Hide on the King turning the left in politics upside down

King Tuheitia Paki is calling for Maori to have a share in New Zealand’s sovereignty by 2025.

[…] The details remain sketchy. It could be as simple as King Tuheitia and Queen Elizabeth having turn about. That would be easiest. In fact, we could just make King Tuheitia and his successors the Crown and dispense with the Governor-General. We could have our own ready-minted monarchy.

But I suspect the King Tuheitia means shared government. That’s far trickier.

One obvious way of achieving shared government is through a dual Parliament. Setting up and running such a system would be complicated and difficult. It would mean deciding and then establishing the proper roles and functions of the two parliaments.

For example, would they be side-by-side or would the Maori Parliament operate a veto?

Alternatively, there could simply be reserved seats in government for Maori. That’s how it’s been done in the management of waterways and catchments under “co-governance” arrangements.

Maori could well have seats perpetually in government voted in by those on the Maori roll. That would certainly be easier than a dual parliament. The issue would be the number of seats. I sense that shared sovereignty means half and half.

In the end, we don’t know what they mean until they tell us.  I suspect it will be predicated on some degree of self-determination, including a parallel police force, courts, education, health and social welfare system.  None of those are new concepts as they have already existed or been tried out under various names. 

No doubt whatever is agreed as “shared sovereignty” it will be only the start.

It’s the principle that matters: and the principle is not one person, one vote, but shared sovereignty, which clearly is something else.

While the exact detail of “shared sovereignty” may be vague, the Maori King’s political route is not. He’s withdrawn his support from Labour (too broad a church) and thrown his weight behind Mana and the Maori Party.

The politics is simple. The price of their support for the government would be a roadmap to shared sovereignty. That’s reinforced by the King’s trusted lieutenant, Tuku Morgan, standing for and winning the presidency of the Maori Party. His first job as president was to enter negotiations with Mana. His intention is to win all seven Maori seats and be literally the kingmakers.

I have no doubt both Labour and National would agree to a suitably stacked royal commission inquiring into something innocuous-sounding like how to give full effect to the Treaty of Waitangi as the price of government.

But politics is a funny business: King Tuheitia may well be inadvertently crowning Winston Peters kingmaker.

If Winston can bring National across the line without the help of the Maori Party, you can bet that the association with the radical Mana movement will be sufficient reason for Key to keep the Maori party at arms length.


– Rodney Hide, NBR

  • MaryLou

    “Too broad a Church” – heh – I can’t remember the last time that phrase was used in conjunction with Labour.

    I wish I had confidence in Key to scotch this idea quick smart – but I don’t. He’s not as divisive as Obama, but he’s quite capable of letting things drag till they get right past him. Deliberately or not I have no idea.

    Nope, like it or not, Winston and Seymour need to be part of the mix, although both of them cause a wee bit of concern all of their own.

  • zotaccore

    Banana Republic NZ Inc would truly be wacked if John Harawira ever gets back into parliament. He’s a radical bro who cares not of his own people but of his own pocket. Why else would he have been sucked into being associated with KDC. Still, that’s politics and if people are stupid enough to vote for that nutter then they have no cause to complain of the disastrous consequences.

  • geoff

    Peters must be be laughing all the way to the bank about this.

  • greendogg

    So in this parallel universe of the revisionist Maori history, where Maori lived in a nirvana world of kumbaya, as we are led to believe, before the nasty colonial invaders came and stuffed it all up, where did the concept of a Maori “King” come from and it’s relevance to today? The Maori King’s sovereignty aspirations are as anachronistic and only as ridiculous as MSM preparedness to indulge this crap.

  • XCIA

    We should be telling the “King” and his motley crew to get stuffed, like we should have told the proponents of the super city to get stuffed – look where we are with that one.

  • sandalwood789

    I just think – what a contrast between how this so-called king behaves and how the Fijians conduct themselves.

    Wasn’t Fiji colonised too, along with NZ? I’m sure it was, but the Fijians seem to have ended up much more rounded and happy people. Contrast that to the huge chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that this so-called king and his people seem to have.

    • Wheninrome

      A little deeper look and ask the fijian indians how things were or are, check out land ownership

  • I mentioned this King to some middle-aged Maori friends last week, they’d never heard of such a concept as a Maori King. I guess the King and Queen need to work on their PR more. Wikipedia enlightened me a bit.

    • Bling Bling

      The King is Waikato not everywhere else.

  • HunuaRanger

    I’d say before a shared sovereignty/apartheid government comes into being, would be the dissolution of the Maori seats.

  • Rick H

    Tuheitia is a King – –
    – -in the same way that “Billy the Kid (1999–2001)” was a real President of the “Republic of Whangamomona”

    Billy was the first elected goat. He won election by eating the other challengers’ ballots. Unfortunately, he died in office after serving for 18 months. Short life spans is just one reason why animals should not be presidents.

  • exactchange

    We have already had a Constitutional Review which reported nearly 3 years ago. The outcome was to be an ongoing conversation. Which is apparently being conducted in whispers if at all. It was obvious from reading the many responses that a stacked bunch of reviewers was not nearly enough to get the mandate they wanted. Good.