Please sign our Ihumatao petition: Government must uphold Treaty settlement, police must evict protesters

In 2015, the Ihumatao iwi Te Kawerau a Maki agreed to a full and final settlement of all their grievances and received financial redress of $6.5 million, plus forestry, forestry rentals and more. Fletchers bought private land in the area and announced plans to build 480 homes, 40 of which were to be given to Te Kawerau a Maki. But a member of that iwi (against the will of the elders) started a land occupation demanding that the Government buy the land to keep it as is.

If the Government caves in to protesters and buys the land, this will open the floodgates to similar protests, trash Treaty settlements, and erode private property rights.

Please click here to sign our on-line petition

 

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Please sign our petition welcoming the Endeavour replica to New Zealand

In October 1769 Captain James Cook and the crew of his ship the Endeavour anchored in Mercury Bay near Coromandel. Cook and his men were the first Europeans to explore the country and interact with Māori. This October a replica of the Endeavour will anchor in Mercury Bay to commemorate this historic landing 250 years ago. But some want to cancel the ship's visit, claiming that racism began here with the arrival of James Cook. This has even spilled over into an attack on Cook's statue. We think this is absurd - we should celebrate our collective heritage and culture.

Please click here to sign our on-line petition

 

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Bill to entrench Maori seats

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene’s Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill will, if passed, require a 75% majority in Parliament to disestablish the Maori seats.

Thank you for your submissions.

On 5th September Parliament voted to move the Bill for consideration by the Maori Affairs Select Committee.

The vote was as follows:

National Party: 56 opposed; ACT Party 1 opposed

Labour Party: 46 in favour; Green Party: 8 in favour; NZ First: 9 in favour

 

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Vote "NO" to Maori wards

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 the Councillors and voters overwhelmingly voted "No" to separate Maori wards. 

Our sincere thanks to the many volunteers who tirelessly worked on behalf of the cause.

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NZ's largest resource grab at a beach near you

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little and the High Court are poised to grant new property over vast swathes of New Zealand's coastline to private private trusts. The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 enables one of the biggest race-based claims in living memory.

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Hauraki Gulf Co-Governance still an issue

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.

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