Our vision for New Zealand is a society in which all citizens have the same rights, irrespective of when we or our ancestors arrived.
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 elections by supporting and voting for candidates who will speak out and vote against laws, regulations and policies that provide for entitlements based on ancestry or ethnicity.
WHERE WE STAND
We believe that:
- All New Zealanders should be equal before the law, 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, Maori chiefs ceded sovereignty to the Crown; that in turn the Crown would protect the property rights of all New Zealanders; and that all 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;
- 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”;
Policy measures intended to support those who need special assistance from government should be based on need, and not on ethnicity.
We believe that the Government’s move to establish a ministerial responsibility for reviewing the relationship between the Crown and Maori is fraught with danger because it entrenches the notion that the Crown and Maori somehow exist as separate groups in partnership with each other...Read more
Last year Councillors in Palmerston North, Kaikoura, Manawatu, Whakatane and Western Bay of Plenty voted for separate Maori wards. We challenged them. Results to date show an overwhelming rejection of race based wards in Palmerston North, Manawatu, Whakatane and Western Bay of Plenty. Brash - respect "no" votes on Maori wards... Read more
The Hobson's Pledge position on fresh water is that it is there for the benefit of everyone, irrespective of ethnicity, and that a special deal for Maori is out of the question... Read more
Marine and Coastal Area: First Marine and Coastal Area Agreement sets precedent for decades of fresh Treaty negotiations
The first Agreement negotiated under the Marine and Coastal Area (Tukutai Moana) Act 2011 not only confirms widely raised fears of the Crown’s failure to represent the public interest but sets a precedent for fresh rounds of Treaty style negotiations... Read more