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Maori Language Week won’t solve far more important Maori problems and issues

It is Maori Language Week. As is usual, the mainstream media are sniffily showing their undying support by changing banners and putting up stories of no interest to anyone else, but show their caring cultural side.

No one is raising the terrible spectre of Maori imprisonment rates that continue to remain high despite a huge focus on things Maori in all levels of government. It seems that Maori TV, Maori Language Week, special privileges and funding for being Maori or speaking Maori or make work schemes for older Maori where they get to chase away taniwha and evil spirits isn’t stopping the Maori crime or the Maori child abuse.

One other thing that isn’t going away is the expectation that the government fund and care for something that not even their own people care for.

One of our foremost Māori language experts will warn this week that the language will die unless the nation makes a renewed commitment to save it.

Dr Timoti Karetu, who was the first Māori Language Commissioner from 1987-99, will speak out in an inaugural State of Te Reo Māori address on Thursday marking the 40th anniversary of the first Māori Language Week which coincided with Dame Whina Cooper’s historic Māori land march in 1975.

“There is an apathy and a torpor pervading the whole of the Māori world, and the language is its victim,” Dr Karetu told the Herald.   Read more »

Will Auckland Council reduce your property value with a “mana whenua cultural heritage overlay”?

Where does this stop?

The Auckland Council supports a bid by Ngati Whatua Orakei to extend a “mana whenua cultural heritage overlay” over about 25 properties at the city end of Paritai Drive in the Auckland unitary plan.

Some of the homeowners have engaged lawyers to put opposing submissions to the unitary plan hearings panel. The land was designated a “Site of Value to Mana Whenua” when the Unitary Plan was notified in September 2013 – but the residents say no one told them.

Under current rules, property owners within a 200m “buffer zone” of these sites may need to obtain a cultural impact assessment from iwi for additions or redevelopment.

Mana whenua groups (iwi or hapu whose “customary authority” over an area is recognised) may recommend design changes to recognise the cultural and spiritual significance of the area or to avoid works which cause offence.

A 200 m buffer zone from any Maori heritage recognised location, and now they want to be able to tell you what paint colour you can or can not use.  I bet you can’t have a statue of Shiva in your garden either.   Read more »

Race-based fines (or not)… Apartheid by any other name

One News broke the exclusive last night

Unlicensed Maori drivers caught behind the wheel in South Auckland are getting the chance to avoid a $400 fine.

Police are defending the move, saying it’s part of their goal to reduce Maori offending and that it’s crucial and it’s working.

Documents leaked to ONE News show the “guidelines”police in South Auckland say they’ve been enforcing since last year.

The paperwork spells out that all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of their conditions are to be referred for training and not given a ticket.

“We then refer them to the panel and the panel looks at a whole range of issues that’s caused that person to drive without a licence or why that person hasn’t had a licence, and then provides some support,” says Superintendent Wally Haumaha of Police National Headquarters.

If after that Iwi and community support the driver has not complied within two months, a $400 ticket is then issued. Read more »

Are we ready for Maori to push for exemptions to any Capital Gains Tax?

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 »

Unelected Maori standover merchants bag $80 million from ratbag council

How does it feel Aucklanders?

After ratbag councillors stiffed you with a rates rate of almost 10%, now you wake up and listen to the wireless and find out that the same ratbag council has just chucked $80 million of your rates money at the ratbag standover merchants who have banned us from driving up Mount Eden.

Auckland’s Maunga Authority says iwi are making progress in protecting their taonga – the city’s tihi (summit) – after receiving a large funding boost.

The authority was established eight months ago, and its kaupapa is to protect the 14 Tūpuna Maunga affiliated with the 13 iwi in the rohe.

Auckland Council has allocated nearly $80 million to the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority for the next 10 years.   Read more »

Halfwits abound, if only they’d quit

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New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd is up in arms because he has been called a dickhead and a halfwit. He should resign.

When put to a referendum the residents of New Plymouth  told him to stick his idea for Maori wards where the sun doesn’t shine. The idea was really dumb and it should never have seen the light of day.

Andrew is an Optometrist. He certainly isn’t a lawyer with deep constitutional knowledge – but you’d have the strong impression he knows more than anyone else – thus is justified in pursuing Maori wards for the district.

We all know that politics is rife with halfwits, most of whom feed greedily from the rate payer funded trough whilst providing themselves a platform for their over inflated sense of self (refer egos of gargantua) to parade about like a prize goose. And it’s generally these halfwit politicians who open their gobs to raise dumb ideas that they should have whispered quietly into their pillows at night as they cried themselves to sleep.

The Maori wards is one such idea. In Nelson a few years ago the same idea managed to be floated by the Councillors. But only briefly before sensibility prevailed and the locals voted down the idea through referenda.    Read more »

The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth really should take the honourable course and resign

The halfwit Mayor in New Plymouth just can’t accept the result of a referendum he forced.

It has really ripped his undies. Instead of resigning which an honourable man would do, he is now proposing other half-baked solutions which will likely end up in the same place as his previous one.

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has taken his fight for Maori representation a step further, calling for a law change so up to half of all councillors in New Zealand are Maori.

Judd, already fighting critics over his council’s plans to create a Maori ward, believes there should be more Maori representation across the country to better reflect the Treaty of Waitangi.

“The reasonable interpretation of the Treaty is that you would have fifty-fifty representation around the table,” Judd said.

“We should be incorporating the Maori perspective around council tables, and ultimately that would mean up to half the representation each.”

In September the New Plymouth District Council narrowly voted for the creation of a Maori ward seat, but the move has not been without conflict.    Read more »

New Plymouth Mayor rinsed over Maori seats

The sensible ratepayers of New Plymouth have handed the mayor a rinsing over his maori seat proposal.

A Maori ward seat has been given a resounding no from the people of the New Plymouth district.

The council’s controversial decision to have a Maori ward was overturned in a landslide vote on Friday after a district wide, binding referendum.

Eighty three per cent of voters in the binding referendum voted against the creation of the ward, with only 17 per cent of people in favour of the idea.

From the 45 per cent voter turnout and the 25,338 returned votes, 21,053 people were against the creation of the ward, with only 4285 in favour of it.

New Plymouth mayor D said he was disappointed with the result.

“We must now reconsider how best to engage with Maori and enable their participation in the council’s decision making, as we are required to do by law,” he said.

“On a personal note I am obviously disappointed with the outcome, both in terms of the result and the fact that more than half the community didn’t vote.”

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Taxpayers’ Union take on Maori mafiaoso tax

The Taxpayers’ Union doing what the John Key’s National Party should have done a long time ago and is taking on Auckland Council’s r̶i̶d̶i̶c̶u̶l̶o̶u̶s̶  corrupt ‘Cultural Impact Assessment’ provisions.

This morning the Union joined forces with other not for profits and launched a report titled “The Taniwha Tax”. Below is the summary they sent to supporters:

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[T]he Taxapayers’ Union launched what is our hardest hitting research yet.We were joined in Auckland by pro-deomcracy group Democracy Action, the Auckland Property Investors’ Association, and our sister organisation the Ratepayers’ Alliance, to launch The Taniwha Tax: A briefing paper on Auckland Council’s new Mana Whenua rules.The Paper covers the new Mana Whenua provisions in the Auckland Unitary Plan that have enacted a cultural or ‘Taniwha Tax’, enforceable immediately.Our briefing paper exposes:   Read more »

Maori proposing “indigenous tax” on foreign visitors

The University of Auckland Business School is hosting a seminar where:

Our aim is to share a very simple model to improve equality of opportunity for all people in Aotearoa where the indigenous tax™ will be used to invest in people’s economic wealth and social well being.” Anita Stowers and Maki Maihi-Taniora

The purpose of the meeting/seminar is to bring together interested persons to listen and discuss the indigenous taxation concept and to see whether university academics are interested in exploring the concept as part of wider research into its viability economically, politically and culturally.

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