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 rŐ∂iŐ∂dŐ∂iŐ∂cŐ∂uŐ∂lŐ∂oŐ∂uŐ∂sŐ∂ ¬†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:


[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 ‚ÄėTaniwha Tax‚Äô, 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‚ĄĘ will be used to invest in people‚Äôs economic wealth and social well being.‚ÄĚ 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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Maori making grab for water and Nick Smith & Bill English appear to be helping them

Maori are going to go after water as the next grievance claim….and it appears that Bill English and Nick Smith are entertaining their claims and negotiating with them instead of telling them to piss off.

Maori leaders have mounted a bid for effective ownership of a share of the country’s¬†freshwater.

This would allow them, and other with water rights, to onsell it to those who need water for irrigation, hydropower and other commercial uses.

Talks between the powerful Iwi Leaders Group and the Government, fronted by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Environment Minister Nick Smith, are at a critical stage after ministers rejected a nationwide ‘Waterlords’ settlement along the lines of the Sealords deal over¬†Maori¬†commercial fishing claims.

The Government is adamant it will not hand over rights in perpetuity to Maori Рbut it may compromise by allowing regional councils to do local deals with Maori.

Farmers are worried that there will not be enough water to go around if significant quantities of freshwater are set aside for Maori.

In¬†a Cabinet paper, Smith points to possible “catchment by catchment” deals at a regional government level. The Crown has acknowledged¬†Maori¬†interests and rights¬†in¬†freshwater¬†but their extent and nature is at issue. The Government may set criteria by which local iwi can get preferential access to water, catchment by catchment, Smith says.

Ministers and iwi leaders held a summit at Waitangi during the February 6 commemorations, in a swift response to an iwi- commissioned report proposing radical ways to deal with freshwater and Maori claims. The report, by research group Sapere, proposed a nationwide settlement, an end to 35-year renewals of water consents. and a move to permanent rights and a market in tradable water rights.

It argued the regime would not only be a boon for Maori but would add $2 billion to the value of power-generating assets, $5.5b to the primary sector and boost the overall economy, while helping reduce the effects of drought through more efficient use of water. It would also open the way for the Government to levy resource taxes on income from using the water.

If National wants to lose more than just Northland they will keep on going with this process under the control of Bill English and Nick Smith. ¬†¬† Read more »

Seems Northland voters aren’t as dumb as Winston thinks they are

Winston Peters is a political charlatan, he will say and do whatever it takes to score a political point, even if he wrong.

He said he never received donations from Owen Glenn…he lied. He said Huka Lodge was sold to dirty foreigners…its isn’t.

And those are but two examples.

He has been campaigning in Northland and promoting spending on ports that are no longer active, and for infrastructure no one wants. He is taking Northland voters for chumps

Problem is…they aren’t.

Far North voters have voted more than two to one against the introduction of Maori wards.

Mayor John Carter called the poll over the opposition of iwi, who expected today’s result. ¬† Read more »

Call to remove business bribes but no calls to remove the other ones

Parliament’s being urged to crack down on call facilitation payments in business which a lobby group says are little more than bribes.

The law and order select committee considering the Organised Crimes Bill has been asked to outlaw the payments which will send a signal that New Zealand is beyond corruption.

Transparency International New Zealand chair Suzanne Snively says this country has a reputation as one of the most corruption free nations on earth.

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Perfect Angry Andy has to backtrack

The media have been repeating the mantra that Angry Andy had yet to stuff up.  This was during three weeks of parliament and two months of holidays.   Quite the test.

Little’s first formal outing for the year was at Waitangi, where he shattered his ‘perfect’ record.

Labour leader Andrew Little has watered down his comments about exploring greater Maori self-governance, referring today to examples such as co-governance of waterways rather than allowing Maori to legislate and govern themselves.

On Waitangi Day, Mr Little criticised Mr Key for dismissing a Waitangi Tribunal report that found Ngapuhi chiefs had not ceded their sovereignty by signing the Treaty.

Mr Little said that report found Maori had retained their ability to govern themselves, including law making abilities. While that was “highly problematic” it should be talked about. Read more »

Is Labour’s new policy to remove all water meters?

Andrew Little has developed a habit of blurting out ill-considered thoughts as though they are fully developed policy ideas.

He is of course pandering to the audience he is speaking to, but forgets that everything he says and does now is subject to media scrutiny.

His latest brain-fart amongst many is to suggest that water should not be a tradeable commodity.

Labour party leader Andrew Little says water should not be traded as a commodity in New Zealand.

Mr Little, who spoke at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi today, told media after his official address mixed feedback from iwi and the Government over water ownership rights was a reflection of wider conflicting views on the issue.

“Certainly, local people and local iwi – they want water and they want access to water because they need it,” Mr Little said.

“Whether or not it’s about making a profit from it, some have that view clearly but others don’t.

“I think…this is the big challenge we face as a country. There’s a long way to go yet and this is an issue that all New Zealanders need to be debating. ¬†¬† Read more »

Don Brash’s Orewa speech the media wouldn’t report

The other day Don Brash and Gareth Morgan fronted at Orewa. Contrary to the media reports it wasn’t actually the Orewa Rotary Club but only its premises¬†that was used.

The media reported extensively the nonsense that Gareth Morgan spouted but barely mentioned what Don Brash had to say.

So I called up Don and asked if I could publish his speech.


Thanks for inviting me here today, and for the opportunity to comment on what Gareth has said. I didn’t see the speech in advance of course, so these comments are just immediate reactions based partly on what Gareth said a few days ago in a speech to a Ngapuhi audience.

Let me say first that there are some of Gareth’s views with which I agree. He said in his Ngapuhi speech that he is opposed to separate Maori electorates, Maori wards (and by implication the Maori Statutory Board in Auckland) and quotas for Maori in educational institutions. Granting any group special rights is contrary to Article 3 of the Treaty he said, and I totally agree with that.

It‚Äôs also patronising, and implies that Maori aren‚Äôt quite competent enough to have their voices heard in the political arena without a special leg up. Of course that is nonsense: when I was in Parliament, there were 21 Maori in Parliament ‚Äď roughly the same percentage of Members of Parliament as Maori are in the wider population ‚Äď only seven of them elected in the Maori electorates. The other 14 were elected in general constituencies or were placed in a winnable position on a party‚Äôs list.

Similarly in Auckland: the first election of councillors after the super-city was established in 2010 saw three people of Maori descent elected ‚Äď not in Maori wards but on their own merits ‚Äď and again three Maori out of a total of 20 councillors meant that Maori on the Council were in roughly the same proportion as Maori in the general population.

But as explained in his Ngapuhi speech his basic position seems to be that ‚Äď

‚Äú.. the Treaty is whatever a reasonable person‚Äôs view of the following four taken together leads them to ‚Äď not any one taken in isolation, but all taken together:

  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Principles of the Treaty
  • Post-1975 Consensus on the Treaty.‚ÄĚ

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Remarkable Maori racism on display

The Race Relations Commissioner has called on organisers of a basketball tournament to allow a teenage girls’ team to play after they were refused entry because their coach wasn’t Maori.

Basketball coach Andrew McKay said it was unfair to his under 17s team who were barred from this week’s National Maori Basketball Tournament after a rule change meant even coaches and management had to be Maori to enter.

Mr McKay coached a Ngati Whakaue team which won the under-15 division at last year’s tournament in Rotorua.

But his application in October to enter the same team in the under-17 grade for this week’s competition, which starts today, was initially declined by the organisers because he was non-Maori.

A clause that all coaching and management personnel must provide whakapapa to an iwi — or state tribal links — was added to the online entry forms after he had applied, he said. Read more »


Just who do these pricks think they are?

We can all thank Len Brown from ruining one of the best free night time attractions in Auckland. Driving up Mt Eden to look at the view at night.

Some unelected bunch of Maori stand over merchants have decided unilaterally to change the closing hours for Mt Eden and other mountains to 8:30pm instead of the previous 11:00pm.

About 70 cars were trapped on one of Auckland’s most popular tourist attractions last night after the gates were shut early.

People who ventured up the mountain said they were outraged when they were told to pay $40 to leave.

Some motorists were trapped up the maunga for two hours and criticised the Auckland Council’s lack of consistency on publicising closure times.

The Mt Eden-Maungawhau gates were chained off after 8.30pm.

Access to the summit closes at 11pm every day, the council’s website said this morning.


An A4-sized sign with the new closure times was stuck to a pole on the right-hand side of the road, Shaw said.

It was not well-lit, making it difficult for his wife, who was driving, to see, he said.

Motorists were told they could leave if they paid a $40 fine, Shaw said.

He assumed he would receive the $40 fine in the mail, “which to me is not on”.

Security guards took down registration details of the motorists, he said.

Another motorist trapped on the maunga said the new sign was blocked from view by vegetation.

They were allowed to leave after two hours.

“Hopefully the future forced imprisonment of tax-paying citizens and tourists on one of Auckland’s major landmarks will be resolved more efficiently since it seems gate-closing times are entirely arbitrary,” the motorist said.

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