Treaty of Waitangi

Wall Street Journal praises tribe: are you watching up north?

Ngai Tahu comes in for significant plaudits from one of the highest sources of praise possible – the Wall Street Journal.

Then, in 1998, the tribe made a bold bet. Rather than distribute a historic 170 million New Zealand dollars (US$144 million currently) settlement with the New Zealand government among its people, it invested the money in everything from real estate and stocks to tourist attractions.

A series of astute investments have since transformed Ngāi Tahu’s fortunes, enabling leaders to pump funds into restoring its meeting houses and supporting health and education programs. In doing so, the 50,000-strong Ngāi Tahu has become one of New Zealand’s wealthiest tribes even as it eschews opportunities such as gambling that run counter to its values. A number of New Zealanders of Ngāi Tahu descent have gone on to international success, including rugby player Piri Weepu.

“It is a hand up, not a handout,” said Mark Solomon, chairman of Ngāi Tahu’s tribal council.  Read more »

A reader emails about John Key, Act and Maori

A reader emails:

New Zealand National Party leader John Key wit...

New Zealand National Party leader John Key with the press (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi Cam

I would like to make some comment that picks up on a series of posts that have run on your blog over the last month or so covering 3 broad subjects.

The post subjects broadly are:

1. Your most recent post with John Key mixing it up with students at Auckland Uni

2. The possible rejuvenation of ACT and the appointment of Richard Prebble as Campaign Director; and

3. John Key attending (should he?) Waitangi Day;

Bear with me as I pull this all together.

In your post on John Key’s visit to Auckland Uni titled “This is why John Key is the most popular PM in history” your opening statement stated “John Key loves to be himself.  It is a major reason why people warm to him and he continues to be our most popular PM in history.”  Dead right.

I want to put forward what I believe is the other major reason he is the most popular PM in NZ history.  In my view the other major reason often lost sight of is the fact that National voters and potential National voters are represented in every grouping in NZ – the poor, students, public servants, Maori, attendees  at Te Ti Marae on Waitangi and the list goes on, and John Key recognises this and makes a point of engaging with most of these groups being himself.

A critical mistake any political party can make (and in my view a mistake National is all to often guilty of) is to assume that there are little or no votes in particular groups.  Media play on this.  For example media give the impression that Maori only vote for Labour and more recently the Maori Party and Mana.  Bullshit.  There are plenty of Maori that vote for National, and ACT for that matter.  While I am at, there are also Pakeha who vote for the Maori Party which really blurs what Tariana Turia was referring to when she used to use the statement  “our people”.

John Key I think recognises this.  He generally does not fear or favour particular groups.  Gay Pride? sweet I will attend.  Kingi doesn’t want me at Waitangi Day 2015? Tough shit I will attend.  Auckland Uni (and any Uni for that matter) a hotbed of radical idealistic Marxist youth – yeah I’ll visit.   Read more »

All about votes? Rubbish, I’ll cost votes

Some Ngapuhi are claiming that John Key’s offer of a cash inducement to settle Ngapuhi’s long outstanding claims are all about votes.

Adam Bennett reports in the NZ Herald.

Ngapuhi factions say Prime Minister John Key used his Waitangi Day speech as a platform to prematurely force a historic settlement with Ngapuhi in election year for political gain.

In his speech yesterday, Mr Key held out the prospect of an advance payment against the eventual settlement for New Zealand’s largest iwi.

He challenged Ngapuhi to put aside its differences to enable that and said he was keen to see a deal struck this year.

He noted other iwi had previously received similar advance payments.

Chairman of Ngapuhi’s runanga Sonny Tau welcomed the offer but said it would seek a final settlement of as much as $600 million – four times bigger than the landmark Tainui, Ngai Tahu or Tuhoe settlements.

Mr Key’s response was: “You’ve got to dream big but it doesn’t mean we’ll be writing a cheque for that amount.”  Read more »

Thoughts on Waitangi Day and Te Tai Tokerau

Of course today is meant to be the day we celebrate being New Zealanders, have some national pride and put aside our differences to share the day together as one people. It is not meant to be a day of protesting, discussing treaty claims or even looking negatively on the past through anger tinted glasses but one for looking into the future.

But we all know that is a load of bollocks don’t we. It is a day for the Harawira clan and their fellow protesters band of angry mud and fish slinging thugs to hijhack (with a lending hand by the media) for their own agenda. One would gather from watching the yearly feral fandangle that there was mass public protests against a  group of people who are continuously suppressed and disadvantaged by successive governments for decades, mistreated  and deliberately isolated from inclusion of society. Read more »

Clever stuff by John Key

John Key is a master politician.

Check this out from Waitangi:

Before the fish protest Key had attempted to convince local iwi leaders that fossil fuel exploration was in Maori interests. He invited the leaders of the hikoi to Wellington to spend a week with his ministers going over the facts around environmental risks and job creation.

“If I am wrong and you are right, I will walk out and join that protest,” he said.  Read more »

Good on ya Winston, you tell them

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Winston Peters does make a habit of speaking his mind and today he gave a protestor at Waitangi her beans.

Good job…time to stand up to these feral protestors and their bullshit.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ response to a Waitangi protester’s tirade? “Shut up.”

The heckler rained insults on Prime Minister John Key as he entered the meeting house on Te Tii Marae this morning, ahead of Waitangi Day celebrations tomorrow.

“You are desert traders … You don’t love our ancestors … You are killing our babies … You are nothing but murderers … You are nothing but thieves,” she said.

Peters, watching the welcome from the sidelines, told her to shut up.

“This is not your land. You are not a tupuna,” he said.  Read more »

A reader emails about Waitangi Day

What does Waitangi Day mean to you?

A reader emails his thoughts:

Dear WO,

Reasons why do I love Waitangi Day: I get the day off work & I get the day off work – that’s it.

I wish I had a day to celebrate NZ and being a NZer. Unfortunately the day supposedly set aside for such a celebration has never felt like a celebration.

Most of my generation (X/Y) don’t have a clue when it comes to Maori issues given the complexity in interpretation of the Treaty by the government & the ‘’Maori elite’’ & quite simply don’t care –much.

Put simply we know the Iwi’s get some land back and lots of money for their grievances but we all know it does not go where it is needed in regards to their ‘’own people’’. We assume the money has been squandered away somewhere giving little back to the Maori who could benefit from it. My Maori friends have never seen a cent or an ounce of support from their Iwi when they have hit tough times thus they simply don’t understand what all the drama is about around the treaty. Why should they vote for Hone or the Maori party to work for them and their Iwi to get something from the crown that they will never benefit from?  Read more »

Tell them to stick it John, it is just more brown-mail

Adam Bennett has reported in the NZ Herald that Ngapuhi were thinking of not inviting John Key to Waitangi and seriously considered giving him the cold shoulder.

He should give them a call and tell them to stick their invitation…they want to give the cold shoulder…how about they get the cold face and the black tent.

While anti-mining protesters are planning a torrid welcome for John Key at Waitangi tomorrow, the Prime Minister was close to receiving the cold shoulder from Te Tii Marae this year, Ngapuhi kaumatua Kingi Taurua says.

Visiting politicians have been a magnet for heated protest at their traditional speaking engagement the day before Waitangi Day at the marae several hundred metres down the road from the Treaty grounds.

This morning saw a scuffle as Hinewhare Harawira – sister of Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira – attempted to prevent Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae from going on to the marae.

Mr Taurua today confirmed the decision to allow Mr Key and other politicians to speak this year was only narrowly agreed.  Read more »

Doug Graham retains his knighthood

The Prime Minister has announced that Sir Douglas Graham can retain his knighthood.

Good….he got his award for the considerable amount of time and effort he put into sorting out Treat Settlements and getting the process underway that is now almost complete.

The NZ Herald reports:

In deciding that Graham should retain his knighthood, Mr Key said he was persuaded by three key factors.

“First, Sir Douglas received his knighthood for his leadership role in treaty settlements.

“Second, Sir Douglas was convicted of a strict liability offence, where dishonest or criminal intent is not required for conviction.”

Mr Key noted the High Court found that Sir Douglas and the other defendants acted honestly at all times, genuinely believed the statements in the amended prospectus were true, and that careful attention had been given to the contents of the amended prospectus, including taking legal advice.  Read more »

Dodgy maori ratbags on the take

Native Affairs looks at the rorts going on within the Kohanga Reo industry.

When you read it you will wonder  at  how come the Charities Commission hasn’t been all over this like a rash.

At the peak of the Kōhanga Reo movement there were 824 language nests around the country, today just 451 remain.

Last year the Kōhanga Reo Trust took an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, they asked for more autonomy and less accountability.

They argued that crown policy had all but crushed the movement, and that 172 Kōhanga were at risk of closure, in effect they were pleading poverty.

While this claim was being made, some of the spending at the top of the movement appears not to be in keeping with the kaupapa of Kōhanga Reo.  Read more »