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Former Minister for Maori Affairs Dover Samuels says don't rely on whanau to help Maori prison inmates turn a corner because often home is where they learned to be criminals.

He said the call for greater whanau involvement in inmates' rehabilitation was "culturally correct claptrap".....


SOMEONE SHOULD DO SOMETHING! -- Well, ‘Democracy Action’ DID

What an amazing 24 hours for democracy and our campaign in Auckland. We’ve been sitting watching Auckland Council go through their final meetings on the Unitary Plan and I am proud to report to you that our campaign fighting for democracy and against the Mana Whenua provisions has been a success.

Yesterday began with the decision by Auckland Council to send the Unitary Plan straight to the Governing Body for consideration, avoiding unelected Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) members from voting on Unitary Plan decisions. This is something we had been calling for, and were seriously considering legal action had the members of IMSB been allowed to vote, (our lawyers advised that they were conflicted). Truly this is a victory for democracy!

After fighting for 2 years to protect the democratic and property rights of all Auckland citizens we also won two other important battles.

* The Independent Panel’s recommendation that Cultural Impact Assessment provisions be removed from the Unitary Plan was accepted.

* The Independent Panel’s recommendation that the remaining nearly 2,600 ‘sites of value’ be removed – the recommendation Council officials were opposing – was also accepted in full!

Our reaction to the Council’s votes are here and here.

THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT YOU. If the hundreds of Democracy Action’s supporters and volunteers hadn’t stood in solidarity with us to say yes to democracy, and no to the dubious sites of value which were inserted into the Proposed Unitary Plan at the last minute, I believe the provisions would still be there.

The last 18 months have been intense. We know that hundreds made submissions, some appeared before the Hearings Panel and with so many of you, we, along with our lawyers, presented evidence a number of times.

While there is a lot to celebrate our work doesn’t end here. In the Unitary Plan there are still provisions that if implemented will undermine our democracy. These include provision for the co- governance and joint management of our physical and natural resources, which includes at the moment a push for the co-governance of the Hauraki Gulf!



These people have.

Congratulations for doing the hard work and standing up.

If you can’t be bothered to get out of your chair, but you want the hard work done, CONSIDER SUPPORTING DEMOCRACY ACTION. http://www.democracyaction.org.nz/about

Take a bow Susan and Lee

PEOPLE MUST STOP BLAMING OTHERS (Waikato Times editorial 8/8/16)

By Peter Dornauf

It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it? Behave badly and it’s someone else to blame. It’s CYF’s fault, it’s Corrections’ fault, and best of all, it’s the colonisers’ fault.

Whenever is it going to be the fault of the people who perpetrate the crimes and the appalling behaviour?

We live in an age, particularly in this country, of passing the buck, of dodging personal responsibility, of looking to blame anyone but oneself for everything from recidivist criminal behaviour to child abuse and neglect.

Offloading the blame on to some government department has become par for the course in these islands. Children living in absolute squalor, dog shit covering the carpet: oh, it’s CYF’s fault. Maori criminal stats and reoffending sky high: oh, it’s Corrections’ fault.

When are people going to grow some balls in this country, accept personal responsibility and front up to their own culpability?

Looking for excuses and providing them has become a fine art in New Zealand. What that does is perpetuate emotional and moral adolescence, encouraging people to blame others for their own failings and shortcomings.

What it also does is facilitate the blunting of conscience. People cease to have any shame. The recent classic case must be the murderers of Moko.

Not content with hiding behind a manslaughter charge (failing to have the guts to front up to the real nature of the crime), these people now have the effrontery to appeal their conviction. These people are without shame, completely bereft of any moral compass and conscience.

Such moral vacuity is exemplified in the recent proposal of offering monetary bribes as an incentive for people to report child abuse cases. That authorities feel the need to stoop so low is an appalling ethical indictment on things as they stand in this country. While one appreciates the motivation behind such a move, the thing in itself is a shocking commentary the level of moral bankruptcy that exists in certain sections of the community here.

The fact is, some people seem not to know how to behave as civilised human beings and providing them with excuses and outs is not helping.

A case in point: The Waikato Hospital recently tried to be culturally accommodating. Aware that whanau in large numbers like to attend the birth of a child, they were happy to facilitate such a practice. But this has come back to bite the hospital and its birthing centre in the worst possible way. People have simply run amok. There has been vandalism, graffiti, theft and abuse of staff. Midwives have been threatened, a fish tank had milk poured into it, killing the fish, a donated artwork was ripped off a wall, staff property was stolen from the change room and bored children, left unattended, commandeered wheelchairs and raced them around the hallways. Others lounged across the floor of the hallway, creating a hazard for pregnant mothers and postnatal clients.

The Dunedin longitudinal study on human behaviour would say that those sort of people are ‘‘under-controlled’’, which is simply another way of saying they lack self-control. They never developed it as children and thus don’t exhibit it as adults. And they have a dozen excuses for its absence. It’s everyone else’s fault.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are those who are over-controlled. The ‘‘documentary’’ coverage played out on TV2 recently of yet again another soft focus look at the Cooperite cult at Gloriavale, is a classic example.

Here we see people whose lives are under absolute control to the nth degree. Everything from what they wear to what they are allowed to think to when they have sex is under strict supervision. North Korean president Kim Jong-un would be drooling if he could see.

The controllers of this small tribe are, of course, men, and the women, in this patriarchal setup, like good Stepford wives, submit. And everyone is happy clappy.

The one positive to come from this bizarre social experiment is that they’re not costing the taxpayer squillions of dollars in having to clean up any criminal, mental or physical mess after them. They’re not trashing hospitals, manufacturing and selling P or abusing and killing children, unless you count entrapment in the cult itself as psychological abuse.

The majority of well-balanced New Zealanders fall in the middle part of the spectrum – Maori, Pakeha, Pacific Islanders, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern.

They take personal ownership of their lives, mature and self-controlled enough to operate responsibly inside a liberal democracy where freedoms for self-determination pertain.

And they don’t look to blame others if they happen to fall short of the mark.

But here’s a curious irony. Perhaps the under-controlled ones who lack their own inner resources, unable to handle the world of individualism, need the authoritarian and fascist control of a Gloriavale-like commune, living inside a kind of pre-modern tribal unit where not only rigid hierarchical structures operate, but strict taboos are enforced and overlaid with the fear of divine retributions.


The Dunedin City Council's decision to develop a rates remission policy to take into account the special relationship Maori have with the land is interesting, writes Gerrard Eckhoff.

All Dunedin City Council ratepayers will, I'm sure, be sympathetic yet intrigued to understand the principle the council has employed that allows for rates remission for Maori freehold land and not producing revenue (ODT, 19.7.16).

It is a policy that will be embraced by most, if not all, ratepayers, as it sets a wonderful precedent. Cr Hillary Calvert sensibly noted DCC staff should develop policy which included non-Maori land as well for consideration.

It won't take long for most Dunedin residents to coherently argue the "special relationship'' they have with their freehold residential property should also qualify for rates relief, as their home and surroundings are unlikely to produce any revenue by which they can pay their rates, yet pay rates they must.

Currently, councils are very even-handed. Both Maori and non-Maori ratepayers are too often denied the opportunity to create some revenue from their property because of planning rules.

Residential properties' owners have often been refused council permission to gain some revenue through subdivision because of (say) a beautiful specimen tree growing on their land that is viewed by the council planners as a public asset. Little consideration, if any, is given to the long-suffering owner of the tree as to shading, roots blocking drains and lifting concrete.

This outstanding proposal of rates remission will surely produce rational claims for rates relief for all property owners and will be extremely popular with property owners and councillors alike - especially in a local government election year.

Cr Jinty MacTavish is quoted as saying this (rates remission) is a cultural issue and must be viewed as such. She comments: "This is because Maori see themselves as kaitiaki [guardians] of the land'' which implies the rest of us don't.

Really? Try telling farmers they have no cultural attachment to the land, despite making a conscious decision to live and work on and with the land.

If the issue is about fairness and justice, as Cr Neville Peat suggests, then perhaps such wonderful concepts must apply beyond one's ethnicity.

Where is the fairness and justice when governments force private freehold land to be "laid off'' along rivers where no marginal strip applies?

Where is the rates relief or compensation when councils identify and "appropriate'' valuable significant natural areas (SNAs) on private freehold land which effectively renders such private land as non-revenue producing public property. (The words "laid off'' and "appropriate'' have been skilfully developed to replace the words "stolen'', "filched'' and "pilfered'' - by government decree).

The great value of rates on the capital value of land to councils is that they are applied to all privately held land with very few exemptions. Exactly the same principle applies to the successful GST. If bread, butter and cheese was to be exempt, how is a cheese roll served in a cafe to be viewed? Or milk being exempt but not a milkshake? The same principle applies to this rates remission proposal.

Many people have developed a strong personal and cultural objection to paying tax and rates as they feel they don't get value for money, yet most recognise each of us must contribute to the rates take, based on the value of the land held in private ownership - which surely includes the highly successful and extensive Ngai Tahu Holdings, including their land not producing revenue.

-By Gerrard Eckhoff, of Central Otago, is an Otago regional councillor.



The announcement overnight that the Rotorua Lakes Council had been successful with its Te Arawa Partnership Project (TAP) in the NZ Local Government Excellence Awards for “the outstanding delivery of best practise value and services to their community” certainly raises some questions.
Firstly, for such an undemocratic change of appointing unnelected maori representatives to Council, which resulted in splitting the Rotorua community, and still does today, to win an Excellence Award strikes this writer as hypocritical. Particularly so when you take into account that the majority of Rotorua citizens did not support such a radical break from what had been the norm.(Rotorua Daily Post 68% against).
Granted, there needed to be an improvement in relations between Te Arawa and Council, but for the Mayor, Steve Chadwick, to proceed without any mandate to appoint unelected maori to Council Committee Meetings, with voting rights, was a step too far. Hence the Council experienced the most controversial process of consultation with the community ever, with accusations abound. And the Council wins an Excellence Award for significantly dividing our community?
Add to this is the fact that this undemocratic process will be the number one issue to be debated in the forthcomming elections, with the possibility that it could be reversed.
It is worth noting here that Te Arawa, a confederation of some 13 Iwi and 60 hapu with around 11,000 members, already had three maori representatives on Council, of the total of twelve. One could well ask why, and what ulterior motive did the Mayor have to proceed and divide the community as she has.
Then if one reviews the actual Entry Form the Council submitted there are clearly some ingenuous claims. Firstly the claim that “the project was innovative and original as iwi themselves came up with the model” is patently false. The model was in fact introduced to us Councillors in a Council Forum ( not confidential) on the 1st May 2014 by the Auckland legal company Atkins Holm Majurey. Then it was subsequently introduced toTe Arawa on 6th May, who took many months to fine tune the model that had previously been introduced to the Wellington Regional Council by the same legal company.
As for the comments in its Entry Form regarding “overt acts of racism and threats” are concerned, there is no doubt that both parties were guilty as the whole process involved a highly charged and emotive environment, which today again begs the question as to the validity of this very entry for such Excellence Awards.

Whilst there has been a clear drive by the Mayor to promote such undemocratic appointments with other Councils around the country, there does not appear to be much buy in to date. We all know what happened in New Plymouth with an 86% rejection of maori Wards, and one would not be surprised if the Masterton Mayor will no longer rule after the elections. And of course many people will be watching the outcome in Rotorua with the hope that democracy will be restored here.

By Mike McVicker,  Rotorua District Councillor since 2004

Support for marine farming causes concern

A potential increase in marine farming in the Hauraki Gulf has sparked serious concerns from Waiheke representatives Mike Lee and Paul Walden.

Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mr Lee says the Sea Change process, which was set -up by Hauraki Gulf Forum to create a marine spatial plan for the gulf, is focused on the interests of aquaculture and iwi, instead of considering environmental protection.

"This Sea Change, if it's any change, it's a change for the worse.

"The Sea Change process has been captured by vested interests relating to aquaculture and iwi and it's focussed on money and power;' says Mr Lee.

A recent Sea Change round table report on aquaculture notes that the industry needs a "supportive regulatory environment" offering "certainty for business planning and investment", along with clean water and land based facilities.

The report highlights the commercial benefits of marine farming and describes methods for "managing potential ad-verse effects", such as ecological effects and impacts on landscape and natural character.

Mr Lee has opposed the "undemocratic" process from the start and says people are likely to fight against the Sea Change process from the start and says people are likely to fight against the Sea Change marine spatial plan as soon as they get a chance.

"A bunch of people are scheming up plans to exploit the Hauraki Gulf and keep the public shut out.

"I think there is going to be a public backlash when people see what is being presented" he says.

Mr Lee wants marine farms kept away from islands, such as Waiheke, and other popular bays and the needs of marine farming balanced with protecting the environment.

"It is all a matter of scale - some marine farming is good, but if people get too greedy and want to significantly expand it, there will be environmental impacts in terms of pollution and not just visual pollution.

"There is going to be a backlash if aquaculture is going to be significantly expanded in inner bays of the Hauraki Gulf and in the channels between the islands.

" Mr Lee says the members of the Sea Change group mostly live outside Auckland and are not concerned with balancing environmental needs with business opportunities.

Half of the 16 Sea Change steering group members are mana whenua representatives, and Mr Lee says the iwi interests are focussed on business not marine protection.

"The Sea Change group has to realise the gulf is not just there to exploit in terms of extraction, which is what they are interested in.

"The Hauraki Gulf should be a place of marine conservation and there's an important tourist and recreation aspect to the gulf, that is not being considered by Sea Change."

Waiheke Local Board chairperson Mr Walden is also alarmed by the way iwi and business interests are dominating the Sea Change process.

"The reality is we're having a spatial plan as a carving up of the Hauraki Gulf and there is a lot of talk about marine farming and other exploitative aspirations without any real focus on the purposes of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act being to protect, maintain and enhance the gulf and its environment - and it's so unique internationally;' says Mr Walden.

A moratorium has been placed on any new marine farms in the Hauraki Gulf, but this could be lifted when the Sea Change marine spatial plan is completed, he says.

A Bryde's whale recently died after becoming entangled in mussel farm ropes in the gulf and marine farms also impact on the beauty of bays, says Mr Walden.

"Instead of looking at open water and people enjoying dolphins and whales jumping in the bay, suddenly we could have bays dominated by man-made structures, mussel buoys in rows or the more visually invasive and intensive fish farms;' says Mr Walden.

Fin fish farms create areas of condensed nutrients and excrement and feeding the growing fish requires intensive fishing, he says.

Farmed mussels filter seawater, but Mr Walden says it would be better to protect naturally occurring mussel beds than to create more shellfish farms.

"Over the past 60 years, people have dredged almost the entirety of the naturally existing mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf and more energy needs to be put into protecting, maintaining and enhancing those that remain"

While fishing and aquaculture have been important commercial operations in the gulf over the past 50 years, tourism is likely to be a more significant industry in the future, he says.

Waiheke Local Board has been locked out of the Sea Change process, and no consultation with the public will be carried out before the plan is adopted by the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

However, the local board will present the results of its survey on marine protection to the Sea Change group.

"I'm offended to be in a position of being a decision maker for the Waiheke community and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and finding there is no vehicle for us to have meaningful input into this process.

"Many people in New Zealand are fond of the Hauraki Gulf and we're entitled to have a say in how it is developed so our values are provided for;' says Mr Walden.

Sea Change involves representatives from mana whenua, the fishing industry, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Primary Industries, Auckland Council, and Waikato Regional Council.

The group had planned to complete its marine spatial plan by July, but the deadline has now been extended and the completion date remains uncertain.

*  By Rose Davis
Gulf News 9/7/15

Gisborne Herald 19/5/15 (Column section)


By Bruce Moon

AS The Herald’s editorial on May 9 observes, “it is not known what (William) Williams told rangatira about the meaning of the Treaty” when it was offered to them for signature, but based on reports on other occasions and Hobson’s instructions we can get a pretty good idea.

A major motive for having a treaty at all was the protection the chiefs sought from other foreign powers. As noted, Williams “will have emphasised the protective role of the Queen”. That this could be offered makes plain that the Queen’s power was superior to their own. As Maori society was hierarchical with several chiefly ranks, they will have understood this.

As Hobson stated in his opening remarks at Waitangi, her Majesty offered that protection “but as the law of England gives no civil powers to Her Majesty out of her dominions, her efforts to do you good will be futile unless you consent” to accept him as governor in her name — ranking higher than any of them. Recorded words of many chiefs make it clear that they understood this and agreed to it by signing the treaty. In short, this was cession of sovereignty.

This being a major point, Williams, a first-rate speaker of Maori, would certainly have addressed it at East Coast meetings in words the chiefs could understand.

If the chiefs chose to alter their views some 15 years later, as reported by Magistrate Wardell, it does not change the situation.

Initially the forces on the ground with which protection could be offered were tiny, but sufficient to deter foreign powers such as the French. That is why Akaroa did not become a French colony.

Within New Zealand, extension of effective sovereignty was inevitably gradual as it always is. That is why in 1843, following the accurately described massacre at Wairau, Governor Fitzroy chose not to prosecute the Ngatitoa chiefs for murder under British law.

With the East Coast remote from any centre of government, sovereignty was for some years only nominal. While it was peaceful, this was no problem. The situation changed rapidly with the rise of Pai Marire — the Hauhau. The murder and desecration of the bodies of Captain Lloyd and missionary Volkner as Hauhau influence spread eastwards were good reasons for alarm amongst settlers and tribes opposed to it alike.

There was no choice but to take action to subdue the Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Makino rebels. That is why, in 1865, government forces attacked and captured the rebel pa of Waerenga-a-Hika. When 400 surrendered near Wairoa in 1866, loyal chief Pitera Kopu said: “your lands are confiscated . . . but the government will allot you reserves . . . (you) crawled back as slaves, and by rights should be treated as such, but the tikanga of the Pakeha was one of aroha, and if they behaved well they would be treated fairly”. They ignored this fair warning.

It is true that at Ngatapa pa on January 4, 1869, Rapata Wahawaha, fighting for the government — reminiscent of Ngatitoa at Wairau — executed 120 Rongowhakaata prisoners. This was unlawful but understandable as personal revenge for his captivity and enslavement as a child by those whom he slaughtered.

What is sometimes overlooked is that Hauhau falling upon Matawhero the year before had slaughtered 33 settlers and 37 Maoris, followed on April 10, 1869 by the bayonetting of children at Mohaka.

In the light of this behaviour, quibbling today about what chiefs said in 1855 about 1840 agreements is a barren argument.

From the files of Alf Grumble

No shit – the world’s biggest Maori cultural event is being held now, but in which country?

Nope. Alf was not wrong when his ears pricked up this morning at some babbling from Radio NZ.

He has revisited the news item and it confirmed that the buggers who write the stuff for Te Manu Korihi News just love to portray the country’s indigenous persons as achievers of the the biggest, the brightest and the best.

Not only in this country. They are big globally.

And so the listening audience was told this morning: 

The stage is set; the kapa haka crowds have booked out accommodation, and Hagley Park in Christchurch is the venue for the biggest Maori cultural event in the world – Te Matatini – which begins today with a massive powhiri just before midday.

The biggest Maori cultural event in the world?

No shit!

Now – stand up anyone who thought the biggest Maori cultural event in the world might have been held in – well, let’s say Bosnia, or Syria, or maybe China.

March 4th, 2015

Bay of Plenty Times article 10/3/15

By Richard Moore

I truly value democracy and, while I don’t always like the way many “sheeple” vote, it is all part of the process that supposedly gives power to the masses.

Of course, many voters are easily manipulated and, watching from the sidelines, I often put my head in my hands and almost sob in despair.

Other things that have me shaking my head are the rise of rule by faceless bureaucrats, the increasing secrecy of government at all levels and the increasing sidelining of voter power.

We just have to look at the way the public is ignored by local government — despite being the ones paying for the devils — and even our representatives, the councillors, face uphill battles when opposing staff-driven proposals.

What is even scarier is this ever-growing push to have unelected people making decisions that should really be made by those we have voted on to council.

Those councillors should listen to all groups before making a decision, but that decision should only be made by elected members.

In Tauranga, we have a constant push for a Maori ward.

That is unacceptable to most voters because it takes us out of the equation. I certainly believe in one person, one vote, and all votes being equal.

Because the idea of a Maori ward is so unpopular among most voters, some clever clogs seem to be switching the angle of attack to completely take it out of public debate.

They are doing this by considering granting a joint committee of tangata whenua and the city council “limited” decision-making powers.

Iwi and hapu representatives want more powers for the advisory committee and this is not being instantly rejected by the leaders of our city.

This is not a race thing. I would have just as much of an objection if farmers wanted decision-making powers, or the police, or school teachers or journalists.

It should be up to elected councillors and no one else.

Otherwise, democracy becomes even less democratic and the vast majority of people will become even more ignored, except as walking cash machines to pay for the wishes of the few.

Hi Simon

I listened resignedly to the Maori protagonist “Dr” Ngata advocating use of Maori names on emergency vehicles on Afternoons on Radio New Zealand, hosted by Simon Mercep on February 24..

Of course he appears to get support. Very few in NZ nowadays dare not to acquiesce to Maori requirements. To question threatens employment, career, business, and more. Positive response is often from those with an agenda, and time on their hands. Most in the productive community are too busy to bother.

It is only a matter of time before someone brainwashed in current maori dogma requests a waka turoro instead of an ambulance and confusion results. Maori is creeping in everywhere and does nothing useful, it just wastes time, generates confusion, and creates needless expense in signage, training etc.

The widespread adoption of long, difficult to remember, difficult to spell, difficult to pronounce, Maori place names where simple short, instantly identifiable European names have applied for more than a century, already causes confusion.

No member of the Police, St Johns, Fire Service with any career aspirations will dare criticise the concept. I note you avoided any searching questions.

Of course the local newspaper supports. Much of the advertising clientele are maori. Newspapers are very selective of Letters to the Editor and scrap any contributions likely to ruffle the PC indoctrinated multitude. Nom de plumes are not allowed so most persons are in any case afraid to express a contrary view.

If a secret poll of non maori were taken I suspect 90% would oppose. And may be surprisingly high if all those who could identify as maori were polled separately.

A Maori name on ambulances may avoid drivers being beaten up at incidents. But it is the wrong remedy, and just refocuses the anti establishment attitude on some other representative of order.

It sounded as if the spokesperson will be the judge of the success or otherwise of the trial. As with the Waitangi Tribunal findings, the outcome is entirely predictable.

No wonder many are keen to learn Te Reo. If it can lead to jobs as soft as that with the Maori Language Commission it is a shrewd career choice.

Some more. Emails from the local Council are signed off “Noku noa na”, complete with accents, the absence of which is considered one of the great merits of English. Now simple souls who struggle with English, and are handicapped in life accordingly, are expected to also absorb a huge expanded contrived maori vocabulary with mystifying accents.

I havent the faintest idea what noku noa na means, but based on the tenacity of much of my correspondence, it quite likely means means “boil your head”.

I now sign off all my replies with “needle nardle noo”



To reinstate an upper house in New Zealand would be an entirely backward move, regressing the entire political system the nation has developed. But to employ an upper house with 50% Maori representation not only defeats the purpose of a democracy, but also goes against the idea of the Treaty of Waitangi, which was intended to express the equality of every New Zealand citizen.

If New Zealand is to have an upper house, it must follow the path shown by the Australians, Canadians, Brits or Americans. Although none of those is perfect, they are all representative of the electorate.

Gareth Morgan’s proposal defeats democracy at its heart. He suggests that “Maoridom” should appoint the Maori members, and Parliament the others. That would mean that the citizens of New Zealand no longer have democratic control of their nation. One half of the upper house of New Zealand would be undemocratically appointed by a non-elected panel. Those appointed by Parliament, as in Canada, are at least being appointed by an elected government. If each house has equal legislative powers, as is the theory of such matters, then a full 25% of the New Zealand Parliament will be there undemocratically.....

Read Devon Mace's full article here > http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/devon-mace-gareth-morgans-upper-house.html


For many years as a practising teacher in New Zealand, I watched the gradual but tangible creep of Maori influence upon the NZ education system. ‘And what is wrong with that?’ the Maori educationists and culturally liberated activists, may cry......

Other manifestations of creeping Maori influence in education that I have witnessed first hand are:
1  At Wairoa College, after being appointed to the job by the Board of trustees and commencing teaching duties, I was required to be observed teaching the subject of metalwork, by the Ministry Inspector for Maori Studies, (a rose by another name, for those who know to whom I refer). Was this to assess my suitability to teach Maori students? If she was a skilled engineer then it was not apparent.

2  Another lady inspector from the Ministry cruised into the workshop. She demanded to know ‘to what degree I had incorporated aspects of ‘Taha Maori’ into the metalwork programme’. I replied, “To the same degree as the Maori Studies Department has done with ‘Taha Metalwork’. I am still awaiting a supply of ships nails.” She was not amused and left the workshop.

3  An edict was passed down from the Ministry that signage in classrooms had to be displayed in both Maori and English languages. The principal informed teachers that: frequently used terms and glossaries should also be available with their Maori equivalents. Keen to comply, I sought to find Maori equivalents for: micrometer, calliper, oxy-acetylene, and so on, to no avail. I sent a memo to the HOD of the Maori Studies Department, asking for assistance. He told me to disregard it, since it was all BS. I had to agree, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could nail down the faceless individuals who put this stuff in motion.

4  The Maori Art & Crafts teacher plus other Maori teachers and students, held a ceremony to plant some ‘Pouwhenua’ in the school grounds. (No they’re not flowers.) These were duly blessed by a Ratana priest. Now they are tapu and cannot be interfered with. A lovely aesthetic touch don’t you think, but do Pakehas understand the political connotations, I think not. (Pouwhenua are carved poles, traditionally placed to stake out territory, or mark tapu locations. Take your pick.) Where was this headed I asked myself. Funny! I thought, this was a state school that belonged to everyone in the community. I do not recall any consultations with the wider community, it just happened, under the radar.

5  I, along with other new staff at the school, had to compulsorily attend a three day ‘Marae Course’. What the objective was, or if there was any benefit to the teachers concerned, I am not sure, but the Marae collected some nice kohas. Why it took three days, remains a mystery. Was it to assess our suitability to teach Maori students, AFTER we had been appointed by the Board of Trustees, or was it some statement, or subtle form of intimidation? You’re on our turf. At other schools, new teachers to the school generally receive a compulsory welcome onto the school marae. One hour. Charming. I can get to recite my whakapapa.

6  When I taught at Opotiki College, if any Maori student disrupted lessons, they were scheduled to be interviewed by the School Marae Committee, when it next convened. Non-Maori students were dealt with the same day and generally did detention. The difference in the results of the two protocols was markedly noticeable. There were no apologies or improvements in conduct from those students dealt with by the Marae Committee. Hang on! Isn’t this a race-based protocol? Isn’t that called ‘apartheid’? Oh no, silly me.

7  The Jim Moriarty Maori Drama Academy turned up at Opotiki College to give a performance. I do not recall the title of the performance, but what I do recall is the ‘race hate’ message of the play. It portrayed nasty pakehas and honourable Maoris. The acting was from the heart. I regarded the play content as offensive propaganda. I was astounded that the school administrators would allow such content into the school. The school administration routinely bent over backwards to appease the local iwi, (whose members had previously pulled down the NZ flag at the Council Building, hoisted the Kotahitanga flag and occupied the Council Chambers). Yes the school’s upper management resembled a croquet pitch. But never mind, the performance was an example that Maori were good actors and other young Maori would be similarly inspired. What was really remarkable was that non-Maori students had to compulsorily attend the performance, and pay an entry fee for the opportunity to be offended.

8  Whilst teaching at Wairoa College and again at Opotiki College, part-way through my mathematics classes there was a regular exodus of Maori students headed to ‘Kapa Haka’ practice. The consequence was, that these students missed out on so much learning in the subject, that they were not able to reach the required achievement levels in numeracy. Let’s blame it on the Pakeha system that does not address Maori students’ needs.

9  At the most recent school I taught in, the morning staff meetings had to begin with a ‘waiata’. We are doing this the Maori way, so get used to it......

Read Tony Sayers's full enlightening blog here >http://www.nzcpr.com/the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#more-14076

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Further to Kevan Marks' letter entitled Many Questions (Advocate 14/01/2015) regarding destruction of evidence of pre-Maori occupancy of NZ:

It is unsurprising that authorities are not being advised of new discoveries until fully documented photographs and carbon dating of artifacts have been established.

Why? Because the immediate "official" response is to bulldoze the site, impose a 75 year embargo on the region, or advise local iwi who rapidly declare the area sacred to prevent further investigation.

There are more than 100 such embargoed sites in NZ. Yes, Kevan, what don't they want us to know?

I have just viewed one website with photographs of an immense earthen pyramid, stone walls extending for miles, and religious cairns in Northland. Artifacts on this site have been carbon-dated at around 5000 years old.

The location was not disclosed - probably because the "discoverers" were led to the site by a bulldozer driver who was occupied in demolishing other structures in nearby areas.

Millions of dollars are at stake arising from Maori claims that they are the indigenous people of NZ, thus any evidence that casts doubts upon NZ being uninhabited when their ancestors arrived is a serious threat to their money tree - and also raises the ugly question of mass extermination of an earlier people.

Ngapuhi chieftain David Rankin (a direct descendant of Hone Heke) states unequivocally that when his ancestors arrived, there were people on the shore to greet them - and puts it even plainer by saying "Maori are not the indigenous people of Aotearoa."

Are our governments, "historians" and part-Maori spokespersons collaborating to conceal damning evidence?

Kiwis should rise above their apathy and insist upon a Royal Commission of Enquiry into our true history so that we can all determine fact over fiction.

Regarding “Wanganui” and Whanganui”

I have a most interesting book entitled Richard Taylor: Missionary Tramper, published by A.H. and A.W. Reed, written in 1966 by A.D. Mead who also wrote Wanganui River (1957). I quote from his introduction, “One source of variation was due to dialect; in particular the aspirate h, whether by itself or in the combination wh, was fully sounded only among the Ngapuhis of North Auckland; further south it was either lightly sounded or almost suppressed…”

I see four reasons not to change “Wanganui” to “Whanganui”......

Continue reading Guy Steward's interesting blog HERE

Pou to be admired ... not discussed
By Rodney Hide

I am quite taken by the striking Maori totems on the new Kopu and Waikato Expressway bridges. I figured the taxpayer was milked for them. There would be outrage if they were Christian crosses but somehow they are okay because they're Maori.

I decided to find out more. A Google search turned up nothing. I emailed the New Zealand Transport Agency. I thought it would have a brochure to explain the history and spiritualism behind what are I now know to be called pou. Nope. Nothing.

There followed six months of emailing back and forth. Finding out about pou was harder than pulling state secrets.

The best the Transport Agency could produce was that the eight pou whenua at the Kopu Bridge were part of the "Tangata Whenua Mitigation Plan", which, in turn, was a condition of the bridge's resource consent. Taxpayers funded the pou for Ngati Maru because they are kaitiaki (guardians) of the Waihou River.

The four pou erected on the new Waikato River bridge on the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway, it was explained, tell the stories of Tainui's involvement with the river.......
Continue reading full article > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/maori/news/article.cfm?c_id=252&objectid=11373908

Maori Appointments to Council

The issue of Maori Wards on Councils has certainly been rearing its head around the Country recently. Here in Rotorua this political demand by Maori is certainly heating up again and will come to a head on Thursday 18th December at the final Council meeting of the year.

This week speculation proved to be correct when it was confirmed that our Mayor, Steve Chadwick, was behind a proposal to push significant change relating to Maori appointments through at this very last meeting. She was clearly hoping that the political fallout will fade over the Christmas holidays.

A very similar proposal to give Iwi two unelected representatives on the Rotorua District Council (now the Rotorua Lakes Council), plus 50% control of the Resource Management Committee was similarly launched by the Mayor in May. Once the public were alerted to this somewhat underhand move, it was flatly rejected by Rotorua ratepayers.

With the new Mayor some 14 months into her first term, it must be acknowledged that she has achieved some significant changes, and many improvements to what had become a rather stagnant city.

However, in recent times the Council, with the support of the Mayor, has increasingly paid lip service to due process and pushed through numerous contentious items,. Unsurprisingly, pubic tolerance of such behaviour is fading. As a result of this unilateral decision making we are seeing a Ministerial type of operation in the Council with elected members increasingly left in the dark. Hence it came as no surprise to find out this week that the intention of the Mayor was to push this change through at the last meeting of the year.

Such tactics would be ill-advised and hopefully backfire. Ramming through unelected representation will push the boundaries of democracy, and once again divide our community.

What is of particular interest in this case, is that only last month the Council voted on Maori Wards, and rejected the proposal unanimously. The difference however is that what is being proposed now, as in May, is Appointments to Council, not Maori Wards. The rational here is that using the Appointment process eliminates the opportunity for 5% of the electors to force a referendum.

The Mayor has claimed that Maori Wards and Maori Appointments are completely separate issues. We say rubbish! Both are race-based approaches.

Clearly, the Mayors continuing campaign, without any mandate from the community, must be actively opposed.

Consequently a group of like-minded people have established the Rotorua Pro Democracy Society to defend our democratic rights. Our objective is to maintain the status quo. It is worth noting that the Rotorua Lakes Council currently has three Maori Councillors of the twelve, so one could rightfully argue that Maori are already well represented in Rotorua.

This week our group has forced the Mayor to declare her hand as to her intentions, with the resultant media coverage, and consequent public outrage. Next weeks outcome will be a close call as the Mayor does have her loyal band of Councillors to perhaps help her secure a majority of 7 of the 13 votes required.

However, in the meantime pressure will go on all Councillors as we have made it clear that this issue will not go away, and if necessary will be a major issue at the next elections.

Mike McVicker is a fourth term councillor on the Rotorua District Council. If you share Councillor McVicker's concerns, and would like to express them, the email addresses for all members of the Council are:

Steve.Chadwick@rdc.govt.nz (Mayor)
dave.donaldson@rdc.govt.nz (Deputy Mayor)



Nonsense reasoning behind council rebrand
Recall the Mayor’s thwarted attempt to give undemocratic power to Te Arawa. Remember also that, the iwi already ‘owns’ our lakes, and like all interest groups, looks for opportunities to expand its power and influence. Fair enough.

But they must have opened the champagne when the Mayor justified the ram-through strategy on the 28th by announcing that “Using the word 'lakes' also gives acknowledgement to our Te Arawa partners.” Hold on. Partners with our elected representatives? When did that happen? Or is this yet another pretend change?

There we have it. The decision to symbolically ‘rebrand’ the Rotorua District Council as ‘Rotorua Lakes Council’ is part of a cunning plan to symbolically revitalize the Mayor’s Te Arawa Partnership dream instead of actually involving all citizens in a fresh process of building a Cultural Engagement Policy on common ground. .......

Read Reynold Macpherson's full exposing blog > http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/reynold-macpherson-nonsense-reasoning.html#more


Well said that man...
“Is it a pre-requisite to be an idiot to run for local body politics? New Plymouth’s Mayor Andrew Judd has dreamed up the idea that the law should be changed so that half of all councillors are Maori. He’s already wanting to create a Maori ward.

He bases all of this on the Treaty – yes, the same Treaty the Tribunal suggested hadn’t ceded authority to the British.

“Top tip for the Andrews of this world: firstly, councils are in the business of mowing lawns, collecting rubbish, not for social and historic engineering; secondly, no country’s future is based on segregation – or giving one race a false hope, or false start, or false advantage based on nothing more than skin colour.

“This is a recipe for disaster and acrimony, and New Plymouth - not to mention the rest of the country – deserves a hell of a lot better.”
 Mike Hosking, co-host TVNZ Seven Sharp, 24 November 2014.

We need a fresh look at the Treaty
By Gareth Morgan

Every group needs an equal say — granting unique power to anyone is a quick path to a divided nation.

Big changes are being discussed over the way political power is shared, changes that should make all Kiwis sit up and take notice.

There is definitely a conversation to be had about Maori aspirations, but the Waitangi Tribunal is not the place to be having it.

In recent weeks the Waitangi Tribunal found that Ngapuhi and other Far North tribes did not intend to cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi. If taken to its logical extreme, this means that Maori who signed the Maori version of the Treaty didn't hand over the reins of sovereignty to the Crown.

This finding contradicts not only earlier tribunal findings but also the reality that sovereignty does lie with the Crown - after all it's the Crown Maori have been negotiating with and which taxes New Zealanders to pay settlements.

Meanwhile, a debate is stirring over Maori representation on local councils. The New Plymouth Mayor, Andrew Judd, already embroiled in a debate over whether his council should have a Maori ward, is calling for all councils to have Maori provide half of their councils. This, he believes, would better "reflect" the Treaty of Waitangi. Demonstrating if nothing else, just how dynamic interpretations of the Treaty have become, the Judd model seriously undermines democracy in New Zealand.......

Maori seat poll valid
Northland Age Editorial

THE response from iwi leaders has been cool, but the Far North District Council's plan to gauge the entire community's attitude towards the addition of Maori-only seats to the council table is a valid one.

The mood amongst iwi has hardened over recent days, perhaps thanks to the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that Ngapuhi signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 did not cede sovereignty to the Crown. This clearly has some believing that iwi have gained greater political status, a view expressed today by Ngati Kuri Iwi Trust Board chairman Harry Burkhardt, who claims that the council is tied to the high-level partnership between iwi and the Crown.....

Better relationships with maori
By John Carter (Far North Mayor)

What nobody needs is vexatious issues surrounding Maori land still unresolved with the prospect of Treaty settlements just around the corner."

One of the most crucial political and social determinations the Far North District Council will make in its current term of office is the question of how best to develop new levels of partnership with our Maori community. With people of Maori ethnicity making up close to half the population of the district, it is critical that meaningful relationships are developed with iwi and hapu if we are to progress as a district. Early in the New Year we will conduct a public poll which will seek a simple yes or no response on whether the Far North District Council should have dedicated seats at the council table for Maori. This is a decision which has to be made by the community rather than the council. If the community’s answer is ‘yes’, we will take this into account when we conduct a mandatory review of boundaries and representation arrangements before the next local elections.

Of course, reviewing Maori representation is only one part of the picture. We will also continue to look at non-electoral options for improving relationships and dealing with other issues that concern Maori. High on the priority list is the historically vexed issue of rates on Maori land. For more than 50 years, we have struggled to find the right approach. As a consequence, the owners of land that is in Maori freehold title have progressively been disenfranchised, their connections with their ancestral land severed and their ability to settle on their land and derive an income from it negated.

We think we may now have found an approach which will bring the land back into production and provide an enlightened basis on which rates will actually be paid moving forward. From the number of inquiries we have been getting from Maori freehold land owners, it’s clear they share our views and want the partnership developed further.

There are still some issues to be resolved with the Maori Land Court. In the longer term, there may be a need to change the law underpinning the way valuations are set on land in Maori title so that the rates charged are more in line with those charged on land held in General title. It is essential that these formal relationships are developed as quickly as possible so we can all move ahead positively. What nobody needs is vexatious issues surrounding Maori land still unresolved with the prospect of Treaty settlements just around the corner.

Even the Local Government Commission has acknowledged there are relationship issues which are going to have to be addressed and is working with the Northland Iwi Leaders Forum on a nonelective Maori representation model which could be incorporated in any reorganisation plan.

The Northland Age

Northland Age Waitangi Tribunal summary
The following is the Waitangi Tribunal’s summary, word for word, of its conclusions in stage 1 of the Northland Inquiry:
  • The rangatira who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi in February 1840 did not cede their sovereignty  to Britain. That is, they did not cede authority to make and enforce law over their people or their territories.
  • The rangatira agreed to share power and authority with Britain. They agreed to the Governor having authority to control British subjects in New Zealand, and thereby keep the peace and protect Maori interests.
  • The rangatira consented to the treaty on the basis that they and the Governor were to be equals, though they were to have different roles and different spheres of influence. The detail of how this relationship would work in practice, especially where the Maori and European populations intermingled, remained to be negotiated over time on a case-by-case basis.
  • The rangatira agreed to enter land transactions with the Crown, and the Crown promised to investigate pre-treaty land transactions and to return any land that had not been properly acquired from Maori.
  • The rangatira appear to have agreed that the Crown would protect them from foreign threats and represent them in international affairs, where that was necessary. Though Britain went into the treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Maori and Pakeha, it did not explain this to the rangatira. Rather, in the explanations of the texts and in the verbal assurances given by Hobson and his agents, it sought the power to control British subjects and thereby to protect Maori. That is the essence of what the rangatira agreed to.

Taranaki Daily News editorial

The Waitangi Tribunal gave the country plenty to think about over the weekend with the release of its findings on Stage 1 of the Te Paparahi o Te Raki Inquiry. Most New Zealanders will get their understanding of the tribunal’s conclusions from media accounts. But no matter how the critical bits of the hefty report are disseminated, commonly held beliefs about the Treaty of Waitangi and its place in our governmental arrangements will be jolted.

The tribunal says the rangatira who signed the Treaty in 1840 did not cede their sovereignty. Hence they did not cede their authority to make and enforce law over their people and within their territories. They agreed only to share power and authority with the governor.

They and Governor William Hobson would be equals but with different roles and different spheres of influence. How this would work, especially where Maori and European populations intermingled, would be sorted out case by case over time.

‘‘But the rangatira did not surrender to the British the sole right to make and enforce law over Maori,’’ the report declares. The Treaty therefore did not entitle the British to move in and take over the country’s governance.

This finding inevitably will be the stuff of politicking. Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, calling for calm and for "wise heads" to sit down and discuss the implications, said some "red necks" might view the report as Maori separatism (although he believed it could bring people together). Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson now must engage with the Waitangi Tribunal on the implications for the Crown.

Finlayson, NZ’s AttorneyGeneral, does not need gratuitous advice. He has a formidable track record for signing several Treaty settlements and for apologising for wrongs done historically by the Crown. He said the report did not change the fact that the Crown had sovereignty.

True. But it will change attitudes to the legitimacy of that sovereignty and will heighten Maori expectations about their entitlements.

March 2013
‘Maori Are Not Indigenous To Aotearoa New Zealand’
By Michael Botur

‘Maori and Pakeha Need Each Other’. Interview With Ngapuhi Chief David Rankin

David Rankin: does the name sound familiar? He is a chief and elder of Ngapuhi, a fearless warrior unafraid of controversy because he has a strong conscience and a powerful pedigreed whakapapa to back him up. David represents the culture within Maoridom of speaking your mind and knowing that the truth will set you free. elocal has, over the last five years , tirelessly brought you theories and archaeological evidence about people who have been here before Kupe first arrived, and now David wants it verified.

elocal: “You recently voiced support for historians who claim that New Zealand was settled much earlier than commonly accepted. Are you merely supporting free speech and political incorrectness, or do you genuinely believe that there were other civilizations here in NZ before the arrival of Kupe circa 1250AD?”

DR: “Let me just start off and say this, Maori are not the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. There were many other races already living here long before Kupe arrived. I am his direct descendant and I know from our oral history passed down 44 generations. I believe this needs to be investigated further because every Maori community talks about Waitaha, Turehu and Patupaiarehe. This goes hand-in-hand with the other research. As Maori, we have come to a time of maturity where we need to debate these issues. I want to get to a genuine consensus about this issue, although I think academics want it to disappear. If we start talking about it and investigating it, it’s an exciting opportunity to explore. My ancestors like Kupe came to the Hokianga in search of other people. In the Waima ranges, there was a pipi shelter on the mountains, and the kuia used to talk about the fair skinned people up there. A lot of people identify as Paniora (translated as Spaniard), indicating that the Portuguese and Spanish washed up on ancient ships in Northland. In 2002, I went to the Austronesian Leaders Conference in Taiwan and we discussed similarities with Taiwanese Aborigines. We traced our origins and the Maori and Polynesian connection to China. All the leaders such as myself and Matiu Rei, Aborigines, Solomon islanders, Rapa Nui and Hawaiians were all interested in early settlement theories. There is a lot of writing about the whole ancestral link. Really, Maori didn’t navigate here, we came on a tidal drift. Te Tai Tokerau is actually the tidal drift from the Tokelau islands. When my ancestors arrived at the shores of Aotearoa, there were people here to greet them. The question is: who are those people? It goes hand-in- hand with our oral history. There are questions written by Ian Wishart, Noel Hilliam and others that need to be answered.”......

Continue reading this fascinating interview HERE