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2016 Reality contradicts 40 year old legislation

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The bizarre outcome of not being able to grow your own medicine when chronically or terminally ill because of out-of-step laws made in 1975, is absolutely farcical. Especially when juxtaposed against the social carnage and hypocrisy of alcohol and tobacco laws. For the chronically ill person, this feels like a deliberately inflicted, malicious “road block” by the Government-of-the-day to returned health for the person suffering. A deliberate blockage cruelly left in the way by successive law makers. Don’t believe me? …just listen to the pleas from Martin Crowe & Helen Kelly & anyone else with a life threatening terminal or chronic illness, who are forced into “criminal behaviour” to secure a medicinal herb they could otherwise grow in their garden with their parsley.

Not to mention all the risks and angst created today in 2016 as a result of those 40-year-old laws – that forces the sufferer into either becoming a criminal for growing an organic herb, or forces them/their supporters to turn to the costly, illegal, and often dangerous black market for the medicinal herb.

The insult to today’s 2016 common sense, heaped upon the loss of dignity one has to go through trying to avoid nasty black market criminals …and the police …and the resulting judiciary – during the lowest possible health ebb in someone’s life – is tantamount to deliberate, needless and cruel suffering – deliberately inflicted by successive law makers each day they choose the status quo to remain. Read more »

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.  Read more »