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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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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 – but 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 »