities of outcomes or some nonsense like that. The truth is that it’s all about implementing a radical interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The good news, though, is thanks to The BFD more and more people are becoming aware of what is really happening.
MELISSA VINING LAUNCHES SOUTHLAND CHARITY HOSPITAL BUILD
24th April 2022
Every time I take a breath & try not to think of what a mess our country is in … something else
pops up ….
(Melissa Vining with daughters Della-May, 16, Lilly, 12, and Blair, who died in October 2019.)
When Kiwis are declined Colonoscopy Screening , When RED FLAGS are appearing in our
Health System … Kiwis Dying from lack of CARE …
“Bowel cancer, if detected early, is curable
When putting your Foot on the Throat of Politicians & they still don’t care …
Why then is $242.8 million for Māori health initiatives, including setting up the new Māori Health Authority being announced !!!
SURELY WE NEED TO GET OUR EXISTING HEALTH SYSTEM WORKING BEFORE SETTING UP SEPERATE HEALTH SYSTEMS !!!!
Politicians understand the harm that they’re causing by not funding this adequately, and creating accountability of those DHBs.
WHY DO NZERS FEEL THE ONLY ANSWER IS TO BUILD THEIR OWN HOSPITALS ???
Melissa Vinning is doing just that !!!
The project is the brainchild of the late cancer care advocate Blair Vining and his wife Melissa.
Vining, a 39-year-old Southland farmer, was best known for using his final months to fight for better cancer care for all New Zealanders following a diagnosis of terminal bowel cancer in 2018.
During his fight against cancer Vining also dreamed big – including the dream of building a charity hospital for the people of Southland. His widow has driven that dream since he died in October 2019.
“At the time when Blair said ‘You just need to get on and build a hospital babe’, I actually thought he was maybe a little bit delusional from the drugs. But it’s actually turned out to be a huge privilege and a blessing, and anyone that’s involved with the project understands why,” Melissa Vining told RNZ.
“When you see all these people just giving what they can – whether it’s legal advice, whether it’s building expertise, project management expertise, little kids at schools giving their money to help buy bricks – when you see it just touch so many parts of the community and for everybody to work together to achieve this, you just truly feel privileged to be part of it and to see it.”
It was originally hoped the Southland Charity Hospital would open in April 2022.
The hospital building is being converted from an old pub donated by the Invercargill Licensing Trust. The building consent was granted in May 2021.
But the Delta outbreak and the lockdown which followed set those plans back by a few months, and those behind the project now hope to open the hospital in July.
Two fundraising events, the Charity Ball and Rockin’ With the Stars, also had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Southland Charity Hospital aims to cater to health needs of Otago and Southland residents when let down by the public health system, offering colonoscopies and dental treatment for free.
Melissa said despite the setbacks, the project was progressing well.
“We’re well into the build process, with the extension complete and local tradespeople and personnel have been generously donating their time and goods. That – combined with the donations we’ve received – means we have enough to complete the build.
“We are on the last phase – which is to raise a million dollars to kit out the hospital; a million dollars to go and then we’ll be all up and running.”
She said it has been a massive community project.
“I don’t even have words to express my gratitude to the project managers and the tradies that have jumped on board.
“There’s such a big stress on the whole construction industry and people have generously donated us supplies and kept us fairly on track. So I’ve got nothing to complain about and I’m just incredibly grateful.”
Colonoscopies already on offer
While they were not yet taking patient referrals for all services, she said they could already offer colonoscopies, thanks to the generosity of a private hospital and clinicians in the area.
“Our clinical committee, which is made up of doctors, nurses, dentists, they’ve also had an arrangement going with a private hospital which has allowed us to start helping patients.
“So big hearts here in the Southern region from Otago and Southland, getting that up and running with volunteers immediately, even though the hospital’s not even built yet.”
If someone had been declined through the Southern DHB, their GP could refer them to the Southland Charity Hospital.
Once the opening date is confirmed they will be able to start taking patients for other services.
To think of what had been achieved in just two short years was jaw-dropping, Vining said.
“When I stop and think about what our community – and New Zealand really – has achieved, the government don’t even build hospitals in two years,” she said.
“It’s just the power of the people. We’ve had everything from lawyers, accountants, builders, bricklayers, plumbers, electricians – every pocket of the community, even schools – people from Northland have bought bricks, Gisborne, Wellington – everyone is just behind us.
“That’s why it’s been achieved, because of all these incredible people from everywhere helping us. And to do it in such a short space of time is nothing short of miraculous.”
She was sure Blair would be proud.
“I often think about what he would think of what everyone has achieved to have ticked this off, and I think he’d just be so grateful to be making a difference for those people who are unable to access those services now.
“I know he was incredibly proud of the people of Southland and he loved his community, and to know those people were suffering because they couldn’t access public healthcare.
“I just think he’d be stoked to know that all these people are prepared to get behind this vision to ease the burden and pain to those families. So, yeah, I think he’d be pretty proud.”
Vining had often been a critic of the public healthcare system – particularly in the space of cancer care – and she had no intentions of giving up that fight either.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the work from all these people and the generosity of the country will save lives,” Vining said.
“Bowel cancer, if detected early, is curable. And to be a part of a huge team of people who are achieving this it goes a long way towards giving me comfort that we will be helping end that suffering in our region.
“And I’m not giving up on hoping that one day the politicians understand the harm that they’re causing by not funding this adequately, and creating accountability of those DHBs. But hopefully we can do our bit and, hopefully, one day the politicians will do theirs.
TRIBAL CONTROL OF HEALTH By Dr Muriel Newman
The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill will radically restructure our entire health system.
Our 20 democratically elected and community focussed District Health Boards will be abolished. They will be replaced by two centralised agencies, Health New Zealand and a Maori Health Authority, that will “co-govern” New Zealand’s health services, with its workforce of 80,000, an annual operating budget of $20 billion, and an asset base of $24 billion. The Maori Health Authority will have the right of veto over the entire health system, and as a result, health services in New Zealand will be prioritised according to race instead of clinical need.
Labour’s plan for the restructure of health, comes straight out of their He Puapua playbook, a blueprint designed to replace New Zealand democracy with the tribal rule by 2040. It was not revealed to voters before the 2020 election but rolled out after Labour secured a Parliamentary majority to govern alone.
Not only has this separatist system been created without proper community engagement – other than extensive consultation with Maori interest groups – the Government has even enabled the Bill to sidestep the usual legislative scrutiny of the Health Select Committee by establishing a new Committee, the Pae Ora Legislation Committee, to deal with it.
The Minister of Health Andrew Little justified this new committee on the basis that “the make-up of the committee would permit the Crown to meet its Treaty of Waitangi obligations in a way that had not been provided for in any other piece of legislation”.
That means Jacinda Ardern’s He Puapua “co-governance” agenda is now being forced onto Parliament itself!
The new Committee is made up of 50 percent Maori MPs and 50 percent ‘other’, but since there are 11 MPs on the Committee, the extra MP with the ‘casting’ vote is Maori – a clear indication that under Labour, “co-governance” means “tribal rule”.
Ian Powell, the former executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, is outraged by the health reforms: “Ten months ago, health minister Andrew Little announced the government intended to abolish district health boards effective from July 1 this year. This was never signalled and came as a complete surprise to the health sector. DHB abolition was never part of Labour’s election campaign in 2020. It was not part of the narrative around the review of the health and disability system, led by Heather Simpson, nor of the leadup to Little’s announcement. There was a complete lack of prior consultation.”
He refutes allegations that DHBs are creating a “postcode lottery” in the health – the Government’s justification for their abolition – and is scathing about the Pae Ora Bill, describing it as “vacuous on primary and community care and virtually silent on hospitals. Before leaving the health system we have, we deserve to know much more about the one we are going to. Replacing existing structures with new ones that have not been worked through is poor leadership. Making it worse than irresponsible is doing this in the midst of a raging pandemic… Surely NZ deserves better than this. It is time for sanity, reinforced by an evidence-based approach, to be restored to the political leadership of our health system.”
Not only have inadequate details about the proposed system been provided to the public, the justification for the restructure has been ‘manufactured’ to conceal the He Puapua agenda.
The unfortunate reality is that we are again being subjected to the same sort of misleading public relations spin as Three Waters and Covid, where communications experts are attempting to shift public opinion against our present system through clever “be kind to each other” type catchphrases.
According to the Herald, the Health Transition Unit – the special agency the Prime Minister set up within her Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to push through the health reforms – will spend almost $20 million on public relations consultants this year, attempting to convince us that New Zealand will benefit from a race-based health system.
This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator is Dr Lawrie Knight, an Auckland GP who has been practicing medicine since 1974. Dr Knight became so concerned by the ongoing claims that our health system is “systemically racist” and disadvantaging Maori, that he fact-checked the evidence that’s been provided, only to find it is false:
“Maori health leaders have criticised the New Zealand Health System as systemically racist, and that this is the prime contributor to poor Maori health and reduced longevity. The five most common claims that have been made by them in this regard are as stated below. These have all been fact checked and found to be incorrect. This paper presents the evidence to support this view, based on Statistics New Zealand data and the census data:
1. That Maori die seven years earlier than other New Zealanders
2. That Maori have poorer health services than non- Maori
3. That decolonising the health system will improve Maori health and longevity
4. That the primary contributing factor for Maori ill health is “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “unconscious bias” in the New Zealand Health system
5. That non-Maori are not affected by inequitable health provision and services
“All the above statements are not correct.”
Dr Knight systematically refutes each of the claims, including that ‘systemic racism’, ‘white privilege’, and ‘unconscious bias’ are primary contributing factors causing poor health, and he outlines the accepted determinants of poor health as identified by the World Health Organisation:
“The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) have an important influence on health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries. In countries at all levels of income, health and illness follow a social gradient: the lower the socioeconomic position, the worse the health. The following list provides examples of the social determinants of health, which can influence health equity in positive and negative ways:
– Income and social protection
– Unemployment and job insecurity
– Working life conditions
– Food insecurity
– Housing, basic amenities and the environment
– Early childhood development
– Social inclusion and non-discrimination
– Structural conflict
– Access to affordable health services of decent quality.
“Research shows that the social determinants can be more important than health care or lifestyle choices in influencing health. Numerous studies suggest that SDH account for between 30-55% of health outcomes. In addition, estimates show that the contribution of sectors outside health to population health outcomes exceeds the contribution from the health sector. Addressing SDH appropriately is fundamental for improving health and reducing longstanding inequities in health.”
Dr Knight then specifies a range of common factors that cause poor health including obesity, hypertension, addictions, smoking, coronary artery disease, depression, anxiety disorders, gout, cancers, diabetes, respiratory problems, and genetic disorders.
He explains that the proposed system intends building on the widespread network of Maori health providers that were set up by Helen Clark’s Labour Government 20 years ago to “close the gaps”, pointing out that since they have made little difference to health outcomes in the intervening years, it is misleading to claim they will make a difference now:
“Since 2000, most Maori health services for Maori have been provided by seventy-seven Maori Health providers. They have been funded by the state but completely managed by iwi throughout New Zealand during this time. They were created twenty years ago to provide a ‘by Maori, for Maori’ health service as a solution for the Maori health problems – the identical reason as for this current bill. However, this network of hauora have not had the breakthrough in improving Maori health statistics that had been hoped would occur with a ‘by Maori, for Maori’ service provider.”
Social issues commentator Lindsay Mitchell has also examined the claims from academics, politicians, and public servants that colonisation has created growing health disparity for Maori, and her analysis found that for most Maori, “living standards have improved enormously, as has equality of opportunity. The progress of Maori social and economic indicators that has occurred under the process of colonisation stands in stark contrast to the constant barrage of contrary claims.”
In her Breaking Viewsarticle, Effi Lincoln investigated one of a plethora of claims of increasing Maori ‘inequity’ in health treatments – namely the evidence relating to gout. While she found that no material prejudice in treatments exists, it became apparent a ‘massaging’ of data had created the illusion of bias.
With the Government’s claims that our community focussed DHBs are failing so badly they need to be centralised not standing up to scrutiny, and the allegations of declining health care for Maori unable to be substantiated from the data, what else should we be concerned about?
If we look back to when the Maori Health Authority was first mooted, Iwi leaders insisted the funding model should be based on Whanau Ora, a social services agency with full commissioning powers that stand outside of government.
But the Auditor General’s 2015 review of Whanau Ora highlighted major problems – not only was almost a third of all taxpayer funding being wasted on administration, the objectives were so vague it was virtually impossible to ascertain whether the money was being well spent.
Furthermore, because Whanau Ora commissioning agencies are private contractors, they are not covered by the Official Information Act, nor are they accountable to taxpayers.
Pae Ora is heading down the same track, and this is one of the concerns raised by the Auditor General in his submission on the Bill:
“In essence, public accountability is about public organisations demonstrating to Parliament and the public their competence, reliability, and honesty in their use of public money and other public resources… I am concerned that accountability arrangements for the reformed health system may be unclear, confusing, and fragmented…
“It is unclear whether the Maori Health Authority will be a public entity for the purposes of the Public Audit Act 2001. To avoid doubt, we suggest that the Bill include a statement that the Maori Health Authority will be a public entity for the purposes of the Public Audit Act 2001, and therefore within the Controller and Auditor-General’s mandate.”
As the Bill stands at present, Section 11 states, “Health New Zealand is a Crown agent within the Crown Entities Act 2004”, while Section 17 states “The Maori Health Authority is an independent statutory entity”. That implies its spending will not be subject to any official scrutiny – billions of taxpayer dollars handed to the control of iwi leaders, without full accountability, and without a public mandate, is scandalous.
Let’s be very clear what this is. The proposed Maori Health Authority will create a separate health system for Maori, paid by non-Maori taxpayers to entities controlled by iwi leaders and accountable to no-one. It’s being justified on the basis of health statistics that are bogus, and to satisfy a Treaty of Waitangi ‘partnership’ that does not exist in law.
Let’s also be very clear about what the effects will be. The iwi elite will control our health system through a veto right. That means the leaders of multi-billion-dollar private business development corporations will control New Zealand’s health system, and public funds will be allocated on the basis of race.
Will it achieve any better outcomes? No. Closing the Gaps has been in place for 20 years – yet iwi leaders claim the gaps have widened, and they trot out their mantra claiming institutional racism and colonisation is the cause.
Behind the veil of fake evidence and misrepresentations, tribal rule – masquerading as “co-governance” – is the ultimate purpose of the reforms.
Jacinda Ardern is about to give iwi leaders control of our health system and the huge funding resources that comes with it. Is this what you want for New Zealand?
NO CONFIDENCE IN ARDERN – DAME TARIANA TURIA
Former Labour Party MP Dame Tariana Turia says she has no confidence in Jacinda Ardern and says her government’s treatment of the protesters at Parliament is an abuse of its powers.
Dame Tariana resigned from the Labour Party in 2004 over the Foreshore and Seabed Act and went on to co-lead the Māori Party.
She told Karyn Hay on Lately that she sympathises with the protesters and stands with them and not the government.
“Because I don’t think any government has any right to dictate to sectors of New Zealand who disagree with them.”
She described the use of sprinklers, loud music and floodlights during the protest as “bullying behaviour”.
Dame Tariana said the government came out and talked to protesters during the Foreshore and Seabed protest which was a more respectful way to deal with people and was appreciated by the protesters.
“I think we have every right to be heard, I think that anyone who is behaving like the government is right now are abusing their power,” Dame Tariana said.
“I think that people who believe strongly in an issue and who come down to Parliament where the power of the country is, I believe that the one respect we should show them is to be heard.”
Dame Tariana said Speaker Trevor Mallard will do whatever he thinks is necessary without taking heed of the consequences for those who are not part of the government.
She said in principle she is against mandates.
“We trust people to do what we know to be best for themselves and you know to say that everybody has to do a particular action and it’s dictated by the government. I don’t think they’ve got any right ever to dictate to the people.”
Dame Tariana said she has no confidence in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
She said Ardern and Mallard have no right to treat New Zealanders in the way that they are treating them and believes they have overstepped their mark.
“I certainly believe that Trevor Mallard as the speaker of the House and his behaviour towards the protest movement has been totally out of line, I’ve never seen it before actually, I’ve never ever seen the Crown behave like that.”
Dame Tariana said it was tantamount to bullying.
She said the protesters should be there for as long as they think is necessary.
Dame Tariana said she is proud of the way the police have handled the protest and they have been “very restrained”. She said she has been told by some protesters the police have been respectful.
Dame Tariana is not vaccinated. She said she has had ill health and her children asked her not to get vaccinated.
She said given that she decided her best option was to remain unvaccinated and avoid entering places where being vaccinated was required.
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THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW 2 MOVES FROM CHECKMATE
Thoughts on this??
SENT TO ME BY A MEMBER OF KIWIS PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The government is now 2 moves from checkmate. All their pieces are in place. This is the year of hyperinflation and the end of the currency system in NZ as we have known it. While keeping us distracted with endless challenges, these same challenges have been used for economic policies, expenditure, and money printing intended to bring our country to its knees. WHY?..To introduce our saviour. The global banking interests to which our country is massively indebted. After rampant inflation and looming economic collapse, at our darkest hour, our national banking creditors are set to announce a remarkable deal. Our whole country’s international debt is to be forgiven. YES, you hear right. Easy for them, as our debt is only flat backed debit only. An incredible offer with only one condition. The national uptake of the global banking, AI controlled, cashless society, social credit system. What’s this I hear you say???? If you’ve been paying attention over the last 2 years, the Herald ran several articles about Google bringing a huge division to set up here in NZ for an “unmanned AI security project”. This is it!. It was announced in mass media that Amazon has come to NZ to invest 15 Billion dollars in a new digital purchasing system. This is it. The drive with new legislation being released in April, is to herd more sheep into vaccination by making life more difficult for the non compliant. The massive increase in Omicron driven by ( Proven very faulty) RAT tests drives numbers sufficiently to justify the release of the vax passport phone app. This is introduced “for your safety” even though Omercrom is widely acknowledged as no worse than the seasonal flu. This is also stated in several interviews with the South African team who discovered and isolated the Omercron variant.. Their leading scientist and her team stated they can’t believe the media hype surrounding Omicron as it is milder than previous variants and no worse than a cold or seasonal flu…from the horse’s mouth…ooops, no sorry, that’s the one source of sustained propaganda. The Vax passport app is initially to be used to ensure that the vaxxed static matches their location and authorized purchasing. It begins as a prerequisite for financial transactions. With one simple app upgrade it becomes the full social credit system and one’s only means of transactions. An entire currency system cannot be removed without already having something ready to replace it with. I can give you the leading cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell. For those of you who do suffer, I apologize for the weak pun, but for the rest of you, if that doesn’t send you into convulsions , then read the next bit. This stage which we have been in lockdowns and one source dictatorship, or as I call it, dungeons and dragons, has changed. The predators have moved to the next level. As revealed in the announcement of lifting restrictions, the fiscal clams are now clamping tighter and tighter under their own self fueling momentum. All very much planned and intended. After a period of diabolical financial stress, the banking system which is purley debt based with no other foundation (flat-based), will begin to perform bail-in actions. The government passed legislations that during extreme economic stress, the bankingwill now NOT be bailed out by the government and will use its own sources. When you put your money in the bank, you establish a contract where they invest your money as they wish, inreturn for interest (haha, sorry,excuse me while I wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes) In a bank your money is not yours until you terminate the contract by withdrawing it. During extreme financial stress, banks can contractually “haircut” the majority of your funds to prop themselves up till they see fit to return it. This time it will not be returned. Blackrock and Vanguard own the majority of all global banking. Collapsing the old style currency banking system, creates a system domino fall back to these owners at the top. They take all assets, (money, mortgaged property) in this process. Lease agreements are to be issued in exchange for mortgages. Not meeting the required criteria for the lease agreement, (non-compliance), means property/home lease disqualification. Still wonder why credit has been so available and encouraged for so long? Still doubting? Go to the world economic forum website and under their “white pages’ ‘, look at the promises our glorious leader has made for New Zealand’s future which she has NOT told the general population. It’s in black and white. Without your consent, she has put us all forward for the first trial country for a completely AI controlled, cashless social credit system. Her words in black and white. The white hats (American patriots) will hopefully save us from her tyranny
IN ANSWER TO ABOVE
I’m very skeptical of the hype going around about the world’s banking system automatically going into a massive spin into a social credit system. The world has been through many political changes over generations. And these changes have become moving faster with the information technology the world has got. People are communicating so much easily. The problem is there are a lot of wacko theories out there that people get an idea and dear its coming true. Like global warming from cows farting. Our government has gone way off track from the normal and its so easy to find out the truth. We don’t owe China jack shit. Out debt is to foreign, insurance companies, banks, pension schemes and private investors. They are all easy to find in treasure reports. There maybe Chinese companies but China also has massive debts, so does Singapore. The problem with the NZ debt is that its doubled against GDP in the past 4 years of this government. No other country has doubled their debt so fast. This government is out of control in spending and has nothing to show for it. And the projection is for the debt to be 3 times as big if they continue to stay in government up to 2026. That’s just ridiculous. These are the facts. Don’t let anyone fool you about the global BS that money will all go up I’m smoke next year. But I would be very careful about any debt you have in NZ. Don’t borrow a cent and pay off any debt. People are going to loose their homes later this year when interest rates hit 8% plus. Inflation will be up to 8% to 10% plus by Christmas. We have a major problem with Willy Jackson taking to parliament the first reading about the co governance of the NZ parliament with 50% part Maori and 50% New Zealanders. That’s where people should be more worried
LABOUR IS THE CRISIS …. NZCPR WEEKLY:
By Dr Muriel Newman
In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, National’s new leader Christopher Luxon claimed New Zealand has a cost-of-living-crisis.
At first the Prime Minister denied it. But after a One News political opinion poll showed Labour trailing National, she embraced it, announcing an immediate 3-month 25 cents a litre cut in petrol tax, and blaming international forces and the war in the Ukraine for our troubles, rather than her management of our economy.
A breakdown of the price of a litre of petrol shows that once GST is applied, government taxes and levies make up around half of the price at the pump. Just over 70 cents in excise tax goes into the National Land Transport Fund to be used by the New Zealand Transport Agency for roading and public transport subsidies. In Auckland an additional 10c Regional Fuel Tax is earmarked for projects to reduce congestion. An ACC levy accounts for 6c, a Local Authorities Fuel Tax 0.66c, a Fuel Monitoring Levy 0.6c, and the Emissions Trading Scheme carbon tax is now almost 20c a litre.
In 2019, a report by the Productivity Commission outlining the sacrifices New Zealanders would need to make to achieve Jacinda Ardern’s vanity project of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 predicted the carbon tax on petrol would increase to around 55 cents a litre. New Zealanders are only now getting a taste of the pain that’s in store once the harsh economic penalties planned by Labour and the Greens – under the pretext of saving the planet – start to bite.
In his speech, Christopher Luxon outlined how families are struggling to cope with skyrocketing inflation: “The facts are stark – we have a cost of living crisis in New Zealand. Inflation is at a three-decade high. With prices rising twice as fast as wages, Kiwi families are worse off than they were 12 months ago. Food price rises are the highest in a decade, petrol has hit more than $3 a litre, and rents are through the roof. And if you want to buy your first home, forget about it. The average house price is up almost $400,000 under Labour. Rising interest rates mean interest costs on a $600,000 mortgage are up $7200 in the last 12 months, and they’re only going up from here.”
He made the point that while increasing government spending to support the economy might have made sense back in 2020 as the country recovered from lockdowns, it doesn’t anymore. Even though inflation is rising strongly, and excessive government spending will make the problem worse, Labour is planning a record $6 billion of new spending in this year’s Budget.
So, while Labour doubles down on a tax and spend strategy, National is pledging to lighten the load on families by cancelling all of the new taxes introduced by the Ardern Government. That means ending the 39 percent income tax rate, cancelling the proposed new job insurance and light rail tax, the regional fuel tax, the bright line test extension, and resuming interest deductibility for rental property owners.
National is also calling on Labour to adjust income tax thresholds in the Budget to address bracket creep. Based on the last four years of inflation, they want the 0.5 percent tax rate to apply up to $15,600 instead of $14,000, the 17.5 percent rate to start at $53,500 instead of $48,000, and the 33 percent tax rate to kick in at $78,100, rather than $70,000.
The ANZ is predicting tough economic times lie ahead: “The outlook for economic activity is souring. Living cost pressures are extreme. And there’s more inflationary pain to come, with global developments adding more petrol to the fire, and the Omicron outbreak adding to labour scarcity. Inflation is now running laps around wage growth, meaning households are going backwards at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, many businesses are facing reduced demand as people stay home, and the housing market softens.”
Food prices, which rose 6.8 percent in February compared with a year ago – with fruit and vegetables increasing 17 percent, meat, poultry, and fish 7.1 percent, and other groceries 5.4 percent – could rise by as much as 22 percent over the next year according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, as the war in the Ukraine impacts on crucial grain and fertilizer supplies.
National’s tax cuts, estimated to cost $1.7 billion – just over a quarter of Labour’s planned Budget spend – would allow New Zealanders to keep more of their own money to spend as they see fit, rather than watching on as this socialist Government wastes more and more public money on ill-advised policy choices.
And that’s the problem. Almost every policy introduced by Labour has been a failure and has come at a considerable financial cost.
Just this week the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission reported that in spite of Labour’s highly publicised $1.9 billion investment in mental health in Budget 2019, “improvements in services have not materialised”.
Labour’s promise to build tens of thousands of affordable homes was such a fiasco it became a national joke. Meanwhile the waiting list for State houses has skyrocketed from 5,000 in 2017 when they became Government to 26,000, with more than 10,000 New Zealanders now living in emergency accommodation in motels and hostels. Costing more than a million dollars a day, leaving families with children cramped in “temporary” accommodation for years on end is creating social dislocation and the ghettoisation of neighbourhoods – at a time when motels will soon be needed for tourism.
Labour’s soft on crime approach – epitomised by Jacinda Ardern giving $2.75 million to the Mongrel Mob – has led to a dangerous explosion in gang violence.
Yet instead of targeting the gangs, the Prime Minister’s much-vaunted 2019 crackdown on firearms following the Christchurch tragedy only affected law-abiding gun owners. Furthermore, her new system has left 2,700 applicants waiting more than a year for a firearms licence.
The new compulsory New Zealand history curriculum released with great fanfare last week by the Prime Minister will indoctrinate all New Zealand children with the radicalised political propaganda of the Maori sovereignty movement.
Labour’s obsession with the Maori language is destroying trust in the public service as official communications are increasingly being produced in pidgin English, which inhibits understanding, erodes accuracy, and damages public confidence in Government institutions.
Labour’s ban on offshore oil and gas exploration has undermined New Zealand’s energy security, at a time of increasing global instability and heightened risk.
By turning the mainstream media into a government propaganda team of $55 million, Labour’s Public Interest Journalism Fund is destroying public confidence in the media.
Instead of allowing the use PPE – which kept everyone safe before vaccines were available – Jacinda Ardern’s decision to break her election promise and introduce illegal vaccine mandates has divided society, destroyed families, crushed basic human rights, and created such serious financial hardship that many New Zealanders will never trust the Prime Minister or her Government again.
Furthermore, as New Zealand turns into the world’s Covid hotspot, with everyone now knowing someone with the virus, the Prime Minister’s commitment to keep New Zealanders safe is in tatters, and the 400,000 former National voters who supported her at the last election, are finally seeing the error of their ways and are returning “home”.
With the PM’s ‘magic’ fast disappearing Labour is now in full panic mode, swiftly side-lining unpopular policies in the hope of digging themselves out of a grave.
Prime amongst those is their disastrous hate speech laws, as this week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Bryce Edwards, a politics lecturer at Victoria University and director of Critical Politics, explains:
“The Government has delayed the introduction of its fraught hate speech law reforms, and there’s strong speculation they’ll remain on ice until after the next election. In fact, they may never see the light of day again. This is a win for those who have argued that the reforms are likely to be counterproductive, impinging on human rights, including political freedoms and speech.
“Famously both the Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were unable to adequately defend or explain their new rules last year, which gave weight to the argument that they were dangerous and knee-jerk… The fact that the voices of dissent crossed the political spectrum from left to right, meant Labour had real pause for thought about persisting with the reforms.”
Whether falling poll ratings will also force Jacinda Ardern to abandon her He Puapua agenda – to replace democracy with tribal rule by 2040 under the guise of “co-governance” – remains to be seen. Since voters were not informed about He Puapua until after the 2020 election, all associated law changes – including Three Waters and the Pae Ora racial segregation health bill – are illegitimate and should be scrapped.
It’s ironic that the Prime Minister is introducing these racist laws at a time when polling shows Maori are deserting Labour in droves – it seems they don’t like the Maori Caucus’s plan to enrich the iwi elite any more than the rest of us!
So, what can we learn from the abject failure of the Ardern Government?
Firstly, Labour is the crisis.
While most independent commentators are now predicting they will suffer a massive defeat at the next election with many “safe” electorates likely to fall – see HERE – what could save Labour is MMP. If they form a coalition with the extremists in the Green Party, and the racists in the Maori Party, they may yet again win the Treasury benches.
But if Labour is a disaster now, just imagine how much worse things could become if that three-headed behemoth was in control. Such a spectre serves as a grim reminder of how governments can turn rogue and how important it is to ensure public safeguards are in place.
That means strengthening democracy at every level to protect New Zealanders from over-arching State power and Government abuse.
That includes bolstering the Bill of Rights, which was introduced in 1990 to protect New Zealanders against the unbridled power of government. However, in the face of a panicked response to this latest pandemic by the Prime Minister, it proved no match for her authoritarianism, as, for the first time in our history, inalienable liberties and freedoms were suspended – including Parliament itself.
Furthermore, as New Zealand stands on the cusp of the Government using their majority power to force unmandated law changes through Parliament – which will pass control of the country’s crucial water infrastructure and health services to iwi leaders – it is clearly time direct democracy safeguards were introduced to enable the public to step in and prevent what Labour is planning to do.
In fact, the whole concept of giving the iwi bosses of multi-million-dollar private tribal business development corporations power over the lives of other New Zealanders is so totally outrageous that it reveals just how dangerously misguided Jacinda Ardern really is.
Government without the consent of the governed is tyranny.
To prevent legislation being pushed through without a mandate, New Zealand now needs a 90-day ‘People’s Veto’ – similar to the democratic protection enjoyed in a majority of US States. A ‘People’s Veto’ would enable the public to challenge new laws through a binding referendum process – as long as sufficient support for a veto petition is collected within 90 days of the law being passed.
A New Zealand People’s Veto would work in a similar fashion to the Maori ward petition rights that Labour abolished last year, and could easily be introduced through simple amendments to our Citizens Initiated Referendum legislation.
Under a People’s Veto, if Jacinda Ardern rammed through her unmandated Three Waters and Pae Ora legislation, petitions to repeal the law changes would quickly gain sufficient support for binding referenda to be held, so these racist laws could be thrown out.
Jacinda Ardern is reminding us, not only that governments cannot be trusted, but of the importance of ensuring democratic safeguards are in place to protect citizens when their governments go bad.
HOBSON’S PLEDGE UPDATE: HIGHER STANDARD NEEDED FOR HISTORY
In today’s update, we look at the divisive new history curriculum, the Government running full steam ahead with the separate Maori Health Authority, shocking comments from MPs attacking democracy, and unfortunate developments with the Hauraki Gulf Forum.
Higher standard needed for History
The new history curriculum, announced last week, will become a tool for dividing New Zealanders, with its clear focus on two types of citizenship.
With a failing education system producing shameful outcomes in literacy, numeracy, and even attendance, this Government continues to evade accountability by distracting New Zealanders with ideology.
Although originally scheduled for introduction to schools at the beginning of 2022, there was a range of criticism, including the strong influence of ideology and the complete omission of many important aspects of our history, which caused a 12 month delay. The delay was defended by Education Minister Chris Hipkins.
“The feedback the Ministry received was wide-ranging, clear, and at times confronting. New Zealanders have a lot to say about how our nation’s histories should be examined and discussed, and that is a good thing,” Chris Hipkins said.
The new curriculum requires students to make “informed ethical judgement(s) about people’s actions”. Making ethical judgement is not the role of history and the question must be asked as to who defines “ethical”.
Analysis of the curriculum shows the strong influence of separatist ideology. This will do little to reduce division or encourage unity. ACT’s education spokesperson Chris Baillie expressed valid concerns about the curriculum.
“…Labour is trying to make New Zealand an unequal society on purpose. It believes there are two types of New Zealanders. Tangata Whenua, who are here by right, and Tangata Tiriti who are lucky to be here. We should be learning the history of our multi-ethnic society.”
New Zealanders – heal thyself
Funding of $22 million has been announced for the Maori Health Authority, which is being established under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill, even though the Bill is still with the Select Committee.
Despite not yet being law, the chairs of both Health New Zealand and the Maori Health Authority have been appointed.
Supporting the announcement of the funding, the chair of Health New Zealand, Rob Campbell, criticised our current health system as being “dominated by monocultural thinking and approach“.
Rather than encouraging a colour-blind health system, he appears comfortable with the provision of health services differentiated by race.
The creation of two health systems involves a hugely expensive and unnecessary bureaucracy but, more importantly, entrenches racial separatism in New Zealand.
Health Minister, Andrew Little, confirms this in his statement that “the proposal wasn’t for two different systems – but for one system with two partners who will have to agree.”
The question needing an answer is: Where do those in need of healthcare turn when the two partners do not agree?
The health sector does need reform, but this reform should not, under any circumstances, start with division by race and add layers of bureaucracy that effectively delivers a power of veto by one group over the entire health system.
Steven Joyce’s endorsement of the need for health reform accurately captures the problems with when he observes: “Many highly experienced observers believe they will achieve next to nothing. That’s because the reforms involve the same people giving themselves new jobs in huge new entities, probably at higher pay, with nothing else changing.”
Contrary to oft-repeated claims, there is simply no evidence that the present system fails Maori, as Dr Lawrie Knight has convincingly shown in his testimony before the Select Committee.
Co-governance destroys democracy
Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson tried to reassure New Zealanders that they have nothing to fear from 50/50 co-governance. But in reality, co-governance is totally inconsistent with any concept of democracy and Labour knows it
This was clearly evident in comments made during submissions on the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill.
Tamati Coffey, a Labour List MP who failed to win the Maori electorate seat for Waiariki at the last election, nonetheless still believes he is entitled to speak for Maori. In his capacity as chair of the Select Committee dealing with the Bill, he stated: “The Westminster system is over for NZ – it prolongs the tyranny of the majority”. His comment was further endorsed by the co-leader of the Maori Party, Rawiri Waititi, who stated “Maori will never be equal in a democracy.”
As the competition for the Maori vote heats up, Willie Jackson seems keen to demonstrate Labour is the best option, explaining they “are not obsessive like the Maori Party.”
The Maori Party leaders describe themselves as being the only “Tiriti-centric” political party and have stated categorically that they will not go into coalition with any political party, unless that party shares their interpretation of the Treaty.
Hobson’s Pledge launched a campaign to tell National that New Zealanders want their democracy protected and do not want any future National-led Government to abandon democracy by forming a coalition with such an anti-democratic party.
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Silencing the majority
Tragically, our democracy is being criticised by many of our elected representatives – Willie Jackson, Tamati Coffey, Debbie Ngawera-Packer and Rawiri Waititi to name just four – despite their being elected by the very system they condemn. The co-governance solution is really a path to tribal rule, destined to benefit the tribal elite, but unlikely to be of the slightest benefit to most Maori.
The failure of co-governance is already evident in situations like the Ureweras where, despite taxpayer funding and agreements with the Crown, the park has been left in disrepair.
The obligation on the Crown to represent all New Zealanders equally before the law is increasingly ignored. Private citizens are forced to defend the interests of the public for the benefit of future generations. Evidence of this can be seen at:
- Coalition of Landowners with the appeal against the quite extraordinary decisions of the Court as a result of cases brought under the Marine and Coastal Area Act
- Gulf Users Group
- Water Users Group in the efforts to stop the wholesale theft of the water assets from ratepayers.
And it has taken legal action by private citizens to defend the exotic trees which the co-governed Tupuna Maunga Authority had marked for execution in Auckland. That legal action has provided a stay of execution for 345 exotic trees on the public reserve of Mt Albert. The Court of Appeal decision of 3 March 2022, determined there had been a lack of consultation.
Unfortunately three of Auckland’s mountains had already lost their beautiful trees before private citizens stepped in to protest the action.
Despite their defeat in the Court, the Authority has already inferred they are considering next steps to allow them to proceed with their clear-felling of exotic trees.
This agenda is driven by a motivation to “de-colonise” the volcanic cones by replacing all exotic trees with native trees. But rather than a managed process of planting replacement trees in consultation with the community, the Authority simply decided that the trees represented “colonisation” and needed to be removed immediately.
Hauraki Gulf Forum supports co-governance
The Hauraki Gulf Forum highlighted the dangers of unelected representation and lack of accountability to constituents when they voted at the end of February to change their forum’s composition to a 50-50 co-governance body with mana whenua.
The discussion on 28 February showed that some members were uncomfortable with any public accountability and annoyed at having their names printed in newspapers identifying them as forum members.
Debate even included a challenge to the use of the phrase “black and white” as being racist, despite the comment only referring to a forum member not having seen information written in “black and white”. The sentiment of the group was evident in the comments by the co-chair Auckland Councillor Pippa Coom – comments which demonstrate that she is quite unfit to represent the ratepayers of the Waitemata ward and should be thrown out at the local body elections later in the year.
MARSDEN POINT PIPES BEING FILLED WITH CONCRETE …– Blatant Economic Treason
BFD by Press Release 22 March, 2022
“The revelation that the government is allowing the Marsden Point Oil Refinery pipes to be filled with concrete shows an astonishing level of economic ignorance,” says Rt Hon Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First.
“At a time when we have massive shortages of supply, a looming economic crisis, and prices of oil and other essential materials going through the roof, Labour is allowing this kind of short-sighted jingoistic behaviour to occur by a foreign company on kiwi soil.”
“The simple fact is New Zealand needs to be open to looking at all options moving into the future that could give us economic flexibility and certainty to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency.”
“This removal of any future use of these pipes at Marsden Point is not a part of the decommissioning process – it is a private company being allowed to commit blatant economic treason,” says Mr Peters.
“The Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods needs to explain how this can be occurring under her nose at such an important and economically fragile time in our country.”
The Rise and Fall of a Globalist Puppet
An Easy Way Out for Embattled Ardern ….
Capitulation is the Only Option
by Cam Slater 28 February, 2022
After the High Court handed the regime their collective arses regarding mandates for Police and the Armed Forces it should have been a wake-up call for them to stop illegally breaking the Bill of Rights Act. I hazard a guess that many business owners who put in place their own draconian mandates will have uttered expletives about their own predicament in breaching the Bill of Rights.
There will be many workers mandated out of jobs or forced to suffer illegal medical procedures who will be eying up that judgment and looking for retribution against uncaring bosses and businesses.
But lawyer Stephen Franks makes a sensible suggestion for the Government, and indeed business owners as to how they can start to extricate themselves from the problems they now face:
If course protestors will claim it vindicates them, correctly. And it is a full omelet in the face for the PM. But that’s much less than she’ll get if she does not use this heaven sent chance to climb off her Braunias highest horse, and end the greatest provocation of protest.— Stephen Franks (@franks_lawyer) February 25, 2022
He’s right of course, but I suspect the regime will double down and do one of two things. They will either appeal immediately, and drag this on for as long as possible, or they will immediately launch retrospective legislation under urgency to extricate themselves from their predicament.
Both actions of course are the actions of bullies and tyrants, but that’s what they will do.
The tyrant, Jacinda Ardern, now having to run from protests wherever she goes, has stark choices, none of which have palatable solutions for her or her corrupted regime. Any and all choices, from announcing an end to mandates or appealing the decision, or rushing through ill-judged legislation, essentially hand victory to the protestors and those of us who stood strong and held the line against mandates.
As each day passes and it becomes more and more obvious that the vaccines have neither stopped people contracting Covid, nor prevented them from spreading the virus, the more apparent it is that the narrative is lost.
Negative efficacy is upon us. Even the CDC in the United States admits that vaccines aren’t preventing hospitalisations:
COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates increased among people who got a COVID-19 vaccine following the emergence of the Omicron virus variant, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the data, which is submitted to the CDC by health departments across the country, the COVID-19 case rate in fully vaccinated people rose by more than 1,000 percent between Dec. 11, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022.
Fully vaccinated refers to people who received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The CDC doesn’t count a person as fully vaccinated until 14 days have elapsed from his or her final shot.
The case rate among those who also received a booster dose skyrocketed as well, rising some 2,400 percent between the same dates.Epoch Times
This evidence makes a mockery of all the politicians slavering away imploring people to get boosted. Israel has also proved this to be true. What has been obvious for some time is that the more you boost the worse it gets.
Well, that’s not true either. A new study out of Sweden suggests otherwise (at least in lab-grown cells).
The WHOLE narrative is crumbling. Ardern has often mocked people who suggested alternative paths, saying look at this country or that country as an answer to justify her concrete thinking and draconian policies that have beggared the nation.
8th March 22
Checking in with Matt King
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DameTariana Turia “I have no confidence in her’
Turia accused Ardern’s Government of “bullying” the protesters.
Dame Tariana Turia also revealed she had chosen not to be vaccinated.
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Dame Tariana Turia has made a bizarre claim about Jacinda Ardern in an interview that saw her question the safety of Covid vaccines and reveal her own unvaccinated status.
In an interview with Karyn Hay on RNZ last night, Turia said she has no confidence in the leadership of Jacinda Ardern and accused her government of “bullying” the protesters.
She compared the protest to the foreshore and seabed protests, which were met by government representatives.
“That’s our right as New Zealanders,” Turia said.
The former Labour and Te Pāti Māori MP said the Government was “abusing their power” by choosing not to engage with those occupying Parliament’s lawn.
She said she was against mandates in principle and compared the issue to politicians’ decision not to meet with the protesters, saying they were both about “power and authority, and the abuse of it”.
“We trust people to do what they know to be best for themselves,” Turia said. Turia, 77, expressed wholehearted support for the protesters but said she was getting “a bit long in the tooth” to join them in person.
A moment of silence followed the comment, before Hay asked: “Are you serious?”
“I’m deadly serious,” Turia responded.
Asked if she believed that Ardern had Nazi sympathies, Turia said: “I certainly believe that she’s a socialist.”
“Nazi and socialist, the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand,” Hay responded.
“Well, I don’t know so much,” Turia said.
The Prime Minister’s office declined to comment to the Herald when approached for a response to Turia’s claims.
Hay continued the interview for five minutes after the exchange, in which Turia continued to criticise the Government for refusing to meet the protesters and said that she would have chosen a path of engagement if she had been in Parliament.
She also revealed she remained unvaccinated and questioned the safety of vaccines, saying that her children were “very opposed” to her receiving vaccinations due to her ongoing ill health.
She said she was choosing to stay at home and avoid locations that required vaccine passports, out of respect for those vaccinated people who wished to avoid the unvaccinated.
The Ministry of Health says the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the most common vaccine in NZ, is very safe and was formally tested on more than 40,000 people before it was used – half received the vaccine, the other half a placebo which consisted of slightly salty water.
In the clinical trials, it was found that the Pfizer vaccine gave 95 per cent protection against the symptoms of Covid.
Since it started being used widely, hundreds of millions of people have now received it.
The Daily Examiner talks with former National MP Matt King
19th Feb 2022
The Daily Examiner talks with former National MP Matt King on politics and his future.
The Daily Examiner talks with former National MP Matt King on his very public resignation, political past and future, and his views on mandates, firearms, and more.
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Marxism It Could Not Happen Here – Could It?
Anthony Willy is a Barrister and Solicitor, who served as a Judge on four Courts: District, Environment, Tax and Valuation. He is a former Lecturer in Law at Canterbury University. He presently acts as an Arbitrator, a Commercial mediator, a Resource Management Act Commissioner, and is a Director of several companies.
It is hard to beat a good conspiracy theory, all that is needed is some gossip, a few rumours, coble it together and presto a workable conspiracy. So, the question is whether the persistent talk of this “Labour” government being “Marxist” is just another conspiracy or are there any facts to support the concern.
There are only two ways of governing a society one is by the diktat of the few to the many and the other is with the willing participation and consent of the many; eloquently expressed in 1776 in the American Declaration of Independence: Government of the people by the people for the people. This is what we call democracy and which Winston Churchill described as “the worst of all systems of government but better than all the others.” Dictatorship of the few over the many cannot co-exist with democracy. In more modern times it was the success of Vladimir Lenin, in fomenting the Russian Revolution of 1917 which first embraced Marxism on a national scale and in turn gave rise to the others which followed: Chairman Mao in China and his heir Chairman Xi, De Castro in Cuba, Pol Pot in Cambodia, and the North Korean dynasty to name a few. All of the above have at various times waged a bitter struggle against the democracies and their hand maiden the market economy. They have all failed, but their efforts demonstrate that the spread of Marxism is to be judged not by the outcome but by the intent and importantly it never sleeps. The success of Communism in Russia which remains alive and well one hundred years later owes its intellectual inspiration to the writings of Karl Marx a tedious nineteenth century commentator on the evils of what he called “capitalism” and the dire predicament of those he labelled the “proletariat. It is therefore convenient for present purposes to apply the label Marxism to this competing system of authoritarian government. The big breakthrough for Marxism came when Lenin adopted the Marxist prescription of “unchaining” the Russian proletariat and building the new nirvana in which” the state would wither away, and all mankind would be free and equal.” This was facilitated by the German army which in order to end the war with Russia on its eastern front arranged for the deportation of Lenin from Switzerland in a railway carriage or as Winston Churchill commented “in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus.” The result of which was to free up hundreds of thousands of troops to fight on the western front thereby prolonging that dreadful war Lenin was a gifted orator with a magnetic personality and on a number of occasions early in the revolution to was forced to rely on his powers of rhetoric to blunt attacks on his Marxist prescriptions. His vision was clear from the outset; to destroy the democracies he is reported as saying in 1918; “wherever rule you find plain straightforward theft. We know the true nature of such democracies. We have only one way out victory or death. In particular he hated Britain above all others. He is reported as saying to Sir Arthur Ransome a British journalist and unknown to Lenin a British spy whom he thought, wrongly was a Marxist sympathiser: “England may seem untouchable, but the microbe is already there.” To this end in 1919 and in the utmost secrecy his cabal founded the “Comintern” a body charged with the destruction of western democracies by any and all means. This was the parent body of the International Union of Socialist Youth (about which more later.) On Lenin’s death Stalin usurped power by force killing off most of the old Bolsheviks (Trotsky with an ice axe) and ushered in not the promised nirvana but the deaths of untold millions of Russians from starvation, torture and in the gulag death camps. Similarly in China Marxism was not possible before the advent of Chairman Mao on whose watch untold million lost their lives in similar ways.
The fundamental goal of Marxism remains the same, to destabilize existing democratic societies and substitute a new power elite which is the complete antithesis of the basic human yearning for personal freedom and participation of the masses in the governing of society. In 1921 the Bolshevik government passed a series of resolutions affecting young working people including the mission to: Destroy centrist and social – patriotic ideology among worker youth and break them away from social democratic leaders….and educate them in the Communist spirit which must be closely linked to Marxist training. Thus, the link between Marxism and the International socialist youth movements, of which there are a great many, was clear from the outset. These relentless efforts of the Marxist states to undermine democracy wherever it exists using all of the advanced technologies now available, have never been more dangerous and more capable of achievement.
An excellent recent case study in this struggle between Marxism and democracy was the Russian conquest of Berlin in 1945 and the division of the country into four zones of occupation, Russian, British, French, and American. The city was surrounded on all sides by the Soviet zone with Berlin cut off from all road or rail access and therefore prey to Russian machinations. The Russians inserted a small group of Marxist trained operatives into Berlin led by Walter Ulbricht with the express purpose of ensuring that democracy did not take root following the demise of Nazism. The deceit and manipulation was unrelenting culminating in an attempt to starve the citizens into submission to Marxism by closing all land access to the city. This was thwarted only by the Berlin Airlift which against all the odds managed to feed the population of over a million souls sufficient to keep the people from dying of starvation or turning to Communism. When it became apparent that this cynical scheme was failing to achieve the desired result the Russians surrendered and reopened the roads and rail links to the city. The outcome of this brutal exercise of Marxist dictates was an election for the city government. The Russians considered that the people had learned their lesson and would vote for the puppet Ulbricht and his cabal. Contrary to the Russian expectations the Social Democrats won the election in a landslide leaving the Soviets with less than 15% of the votes. The result in the Russian controlled sector was to declare the election “undemocratic” and ignore the outcome. Thus, was born East and West Germany and a divided capital until after forty years of Marxist nirvana the wall came down and the country was united under a democratically elected government. Such is the life cycle of the one of the more recent attempts to undermine and supplant democracy.
Marxist intent is not frozen in time it mutates as social conditions change. The oppressed proletariat is no longer available as a cause on which to hang these policies because it no longer exists in any meaningful way in the Western democracies (although there is a strong hint of its revival in the fair pay policies which the government intends to implement.) Overwhelmingly citizens of mature democracies enjoy benefits unheard of in Victorian times when Marx was writing including: the right to select a government where all may vote and all votes are equal, the rule of law, freedom of speech and association, full employment, extensive social welfare, safe places of work, education free of ideologies, and widespread health services. To abrogate these formidable safeguards of personal freedom and substitute central control over the lives of the citizens requires a rethink of the tools to be employed. Against that background what is the situation in New Zealand in year 2021?
Before the introduction of Marxism to any modern society it is necessary to be able to identify an oppressed minority for use as a springboard as the current iteration of Marx’s proletariat. Such a springboard is available in New Zealand. It is a small, disaffected group who claim some Maori antecedents and who plead poverty and dispossession. The cynical government propaganda surrounding this group of citizens is that they have been so appallingly treated by our current democratic institutions and its evil colonial heritage that the fundamentals of our society must be re constituted to abandon our democracy and elevate them to the status they say they enjoyed before the arrival of the colonists. There is nothing new in this Lenin identified the” colonised” as the catchment of disaffection which would bring down the capitalist West. In one of his speeches to the Comintern International in 1920 he said: “successful revolt of the colonial peoples is a condition of the overthrow of Capitalism. To this end he amassed an army on the Indian frontier in preparation for an all-out assault. This was forestalled only by the widespread poverty starvation and destruction of the Russian economy brought about by the creation of the Marxist state which required him to beg for humanitarian aid from Britain. The primary capitalist state he wished to overthrow, in order to feed the starving Russians. The quid pro quo exacted by the Foreign Secretary Lord Curzon was that Lenin withdraw his army from Turkestan, he did so and no more was heard of the invasion of India. Such an ambitious military project to destabilise a mature Western democracy by a Marxist state has never been attempted since; although currently there are faint echoes of it in Australia and Canada. We know that the destruction of democracy from within meets the wishes of some Maori leaders such as Tariana Turia and Willi Jackson who have publicly denounced democracy as having “done nothing for their people.” This drift to victimhood has been greatly advanced by the He Puapua prescriptions for a radical reordering of New Zealand society and political institutions. Thus is Lenin’s microbe present in New Zealand and a springboard available and fit for purpose.
None of this can happen without a leader that the disaffected will look up to and follow. The leader needs to be surrounded by a “cadre’ (the Marxist term) of loyal supporters. It also helps if the new Messiah has had a religious or legal upbringing. Lenin rose from obscure poverty to obtain a law degree; Stalin served time in an Orthodox seminary in Georgia before turning to bank robbery as a more lucrative means of making his mark, Dzerzhinsky the first head of the Cheka the Bolshevik secret police was also destined for a Polish Roman Catholic seminary. That said the model of a brutal lying male dictator is not currently an option because first he would need to be elected in a democratic ballot which is highly unlikely. But Marxism is equal to the challenge. For the first time in our political history, we now have a Prime Minister who herself enjoyed a religious upbringing and served time as the world President of a Communist front organisation which although founded in 1907 before the Russian revolution adapted its goals to the destruction of the social democracy. It is known as the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). As times change so do the priorities of such institutions. In its more modern iteration, it is no longer concerned with lifting the “proletariat” oppressed by the market economy but to end colonialism and its baleful consequences wherever it exists (see Lenin above). The intent however remains the same; to destabilise Western forms of democracy and the market economies which underpin them. The highest body in IUSY is the global Presidium. In 2008 our Prime Minister then aged 28 was one of only two women in the history of the organisation to become President, a notable achievement and one which can only have been possible if she was able to persuade the faithful of her devotion to and knowledge of the principles for which the body exists. She was also at the same time a list MP with the New Zealand Labour Party. M/s Ardern presided over the world congress meeting held in her presidential year and gave a rousing presentation of the standard Marxist wish list quite different from the smiling image presented at her regular press briefings to which we have all become accustomed. This entailed calling those present “Comrades” on no less than fifteen occasions and rousing them to implement the Marxist nirvana menu of universal justice and brotherhood (or is it personhood). Like its many partner organisations IUSY is characterised by the catch cries of solidarity, waving of soviet flags, LGBT rights, social justice, equality, peace, and much talk of “climate change” and a commitment to “anti-nuclear,” (but only in Western nations.) The sort of people who held this office say much about the nature of the enterprise. Thus, the career of the Hungarian Gyurcsany one of our Prime Minister’s predecessors, is instructive. In 1981 he joined Kiz the organisation of young communists and became its president. This proved a fruitful career path in Communist Hungary and in 2008 after the fall of Communism he became Prime minister. All did not go well. He was caught out lying to Parliament about his contacts with wealthy former communist party functionaries. Then question marks arose over his academic qualifications. He was ousted and now lives in a villa stolen twice from its Jewish owners once by Arrow Cross the Hungarian Gestapo and again after the war by the communist government. All a familiar pattern in Marxists states. If one is judged by the company, one keeps then being President of organisation such as IUSY is not something to be proud of.
It is therefore clear that our Prime Minister spent some of her formative years as a disciple of the precepts of Marxism, as did a number of those who make up her cabinet cabal. This is not unusual; Marxism is widely embraced by semi educated youth as an ideal prescription to solve the worlds ills. As Churchill remarked “if you are not a socialist when you are twenty you haven’t got a heart. If you are still a socialist when you are forty you haven’t got a head.” We see it at work in Glasgow at the Cop 26 conference with the swarms of young (mostly females) led by the Swedish Blah, blah, blah elf chanting about the end of the market economy in order to prevent the destruction of the planet. The issue then is to understand what is happening in New Zealand, governed as it is by an MMP party with an outright majority. Is our leader motivated by her heart or her head? To answer the question, it is necessary to consider Government responses to a range of social issues and how they impact on our democracy.
Any group wishing to foist Marxist prescriptions onto a mature democracy cannot do so openly at the ballot box. It can only be achieved (or attempted) by subterfuge. Intentions must be concealed or acted upon at a time of national crisis. It is a political axiom “never waste a good crisis.” Two current possibilities present; global warming, and the Wuhan influenza. Both allow for massive encroachments on personal freedoms and destabilisation of the market economy. Behind such a virtuous cloak all things are possible and so it has proved in New Zealand under the present government. There are a number of incontrovertible warning signs that this is so. In particular; the elevation of those persons claiming some Maori antecedence, generally thought to be about fifteen percent (precision is impossible without reliable census data) to equal status and beyond with all other New Zealanders. This ambitious project is seen in; the three waters proposal, the “reform” of the health system and the unlawful granting of the permission for some tribal elements to restrict the public right of free passage over public highways, rushed through Parliament as the Public Health Response Amendment Act (No 2) 2021 section 22. It transpires that these fundamental changes to the social and legal fabric are being attempted under the umbrella of protecting the rights of the “indigenous” people of New Zealand no hint of which was part of the election manifesto upon which the Labour Party stood in 2020. Compounding this deceit was the commissioning of the He Puapua report which among other things proposes co governance of Maori and non-Maori by twenty forty. Conscious no doubt that as this would produce an unprecedented backlash at the election and deny The Labour Party any chance of becoming the government the document was kept hidden even from some members of the post-election Cabinet. It is difficult to imagine a more classical Marxist deceit and one which given the current majority if replicated by some unforeseen circumstance at subsequent elections has every chance of succeeding.
Before the advent of the second term of the present government New Zealand had enjoyed one of the oldest democracies in the world both national and local in which central governments and local bodies were answerable to the ballot of one person one vote. All government policies were shaped against the certain knowledge that democracy was sacrosanct. Indeed, until this year it was unthinkable that any political party which was itself democratically elected would introduce policies which would seek to destabilise the democratic norm. The unthinkable has occurred and at the behest of M/s Mahuta the Minister of Local Government New Zealand no longer enjoys local body democracy. Instead, we have some members of councils elected by ballot and some claiming Maori antecedents appointed without the necessity of offering their credentials to the voters and about whom nothing is known by the electorate. This has been passed off as small step in ensuring that such persons are represented in local body decision making. Of course, that is not how democracy works. It is not a prize for minorities or ethnicities. If it were then we would have councils comprised of the numerous immigrant groups which make up society. Democracy watered down in this way is rather like being a little bit pregnant, one is or isn’t. Providing for a system by which Maori representatives on councils will be elected by those on the Maori roll serves only to entrench the separatism which is at the heart of the governments agenda. Similarly with those councils who are simply appointing Maori representatives without any input from the electors the result is an assault on local body democracy Like so much that is happening this assault on the fundamental tenet of our society has passed unnoticed in the welter of lies and half-truths which have marked the Wuhan flu issue. One is not so concerned about a couple of Maori seats on local councils when the public is consumed by fear of death resulting from the “dreaded” virus. What is so sinister is that this is only the beginning: A full scale assault on Parliamentary democracy is next and the Maori cabal surrounding the Prime Minister now makes no secret of this. Peddling the fantasy that the Treaty created a shared sovereignty with the Queen in Parliament they are pressing for separate Parliaments and the creation of an ethnic state in which fifteen percent of the population claiming some Maori blood will dominate. Even that is a deceit it being unlikely that ordinary Maori citizens will participate in this power grab. What is really intended is that the those who control the larger tribes will become all powerful. This is vintage Marxism. Nowhere in the world has this malign theory succeeded in displacing a functioning democracy. If it succeeds, then New Zealand will be unique in allowing its democracy to be replaced by tribalism. Marxists disciples have understood from a century of bitter experience, and failure that they have no prospect of inflicting their views and political system on a democracy until they can find a way of destabilising and destroying the social compact which is at its heart. Their problem is that the democracy consists of a number of interwoven strands, and all must be disentangled. The strands are: One person one vote, an impartial and informed media, a legal system which is common to all citizens and knowable with certainty in advance, a common language available to all and spoken by all irrespective of any other language the speaker may have, a free education system available to all who need it which truly educates without imposing a set of pre conceived notions concerning the past, respect for family values, the crucial role played by parents in the upbringing of their children, respect for private property, respect for the dignity of labour, the right of all those wage earners to bargain freely for their services, respect for science and its distinction from religious dogma and myths, the promotion and protection of a harmonious society where no one group is set against another, and most important of all, for all these strands flow from it, the inviolable importance of the of the freedom of the individual to lead his or her life within the law and without government interference.
This is a formidable list, and the question is are any of these strands under threat of unravelling?
The Treaty Partnership
There is illiterate clamour mostly from the academic community but of course egged on by the Maori tribal elites for the implementation of a “Treaty Partnership” in which current tribal chiefs supported by attention seeking academics claim that those chiefs who signed the Treaty on 6th February 1840 somehow entered into a partnership with the British Crown. As a matter of law and constitutional practice there is not and cannot be such partnership and that is plain to anybody capable of reading the terms of the document (always a good start in deciding what were the intentions of the parties were on signing a document.) The simple historical fact is that for the British the alternatives were either securing an agreement or sailing away and leaving the natives to the tender mercies of any of other the nineteenth century colonising nations; the French, Dutch, Portuguese, or the Belgians with their collective appalling records of abuse of the indigenous peoples. Faced with this reality a small group of wiser heads among the chiefs, by a narrow majority decided to become subjects of the British Queen in Parliament and to enjoy her protection from the other would-be colonists. It proved to be a very wise decision and was followed on the 16th of November 1840 by the Royal Charter which superseded the Treaty and confirmed the rights and responsibilities of the native inhabitants and the Crown and established a legislative framework supported by the common law. The incontrovertible consequence of all New Zealanders becoming subjects of the Crown is that successors of those people claiming some Maori antecedents in the main occupy a standard of living available to all citizens achievable by hard work and a bit of luck, unimaginable to those who signed the document. These dishonest attempts to ignore the Royal Charter and reinterpret the Treaty based on some inessential observations by some of the judges in the 1987 State Owned Enterprises Act case ignore the evidence of Sir Henare Ngata in that case expressly referred to in the Judgment of Sir Robin Cook:
“A contentious matter such as the Treaty will yield to those who study it whatever they seek if they look for difficulties and obstacles, they will find them. If they are prepared to regard it as an obligation of honour, they will find that the Treaty is well capable of implementation”
To which the Judge added:
“The basis of the compact requires each party to act reasonably and in good faith”
This has been and is the basis of the historical relationship between Māori and non-Māori but is now being supplanted by greedy rent seekers devoid of any notion of good faith, and such is the basis of their claims to “partnership.” If some elements in the present government get their way the local body experiment will become a template for elections to Parliament.
A Common Language and National Pride
A common language is one of the great uniting elements in any society. We have English. It the most widely spoken language in the world and has been the common language of New Zealand since the settlers arrived in sufficient numbers. There are now very few Māori people, including academics and rent seekers who do not use it as their first language on a daily basis, except when virtue signalling at public functions. To do so gives all of us the advantages of understanding the majority of their fellow citizens with the added benefits of travelling to other countries where English is either the first or second language most widely spoken. A Marxist agenda would seek to destabilise this unifying reality by encouraging the use of a rival language which very few citizens speak or wish to speak and is spoken nowhere else in the world. In this way impairing the ability of one citizen to understand another with all the social dislocation that entails.
National pride is not some woolly fiction. Most New Zealanders have a quiet but genuine pride in being a participating member of the New Zealand community. This unspoken sense of belonging is anathema to the Marxist and must be destabilised. In a mature democracy that is no easy task. A promising beginning is to destroy a hundred and forty years of belonging by changing the name of the country. There is no precedent for a first world democracy changing the country’s name to something made up to suit a tiny minority of its citizens. The entire history of a country and its place in the world is wrapped up in its name. The bones of the young men, Maori and non-Maori buried at the cemetery above the Gallipoli beach, at Monte Casino, and in the sands of North Africa died defending our freedoms as New Zealanders not “Aeotearoans.” Accompanying this drive to change the name is the blatant attack on our history and identity evidenced by a radical reordering of the education syllabus taught in the schools and universities. The history of these islands pre 1840 has been sanitised to the point of becoming a fairy tale. The truth is readily available in writings such as Ron Crosby’s Musket Wars but is no longer taught in the schools. Similarly with the teaching of science which is now compromised by introducing the notion that Maori myths and legends must be taught as being the equal of physics, chemistry, biology, and the other elements of science, scathingly denounced by Richard Dawkins one of the most eminent English scientists. But not in New Zealand where a leading New Zealand scientist in danger of having his membership of the Royal Society of New Zealand withdrawn for pointing out the absurdity of this drift to tribalism. All of which is music to the ears of the Marxist.
A mature democracy cannot be destroyed from within without first setting one group in society against another and causing the social and personal dislocation which that entails. For Marx, the proletariat was the stalking horse but as mentioned above that term has no relevance to contemporary New Zealand. The only available candidate capable of causing widespread dislocation and alarm in New Zealand is to revive Māori tribalism and to represent that it has always been present but unlawfully supressed by the evil colonists. This is being achieved by praying in aid the common law, in a deceitful and dishonest way for the notion that the Treaty created a “partnership” between Māori and non-Māori. As mentioned above this fiction bears not even the most superficial analysis but is one widely propagated by the present government in both statutes and its policy making. Significantly given the governments absolute majority they are yet to promote legislation setting out the terms of that partnership. Better to rely on inuendo and deceit. The result is that a tiny number of tribal elites and academics are being handed the means to disrupt and destroy our way of life by driving a wedge between those with some Maori blood and the rest of society and restoring Maori tribalism as the social norm, something unthinkable before the advent of the present government and which has not been achieved in any mature democracy. Putin, Xi and their fellow travellers are no doubt following developments with great interest.
Loss of Freedom
The one lesson arising from the Covid hysteria is that for most people the loss of individual liberty while serious is not quite on a par with dying. This rarely invoked human fear produces fertile soil for the curtailment of ancient liberties and all the Marxist paraphernalia that it has come to entail: locking people up in their homes, preventing normal social intercourse including concealing of normal human interactions by requiring the wearing of face masks, (one hears of children as young as 4 who now think masks re the new normal egged on by that rather strange Dunedin “virologist.” Preventing or restricting the numbers at funerals, weddings, and family visits, cancelling schooling for the young, prohibiting live sporting events and of course travel. All prescribed at a time when the government has long since known that the number of people dying of this virus is vanishingly small and no worse than the death toll from the annual flu epidemics. Of the forty-one deaths in New Zealand since the arrival of the Wuhan virus thirty-seven were gravely ill suffering from other serious medical conditions, one died from gunshot wounds and two were in their nineties. Sad for the families but hardly a basis for national hysteria. Once lost the personal freedoms, bought with the blood of our forebears will be difficult to retrieve. Although this dishonest government has quietly shelved “eradication” and “elimination” of the virus as if it never was government policy it has replaced those patently unachievable goals with vaccine passports an even more malign forms of encroachment on personal liberty. At no time in our domestic history, has it been a legally enforceable requirement that a citizen carry a document or some digital equivalent to prove who they are, what is their medical condition and whether they are legally entitled to be where they wish to be. The truly frightening element of this is that it must be enforced. That can only be by the New Zealand Police unless separatist Maoridom wants to have its own police force (Brown shirts perhaps – there is a good historical precedent for that). Having worked with the New Zealand police over many years I have great respect for their professionalism and restraint but like any group exercising power there is always the odd rotten apple to whom these newfound powers will be very congenial. As if that is not bad enough, we now have bureaucrats in the department of work safety fining citizens substantial sums for going about their business. Add to that the legalisation for a Maori boarder enforcement group and the future of personal freedom looks grim. We have seen the chilling example of police excesses in the state of Victoria in aid of the suppression of covid and there is no reason to suppose it cannot happen here. The net result is the loss of personal freedoms an essential ingredient for the success of the Marxist state.
One of the saddest of outcomes of the governments mania for control is the rise of the sneak. That bottom feeding individual who takes virtuous satisfaction in running to the “authorities” with word of any infraction of the “rules” eroding our basic freedoms. A recent example which resonates is that of a small gym in a provincial town run by a young husband and wife, she with a small daughter and nursing a son. They work long hours and have built up a viable group of clients most of whom have become friends but some of whom do not wish to be vaccinated. They must now refuse entry to these people or risk a fifteen thousand dollar fine per person if they allow the non-vaccinated on their premises. That prompts the question of who would know, there being just the two people trainer and trained? The answer is they are convinced somebody would sneak on them and the police would come calling. In the result their business is damaged, maybe fatally and the clients are deprived the benefits of their training. None of which would occur without the sneaks. It is no surprise that when the Berlin Wall was breached on Boxing Day 1989 and the books of the Stasi secret police were opened it was found that some eighty-five thousand ordinary East German citizens were paid informers of the state police. It can happen anywhere. On the sixth December, and not for the first time our Prime Minister on public television openly encouraged citizens to “dob in” those not obeying the, often impenetrable Covid rules. It could not be a more vintage Marxist prescription and one thought to be alien to our democratic freedoms but not so, witness the recent clandestine and possibly illegal recording of the views of a Kaiapoi medical practitioner at her surgery.
The Rule of Law
New Zealanders are by and large a law-abiding lot because they know that the law is impartial, knowable in advance and applied to all citizens impartially. That is all changing with the advent of Tikanga Māori which some of senior Judges are so keen to engraft onto the common law apparently unaware or uncaring that the two cannot coexist. Whatever the term may mean we know it has none of the necessary ingredients of a legal system. It appears to be at best guess a reference to tribal beliefs and customs which predated the signing of the Treaty. Many of those beliefs are now either illegal or lost in the mists of time and can only be recovered if at all by tribal elders who are alive today. Nowhere in this facet of the Maori renaissance movement are we told which of these customs are to form part of the law of New Zealand. For example, is it to include Utu which sanctifies revenge killing down the generations, slavery, cannibalism, male supremacy, trade in human heads, the notion that some geographic features, mountains rivers etc. have a spiritual quality which is indefinable and unknowable etc. and on a par with the early beliefs of the ancient Greeks The net result is that if this malign notion takes hold the Rule of Law ceases to exist which is of course music to the ears of the Marxist because then the law is what the governing cabal says it is. If that is thought to be farfetched the recent “health” legislation passed by Chairman Dan’s party in Victoria should serve as a chilling warning incorporating as it does the abrogation of democratic freedoms on the say so of a bureaucrat answerable to nobody. It doubles down on this, uniquely in the history of Western democracies, by the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus which since Magna Carta has guaranteed any person taken into custody the right to be brought before a court to be either held in custody or released. All these things are possible in the brave new Marxist world.
A democracy cannot function in the absence of an impartial, literate, and experienced media. This is anathema to the Marxist states. All of them have government owned media outlets which parrot only the Government line. Criticism is not permitted and where found meets with harsh sanctions. New Zealand enjoyed a number of fine newspapers before the advent of Fairfax acquiring them. The Christchurch Press (once named as the sixth best newspaper in the world during the ownership of the Rutherford family), the Dominion in the ownership of the Ridiford family, the New Zealand Herald when owned by the Horton family and the Otago Daily Times owned by the Smith family. None of these newspapers can now claim any semblance of independence from the parroting of opinions and “news” favourable to the government. Stuff is the most loyal of the government lackeys. Bought from the Fairfax family for one dollar and reduced to begging for literally a dollar from anybody who reads its offerings online it was unlikely to survive beyond the end of this year. In one of the more shamefully blatant abuses of taxpayer’s money the government created a “media rescue fund” of fifty million dollars to keep this and other failing print media afloat. The quid pro quo for receiving a share of this taxpayers largesse is that the recipient is prohibited from questioning any of the government policies essential to the fulfilment of its Marxist agenda in particular: The notion of an equal partnership between some Maori tribes and the rest of New Zealand, the Three Waters seizing of rate payer assets for a pittance, the notion that Maori people have been the subject of a brutal colonisation conferring no benefits only pain, the catastrophist theory of manmade global warming and that farmers are polluting the planet. The list goes on. Welcome to the Russian Republic and Communist China. Media which has taken these thirty pieces of silver are no better than Pravda or any of the forty-two government owned papers in China. Fortunately for the survival of democracy in New Zealand the ZB radio programmes, the most listened to by a country mile, offers fact-based analysis and comment not to mention the invaluable contributions of Doctor Muriel Newman. This buttressed by a lively internet library of comment on, and criticism of, the governments drive to undermine the fundamental pillars of our way of life offers some hope. If the numbers listening to or reading the offerings of these outlets is any indication the material is reaching an ever-growing audience while the circulation of those in receipt of the taxpayers’ bribe continues to fall.
Critical to the survival of the democracies is the need for a fact-based comprehensive program of education in the schools and universities. A knowledge of History is vital to knowing from whence we came and an aid to understanding where we might go. Geography, equally vital to understanding our place in the world, and maths and science essential to surviving in the modern age of technology and rapid change. Increasingly these subjects are infected with notion that education needs to be rewritten to suit the agenda of a small minority of academics and tribal elites. It is of great political significance that the recent Virginia Gubernatorial elections in a state held by the Democrats at the previous election by a wide margin turned to the Republicans largely on the issue of whether or not parents are entitled to a say in what their children are taught in the state schools rather than be limited by the proscription decided by the education authorities. Clearly these parents are alive to the evils of a politicised education syllabus of the sort that is now commonplace in New Zealand and the wiser American commentators are predicting this parental revolt will gather steam ahead of the Congress midterm elections next year resulting in the Republicans regaining both houses of Congress. As Joseph Gobbles the Minister for propaganda in the Third Reich taught facts are irrelevant, any lie will serve as long as it is told often enough and backed by sanctions. This formula is at the heart of government policies not only in education but on a number of crucial issues aimed at destabilising our democracy and the market economy. The list includes: The Treaty Partnership fiction which is crucial to the separatist agenda and has led to the absurdity of partnership universities whatever they are. Then there is the cynically mindless assertion which is demonstrably false that a human induced climate catastrophe exists which will engulf the plant within a very short time. Followed by the equally false threat of the imminent death of large numbers of deaths if the governments Covid prescriptions are not followed to the letter no matter how illogical, impractical, and irrelevant. These palpably absurd notions that only those claiming some Maori ancestry are capable of running the national health system allied with the idea that Maori spiritual beliefs are on a par with science-based enquiry to name but a few. All of these dishonest notions which at any other time would be laughable and can easily be discredited by a modicum of fact-based education, but increasingly our young and impressionable are being fed a diet of alarm and half-truths. When sufficient numbers of the next generation are denied the truth then the Marxist agenda is well advanced.
The free market economy
Although the Marxist states have embraced the buying and selling of commodities as a means of surviving in the modern world it is within a framework of state owned or controlled enterprises supported by criminals and state bureaucrats. This is a world away from the Western notion of a free market governed by supply and demand which exists with a minimum of government interference necessary only to ensure that it continues to function freely and competitively. As with democracy itself the Marxist ideals cannot prevail when faced with the constant reproach of a system which has lifted untold numbers of people out of poverty and rests on a myriad of daily personal decisions. To this end the Marxist states expend huge resources in attempting to destabilise the western model and to use trade as an entry into their political systems. Good examples being Victoria’s Chairman Dan signing up for the belt and Road carrot in return for trade with China, or The Northern Territories surrendering their port of Darwin for a pittance. The attacks on the free market are unrelenting; computer hacking, unfair trade practices, theft of intellectual property, destabilisation of the World Trade Forum, physical threats such as were recently made against Australia and massive bribery of indigent states. The list is never closed. All of this is to be found in the agenda of the Marxist front group discussed above and it is starting to seep into our government policy. Thus, three waters is a classic Marxist ploy for the acquisition of privately owned assets at a fraction of their value (theft and or extortion in the eyes of the criminal law) and the promotion of a separatist agenda under the guise of the palpable lies that the proposals are intended to improve the supply and quality of drinking water and to lower the burden of rates on property owners. Add to this the attempts to interfere in business such as supermarkets, petroleum sellers and farming practices (about which this government knows nothing) and the trend is clear government interference in the economy leading to state control. Job done for our Marxist competitors.
There is no precedent in New Zealand’s history for an open rebellion by the majority against a government’s policies. New Zealanders just get on with life confident that every three years they will be able to get rid of those they think are undermining their way of life, but what if at the end of a three-year Parliamentary term they do not get that opportunity? Already there are stirrings of mass dissent in the two “ground swell” demonstrations, with another pending in February – themselves unique in New Zealand’s history. Initially conceived as a protest by farmers against mindless government interference in farming practices the second gathering included many city folk and placards such as “Marxists go home” and “hands off our democracy” were to be seen. All of course ignored by the government other than to make sarcastic and disparaging comments about “anti vaxers,” and all minimally reported by the government media outlets. As with so much that is leading to the loss of our liberties such demonstrations were, until the advent of this government unthinkable. Where it will end is impossible to say but on current portents it will not end well for our democracy and freedoms.
I rest my case: nascent Marxism is alive and well in New Zealand.
- None of this will succeed, Prime Minister – overwhelmingly ordinary quiet New Zealanders will not surrender their freedoms and their democracy. To borrow from Oliver Cromwell’s words on the dissolution of the Long Parliament in 1653: “You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart I say and let us have done with you. In the name of God go.”
Well worth Reading …
Empathy is an overrated trick in political leadership. It only gets you so far. Much more important are grit, capability, adaptability and expertise. Neither Ardern nor Trudeau have demonstrated any of these traits. And it is their populations who are suffering as a result. A leader might like to present themselves as limitlessly compassionate, but if you end up having neither compassion nor even understanding for the citizens of your own country, then “compassion” is the problem.
Ardern and Trudeau, the woke darlings of the Western world, are finally getting their comeuppance
Facing protests and falling popularity, they are proof that it is wrong to prize empathy in political leaders above everything else
Who knew that empathy wasn’t enough? Two leaders who got to their positions by showing how much they can emote, how much they can feel, how much they care, now appear to be in the worst positions of almost any head of government in the democratic world.
Take Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand. Ardern has always achieved a degree of international fame far beyond that enjoyed by most leaders of her small nation because she is a woman and she appears to really mind. In fact caring is Ardern’s shtick. She is especially good at apologising for things she hasn’t done. Her face crumples, her voice breaks, and the world’s news organisations shout in chorus: “Here is what we need in a leader.”
Sadly for the people of New Zealand, that isn’t quite true. Most of the world is emerging from the corona era. Britain, thank goodness, seems to be leading the way, and even recalcitrant countries such as the Netherlands are starting to realise that if the UK is back up and running, you can’t lock down your own people forever.
Jacinda seems not to have got the memo. Last summer she notoriously locked down her country again after one man was found to have Covid in New Zealand. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been him. Now, even Australia, which has been one of the strictest, harshest, countries during Covid, has started to lift regulations. And New Zealand?
Well, Ardern has announced yet another batch of regulations for her countrymen. New Zealand seems almost hooked on the stuff. The international media once again went doolally for Ardern when she gave a press conference announcing fresh lockdowns and saying that this meant that her own wedding was off. How much she seemed to care! How much her face crumpled as she talked of the plight of her countryfolk! How selfless she was even to cancel her own nuptials!
What people should have said was that New Zealand’s prime minister had clearly become a mad person. There was no reason to do this performative caring. There was no reason to sacrifice the opportunity to get hitched. The rules were the problem, and getting rid of them should have been the priority.
Instead, everyone got swept along, yet again, on an ocean of Ardern ardour. And on it seems this will go. What will come of New Zealand? Perhaps it will remain always stuck in the summer of 2020, never allowing anyone in or out. Those of us who once went there will tell of it to our grandchildren who will listen in awe to tales of this remote island people who voluntarily cut themselves off from the rest of the world.
Or perhaps, if some recent opinion polls are any guide, New Zealand will soon tire of its caring prime minister. Facing a mounting economic crisis, support for Ardern’s party among New Zealanders appears to be collapsing.
But it isn’t just Ardern who has this emoting, empathetic act. Perhaps the world leader in this shtick is someone with an even softer voice and even nicer hair: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
As time goes on it becomes clear that Trudeau really is the worst leader in the democratic world. His principal qualifications for the role were that he had been a primary school teacher and that his father had been prime minister before him.
Other than that, he simply promised to do things differently, to be more empathetic, to emote more, to be more feminine and more understanding. Before lockdown, this manifested itself in international trips during which Justin did more costume changes than the cast of any West End show. But as the Covid era came, Trudeau, like Ardern, seemed to come into his own. He talked about the importance of caring, looking out for each other and other fundamental Canadian values.
Unfortunately, if you do not happen to agree with the silken-haired premier, he will have zero time for you. In recent months, as the rest of the world has adapted to Covid, Trudeau seems to have boxed himself into a corner on the matter.
In an effort to persuade the population to get vaccinated, Trudeau did everything he could to defame those who disagreed with him. This extended to him dismissing anyone hesitant about taking the vaccine as being (guess what?) racist, misogynistic and more. Trudeau had no evidence for any of this, but this is the modern way of excommunicating any person or group of people. Say that they are racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobes and you have successfully un-personed such people.
Unfortunately for Trudeau, many Canadians can see through this playground antic and are not persuaded by it. Specifically, Trudeau found that his vaccine demands had riled Canadian truckers.
There is no special reason why truck drivers (one of the most isolating professions in the world) should have to display vaccine passports in order to do their work. But Justin decided that they had to, or their livelihoods would come to an end.
Gloriously, last month, thousands of truckers drove in convoy to Ottawa. As they arrived there for their protest, Justin decided to pretend he had a headache. Or rather he said that he had met someone who knew someone who had once danced with someone who had Covid. And so the prime minister was doing the reasonable thing and self-isolating.
The truckers stayed. At present they remain in Ottawa. Officials have looked into how to criminalise them. They have even looked into criminalising the thousands of Canadians who gathered at the roadsides to show their support. The Ottawa police are now actually stealing the truckers’ fuel and other necessities in an effort to make the protest go away. But the truckers aren’t budging.
There is no reason why Trudeau should not make peace with the truckers. Any more than Ardern should not start to walk back from isolating her island nation.
But the problem is that when you have presented yourself as the most moral person in the land – the most feeling, the most understanding – and portrayed all your critics as Nazis, it is hard to move to ground we might once have called common. So there Justin is, like Ardern, holed up in a problem entirely of his own making.
Empathy is an overrated trick in political leadership. It only gets you so far. Much more important are grit, capability, adaptability and expertise. Neither Ardern nor Trudeau have demonstrated any of these traits. And it is their populations who are suffering as a result. A leader might like to present themselves as limitlessly compassionate, but if you end up having neither compassion nor even understanding for the citizens of your own country, then “compassion” is the problem.
12th Feb 2022
A common phrase in politics is that politics is about people. That’s my driver for getting involved and making a stand.
During recent months, and after careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that my values are not aligned with the current position of the National Party. One of the Party’s values that always resonated deeply with me, was that of personal responsibility – individual freedom and choice. The pro-mandate stance of the National Party is not one that I support, and I have therefore made the decision to resign my membership with the National Party.
I was an MP from 2017-20, the greatest honour of my life. I have friends and former colleagues in the National Party that I continue to have a strong sense of respect for, and I still wish them the very best
Matt King Northland Stands for …. Transparency, freedom of speech, the Bill of Rights – some of the basic principles of democracy.
2022, a fresh start. As 2021 draws to a close, we can reflect on what has been, and what could be in 2022 and beyond. Since 2020, we have had five significant lockdowns in our commercial capital, thousands of businesses that have had to shut their doors across the country, hundreds of people who have missed important events with their loved ones due to COVID restrictions, one million Kiwis still overseas and wanting to come home, and a Government who holds the ultimate power – to the point that democracy has steadily been eroded. And all of this has happened with so few people noticing – or asking questions about how, why or for how long. Fear is a great way to control. If the pandemic ends, the control ends. We have had front-row seats as the drama and chaos of COVID has unfolded. It has been nearly two years of confusion, frustration, heartache and despair for many, as we have seen so many professions lose competent and highly valued staff in areas already experiencing skills shortages, due to undemocratic and draconian measures. This is far more complex than whether or not you wear your seatbelt every time you get in the car. What happened to personal responsibility and critical thinking – why are we not asking what the actual issue is and whether the mandates being enforced actually solve the problem? We should be able to look at scientific literature and data with a critical eye. The silence from the medical community in many countries – including New Zealand, has been deafening. There is a duty of care and an oath that is taken when entering the medical profession. Valid concerns are not to be labelled or silenced – they should be treated with respect, care and assessed with transparency and genuine concern.If we follow the science, then let us ask why. Is the psychological and economic impact we will see really worth these harsh measures? What has been most alarming, is the unquestioning compliance from so many as increasingly draconian, non-evidence-based and destructive virus control measures have been implemented. When you have children unable to play sport or continue their team-based activities, is that really the isolation and division we want to teach our next generation as being accepted and normal? For something so apparently unchallengeable, it seems to shift and change uncomfortably from week-to-week, and for those of us looking beneath the surface to the plain data, we see the unchanging truth – COVID-19, as it turns out, has a much lower infection fatality rate than early predictions. It is less deadly than the seasonal flu in children. So, as we look to 2022 and start thinking about new year’s resolutions, let’s consider this – let’s resolve to put the chaos and disruption of 2021 behind us. Let’s reconnect, reintegrate, and regain the ability to critically think and critically debate. Let’s scratch beneath the surface and always ask “why?”. Some of us will always stand up for what we believe is right, despite push-back and attempts to discredit, because we need to be the voice for those who are not being heard. This is our time in history, and we have to choose which side of history we want to be on. If we follow the science, it’s easy to resolve that the time has now come to put the pandemic behind us – put the fear behind us, and let’s move on. Here’s to a great 2022.
24th Dec 21 : ‘I don’t have that lived experience’ – Luxon’s difficulty with new role
National MP Chris Luxon is touted as a future leader and is registering in recent polls. He spoke to political editor Jo Moir about his current challenge in iwi development, and why he hasn’t fronted on He Puapua.
Chris Luxon joined the National Party after seven years at the helm of Air New Zealand.
The backbenches are a long way from corporate high-flying wining and dining, but that said, his leader Judith Collins has given him three portfolios where he has the opportunity to be seen and heard.
That in itself is generous when Luxon is repeatedly framed as the “next John Key” and Collins is battling bad polling, including a NZ Herald report of an “unprecedented” UMR poll that has ACT leader David Seymour ahead of her as preferred prime minister.
Luxon registered on the same poll, behind Collins.
Local government and iwi development are two significant areas undergoing reform and debate in Parliament, and Luxon is spokesperson for the Opposition for both.
He also has associate transport which has seen the MP for Botany take on Minister Michael Wood over the Harbour Bridge cycleway, which makes sense when National’s transport spokesperson is from the deep south.
But in the eight months Luxon has held those portfolios he’s only been visible in two.
Newsroom has requested an interview with him six times on his iwi development portfolio and all have been declined.
Colleagues of Luxon’s spoken to by Newsroom offered a reason for that, saying it’s possible he didn’t want to have to toe the party line on race relations and be forever branded by it.
This week Newsroom again contacted Luxon to say a story was due, which prompted him to give a sit-down interview on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s difficult to do the role to be honest as a non-Māori – I don’t have that lived experience’’ – Chris Luxon
Asked why he hadn’t done interviews about the portfolio, in particular the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the controversial He Puapua report, Luxon said his colleague Simon Bridges was handling that.
Bridges holds the Māori/Crown Relations portfolio which is shadow to Minister Kelvin Davis – but it’s Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson, who Luxon shadows, who’s progressing the UN Declaration.
“It’s more that [Simon’s] got familiarity having been part of the last Government – obviously we signed that agreement in 2010,’’ Luxon told Newsroom.
Asked what’s important in the iwi development role and what work he is doing, Luxon conceded, “It’s difficult to do the role to be honest as a non-Māori – I don’t have that lived experience’’.
This speaks to a wider problem within National – a lack of diversity.
One interview request Luxon declined was at the time Harete Hipango was returning to Parliament.
A spokesperson for him said there was a reshuffle of portfolios on the cards so he didn’t want to be interviewed when his role could change.
That reshuffle never came but raises the question whether Luxon would have preferred Hipango, a Māori wahine, to take the job off him.
Luxon denied that and said he had spoken to Collins about wanting the portfolio in the first place.
“I was excited to do it because my own experience and journey had started at Air New Zealand when I came back after 16 years overseas, and the country had changed for the better because Māori culture was growing and strong.”
He pointed to a number of things he’d done in his time at Air New Zealand that had empowered Māori in business and enterprise, including work with Ngāti Porou to get their food on planes, and approving airline staff to display cultural tattoos.
But when pressed on what he had done or what policy work he’d progressed in the eight months holding the iwi development portfolio, Luxon came up short.
At Air New Zealand he said he “saw Māori enterprise, and it was really good business people doing good things’’.
“For me personally I think those are the things we need to keep pushing on. You look at the income and economic statistics – Māori are doing poorly there.
“So it’s about how do you power up iwi businesses and get them into mainstream.’’
Newsroom asked Luxon whether Māori businesses needed help to do that, such as the Government’s new 5 percent procurement target for Māori businesses to support them post-Covid, which National opposes.
“Well, I did procurement, I bought product from Ngāti Porou – every single piece of fish they could produce in that factory – and got them world-class accreditation.’’
He said he didn’t need a quota to do that.
Asked whether there was an unconscious bias within the corporate world that would mean Māori businesses missed out, Luxon said that wasn’t his experience.
“It was a different generation who came through as CEOs in my time – we were in our 40s and thought about the world differently to the old business roundtable brigade.
“It was good business as well as a good thing to do – you could do both,’’ he said.
Luxon accepted there was unconscious bias, but would only speak to his own experience saying, “at Air New Zealand that wouldn’t be a problem at all’’.
Coming back to whether he had started any policy work, Luxon said he was “starting to think about those sorts of things’’.
“But I have to say, where we are in our cycle, we have to first and foremost build relationships and connectivity first and talk about things we will do after that.
“It was the same experience at Air New Zealand with Ngāti Porou – you got to know each other first and then got talking about the possibilities.”
He Puapua and the UN Declaration
Luxon says meeting the obligations of the UN Declaration is a “serious constitutional conversation’’.
“It’s a worthy one to have and we should have it, but we need to make sure all New Zealanders can participate.’
“We shouldn’t walk back from UNDRIP at all – we committed to it in 2010 but the Declaration is non-binding, and it’s implemented very differently by signatories all around the world.’’
New Zealand signed up to the Declaration under the then-National government and now Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson is progressing the work on the back of an independent report, He Puapua.
From the outset it’s been made clear He Puapua isn’t government policy, rather a think piece to get a national conversation started.
“On He Puapua the Government is saying that’s the natural extension from UNDRIP, we’re saying it doesn’t have to be.” – Chris Luxon
Māori will be consulted with first on what co-governance should look like in the future and then all of New Zealand will have their say next year.
Luxon said the Declaration can be achieved through a range of activities and the scope goes from self-determination through to language and culture and a raft of other measures.
“He Puapua seems to be the natural outflow of all of that, when there’s quite a lot of discretion for how a government might choose to implement or action it within their own country and laws.’
“On He Puapua the Government is saying that’s the natural extension from UNDRIP, we’re saying it doesn’t have to be.
“There were some radical solutions in He Puapua about 50/50 co-governance, separate courts and Parliament.’’
He says the Government commissioned He Puapua and now there’s an “ethos around it they feel attached to’’.
Luxon pointed to Te Paati Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi being on record saying democracy as it is doesn’t work for Māori.
While he caveated the fact Waititi is not a member of the Government, Luxon said “there will be sympathy for some of that from government ministers’’.
So what would National do differently?
“What we would fundamentally do is have very targeted practical choice-based programmes to actually deal with the inequities we’ve got. I’m a big fan of Bill English and what he was talking about in social investment, that’s the kind of model of stuff we need to do,” Luxon told Newsroom.
“We aren’t a big party that does lofty ideology – we’re a party that does practical, pragmatic, solving solutions, getting stuff done.’’
Asked whether the proposed Māori Health Authority, which National opposes, is exactly that, Luxon argued it isn’t because it creates two systems.
Some would argue Whānau Ora creates two systems as well – a policy driven and celebrated by National.
Luxon says Whānau Ora is different because it’s “available to everyone to participate in, and it’s a choice-based system and more targeted from the bottom-up’’.
Newsroom countered that if Whānau Ora clinics were really “available to everyone” did he think they were being flooded by Pākehā.
Luxon responded, “No, no, no – I take your point’’ and then moved to charter schools as a better example.
He described this policy, which actually derives from the ACT Party but was implemented by the National government, as being a “targeted and powerful intervention’’.
Charter schools are also built on co-governance and when that was put to Luxon he said the difference was that the Labour-majority government is pushing for everything to be 50/50.
Asked when the Government had indicated it was pushing for everything to be 50/50 with Māori, Luxon replied “that’s how it’s been represented by He Puapua’’.
Luxon accepts He Puapua is an independent report, but defended his argument saying “that the language people have been using when they say co-governance – it’s 50/50 – and that’s not what I understand co-governance to be’’.
Co-governance isn’t new – in fact under the last National government, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson progressed a lot of work in this area, including Te Urewera and Whanganui River settlements.
Luxon says that work was “outstanding’’ but described them as “bespoke bits’’ carried out by Finlayson and not in the realm of a “constitutional system change where it’s 50/50’’.
In the case of Te Urewera it is a full-blown co-management model with Tuhoe.
Luxon described it as a “practical pragmatic solution versus a system-wide everything is 50/50, and we’ll have two parliaments, thank you very much’’.
A separate Māori Parliament has already been ruled out by the Prime Minister.
Where to from here?
Luxon says New Zealand needs to keep working on unconscious bias and “our understanding of racism in this country’’.
While he doesn’t accept the argument from some that police and other state systems like corrections are “racist’’, he says there’s plenty more work to be done by both Pākehā and Māori.
“I do think it’s good as a leader of a large organisation that you make sure people are working through any unconscious bias they might have – that’s a good thing.’’
Luxon has a performance review of sorts coming up in September when Collins sits down with all her MPs to assess what they’ve done in their portfolios before making any changes.
In his first sit-down with Collins following last year’s devastating election result, Luxon said he told her he wanted to focus on “getting out and about and building relationships’’.
“Then we’ll earn the right to be able to have a different conversation around where we think those policy conversations are going.’’
27th Nov 21
It has never been more expensive to fill up your tank in New Zealand. NZ Herald Focus finds out why. Video / NZ Herald
The news hundreds of Marsden Pt Oil Refinery staff, and, many more in the wider community, have been fearing has been confirmed – the refinery will become a fuel import only terminal.
Refining NZ has confirmed that its Board has taken a final investment decision confirming the change in operations of their Marsden Point site.
This means that Refining NZ will transition to an import-only fuel terminal from April 2022.
The refinery’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly in August for the change – with the new entity known as Channel Infrastructure – to go ahead due to a glut of fuel supplies globally, combined with the impact of Covid-19 on refinery output, pipeline fees and plummeting demand for fuel.
The board has now confirmed that decision, with the number of employees at the site is expected to drop from 300 to 60 over the next couple of years, with hundreds of contracting jobs in wider Northland also likely to be cut.
The board’s decision follows the signing of long-term terminal services agreements with all three refinery customers – bp, Mobil, and Z Energy – on terms approved by shareholders in August.
“Today is a momentous day in the journey to transition our business away from operating as a refinery and to an import-only fuel terminal. After 60-years of operations as New Zealand’s only oil refinery, we now have certainty about our future, and as we look back on the past with pride, we also look to the future with confidence that our business will be able to continue to contribute to our community, and New Zealand, long into the future,” Refining NZ CEO, Naomi James said.
Work is well advanced to prepare the site to operate as an import-terminal and to plan for the safe shutdown and decommissioning of the refinery.
”In recent weeks we have started the process of making appointments for the team who will be responsible for managing the transition, and decommissioning, as well as longer-term work with Channel Infrastructure.”
Jones said today’s announcement won’t impact most New Zealanders, however it will have a huge impact on the refinery’s people, and wider community, and the company is implementing a range of transition support measures to assist those who will be moving on to other employment after we transition.
”This is a key focus for me personally, as I know that we have some of the best talent in the country working on our site, who will continue to play a critical role in the ongoing operation of our refinery over the next six-months. I am committed to supporting them through this time to find new jobs, or training opportunities – so they are ready to move to new jobs, when we become Channel Infrastructure, and we are working with other businesses to skills-match our people with their vacancies for the period after we transition,” she said.
”In addition, we have also agreed to provide dedicated private storage to customers. This is the first of several new growth opportunities we have identified for the future of Channel Infrastructure, and we look forward to providing further updates on other site repurposing opportunities in due course.”
Jones said Channel Infrastructure’s vision is to be New Zealand’s leading independent fuel infrastructure company.
It will use the deep-water harbour and jetty infrastructure at Marsden Pt to import refined fuel, which is owned by its customers. This will replace the crude oil that its customers import today for refining.
Fuel will be stored at the Marsden Pt site in existing tanks at the largest fuel terminal in New Zealand, with 180 million litres of shared capacity, as well as capacity to provide additional storage.
Fuel from Marsden Pt will be distributed on behalf of Channel Infrastructure’s customers primarily to the Auckland and Northland markets, which make up around 40 per cent of New Zealand’s fuel demand, through the 170-kilometre Refinery to Auckland Pipeline (the RAP) and the truck loading facility adjacent to the Marsden Point site.
Conversion to an import terminal will reduce the Company’s direct CO2 emissions by almost one million tonnes per annum, delivering around a third of the Government’s first Emissions Reduction Budget.
Refining NZ has been the country’s only oil refinery since it was established in 1961. In response to a significant decline in refining margins as a result of excess refining capacity in the Asian region.
For more information on Channel Infrastructure visit: http://www.refiningnz.com/what-ischannel-infrastructure/
Meanwhile, a petition has garnered more than 17,800 signatures calling on the Government to help save the oil refinery from shutting down.
Whangārei-based Chris Leitch, of the Social Credit Party, started the petition on change.org, calling on the Government to declare the refinery a nationally strategic asset and to compulsorily buy all the shares from private owners using money created by the Reserve Bank.
The Government, he said, should then turn it back into a state-owned enterprise and allow fuel retailers, rather than a monopoly consisting of major oil companies as at present, to sell fuel in the country.
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THANK YOU MATT KING FOR BRINGING THIS ARTICLE TO OUR ATTENTION
16TH Jan 2022
We all lament the propaganda some of our MSM are pumping out – it’s a direct challenge on our fragile democracy. The article below is from Dr Guy Hatchard (PhD), a fellow concerned Kiwi. Open Letter to the editors and owners of the NZ Herald and Radio NZ — How could you sink so low? Speak up now or we will lose our access to truth. This letter calls upon the leaders of Civil Society in NZ to speak out now and loudly point out that NZ no longer wishes to be controlled by media who report manipulated data.Yesterday Radio NZ printed an outrageous lie designed to persuade parents to present their 5 – 11 year old children for inoculation on Monday. Their article entitled “Covid-19 vaccination for children: What you need to know” was also reprinted in the NZ Herald. It said: “one in 11,000 children who get Covid are likely to die”Lies designed to manipulate the treatment of children are the most despicableThe CDC in the USA reports that only 2 in a million children in the 5-11 age bracket die of Covid, UKHSA reports an identical figure. The CDC also reports that 86% of the miniscule number of children dying suffer from comorbidities unrelated to Covid that seriously impair their health and immunity. There are 570,000 children aged 5-11 in NZ, the above figures translate to just 0.16 of a healthy 5-11 year old dying in NZ. In other words, most probably zero. Certainly not the 52 children dying as a result of Covid that the RNZ/Herald article predicts.We have become very familiar with the mainstream media reporting outrageous lies just before each new phase of the pandemic policy and vaccine roll outs. For example we remember Professor Shaun Hendry suggesting in March 2020 that up to 80,000 kiwis will die of Covid. A rate so exaggerated that it is 6 times greater than those nations most affected to date by Covid in the world.Yes, leaders of NZ civil society, you can and must speak up in the face of obvious lies. You can do this, just like Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University who has decided to speak out by writing an open letter the Israeli Ministry of Health saying: “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure”. Full text here: https://swprs.org/professor-ehud-qimron-ministry-of…/If we don’t speak up now, half truths and exaggerations will become the common coin of NZ media and government leaving us little better off than North Korea.My analysis of the scientific findings concerning Covid vaccination of 5-11 year olds is reported on my website HatchardReport.com under the title: “Investigating the Science Behind vaccination of 5-11 year olds: An Indictment—Does the vaccination programme for teens and younger surpass the threshold for criminal prosecution?”
FINALLY THE FAILURES OF THE ARDERN LABOUR GOVERNMENT ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE
By Trevor McCoid
Finally the failures of the Ardern Labour government are there for all to see. Fact is we are small islands with a small population and Ardern has locked the country down to prevent the pandemic from getting into the country. Now she has completely failed and covid is starting to move through the population and can’t be stopped. But Ardern comes up with a scare tactic with a red light system to try to slow the pandemic down. Why? Because labour has allowed the NZ health system to deteriate so much we are the lowest in all Western countries for ICU beds per head of population. NZ has only 185 ICU beds for 5 million people. That is half from when National was government. There are 1700 Dr’s short in NZ There are 12,000 nurses short in NZ. Labour had printed $100 billion and put the country in debt for over $149 billion Labour has spend hundreds of millions on the pay for play media. Billions on racist programs for special needs part Maori programs that show no benefits to the country’s economy. Labour spent millions on getting part Maori vaccinated with free crayfish, taxi rides, food hampers, cash handouts and many more that 85% of NZers were not entirely to because we are not part maori. But we pay taxes and watching this labour government spend tax payers money on completely irrelevant things that they did not campaign on at the last election is a disgrace to them and a disservice to the good citizens of NZ. Ardern has failed in every measure, she promised to sort out poverty, it’s 4 x worse. As for the health system, this is in critical disaster and we will need to seek civil aid from other countries to help get through this pandemic. How will people cope when the yearly flu arrived. Who voted for these people? I hope you know you are responsible for this mess.
By Trevor McCoid 28th Jan 22
This government is falling over themselves being so dumb. How can Robertson say he beat the set target and saved the country as he spent less than predicted, what. When did labour predict anything?
Fact is labour has borrowed and printed far more than any government in NZs history and most has not been spent on what it was intended for. The media needs to be completely starved oc public money. This will prove the corruption of the media. And by taking public money off the media it will do two things, firstly it will encourage the media to gain funding from commercial businesses, that’s every it should be funded from. And secondly, the media must be never held to one political side or the other.
If there is ever bias it will be at the cost of the success of that media and is not subsidized by a political party. Any political party who pays off the media must be held in contempt of the parliamentary election services. Laws need to be in place to cap policy influences in the media.