One Treaty, One Nation
THE BOOK EVERY NEW ZEALANDER SHOULD READ
Hugh Barr, Don Brash, Mike Butler, Reuben Chapple, Peter Cresswell, Bruce Moon, John Robinson and David Round
175 years ago our forebears brought forth a new nation, conceived in trust and dedicated to the proposition that all New Zealanders would be one people, living under the same law. But for the last 40 years we have been under relentless pressure to divide the country into two groups - iwi and the rest of us.
Back in 1975 Waitangi Day and the Treaty of Waitangi Act were set up to foster a sense of nationhood and a greater awareness of the Treaty as a symbol that embraces us all. What we got instead was years of protest and vitriol while billions of dollars have been taken from everyone and handed over to private tribal trusts.Read more
Tribes, Treaty, Money, Power
This brief and concisely written guide book to Treaty issues should be read by anyone who wants to understand this important subject. Besides explaining the current treaty settlement process the book also looks at the circumstances surrounding the signing of the treaty and the later rebellion by certain tribes which led to the warfare of the 1860s.Read more
The Gathering Storm over the Foreshore and Seabed
"This compact little volume gives a disturbing account of the political processes surrounding the foreshore and seabed issue and highlights the distorted impression conveyed to the public by politicians in order to curry favour with the Maori Party, whose votes are needed to keep National in power. Dr. Barr warns, 'The National Government's Act will compromise New Zealand's sovereignty and the integrity of our democracy by giving excessive, race based-powers over the foreshore and seabed'. His accounts of the conflicts of interest of Chris Finlayson highlight the lack of balance and fair-handedness involved since Finlayson was Ngai Tahu's treaty negotiator against government for many years. Further, Dr. Barr points out that, under the new Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act, Maori will be able to declare wahi tapu any sites they choose, with refusal of public access. This book should be carefully considered by everyone with a concern for public access to coastal areas and the need to prevent racially based legislation getting through Parliament."
David Tranter, Greymouth Evening StarRead more
Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Why are some nations more prosperous than others? Why Nations Fail sets out to answer this question, with a compelling and elegantly argued new theory: that it is not down to climate, geography or culture, but because of institutions. Drawing on an extraordinary range of contemporary and historical examples, from ancient Rome through the Tudors to modern-day China, leading academics Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson show that to invest and prosper, people need to know that if they work hard, they can make money and actually keep it - and this means sound institutions that allow virtuous circles of innovation, expansion and peace. Based on fifteen years of research, and answering the competing arguments of authors ranging from Max Weber to Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond, Acemoglu and Robinson step boldly into the territory of Francis Fukuyama and Ian Morris. They blend economics, politics, history and current affairs to provide a new, powerful and persuasive way of understanding wealth and poverty.Read more
The Sneetches and other stories
The Star-Bellied Sneetches have bellies with Stars, but the Plain-Bellied Sneetches have none upon thars! Underpinning Dr Suess’s satirical children’s story “The Sneetches” lies an important anti-discrimination message that our politicians must heed: please switch off the legal machinery dividing us into two classes of people.
Now the Start-Belly Sneetches
Had bellies with stars
The Plain-belly Sneetches
Had none upon thars
When the plain bellied children went out to play ball
Could a Plain Belly get in the game…? Not at all.
You only could play if your belly had stars
And the Plain Belly children had none upon thars.
Twisting the Treaty
John Robinson, Bruce Moon, David Round, Mike Butler, Hugh Barr, Peter Cresswell
This is probably the most important book published in recent times as it shows how in 27 years the Treaty of Waitangi has been reinterpreted, the "partnership" myth created, tribal corporations set up, public assets transferred to those corporations which are now on the brink of securing a special place in a new, treaty based, written constitution.Read more
Canons Creek to Waitangi
In this book Andy Oakley, who was brought up in the Wellington suburb of Cannons Creek, questions the logic of giving ever greater taxpayer handouts on a racial basis to an already wealthy tribal elite instead of making these "Treaty billions"available to all New Zealanders on the basis of need.
He exposes the Waitangi Tribunal as a racist fraud and shows that, at the time of signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, there was no such thing as a "Maori race"- only various nations/tribes that were constantly at war with each other.Read more
The Corruption of New Zealand Democracy
Here Dr. Robinson explains why the pre-1840 Musket Wars were the reason why the Maori population dropped so dramatically in the nineteenth century. He also shows from personal experience how scholars in the Treaty industry are required to doctor their research to suit the endless claims that are being made to the Waitangi Tribunal. This, the corruption of history, is then compounded by the corruption of democracy as exemplified by the back-room deals being made in secrecy with tribes and behind the backs of the taxpayers. The author also explains how, by basing everything on what the tribes held on a single date, 1840, the Treaty process is rewarding aggressive tribes who happened to be holding particular lands at that time that they had recently taken off others by force of arms.Read more
When two cultures meet; The New Zealand Experience
An analysis of the coming of Europeans to New Zealand and the Maori realisation that their own dysfunctional culture had to change. The true story is here built on the observations of those who were present at the time, and the often absurd proclamations of revisionist historians are corrected. An excellent history book for those who are seeking the truth about the nation's early history.
This is the story of two very different peoples and the steady building of the one nation promised by Hobson at the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Maori were Polynesians who had been moving across the vast Pacific for millenia, separated from the great mass of humanity, and had remained a tribal, Stone Age, people. The British had shared in the considerable advances of civilisation, through the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution and the growth of cities in nation states.Read more