At Ratana Pa last Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern kicked off the political year when she said “we will never have fulfilled our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi or the prophesies of Ratana” until “we” have improved Maori social indicators.Read more
New Zealand is a great nation built on the foundation that all of us will be assured the same rights before the law. Hobson’s
Pledge believes in the importance of moving forward as one to allow us to focus on what unites us as a nation and overcome
the challenges that would seek to divide us.
We will continue to advocate for equality and unity. Our focus is to build awareness and to prevent legislation, policy and
regulations that will differentiate New Zealanders based upon their ethnicity or ancestry.
It is only through being informed and understanding the truth that we can have honest discussions and achieve the best
outcomes for those that are in need. We invite you to take the time to understand the issues that are facing our nation. It is
through this knowledge and understanding that we can move forward as one.
More than 60 percent of voters and ratepayers in the Western Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, and Palmerston North disagree with a proposal by their councils to set up Maori wards, a poll commissioned by equality group Hobson’s Pledge revealed today.Read more
A decision by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council two days ago to establish one or more Maori wards is patronizing nonsense, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.Read more
Many who voted for New Zealand First with their party vote will feel deeply betrayed, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.Read more
The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 has a number of problems, according to a legal opinion obtained by Hobson’s Pledge on correspondence relating to the Act and the huge number of last-minute claims by Maori groups earlier this year. Wellington law firm Franks Ogilvie wrote:Read more
Brash legal advice: letter from Attorney General Finlayson on MACA misleading and unworthy of Parliament's first law officer
Dear Prime Minister, you will be aware that over the last few weeks more than 100 claims have been made to the high Court by iwi under the Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 for customary marine title and protected customary rights.Read more
It looks as if whether to have a referendum on the Maori electorates will become a defining issue in the post-election negotiations.Read more
A few weeks ago, The Economist – almost certainly the finest English-language weekly newspaper in the world – carried an editorial and accompanying article describing the consequences of policies designed to improve the lot of Malays in Malaysia, first adopted in 1971 and intended to last for just 20 years.Read more
Don Brash and Dr Michael Bassett discuss the rationale behind Hobson's Pledge, the Treaty and sovereignty
Over recent months, I’ve talked to a number of friends who disagree with what Hobson’s Pledge is trying to achieve. They have accepted the “current orthodoxy” that Maori chiefs really didn’t cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, or perhaps didn’t understand that that was what they were doing; and that because the Treaty created a “partnership” between Maori and the Crown, this entitles the descendants of those who signed the Treaty to some special political status nearly 180 years later.Read more