Mount Albert, trees, co-governance, and decolonisation

The stand-off over planned felling of 345 exotic trees on Mount Albert, Auckland, perhaps lifts a veil from an absurd yet extensive decolonisation process that we are ALL paying for.

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Residents to face chainsaws on Mount Albert

This morning, Auckland residents stood in front of 345 endangered trees on Mount Albert to protect them from zealots at the Tupuna Maunga Authority, which plans to cut them down.

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How to complain about Herald series

“Despite their loudmouthed, righteous preaching and straw-manning against ‘hate speech’ and racism, the New Zealand Herald is now the publisher of a systematic, targeted anti-white crusading hit piece. How ironic.”

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Race commissioner oblivious to hate speech series

The New Zealand Herald is in the process of inflicting a seven-part series denigrating a race and the Race Relations Commissioner is missing in action. What’s going on?

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Another councillor, another politically incorrect comment

A new Tauranga councillor who made politically incorrect comments about the Treaty and Treaty settlements on Facebook has got the new Race Relations Commissioner in a fizz.

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Split Endeavour flotilla arrival a surprise

The arrival of waka in Gisborne on Saturday and the Endeavour replica with another tall ship, the R. Tucker Thompson, today, was a bit of a surprise.

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The Orwellian world of NZ policy on race

Two emails objecting to our Vote 2019 summary of where candidates stand on race issues shine a light on the Orwellian world of race policy in New Zealand.

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Fletchers staring at forced Ihumatao sale

Since the Maori king made the unsurprising announcement during the week that Ihumatao land should be given to “mana whenua”, Fletchers may be forced to sell with the Government being the only buyer.

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Which NZ history for schools, will children be indoctrinated?

News that New Zealand history will be taught in all schools from 2022 raises two questions -- which version will be taught and will our children be indoctrinated.

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Foon tries to gloss over local government racism

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon tried to gloss over blatant racism in the Local Government Act 2002 when he said he was disappointed that our pamphlet, delivered at the weekend, criticised tribal appointees and Maori wards or constituencies in local government.

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New campaign against tribal appointees, Maori wards

Separatism is gaining traction within local government so Hobson’s Pledge has launched a campaign to urge voters to ascertain candidates’ views before voting in the upcoming elections.

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Waikato-Tainui tipped to buy Ihumatao land

Wealthy tribe Waikato-Tainui may buy disputed land at Ihumatao from Fletchers for around $39-million, according to NewsHub.[1]

 

[1] https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/08/tainui-to-buy-ihum-tao-land-sources.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ty2QrC4gZdYtAMHNo0sBUveto-M3gee6P_ULqgYfCWNsJpKFz3MuLo4c

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Brash: Return coast to public ownership

Hobson’s Pledge today launched a petition calling on Parliament to fix the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 by restoring the coastal area to public ownership and moving all claims to the High Court.

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Ihumatao protesters’ claims falter on scrutiny

Scrutiny attracted by Ihumatao protesters has turned up information that undermines claims of long association with the land, and shows why land there was confiscated.

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Will Ihumatao talks mean Govt buyback?

Will Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s talks on the Ihumatao protest at Mangere, Auckland, lead to the Government buying a 32ha special housing area from Fletchers and, if so, what would this mean for housing, property rights, treaty settlements, and future protests?

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PM’s Ihumatao cave-in trashes settlement process

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s cave-in to protesters at Ihumatao at Mangere, Auckland, on Friday opens the floodgates to similar protests, trashes Treaty settlements, and erodes private property rights.

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Co-governance fails at Auckland mountain authority

Dysfunctional co-governance arrangements at Auckland’s ancestor mountain authority show a practical failure of biculturalism.

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Sign petition to welcome Cook ship visit

Please sign our new petition to welcome a visit of the replica of Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour to New Zealand in October.

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Farms gazetted as fishing reserves without notice

Around 100 North Canterbury land owners have had their farms gazetted into mataitai fishing reserves as of September without being informed or consulted.

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Auction recalls sovereignty proclamation

Last Wednesday’s auction of possibly the only remaining printed copy of Governor William Hobson's original proclamation of British sovereignty over New Zealand is a reminder of exactly how Britain took control of New Zealand.

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State housing to become ‘our Maori village’

If “kainga” means “Maori village” and “ora” means “our”, renaming state housing as “our Maori village”, as the Kainga Ora–Homes and Communities Bill intends, appears an accurate name for housing that is largely occupied by Maori families.

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Welfare is to blame, not colonisation

Commentator Damien Grant slammed former MP Chester Borrows’ report He Waka Roimata – A vessel of tears by showing simply that the root cause of Maori incarceration was not to do with racism or colonialism and more to do with how welfare destroys families.

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How tribal control of coastal areas may operate

The Ngati Porou coastal area bill, which passed its third reading this week, gives a clear picture of how the entire marine and coastal area of New Zealand is likely to be governed after the 600 or so current claims are either rubber stamped by the Minister or wind their way through the High Court.

The bill, which gives the tribe $15.3 million to enable Ngati Porou to exercise their rights and obligations, provides a framework for customary rights recognition for Ngati Porou subgroups in relation to the coastal and marine areas defined in the above map. Time in jail or a massive fine is specified for anyone who does anything in a tribal area without permission.

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Children not helped by commissioner’s racism claim

Govt carer takes boy to gang pad for a lesson

As you can see from the cartoon above, issues around the treatment of children in care had an inconvenient complication when news broke that a government carer dropped a boy at a gang pad in Hastings because he was getting cheeky.

Oranga Tamariki removed the boy from there and confirmed he was safe and with his family as soon as it was alerted to the situation, and is "working to wrap as much support as possible around him and his whanau due to the attention that this is gaining on social media." See https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/oranga-tamariki-carer-allegedly-drops-boy-gang-pad-being-cheeky

Hastings was in the news for a series of unwelcome reasons over the past week. It was where Mongrel Mob blocked Te Mata Peak for a gang ceremony while police did traffic duty. At a later urgent meeting, the council and police confirmed that such public events were quite OK. See https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12230447

The local iwi chair supported such gang gatherings subject to the gang correcting its manner of ancestor worship. See https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/replace-gang-call-ancient-call-ngati-kahungunu-chair?fbclid=IwAR2NPyfNArX9-k1Olp03tnq7AIaKXVUYupyXoJlZEvulN4l5VFgezGwMXbc

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Gangs, patches, and one law for all

Fifty years of Government appeasement of gangs, especially Maori, came to the summit of Te Mata Peak near Hastings last Saturday when the Mongrel Mob in full regalia held a ritual as the public were excluded and the police did traffic duty. Gang members were heard barking like dogs and shouting “sieg f***ing heil”.

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