Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith and the National - Maori Party Coalition passed the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill through Parliament with a single vote majority on the 7th April 2017. This was despite offers of support from New Zealand First and ACT to enable much needed reforms without being held to ransom by the Maori Party.
Don't take National's words on what the iwi clauses pose. Don't even take ours. Instead read this series of Maori Party Facebook clippings. They're laughing at National and they spell out the tribalist agenda with devastating clarity.
"The Maori Statutory Board has worked against the interests of Aucklanders, has cost rate-payers millions of dollars, and is an example of race-based politics. Most of the Board's work has been focussed on bans: bans on people accessing Mt Eden; bans on people developing their own sections without paying a 'taniwha tax'; and bans on equal rights for all cultures. The Board is anti-democratic and as an experiment, has failed. We call for the Government to legislate to abolish the Maori Statutory Board".
Petition in the name of David Hone Heke Rankin, Nga Puhi
If you agree with David Rankin, please click here to sign his petition and ask your friends, family and colleagues to sign as well.
A report recommending co-governance of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park was tabled at the Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting on Monday 20th February. If the report's recommendations are accepted, the committee governing the Hauraki Gulf marine park will, in future, comprise equal numbers of tribal trust appointees and other members representing the wider community. While five members will be appointed by the Minister of Conservation only three will directly represent the million or so inhabitants of Auckland, Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki.
Under such arrangements, the interests of the wider community encompassing a broad range of interests (such as recreational fishers versus environmentalists) will almost always be subjugated to iwi interests, as tribal representatives (whose sole mandate is to represent narrow tribal self-interest) vote en-bloc. So called "co-governance" in practice amounts to tribal rule.
Public submissions are now being invited on Andrew Judd's petition as part of a wider inquiry into the 2016 local body election.
Maori wards could be set up on every district council in New Zealand without requiring a public poll if Judd' petition, sponsored by the Maori Party, is adopted.