Make an on-line
the DECLARATION OF EQUALITY on-line HERE
The government's constitutional review is a major
threat to New Zealand's democracy. A biased
constitutional advisory panel and a consultation process
that locks out non-Maori threatens to
permanently put power and
privilege into the hands of the
This urgent threat to our future is quietly building momentum while
most people are unaware of
what is at stake.
The constitutional advisory panel - an initiative of the Maori
Party fronting for the tribal elite - has
embarked on a similar consultation process to that used to pass the atrocious Marine
and Coastal Area
Bill into law. $4 million will be spent over the next 12 months to convince the public
that we need a new 'written' constitution to enshrine the Treaty of
Waitangi as superior law. A new constitution would give un-elected
Judges supreme power over our elected Members of Parliament.
If we do nothing, under this new regime, non-Maori New Zealanders
will become second class citizens
in their own land. All attempts to impose a race-based future on
New Zealand - through a "written" constitution embracing
the Treaty - should be strongly opposed, by firstly supporting a
SAVE OUR CONSTITUTION as it stands, and secondly by signing
our DECLARATION OF EQUALITY to
reject outright race-based laws.
A 2005 Parliamentary review found New Zealand's
constitution is working well.
Our constitution, like Britain's, is based on a collection of
statutes and conventions, such as the Human
Rights Act, the Electoral
Act, and the Cabinet Manual procedures for appointing the Prime
Minister and Cabinet. Under our constitution Parliament is sovereign.
As it stands, our constitution is extremely flexible - abolishing
the Maori seats, for example, is a simple process that requires
the repeal of just a few clauses of the Electoral Act.
review process has already been captured by those who seek to
entrench iwi in a position of unassailable racial, legal, cultural
and economic superiority over all other New Zealanders.
We must fight back and strongly reject any proposal for a new written constitution. SAVE
OUR CONSTITUTION must become our
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY
It is utterly out of the question that our
constitution should recognise and enforce racial distinction. That
would forever condemn our country to a future of racial division.
If the Treaty gets into our constitution
any way at all - that is what will happen.
If you feel strongly about this - and we believe that you
should, and that most New Zealanders do - then we ask you to sign
the DECLARATION OF EQUALITY,
and get your family and friends
to sign it also. We must stop the separatists entrenching their
hold over our country. We must change New Zealandís course. It
is now or never.
We, New Zealanders of all
backgrounds, having founded and developed our society in equality,
fairness, and comradeship, oppose any laws which establish or promote
racial distinction or division. There shall be one law for all:
reject reference to the Treaty of Waitangi or
in any constitutional document.
ask that such references be removed from all existing
ask that race-based Parliamentary seats be abolished.
ask that race-based representation on local bodies be
ask that the Waitangi Tribunal, which has outlived any
it may have had, be abolished.
Therefore in the interests
of New Zealand we call on members of the Houses of Representatives
to implement the principles of this Declaration of Equality to
ensure there is one law for all.
the on-line DECLARATION OF EQUALITY HERE
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY FORM
Due to overwhelming demand, the Independent
Constitutional Review Panel (ICRP) has launched the
Declaration of Equality in a printed form for people without
Internet access to sign. The form is suitable for
volunteers to circulate around neighborhoods, workplaces, clubs
and so on. The press release is HERE.
We urge anyone with computer access to sign the on-line version HERE,
so we can keep in touch, but those without, to sign the new
printed form. The Declaration of Equality form can be downloaded
for printing HERE.