Our vision for New Zealand is a society in which all citizens have the same rights, irrespective of when they or their ancestors arrived in this land.
We believe that:
- All New Zealanders should have the same rights and responsibilities, irrespective of when they or their ancestors arrived in New Zealand.
- The Treaty of Waitangi is not in any meaningful sense New Zealand’s constitution.
- The Treaty did, however, establish three important points, namely that:
- in signing the treaty, chiefs ceded sovereignty to the Crown;
- that in turn the Crown would protect the property rights of all New Zealanders:
- and that “tangata maori” would enjoy the rights and privileges of British subjects.
- The Treaty of Waitangi did not create a “partnership” between Maori and the Crown.
- The Treaty of Waitangi did not establish any “principles” and all references to such “principles” should be removed from legislation.
- There is no longer any need for special Maori representation in government, whether it be Maori electorates in Parliament, Independent Maori Statutory Board in Auckland, or racially based representation in other governance bodies.
- All New Zealanders have an equal interest in the quality of fresh water and in the protection of the environment.
- There is no longer any need for the Waitangi Tribunal.
- Policy measures intended to support those who need special assistance from government should be based on need, and not ethnicity.
- Wherever it can be reasonably established that the Crown unlawfully confiscated property from any individual or group, compensation should be paid, provided however that any such compensation should be “full and final”.
What we plan to do:
Now is the time to arrest a decline into irreversible separatism. This may be achieved by speaking out wherever local authorities
propose race-based structures and where the current government proposes co-governance.
This may also be achieved in this year’s election by supporting and voting for any party that would vote against all laws, regulations and policies that provide for any entitlement based on ancestry or ethnicity.
Ideally, this political party would commit to:
- remove all reference to consultation with any ethnic group from the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
- hold a referendum on scrapping separate Maori electorates
- drop the proposal to grant tribal trusts special powers to control the allocation of water – something previously regarded as the exclusive province of local government
1. We can find nothing in the Treaty of Waitangi justifying any racial preference under the law.
2. Legal equality between citizens is the foundation stone of democracy. It is fair, reasonable and totally inclusive.
3. True democracy has proven to be the most enduring and successful system of government. It makes for united and prosperous nations.
4. Race-based privilege creates opportunities for corruption, resentment, and unrest.
Now is the time to stop an undemocratic slide into New Zealand style apartheid.
Please Note: We are not in any sense anti-Maori. Indeed, some of us are Maori. We recognise that Maori are too often among the poorest and most incarcerated citizens in the land. But having a constitutional preference has done little or nothing for the well being of most Maori. On the contrary: by leading some Maori to believe that their economic prosperity will be assured by a Treaty settlement, or by being able to clip the ticket on the productive activity of others, the constitutional preference may well be harming most Maori.
our spokespeople: Don Brash and Casey Costello: