Oppose, oppose, oppose, it is all they know

Labour just opposes everything, it’s all they know how to do.

The latest thing they are opposing is a new Maori land bill to correct major flaws in how Maori own land.

Those flaws have basically condemned Maori owners of valuable land to a life of poverty because there is no way the owners can do anything meaningful with property covered by, for want of a better term, Native Land Titles.

Instead of proposing something sensible to benefit Maori, Labour just opposes.

Labour says opposition to the government’s Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill is widespread, and it will repeal the legislation if it wins the election.

The bill rewrites the laws around Maori land ownership and has been controversial from the outset.  

It’s designed to ensure there are sufficient safeguards for the retention of Maori land while making it easier for owners to make decisions about how they want to use it.

The bill proposes replacing the Maori Land Court with a Maori Land Service.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell took it through 17 drafts and there were lengthy consultations with Maori through a series of hui before it reached the debating chamber.

It has passed its first and second readings and is due to come up for its committee stage in parliament.

Labour MP Meka Whaitiri says opposition to the bill is growing and Mr Flavell doesn’t have a mandate to take it any further.

“The consultation process was botched because Maori land owners weren’t given enough time to consider all the technical complexities and legal ramifications,” she said on Tuesday.

“A Labour government will repeal the bill and work to protect and retain Maori land.”

Reading between the lines, what Labour want is the uppity little darkies to be kept destitute while they sit on acres of valuable land they can do nothing with except grow gorse and weed.

Maori land ownership has been a joke for decades, it is time it was solved.


– NZ Newswire

Do you want:

  • ad-free access?
  • access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • access to Incite Politics magazine articles?

Silver subscriptions and above go in the draw to win a $500 prize to be drawn at the end of March.

Not yet one of our awesome subscribers? Click Here and join us.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.