Under the guise of implementing in New Zealand the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Maori sovereignty activists have delivered to the Government a radical plan to establish two governments in New Zealand by 2040, one for Maori and one for everyone else.
Progress towards the creation of these two governments would be subject to a monitoring group created by tribal groups and chaired by a Maori sovereignty radical.
The Government has tried to hide this plan, titled He Puapua, by releasing a short version that omits both the proposals for two-governments and the plan for an overarching compliance group consisting of tribes and Maori sovereignty radicals.
But the full 123-page version, which would end democracy in New Zealand as we know it, was obtained under the Official Information Act. Click here to see the uncensored plan:
The plan that was partly and quietly released last October includes:
- Two complete governments that overlap. A Maori parliament, executive, judiciary, and civil service could be created to overlap with the existing parliament, executive, judiciary, and civil service with the overlap described as a co-governance sphere.
- A written constitution based on a radical reinterpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi by the Waitangi Tribunal in the 1980s. If that happens, those with some Maori ancestry would have greater legal rights than everyone else. The Treaty that chiefs signed in 1840 is clear that Maori would have the rights of British subjects then, which means as New Zealand citizens now.
- The tribal estate will be significantly enlarged by the transfer of Crown lands, waters and the foreshore and seabed to Maori ownership
- A Maori health system, where patients with a Maori ancestor will be treated differently from other patients.
- A Maori court system, where offenders with a Maori ancestor will be treated differently from other offenders.
- Maori jails, where inmates with a Maori ancestor will be treated differently from other inmates.
- Granting Maori rights and title to water. Some Maori organization would be paid every time you turn on the tap.
- Public education to eradicate unconscious bias, the sort of bias that no one is aware of until someone with a strong bias against you points it out. This means the 85 percent would be scared to think or speak freely.
- Waitangi Tribunal decisions would cease to be recommendations and would bind the Government to implement them.
- Compliance would be ensured by the Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism, a group set up by the Iwi Chairs Forum and consisting of Maori sovereignty radicals.
The plan is already under way
- Maori wards are being set up in local government. This started in 20 local bodies when referenda on such proposals were outlawed on February 1, 2021.
- The Ihumatao protesters forced Fletcher Building to sell 33 hectares to the Government for $30 million.
- An anti-coloniser history curriculum starts next year to indoctrinate our children.
- A plan for a separate Maori health authority has been announced.
If you don’t want to live in a country where there are two governments and where the tribal elite clip the ticket and Maori sovereignty activists call the shots, you should sign our petition.
Petition: We, the undersigned citizens of New Zealand, demand that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Government reject outright and cease implementing all aspects of the two-government plan as described in He Puapua, the report of the working group on a plan to realise the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in NZ.
That would mean:
- No two-governments,
- No written constitution based on the radical reinterpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi created by the Waitangi Tribunal in the 1980s,
- Disestablishing the Waitangi Tribunal, which has shown by its decisions that it has outlived its usefulness,
- Disestablishing the Ministry of Maori-Crown Relations, which is entrenching racial separatism,
- No separate health, welfare, judiciary, prison, or any other such government agency set up for a single ethnic group,
- Ending all dialogue between the Government and the Independent Monitoring Mechanism group.
- A declaration that water is owned by all citizens of New Zealand,
- Restoring the right for citizens to petition for votes on proposals for Maori wards in local government,
- Holding a binding referendum on whether to continue with or disestablish the Maori seats in Parliament,
- Suspending work on the proposed school NZ history curriculum, because the draft is flawed and politicised beyond redemption,
- Restoring public ownership of the marine and coastal area,
- Requiring the correct use of the name of our country, which is New Zealand, on passports, and all government documents. The Treaty-based Maori name for New Zealand is Nu Tirani.
We, Maori and non-Maori alike, are in this together. We ask that we be treated fairly and equally.
Tribal Maori have been emboldened this year as evidenced by Ngati Awa elders who, in the wake of the White Island tragedy, issued a rahui banning the public from accessing the Bay of Plenty coastline. The ban included the erection of fencing and padlocks, blocking access to Whakatane wharf. This allows a startling glimpse into our future under the Marine and Coastal Area Act: while boaties and fishers might feel free to ignore a ban issued by an Anglican pastor or Catholic priest, it is difficult to ignore a spiritual prohibition when your boat is barricaded by fencing and padlocks with the sanction of local police.
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.
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Treaty Minister Andrew Little and the High Court are about to surrender ownership rights over massive areas of New Zealand's coastline to private Maori interests.
Politicians told us lies: They reassured us that hardly any claims would succeed as claimants had to prove that they had used the area "exclusively” since 1840. But the first “Treaty style” agreement awards the tribe 15 km of beach, even though the public had used the beach for fishing, swimming, hiking and the like since 1840. Unless the law is changed, Minister Little and the High Court are likely to grant coastal tribes irrevocable ownership rights over massive areas of beach and seabed.
What you need to know:
Public ownership Until a few years ago New Zealand's entire coastline, the foreshore (the bit that gets wet) and seabed (extending 22km out to sea), was owned by the Crown on behalf of all New Zealanders.
Confiscation In 2011 National passed a new racist law, the Marine and Coastal Area Act, which confiscated public ownership and created Customary Marine Title, which only Maori could claim. The public (including Maori from other tribes) will be relegated to visitors to tribally owned beaches, areas that we once ALL loved and shared.
Claims As a result, private Maori interests lodged nearly 600 claims that will take decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to resolve.
Secret deals The law allows claims to be negotiated by a Minister without scrutiny.
Lies National Party politicians reassured us that hardly any claims would succeed as claimants had to prove that they had used the area "exclusively" since 1840. But the first Agreement awards a tribe title to 15km of beach, even though the public had used the beach for fishing, swimming, hiking and the like since 1840.
Why does it matter?
Coastal owning tribal aristocracy The new law will create and enrich a coastal-owning tribal aristocracy, which may gain ownership of valuable seabed minerals, charge for boat ramps, block competitors wanting to set up businesses such as mussel farms, and charge fees for cultural "consultancy", which nobody wants or needs.
We think that our valuable seabed minerals (worth billions) should be owned by all New Zealanders for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Private beaches “Sacred areas” will become off-limits to non-tribal members, enforceable by fines, and tribes will be able to ban coastal activities according to unwritten tribal law.
Tribal bully boys Some tribal members have already illegally blocked public access to "their" beaches.
Inter-tribal tension The hundreds of overlapping claims will create tension between Maori, which will linger for generations.
Resentment If the law isn't changed, we face a future filled with resentment, with arguments in Court and fights on beaches.
How are claims being resolved?
Many of the hundreds of claims will lead to private Treaty style "deals" negotiated between the Minister and his officials and tribal leaders. The public is excluded and Parliament usually signs such deals off. The rest of the cases will be heard in the High Court.
Corruption Treaty style negotiations, conducted behind closed doors, open the way to political corruption. The first Agreement, negotiated by former Minister Chris Finlayson (and which Parliament hasn't yet signed off), grants the tribe rights to manage riverbed hangi stones up to 22km offshore. While this sounds absurd, it was simply a way around the rules laid out in the Act to allow tribal leaders to control a massive area of seabed.
Issues with the High Court Instead of throwing overlapping claims out (the claimants can't all have used the beach "exclusively"), it appears that the High Court will allow claimants to divvy up the coastline between them.
No public body is defending public rights Only a handful of men and women, largely lacking in legal skills and funding, have been left to defend public ownership of our foreshore and seabed in perpetuity. Even worse, some claims may be successful simply because no one or group has the millions of dollars or time needed to defend public ownership against the hundreds of claims and appeals before the courts.
Taxpayer funding To add insult to injury, taxpayers have been asked to fund tribal claims up to $412,000 per claim. This has already cost us tens of millions of dollars and will likely cost hundreds of millions.
How many New Zealanders support the radical Maori agenda?
Politicians may fear a return of the "hikoi from hell". But in the 2014 election, just 31,850 or 1.3% of New Zealander voters supported the Maori Party’s radical agenda. And these 31,850 votes represented just 7% of voters of Maori descent. The other 93% of Maori just want to get on with their lives as ordinary Kiwis.
Public ownership needs to be restored NOW before public rights are irrevocably transferred to private Maori interests.
The only way out of this mess is to change the law to:
- restore full rights of public ownership over the foreshore and seabed
- affirm the right of tribes to continue customary activities
- repeal Customary Marine Title
- end secret deals with the Minister by moving all claims to the High Court
- allow tribes to enjoy the same rights (no more, no less) as those enjoyed by other private groups seeking to protect the environment
- provide compensation to anyone who would be out of pocket as a result of these changes
Petition to the New Zealand Parliament:
We the below signed urge Parliament to amend the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 as mentioned above so as to restore full legal and beneficial ownership of the public foreshore and seabed to the people of New Zealand.
Thank you for your support on this important issue.
Don Brash & Casey Costello
You do not have to be a New Zealand citizen to petition the New Zealand Parliament.
What happens to the claims?
All claims will be transferred to the High Court where they can proceed under the amended rules.
What about the first signed Agreement?
Parliament should refuse to ratify the corrupt Ngati Pahauwera Agreement. Pahauwera itself was unhappy with the Agreement and is continuing to pursue two cases for the balance of its unmet claims through the High Court. Please refer Ngati Pahauwera Agreement
What about the Mutton Bird Islands Case?
The tribe’s customary practice of landing waka will be unaffected by the removal of Customary Marine Title.
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