Maori already have a privileged position in New Zealand as more and more race based policies are enacted.
They have grabbed control of Auckland’s mountains and blocked access to Mt Eden. They are demanding land be given to them in Auckland instead of using it for delivering affordable housing. There is Whanau Ora, separate ministries and even a separate television station.
Nearly all of this is provided by the state, but Iwi and Iwi organisations barely pay any taxes, most Maori either get Working for Families or some other sort of welfare and so are net tax takers not net tax payers and yet some Maori want even more.
One such person is Joshua Hitchcock, who thinks Maori shouldn’t pay land taxes or land based taxes. He focusses on Capital Gains Tax but I’ll bet he also thinks council rates are iniquitous.
In the New Zealand context, Māori rights to their whenua is guaranteed under Ko Te Tuarua o Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In reality, however, Māori continue to hold only 6% of land within Aotearoa – the remainder either having been confiscated or acquired using less than fair methods. The settlement programme the Crown has undertaken over the past two decades has returned a portion of the wealth stolen from Māori, but this portion is nowhere near sufficient enough to make up for the loss suffered. Read more »