Our goal is to remove from law and practice any race-based discrimination in governance and property rights.




Councillors vote to allow Ngai Tahu two voting appointees on Otago Regional Council’s powerful policy committee

The seven-three vote at the Otago Regional Council yesterday to include two voting un-elected tribal appointees on its policy committee shows race-based preferential treatment in action, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today... Read more


National, New Zealand First and ACT join to defeat Ngai Tahu Representation Bill

On Wednesday evening, in a surprise move, National, New Zealand First and ACT MPs defeated the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill, a Bill that would have granted unelected members of Ngai Tahu the right to sit and vote on the Regional Council. In the wake of the Christchurch massacre this vote was symbolic of our need for unity.  Unity, the sense that we are New Zealanders ahead of any particular identity, can only be maintained if we share the same democratic rights....Read more


Entrenched seats a political absurdity

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirakatene’s Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill will, if passed, require a 75% majority in Parliament to disestablish the Maori seats....Read more

Hijacking the Treaty

Click here to view Don Brash: is the Crown-Maori partnership a hijacking of the Treaty? on YouTube.

Minister, we're in this together - please talk to all of us!

Dear Minister, 
We believe that the Government’s move to establish a ministerial responsibility for reviewing the relationship between the Crown and Maori is fraught with danger because it entrenches the notion that the Crown and Maori somehow exist as separate groups in partnership with each other...Read more

Iwi rights to fresh water on the government's agenda again

The Hobson's Pledge position on fresh water is that it is there for the benefit of everyone, irrespective of ethnicity, and that a special deal for Maori is out of the question... Read more

Marine and coastal area: first marine and coastal area agreement sets precedent for decades of fresh treaty negotiations

The first Agreement negotiated under the Marine and Coastal Area (Tukutai Moana) Act 2011 not only confirms widely raised fears of the Crown’s failure to represent the public interest but sets a precedent for fresh rounds of Treaty style negotiations... Read more