Matariki holiday a giant step too far?

Last Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had “listened to Kiwis” and will make Matariki a public holiday from 2022 if re-elected. The Kiwis she had listened to were the 30,000 who had signed two petitions calling for Matariki to become a public holiday. Launched by Action Station and New Zealand Republic, these online petitions were handed to Labour MP Paul Eagle on Friday night, July 24. There were also the 630 people polled by the Labour Party’s research firm, UMR, in July, who backed a Matariki holiday.

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Five councils work on Maori wards, voting appointees

Signature collecting is well under way after the New Plymouth District Council on July 21 voted to establish a Maori ward. A similar campaign is under discussion in Tauranga after the city council there on August 25 also voted for such a ward. Three other councils are being pushed to have separate voting or representation for members of their communities who may have Maori ancestry.

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Where do the parties stand on a colour-blind NZ?

The election campaign has started and the political parties have published their policies. What follows is where Labour, National, Green, ACT, NZ First, New Conservative, and the Maori Party stand on Hobson’s Pledge issues.

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Tribunal wants more money for coastal claimants

A two-year inquiry by the Waitangi Tribunal predictably has found that the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 breaches the Treaty of Waitangi and prejudicially affects Maori.

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Waikato tribe’s water ransom bid deplored

Under no circumstances whatsoever should the Waikato tribe – or any tribe – hold to ransom a third of the country's population, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones told a select committee on Thursday.

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Electoral race-baiting clicks up a gear

Electoral race-baiting clicked up a gear yesterday when Maori Party co-leader John Tamihere smeared “Pakeha” as "asymptomatic racists".

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Maori Party wants to save us from statues

The cartoon above, courtesy of Garrick Tremain, shows the absurdity of the Maori Party’s attempt to win support, that is by having councils investigate and remove colonial statues.

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Protests push separatist narrative

Protests in New Zealand last weekend at the killing in the United States of a black man by police show “a rising tide of resentment, principally from young Maori conditioned into believing they are victims of white supremacy”.

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Where does Muller stand on racial preference?

A former senior MP once commented that in his view a one-law-for-all type political party could draw enough voter support to get it over the five percent threshold into Parliament. We would be keen to know where the new National Party leader, Todd Muller, stands on Hobson’s Pledge issues:

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Medical School quotas and France's colour blind policies

Have the medical schools gone too far by favouring Maori and Polynesian applicants with average grades over others with exceptional grades?

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Only Police may authorise Covid-19 checkpoints

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has confirmed what we have been trying to tell the Prime Minister, that roadblocks and checkpoints established by Maori groups without Police permission and supervision are unlawful.

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4900 oppose vigilante iwi checkpoints

A total of 4900 people have signed our petition against iwi vigilantes illegally setting up highway checkpoints. The petition was launched before ANZAC weekend

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Police Minister finally comments on illegal checkpoints

Gang members helping iwi stop people breaking lock-down rules at checkpoints finally got a reaction from Police Minister Stuart Nash but only after he was directly questioned by the Epidemic Response Committee on Tuesday.

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Why is Govt silent on Maori road blocks?

It appears that Maori New Zealanders are above the law, and that the Government is relaxed about that, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

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24 Treaty myths, 89 racist Acts

Are we being conned by the treaty industry is a short book that highlights 24 myths and 89 Acts of Parliament that have fostered a culture of racial preferment in New Zealand. It could be required reading while we are all under house arrest for the next month.

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Treaty twisting and Tamihere

What stood out in former Labour MP John Tamihere’s opening salvo in his bid to return the Maori Party to Parliament by winning Tamaki Makaurau Maori seat was his unashamed twisting of the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi. He said:

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Maori Council tries to revive water claim

The New Zealand Maori Council is talking up a possible bid to return to the High Court to get a sympathetic judge to declare that “Maori” indeed own all the water in New Zealand.

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The burnt church lie that won’t die

A lie about women and children allegedly burnt to death in a Waikato church that they sought refuge in was repeated in a news report on Friday.

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Nats should be wary of Maori Party link

National Party leader Simon Bridges’ apparent intention to ally with the Maori Party undermines his weak concessions to “one law for all” voters announced during the week.

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Let everyone know where we stand

Now that we know that the general election will take place on September 19, we thought it timely to reconfirm that Hobson’s Pledge stands for a better New Zealand committed to equality. We believe that:

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Help fight rising tide of racial preferment

This year 2020 comes with a wave of issues that add to the rising tide of racial preferment that is being forced upon us.

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Why extend racial preference in law?

There are two pieces of legislation wending their way through Parliament designed to further entrench the crazy notion that the Treaty of Waitangi created an obligation on governments nearly 200 years later to treat anybody with a Maori ancestor in some kind of preferential way. They are the Public Service Bill and the Education and Training Bill, both sponsored by Chris Hipkins, who is both Education and Public Service Minister.

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Free speech and the rejection of reason

Two Hobson’s Pledge members unwittingly played the role of canary in the coalmine regarding looming crackdowns on freedom of speech in New Zealand, according to a new book titled Free Speech Under Attack.

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Mt Albert tree cull may be illegal

Clear-felling of exotic trees from Auckland’s volcanic cones may be illegal, according to information provided to us.

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Photos show scale of tree vandalism

Every picture tells a story and the story told by the aerial photos published by Honour the Maunga protesters show that the scale of the tree vandalism wrought by the Ancestor Mountain Authority is much greater than thought.

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