Is democracy racist? It is if you ask the Maori Party.
“Racism has been defeated by fairness, justice and reason today,” said Māori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell in response to Te Arawa winning their battle for better local government representation.
The Rotorua District Council has voted to accept a modified version of the Te Arawa Partnership Model today after receiving more than 1800 submissions on the issue. This will ensure that a Te Arawa representative will be on all standing committees.
“During the submission hearings, the people of Te Arawa have had to stare at, and sit next to, the ugly face of racism, but today it was booted out the door, and rightfully so. I am so relieved that the tāngata whenua of Rotorua have been listened to because what is good for Te Arawa is good for the city.
The gall of these people is incredible.
The “ugly face of racism” is the face of individuals advocating a retention of democracy.
When the government should be making it easier for ratepayers to sack piss poor councillors, the Maori Party are instead ushering in unelected officials with voting rights.
Thankfully there’s at least one group calling them out:
The Maori Party’s approach of bullying and intimidation against those who have stood up for one person, one vote, in Rotorua, is a dishonourable act by Members of Parliament that should know better. Democracy Action, a pressure group which champions democratic values is calling-out Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell for his intimidatory comments regarding the Rotorua District Council vote to accept unelected members onto Council committees.
Democracy Action Chairman Lee Short says:
“We all accept that reasonable people can have differing views on race-based appointments onto local councils, but for a Government Minister to label those who stand for democracy as ‘racist’ is frankly outrageous.”
“We call on Mr Flavell to withdraw his offensive remarks. Bullying and intimidation have no place in democratic debate.”
The Maori Party have been pushing for race based representation in local government, aided and abetted by useful idiots like New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.
It’s a stupid idea that failed spectacularly in Fiji and will fail here.