The separation framework

A Hobson’s Pledge researcher found in New Zealand’s vast body of legislation an interconnected set of laws, judicial rulings and institutions that has created the race-based administration that we labour under today.

This body of legislation and policy statements may be called “the separation framework” because it forms the legal and ideological foundation for New Zealand's race based laws which privilege Maori tribal entities and individuals politically, culturally, and economically.

A total of 175 Acts of Parliament allow for race-based legal rights, separate representation, tax exemptions for tribal businesses, advantages in fishing and aquaculture, separate systems of land ownership, co-governance, joint management, and the delegation of social service administration to iwi.

These Acts also incorporate animism in our way of life, embed the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi into law, and provide for the indoctrination of Maori cultural values into school children.

Thirty years of treaty activism has created a fundamentally racist system of governance. Should this be praised or condemned?


National’s fickle ally, the Maori Party

Now that the Maori Party is turning its affections to Labour, after having extracted its pound of flesh from National, we wonder whether any National MP may now think that they have been extremely naïve and are now paying the price.

Commentator Muriel Newman in her weekly column at said that the Maori Party’s manifesto shows they are indeed New Zealand’s most racist party. Their policies include:

  • requiring new immigrants to swear their allegiance to the Treaty of Waitangi in order to gain citizenship,
  • introducing compulsory Treaty of Waitangi "training" for all international students,
  • entrenching the Treaty of Waitangi in all legislation,
  • empowering the Waitangi Tribunal to make binding recommendations,
  • implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
  • retaining the Maori seats in Parliament,
  • legislating for compulsory Maori seats in Local Government and District Health Boards,
  • making Treaty education and Maori language compulsory in all schools,
  • making all towns and cities bilingual, and
  • legislating for Maori control of freshwater.

Zealots find another statue to tear down

Activists want to remove Otahuhu's statue to Colonel Marmaduke Nixon saying a “conversation” was needed “to improve New Zealanders' understanding of our past”.

However, Mihingarangi Forbes of Radio NZ told a story that never happened, and such storytelling shows the pitfalls of activists pushing fictional versions of history as fact.

Writing about armed conflict that occurred at the village of Rangiaowhia on February 21, 1864, Forbes said that “Colonel Nixon was shot and his troops set alight a building where the last defenders had gathered, said to be the town's church”.

But no church was burnt. The town’s two churches survived the battle, the Catholic church until the 1880s, the English church is still there today.

At Rangiaowhia on that day a gunfight erupted after a trooper named Sergeant McHale was shot dead while trying to arrest armed villagers holed up in a raupo whare.

In the ensuing gun battle, Colonel Nixon was shot through the lungs and mortally wounded and Trooper Alexander shot through the throat while powder flash and burning wadding set the whare on fire.

Forbes uses the words “infamous”, “thug”, and “atrocity” to castigate the wicked white coloniser’s dirty deeds, while noting that a tutor who worked across the road from the monument was “overcome by emotion” when told the burnt church story.

With the first official tribal rebellions memorial coming up on October 28, be prepared for many more such grievance stories that are dodgy on fact.

Read Nixon’s biography here

Read about Rangiaowhia here 

Read the Radio NZ story here

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