Treaty of Waitangi

Let me guess…there’s a taniwha there, right?

As night follows day, Maori have rights over the Kermadecs they want to enforce…watch the brownmail ramp up.

Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world breach Treaty of Waitangi obligations and extremely late-notice consultation was cynical, the Maori Fisheries Trust says.

The strong criticism comes after Labour said the Government’s “care free” approach to establishing the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could lead to legal challenges from iwi.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith dismissed that, saying consultation had been adequate and the idea well-received.

However, today the Maori Fisheries Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOK), has issued a statement slamming the Government’s “cynical” consultation on the project.

“To inform Te Ohu Kaimoana (as the agent of the Treaty partners) a mere 10 hours before the Prime Minister’s announcement at the United Nations and call it consultation is cynical,” the joint statement from TOK chairman Matiu Rei and chief executive Peter Douglas said.   Read more »

Courtroom shenanigans, death threats against PM and Maori sovereignty issues make for a circus


MILITANT SUPPORTERS of a Maori activist arrested on driving charges have been publicly advocating for the assassination of Prime Minister John Key.

The backlash against Key follows the arrest in June of Te Kuiti man Kaydeng Sherwood Boles on charges of driving while suspended and refusing to supply his name and address.

Sherwood Boles appeared in the Te Kuiti District Court on July 22 where he spent several hours in custody after refusing to recognise the court’s jurisdiction. He was eventually remanded on bail to reappear in November.

During his son’s appearance, Sherwood Boles’ father, Robert, entered the fray telling court staff the charges amounted to treason and “our forests will bare [sic] the weight of your bodies as they hang from our trees.”

But it’s what has happened since that is now causing concern.    Read more »

Auckland Maori: They’ve got the need, the need for greed


GREEDY MAORI HAVE been accused of trying to extort nearly $500 out of an Auckland mother who wanted to host a baby shower and barbecue at one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.

This latest case comes just months after the “forced imprisonment of dozens of taxpaying citizens and tourists” who were told to cough up $40 each after the gates were locked on them early at Auckland’s Mt Eden Domain.

The Auckland Council governs the Domain in conjunction with the Tamaki Collective of Maori iwi who charge an ‘event permit fee” for anyone wishing to use the area.

Jimmie [surname redacted] believes the fees are an absolute outrage.

His sister-in-law lives in central Auckland in a shared apartment with her husband and the couple is expecting their first child in November.

Jimmie said the couple weren’t rich so thought they might hold a baby shower and barbecue for a maximum of 50 people at Auckland’s Mt Eden Domain.

To ensure there was no issue with hosting the event there, the couple emailed the Auckland Council only to be told that because the Domain was governed by the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makarau Authority there would be an “event permit fee” of somewhere in the region of $450…or more.    Read more »

Hey Trotter? Phone call…some guy called Daryl Kerrigan is calling

Tino Rangitiratanga flag

Comrade Chris Trotter has had another of his bad days…and he thinks that the one true flag for New Zealand is the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.

THERE’S A HOUSE not far from here that flies the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. Every day, rain or shine, its flutters bravely atop its slender flagpole. A statement? Certainly. But isn’t every flag? The Tino Rangatiratanga flag stands for Maori sovereignty. It’s about the proper relationship between those who came to these islands first and those who came later. In other words, it’s a flag that speaks, directly, to this country’s past, present and future. For that reason, alone, it makes the strongest case for being chosen as the present flag’s replacement. That it is also a superb design merely strengthens its claim.

Tragically, New Zealanders will not be given the opportunity to vote for the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. The government-appointed Flag Consideration Panel has released the four “finalists” from the 40 designs it selected from the more than 10,000 submissions it received – and the Tino Rangatiratanga flag is not among them. (Hardly surprising, really, since it didn’t make the “Top-40” either!)

Even more tragically, not one of the “Final Four” comes close to the Tino Rangatiratanga flag in terms of either graphic power or cultural resonance. Though the Panel was charged with ensuring that any new flag’s design reflected the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi-inspired partnership between Maori and Pakeha, not one of the chosen flags features the red, white and black “colours” that are fundamental to Maori artistic expression. Not to worry, the Panel have carefully covered the base marked “Maori” with a flag featuring a stark black koru. Sorted.

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Finlayson tells King of Huntly to naff off

Chris Finlayson has told the former truck driver and King of Huntly to naff off over his ridiculous idea that Tainui can claim Auckland under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has one message for Waikato-Tainui if it wants to begin negotiating a claim over parts of Auckland – get a mandate and specify your claims.

He said he had given Tukoroirangi Morgan the same message about five times in the past.

“He nods and then nothing happens,” Mr Finlayson told the Herald.

“Mandates don’t last forever.”    Read more »

“But this isn’t really about that” – Hauraki Mayor wants $200m taxpayer trough for the region

You got love the spin here.  

Maori go off to discuss the finer points of something related to the settlement process, but it’s the government’s fault for holding it all up.

The Hauraki District’s mayor says it is hugely disappointing that the Hauraki Collective’s treaty settlement negotiations have been stalled since last December.

Mayor John Tregidga is urging Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson to get on with settling the claims in the Hauraki-Coromandel region.

The mayor said the negotiations were around 99 percent complete, but the minister had refused to negotiate since some Hauraki iwi went to the Waitangi Tribunal over a separate issue of representation on a pan-iwi governance forum in Bay of Plenty.

Mr Tregidga said the delay was a missed opportunity for the region, as he understands the Hauraki iwi would have a balance sheet of about $200 million once the settlement was complete.

“That would make them the biggest business people within the Hauraki District, the Hauraki region, so it is significant,” he said.

“But this isn’t really about that – this is about actually fairness, and the fact that the whole community was expecting settlement by the end of last year, certainly at the latest early this year, and here we are still on hold.”   Read more »

Labour’s inconsistent approach to the TPP

On the weekend a few loons who oppose everything, and especially free trade deals, were out protesting the TPPA. Their rationale is that it loses our sovereignty. No doubt many of those protesting will also be lobbying for a flag change to remove our links to Great Britain and in the process lose another piece of our sovereignty.

Of course where there is a protest there are Labour MPs and that is just because it is the only opportunity they ever get to speak to more people than could fit in an old-style phone box.

Stuart Nash rocked up in Napier to speak about TPP and explain Labour’s ludicrous bottom lines. Predictably this has been seized upon by Steve Joyce to point out the disconnect in Labour’s ranks.

Mr Joyce, the Economic Development Minister, said Labour tried to suggest it was generally in favour of TPP and trade deals as a way of backing regional New Zealand but then attended anti-TPP rallies, including in Hawkes Bay.

It shows they are “speaking out both sides of their mouths”.   Read more »

So how many trout were in our rivers in 1840?

Why on earth is the government pandering to grasping maori interest and brown mail over trout?

Trout were introduced to New Zealand and more than 20 years (1860s for Brown trout, 1880s for Rainbow Trout) after the treaty was signed.

A letter from the Department of Conservation addressed to members of the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee has been described as proposing “trout farming by stealth” and is certain to raise the ire of trout anglers and the tourist industry.

The leaked letter, dated June 5, states the Crown and the Tuwharetoa Hapu Forum on behalf of Ngati Tuwharetoa have signed an agreement in principle for the settlement of Ngati Tuwharetoa’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, which include “redress proposals” concerning the Tongariro National Trout Centre.

According to the DoC letter, these include “arrangements for Ngati Tuwharetoa to use a raceway and any other existing facilities not required by DoC and the ability to construct new facilities … for the purposes of raising trout to harvest for important occasions”.    Read more »

Halfwits abound, if only they’d quit


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 »

Iwi leaders’ water claim “nothing but corporate greed” says Ngapuhi academic

David Rankin has called out the Iwi Leadership Group for their attempt to hijack water in New Zealand, aided and abetted by Bill English and Nick Smith.

His press release makes perfect sense.

As iwi leaders from around the country meet to discuss claiming commercial rights to all the country’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, dams and any other fresh water, Ngapuhi academic David Rankin has questioned their motives.

Mr Rankin, who is currently undertaking a PhD on traditional property rights, points out that prior to the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, Maori never owned water.  And even after Europeans arrived, Maori never owned water.  He says that there is no cultural basis or historical precedent for the claim.  Neither is water Treaty right according to him “Water is not mentioned in the Treaty once.  ‘Taonga’ are mentioned, but these are not property rights.  A ‘taonga’ traditionally was something that could be acquired at the point of a spear.  Try doing that with water”, he says.   Read more »