The Waitangi Tribunal is starting an urgent hearing into claims relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as the government continues a roadshow to sell the trade deal.
The Waitangi Tribunal hearing starts on Monday and for five days it will consider issues including whether the provisions in the TPPA relating to the Treaty of Waitangi provide effective protection of Maori, and what Maori input is required for ratification.
Sonny Tau will be wishing he had bashed a couple of twins to death and everyone stayed silent…instead he is facing serious fines, possible jail and additional charges in the aftermath of his pigeon killing expedition.
Northland iwi leader Sonny Tau has now admitted hunting protected native birds and faces a new and more serious charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Tau, 61, had earlier admitted having five dead kereru, or wood pigeon, but denied killing or hunting them.
However, he changed his plea on the latter charge when he appeared in Auckland District Court on this afternoon.
Police have also laid a new charge, conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
He has entered no plea to that, his lawyer John Munro confirmed to NZ Newswire. Read more »
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 »
Andrew Little, ably assisted by a compliant media, has supposedly built up his cred to better proportions than the previous leaders since Clark.
The claims though were specious and come from people who should know better were just plain wrong.
Whatever level of acceptance Andrew Little had managed to claw his way to, though, has been destroyed by his interest in exploring Maori making their own laws…kind of a Maori sharia proposal.
Labour leader Andrew Little has proposed looking at giving Maori greater self-governance, possibly including the ability to make some of their own laws.
Mr Little made the comments yesterday, referring to a Waitangi Tribunal finding last year that Northland Maori did not cede their sovereignty when signing the Treaty.
Prime Minister John Key was criticised by elders at Waitangi for dismissing that report. Mr Little said the Waitangi Tribunal report found Maori should be able to make their own laws on matters affecting them. While that would be “highly problematic” he said it should be looked at.
Mr Little acknowledged it could concern some New Zealanders. “The fear is always that these things turn into a ‘they are getting special privilege’ or ‘they are getting a control we would never be able to have’. We have to be sensitive to that, but we’ve also got to understand for iwi now and those who have had their settlements and developed their own economic base, there are some things we might want to say they can be responsible for that is consistent with historical obligations.”
He said it was time to look at what would happen after the settlements were completed.
He said some Native American tribes had law-making powers over their territories in the United States where recognised tribes were exempt from some laws – including taxation – and could create their own laws in many areas. Mr Little said allowing separate law-making was “highly problematic”.
“But we shouldn’t be so dismissive of any claim by iwi over what they do. We do have to function as a nation-state and we don’t want to compromise that. But let’s have a look at it.”
Mr Key said allowing some iwi the ability to make their own law would be “divisive” and he did not support the suggestion.
It may surprise many New Zealanders, but a growing number of Maori are fed up with the Waitangi Tribunal, and the entire Treaty gravy train. There is a stereotype of Maori collecting millions of dollars in settlement money and living the easy life. The reality is very different. Here are a few facts:
1. The Tribunal makes up history as it goes along. A growing number of New Zealand historians are pointing this out, although most of them are labelled as racist for doing so. Facts are omitted in Tribunal reports, and evidence is shaped in some cases to fit predetermined outcomes. As an example, I gave evidence at a Tribunal hearing about my ancestor Hone Heke, the first chief to sign the Treaty. However, because the oral history of our whanau did not fit with the Tribunal’s narrative, my testimony was excluded. Yet, several radicals with little knowledge of our history had their testimony included because it fitted with the separatist agenda. This leads to point 2.
2. In the 1970s, many of us hoped that the Tribunal would be an organisation that would achieve reconciliation. It has turned out to be a body that is bringing in apartheid to New Zealand. This sounds dramatic, until you see how it advocates for race-based access to certain areas, and race-based management policies for Crown land. Read more »
Chris Trotter isn’t taking the lefty stance of mocking John Key’s version of history after the stupid Waitangi Tribunal decision.
THE PRIME MINISTER, John Key, has been much mocked over the past week for his claim that New Zealand was settled peacefully. Hoots of derision have echoed through the Twittersphere from those who profess to know their New Zealand history a great deal better than the Prime Minister.
Are they right? Is Mr Key wrong?
It might help to place the Prime Minister’s comments in context. His remarks followed the Waitangi Tribunal finding that the tribal chieftains of the far-North did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840.
This finding is considerably more controversial than anything the Prime Minister decided to offer by way of commentary. The Auckland-based historian, Paul Moon, has already derided the Tribunal’s historical conclusions, and his intervention is unlikely to be the last.
The tribunal’s decision will likely be ignored.
A crucial element of the settled view is that the Maori chieftains who signed the Treaty, many of whom had enjoyed long and mutually beneficial relationships with the Europeans who had taken up residence in New Zealand since Cook’s exploratory voyages of the late eighteenth century, knew exactly what they were agreeing to at Waitangi on 6 February 1840.
Captain William Hobson was guaranteeing them the inviolability of their traditional territories and the safety of their people. In the light of what had befallen the iwi and hapu of Niu Tirani (New Zealand) between 1769 and 1840, the existential value of these guarantees is readily appreciated.
The indigenous population of these islands at the time of first European contact is estimated at 100,000. Between 1800 and 1830 as many as 30,000 Maori were killed and/or driven from their traditional lands by enemy iwi and hapu armed with the devastating military technology of the Pakeha. The protection of Queen Victoria (symbolising the world’s most powerful nation) was what they needed. Hobson offered it. The chiefs grabbed it with both hands. Read more »
Today the Waitangi tribunal tried to rewrite law by issuing their decision that that Maori chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi did not cede sovereignty.
Shortly thereafter David Rankin of Ngapuhi issued a press release:
Iwi leader says Tribunal ignored testimony and defames his ancestor
The Ngapuhi leader David Rankin (a descendent of the nineteenth century warrior chief Hone Heke) says that the Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori sovereignty, which is released today, defames his famous ancestor.
Mr Rankin gave evidence at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing which led to this report. His testimony included details of the oral history of the treaty signing and how the rangatira [chiefs] at the time regarded political developments that were occurring:
“When our tupuna, Hone Heke, signed the Treaty of Waitangi, he did so because he know it was the only option in terms of having a relationship with the British Crown. But the tribunal is now telling us that all those chiefs saw the Declaration of Independence, which a few had signed in 1835, as being the basis of their relationship with the British. That is a lie and that is not what the tribunal was told.
Mr Rankin says the Tribunal report defames the memory of Hone Heke, and of his whanau’s oral histories, and that if the tribunal refuses to alter the report to reflect the testimony he provided at the hearing, he will lodge a Treaty claim against the tribunal itself, which will be a first in Treaty history, for prejudicial effect.
On top of that Paul Moon, a notable historian has also come out saying much the same thing. Read more »
Rodney Hide discusses The Cunliffe and his apology culture at the NBR:
David Cunliffe didn’t misspeak in apologising for being a man. Far from it. His apology is what core Labour philosophy demands. Mr Cunliffe should also be apologising for being white, rich and heterosexual.
It’s now deep Labour Party madness that your colour, wealth, sex and sexual orientation dictate your views and your politics. You think you reason and choose but it’s illusory. Your class and group define and rule you.
It gets worse. You are also responsible for all the other members of your group and this collective responsibility travels mysteriously down through the generations. Hence the Waitangi Tribunal.
As a white, wealthy and educated man, Mr Cunliffe has much to be sorry for. He can’t escape his pigeonhole but he can prove his awareness by apologising. That’s all he can do. And he can atone.
He can never appreciate what it’s like to be an oppressed minority. But he can listen. He can sympathise. And he can do what the oppressed through their collective experience dictate without question and without judgement. To question is to reinstate the rich, white, male hegemony.
That’s part of Labour’s ideology: that rich, white men rule the world and cause all the trouble. The cure is simple enough: break up the hegemony. Hence the man-ban and the endless affirmative action.
Perhaps they could start by banning The Cunliffe.
The Labour Party itself illustrates the policy.
Labour’s New Zealand Council must have two Maori, a woman, a unionist, a young person, a Pacific Islander and a Rainbow. It sounds like the start of a long joke but it’s not: that’s the Labour Party’s Constitution. And there’s poor Mr Cunliffe: white, rich, male. And there’s his deputy: white, rich, male. Read more »
Colin Craig is featured in the Sunday Star Times in an article by Andrea Vance. They look at his top ten policies.
Lt’s run my rule over them and look at what is crazy and what is acceptable.
Craig’s List [WO: Haha, most voters won’t get that joke]
Who are the Conservative Party – and what do they believe? Steve Kilgallon comes up with 10 of their more interesting policy platforms:
1. Spending beyond their means: Leader Colin Craig says he’d like to match Australia’s defence spending at a “percentage level”. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s figures, Australia’s defence budget is US$26.1 billion. Ours is $1.358 billion. If Craig’s sums are based on GDP, it means an extra $1.55 billion; if it’s on population, it means another $4.87 billion. Either way, it’s a lot of guns.
More Guns, but what is he going to cut to fund everything else? A bit gay.
2. If it wasn’t immediately obvious, more guns: Craig would consider introducing national service in return for free tertiary education. And let everyone else have a gun too: the right to bear arms, and the “Castle Doctrine” (basically, the right to shoot burglars).
First bit hasn’t been costed so totally gay. The Castle Doctrine should be a bottom line. I am a big supporter of the right to bear arms and the right to defend your house. Read more »
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 »