Last year Councillors in Palmerston North, Kaikoura, Manawatu, Whakatane and Western Bay of Plenty districts decided that ratepayers on the Maori electoral roll would be forced to vote in separate Maori wards.
We challenged them. Now we citizens can have our say. Locals on the Electoral Roll will be asked to vote on whether they support separate Maori wards. Our sincere thanks to all who signed, and the many volunteers who tirelessly worked on behalf of the cause.
Hobson’s Pledge believes:
- Maori wards are not necessary for Council decisions which are mainly to do with roads, drinking water, sewage, parks and venues, which are for the benefit of everyone irrespective of their ancestry
- We all have the ability to represent our communities through democratic elections on merit. It is demeaning and patronising to suggest that Maori need special assistance
- Separating us into "Maori" and the "rest of us" is divisive and will damage our communities
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Attorney General Chris Finlayson and the courts are poised to grant a new property right known as customary marine title over vast swathes of New Zealand's coastline to applicant groups claiming some Maori ancestry. The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 enables one of the biggest race-based claims in living memory.Read more
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 has been rejected,
thanks largely to the work of Auckland group Democracy Action.
However, the Hauraki Gulf Forum has yet to vote on the "Sea Change" Marine Spatial Plan (Tai Timu Tai Pari) which proposes the establishment of 'ahu-moana' zones around the entire Gulf coastline (including offshore islands) extending 1km out to sea. The Sea Change plan also proposes management by 50% tribal trust appointees and 50% community representatives, with no mention of how community representatives would be appointed. Under Sea Change, governing committees would have the power to prohibit recreational and commercial fishing wholly or partially over any area of "their" zone, and over any or all fish species, based on "cultural values" (with no need for scientific evidence).
As tribal groups tend to vote "en bloc" the introduction of the Sea Change plan will, in effect, amount to tribal rule of the entire Hauraki Gulf coastline.Read more