Treaty of Waitangi

Labour to join Donald Trump in opposing free trade

Who would ever have thought that the Labour party would be on the same side as Donald Trump.

Well, they are, in announcing they will be going against their own history to vote against the TPP free trade agreement that will give access to millions of new customers to our exporters.

Labour has confirmed that it will vote against the TPP legislation the Government will introduce into Parliament next week.

Finance spokesperson, Grant Robertson, confirmed this to POLITIK last night.

However, the party may vote for some parts of the legislation when the original Omnibus Bill has to be split into parts during the Parliamentary process.

Nevertheless, the symbolism of the party voting against a trade agreement is huge.    Read more »

Bugger me with a wire brush: TPP doesn’t breach Treaty – Waitangi Tribunal

Well lookee here, that’s another TPPA myth busted:

The Waitangi Tribunal have ruled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has not breached Treaty obligations.

However, the report raised a number of concerns, such as misjudging Maori interests and a lack of transparency on Maori advice.

New Zealand is one of 12 countries party to the free trade deal, which the Government claims will benefit the country by $2.7 billion a year by 2030.

The Treaty of Waitangi clause in the agreement should “provide a reasonable degree of protection to Maori interests”, the Tribunal said.    Read more »

Key slaps the begging bowls from Northland Maori over Kermadecs claim

John Key has politely told iwi to GFY over their claims on the Kermadecs.

A marine sanctuary will go ahead in the Kermadec Islands regardless of iwi opposition, Prime Minister John Key says.

Legislation which will establish New Zealand’s largest ocean sanctuary 1000km northeast of the North Island will be introduced in Parliament tomorrow.    Read more »

It was a sledge-fest and Little was exposed for his double-talk

John Key and Andrew Little went toe to toe in parliament yesterday but Andrew Little, as usual, was slaughtered.

He only had himself to blame for his forked tongue on the TPPA. Little said Labour opposed the deal, they went large on that stance and some MPs even marched in the protest. Phil Goff was given a dispensation but David Shearer was castigated for supporting the deal.

When pushed, though, we found out that Andrew Little was lying to the public over their opposition to the trade deal. When pushed he confirmed that Labour won’t use the exit provisions of the deal to remove New Zealand from the deal. Worse still, he has also said they won’t vote against the enabling legislation.

So when Andrew Little says he opposes something then it is probable he is lying to you as a voter. And when he says he supports something, then based on his positioning for opposing things, you really can’t believe him on that either.

Labour has misled the public over the TPPA; he has played one song for the hard left and quietly played another song for other voters.

Voters aren’t stupid, but Labour and Andrew Little have treated them as stupid. Voters will see this and they will remember.

Labour has lied from the get-go with their opposition.   Read more »

Media Party continues to push the Waitangi kerfuffle

The Media Party are trying really hard to push the idea that John Key broke his promise to go to Waitangi every year.

Prime Minister John Key denies he broke a long-standing promise by not attending events in Waitangi this year.

Mr Key chose to spend Waitangi Day in Auckland because he was concerned he would be blocked from discussing politics at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi.

When he was Leader of the Opposition, Mr Key said that he would go to Waitangi every year if he became Prime Minister.

He made the commitment in 2007 after Helen Clark stopped going to annual commemorations at Te Tii Marae.   Read more »

Garner on the Waitangi Day Key debacle clusterwhatsit

Old scribble face, Kingi Taurua, the custodian and cleaner of Te Tii marae, has managed to convince Ngapuhi to uninvite John Key.

Duncan Garner comments on their idiocy.

Ngāpuhi are nuts to block the prime minister from official ceremonies at Te Tii Marae, in Waitangi, on Friday.

It’s short-sighted and immature. The vote was 30-15 in favour of blocking the PM. Now another group of Māori, the Marae trustees, want to override that decision.

The prime minister now wins this debate hands-down.

What does Ngāpuhi achieve by blocking the PM? The total sum of nothing. Zilch. Zero.

Key should go and celebrate the day with the rest of the country and turn his back on these people, for good. He should never return. This is their loss. It’s pathetic.

They are simply hot-heads, who will now sit in a small circle and talk to themselves. Very few people will listen and fewer people will care.

They have lost a golden opportunity. Now, no doubt, despite blocking him, they will still chase the PM down the road to make a fuss about him even coming north at all.

One word: idiots.

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A tale of two treaties

We’re hearing a lot from the left-wing on how the TPPA is a bad deal for Maori and how it clashes with the Treaty of Waitangi.

Activists like this one in Rotorua are particularly livid.

We hear less about the NZ-China FTA that Labour negotiated with China. So what is the difference between the treatment of Maori in the NZ-China FTA and the TPPA? Let’s look for ourselves. Spot the difference and guess which agreement is which:

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Winston plays the same old race card, except he’s right

Winston Peters really is a bit of a one-trick pony.

He’s played the race card yet again; this time over the RMA, and this time he is dead right.

Changes to the Resource Management Act are the result of the Maori Party “brownmailing” National and will take New Zealand down the path of separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

Mr Peters has focused on the reform of the RMA in his state-of-the-nation speech, delivered at the Orewa Rotary Club — the same venue where former National leader Don Brash made his controversial remarks on what he saw as a trend to racial separatism.

The NZ First leader said that under the new RMA bill, every council would be required by law to invite local iwi to participate in the formulation of policy plans, including water management plans.

“This is just the starting point,” Mr Peters told the audience. “Iwi really want much, much more.”

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He will have to use a loud-hailer, talk real slow and use small words

John Key is going to explain the TPPA to Maori…at Waitangi.

Prime Minister John Key says he will promote the merits of the TPP free trade agreement on the lower marae at Waitangi and that overall it was an important debate for his Government to win.

“The opportunities that come from a trade deal like TPP are at the core of what we are about as a Government, which is international connectedness and greater opportunities for our people,” he told the Herald last night.

Mr Key will head to Waitangi on February 5, the day after the 12-country trade deal is signed in Auckland, with protests promised by opponents, including Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey, who believes it will severely reduce New Zealand’s sovereignty.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Trade Minister Todd McClay will also embark on roadshows for the public – which are almost certain to attract protests.

But Mr Key believes most people have a limited understanding of the deal.

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McClay tries to calm the natives

The left and the Media Party have been successful in letting the idiots, troughers and natives think the TPPA is going to ruin their lives, just like Helen’s China FTA didn’t.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the Crown’s obligations to Maori in the Treaty of Waitangi will still be upheld once the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is signed.

McClay announced earlier today that Auckland will play host to the 11 other countries involved in the deal at a ceremony on February 4.

But he says despite the controversy surrounding the agreement, Maori should not be concerned that they will be neglected by the Crown.

“New Zealand’s approach in its free trade agreements reflects the constitutional significance of the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealand,” he said.   Read more »