Hobson's Pledge Submission: Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill
Hobson’s Pledge wants all New Zealanders to benefit from quality health care. Yes, there are New Zealanders with complex needs who require significant help, but this isn’t restricted to just those with a Maori ancestor. The causes are usually multifaceted and can certainly not all be blamed on the health system.Read more
Don Brash: Pae Ora Submission
This Bill must be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever to come before the New Zealand Parliament in that it unashamedly and explicitly introduces racism into the New Zealand health sector.Read more
Wendy Clark: Health Reforms Bill (Pae Ora) submission
The Government has no mandate for the introduction of a “Partnership” or “Co-Governed” arrangement when it comes to the provision of Health Services. Nor does it have a mandate for He Pua Pua and yet it is being implemented in the shape of this Bill. This is chilling.Read more
Three Waters = tribal control over fresh water
The Three Waters are the water you drink, waste water and storm water.
Labour's "Three Waters" is a radical plan altering the ownership and control of New Zealand's fresh water infrastructure. Despite huge opposition, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced that the Ardern-Mahuta Labour government will confiscate council-owned water assets across New Zealand and transfer them to four mega water companies.
What does it mean for you?
- each water authority wil be controlled by an unelected board of twelve members
- six will be appointed by iwi, the other six members will represent all the councils contributing assets to the water authority. That means for example, that just six people will represent all twenty South Island councils
- those twelve people will have total control over the water that flows in and out of your property, and how much you pay for it.
- you will have to do their bidding, and pay whatever they charge and you can't vote them out of office because they are not elected to represent you eg requiring farmers to introduce cripplingly expensive (and largely unnecessary) water treatment facilities, which could force them off the land.
Three waters = tribal control over fresh water
- Three Waters grants equal representation between local governments (which also represent ordinary Maori folk) and Maori tribes
- all Board decisions will require a 75% majority, as iwi members tend to vote en bloc, this effectively grants tribal representatives control over all major decisions
Three waters grants exclusive ownership rights to iwi over a necessity of life - fresh water
- The new structure recognises what Mahuta calls the "mana o te wai" - or authority over fresh water a necessity of life. As no other New Zealanders are granted "mana o te wai", Mahuta is transferring ownership rights in fresh water exclusively to iwi
Who or what exactly are iwi?
- iwi are private entities made up of complex networks of trusts and companies operating commercial businesses that are hugely wealthy
- the Three Waters structure will further cement legalised extortion into our legal framework where eg iwi rights under the RMA result in special deals for iwi contractors and expensive consultancy reports (which are unwanted and of no value to the recipient except to be granted iwi "approval")
Conflicts of interest between iwi profits and the environment
- conflicts of interest between environmental concerns and iwi business profits will arise, eg Ngai Tahu board members will be able to vote against environmental concerns, even though this will serve Ngai Tahu's financial interests.
We must not stand for this: what you can do:
Kick up a fuss. Email Jacinda Ardern and Nanaia Mahuta. Tell them that if Labour push this obnoxious legislation through then you will make sure that they are voted out of power.
Sign our Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:
Click here to sign our Open Letter to Jacinda Ardern which we will be presenting to Parliament, urging her to find a better way to deal with any water quality issues.
Groundswell The Mother of All Protests - 21st November:
Farmers have been attacked on all sides by stifling regulations and new rules which could see them forced off their farms. The Three Waters Plan is the final straw. Join the protests which are being held up and down the country on 21st November. Take along a "NO 3 Waters" sign.
Click here to find out details of the protest:
Click here for a list of protest meeting places
Hobson's Pledge members have been extremely generous in contributing to our campaign so far. Please accept our sincere thanks.
If you wish to contribute to our campaign, donate here:
Ross Meurant: Dust settles on Seymour
And it poured down on David.
At first, it was asphyxiating: NZ Herald: David Seymour under fire over Maori vaccination comments
Then, it was misguided: NZ Herald: Debbie Ngrewa Packer: David Seymour's Maori vaccination code attack misguided
Seymour’s reply to the vaccine code outraged
ACT Party leader David Seymour hit a “perfect symbol of something the left worships as sacred” this week when he dared to question race-based policy by tweeting a Covid-19 vaccination priority access code for Maori. The New Zealand Herald printed Mr Seymour’s reply to the hornets who swarmed out of the nest, and that reply was top of the Herald's website all night. Mr Seymour’s reply is a succinct statement of all that Hobson’s Pledge has been fighting for. The full text is reproduced below. Please enjoy:Read more
Ross Meurant: APARTHEID IN NEW ZEALAND. If I must go to jail for saying this; then so it be.
In 1981 I was one who literally fought to protect the rights of Kiwis who wanted to exercise their lawful right to attend rugby games and not have their travel disrupted by protestors who disregarded the rights of fellow Kiwis in their quest to fight Apartheid in another country.
Today, I find myself in a role not dissimilar to that of John Minto 1981. Difference is; I stand against Apartheid in New Zealand.Read more
Fiona Mackenzie: Control the Water, Subjugate the People
The Water Services Bill (the Bill) currently making its way through Parliament has much to commend it. Most New Zealanders want the quality of our freshwater and drinking water to be maintained to a high standard throughout the country. Similarly, most would support the prioritising of wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and maintenance to an equally high standard. These are absolute basics in any first world country.Read more
Bassett: Racism on a grand scale
A bizarre craze seems to be sweeping New Zealand right now. All things derived from Europe, except our creature comforts, must be set aside, as we are expected to embrace all things Māori. It's racism on a grand scale.Read more
Ross Meurant: A Step too far: Bi-Cultural Partnership
Bi-Culturalism, predicated as it is and as promulgated by its exponents on the concept of “Partnership”, means Maori should rule New Zealand as an equal partner with, The Rest – of us Kiwis. By its very description bi-cultural partnership looms in New Zealand today as: DIVISIVE.Read more