Ngāi Tahu

How the PPTA should have spun it *UPDATED

Living with a Master of the so called ‘ Dark Arts ‘ or ‘Spin Doctor,’ I have learned a lot about how to frame a situation. This skill is in great demand in advertising and in politics because it is the difference between a product or situation looking positive or negative. In its dishonest form it is called Propaganda because the spin contains lies, cherry picked statistics and omissions of pertinent facts. At its best it simply highlights the truthful positives of the product or situation.

The PPTA in their stance on Charter schools have gone for a very negative and adversarial approach. They have deliberately used statistics that don’t compare apples with apples when talking about funding of Charter Schools for example.They have told all sorts of lies, spun all sorts of stories and tried to destroy the people involved in the new schools. However the worm is starting to turn and the public are starting to see through the negative spin. Labour Party MPs are even defying Andrew Little on the issue by giving their personal support to Maori Education regardless of who provides it.

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Face of the day


Kelvin Davis, Associate Education Spokesperson for the Labour Party

Today’s face of the day is Kelvin Davis for choosing Whanau over Politics.

The next time you hear Labour hate on charter schools, don’t believe them.

Because the truth is a wedge of Labour actually thinks charter schools are all good. And this group is led by none other than its associate education spokesman Kelvin Davis.

The attendance of Davis and fellow MP Peeni Henare at a fundraiser for a Whangarei charter school is about much more than them defying the orders of Andrew Little.

It shows a major policy divide within Labour.

One side, led by education spokesman Chris Hipkins and the teacher unions have a pathological hatred for the privately run schools.

The other side, led by Davis, see that the schools can work particularly in Maori education.

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Omnishambles Smith tried to convince Ngati Whatua first right of refusal doesn’t apply – good luck with that

Nick Smith really is like Malcolm Tucker’s coffee machine.

Omnishambles Smith has tried to convince Ngati Whatua first right of refusal doesn’t apply.

Housing Minister Nick Smith is hopeful a dispute with Auckland iwi over the government’s plan to sell-off land for housing developments can be resolved without court action.

Ngati Whatua has sought legal advice after learning the government had no intention of dealing with it first over the sale of 500 hectares of public land in Auckland.

The Maori Party says a right of first refusal is a standard provision in Treaty of Waitangi settlements.    Read more »

Not all Central Hawkes Bay people are bludging Socialists

The dodgy socialist dam doesn’t stack up economically so Trustpower and Ngai Tahu pulled out of investing in it.

So the local council decided they would put $5m on the never never to help the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council fund the dam.

The problem for the CHB council is they had to go through a submissions process and the submitters are obviously not a bunch of bludging socialists.

Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Peter Butler says he is surprised at the strength of opposition to his council’s plans to invest $5 million in the Ruataniwha water storage scheme.    Read more »

Does Anyone Want the HBRC’s Dodgy Socialist Dam?

The word from Hawkes Bay is that the half-witted socialists on the HBRC are still pushing for their dodgy dam that no one actually wants. Last week Trustpower gave them the bum’s rush, and Trustpower were doing due diligence for Ngai Tahu.

Now Ngai Tahu is looking at giving it the wide berth.

Ngai Tahu is seeking answers over its involvement in a controversial Hawke’s Bay dam project now that one of the major investors has pulled out.

Trustpower Limited has walked away from the venture because it says it’s too risky and it’s not happy with the returns it might receive.

Trustpower and Ngai Tahu’s commercial arm committed their intention to the project last year by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s investment company.

Ngai Tahu Holdings chief executive Mike Sang says the Ruataniwha water storage scheme has a number of elements that are key to its success.   Read more »

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 »

Looks like someone forgot the Koha again

Someone forgot the koha again…I imagine the local taniwha is stirring….it will need appeasing in the traditional manner.

Plans to take sand and gravel from a Hurunui quarry site have attracted strong opposition, with Ngai Tahu aggrieved it was not consulted.

Christchurch Ready Mix Concrete has applied for a land use consent to take sand and gravel from a Balcairn quarry that will produce concrete to be used in the Christchurch rebuild.

The majority of the 70 submissions oppose the move, including Ngai Tahu’s, which said it could affect water quality and cultural values. Other objections came from neighbours of the site, about 10 kilometres south of Amberley.

The application is on hold pending more information but the Hurunui District Council is arranging for a commissioner to hear the application and submissions.   Read more »

Maori troughers

Maori troughing is spreading at an alarming rate:

Troughers in the Waikato

A Waikato University researcher has received almost $500,000 to lead a two year international study on indigenous well-being.

Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been awarded $424,000 from New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga.

Education, health, language revitalisation and economic development are known factors of Maori development but Ms Smith said she wants to kick it into the next gear.

Trougher in Canterbury

Environment Canterbury will spend nearly $700,000 this financial year on a Ngai Tahu “engagement” programme, which has included staff helping write a waiata.

The figures were provided to the Timaru Herald after news that 21 staff from the council’s Timaru and Christchurch offices last week completed a two-day excursion to the Arowhenua marae in Temuka.

A second marae visit for other staff, to Port Levy, is planned for February.

Nice if you can get the work. The bro-raracy really knows how to get their trotters deep in the trough.

A sensible Maori leader

Mark Solomon has broken ranks with the greedy, grasping Maori Council who are intent on gang style standover to extract cash form the government:

An influential iwi leader may have given the Government’s legal team a boost as it prepares to mount a defence to a Maori Council bid to stop its flagship asset sales programme.

Ngai Tahu iwi leader Mark Solomon told TVNZ’s Q and A yesterday that he does not believe that any sell-down of the southern state power company Meridian would have any impact on Ngai Tahu’s rights and interests in water.

That is exactly the argument the Crown will be mounting in the High Court at Wellington tomorrow against the part sale of the first SOE off the block, Mighty River Power.

He also disagreed with the finding of the Waitangi Tribunal that it would be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi if the Government proceeded to sell shares without first providing Maori with a remedy to recognise their rights.

He pointed out that that tribunal had also said that a sell-down of 49 per cent did not prevent the Government from addressing the rights and the interests of Maori – a contradiction the Government has similarly pointed to on several occasions.

“Personally I do not believe that the sell-down of parts of Meridian will affect Ngai Tahu’s rights and interest to water,” Mr Solomon said.

Legitimate Tax Avoidance – Ngai Tahu

The political left are harping on about Peter Dunne’s call of “legitimate tax avoidance” so I have found an example for them.

Most of Ngai Tahu’s operations are through a charitable trust structure.  Charities are legitimate tax avoidance tools.  If you are a rich prick you are of course accused of “evading tax” but if you are a rich Maori tribe you are considered well within your rights to set up as charitable even though you do not distribute much of your fortune at all to any beneficiaries other than the brotocracy.

Note the 17.5% rate so the company acts as a look through for income in the hands of its low earning recipients.  A bit like income handed to beneficiaries of any normal trust.

Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere (chair) Mark Solomon says: “Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu adhere strictly, at all times, to the law governing charitable entities.

“The Ngai Tahu Charitable Trust has an annual process where all our expenditure and operations are assessed to ensure they are ‘charitable’. Tax is paid on any expenditure or operations that are not charitable.”

Didn’t hear Guyon Espiner call this legitimate tax avoidance immoral?