This week's poll asks:
Do you believe the Waitangi Tribunal should be abolished?
*I have just written a letter to post to many politicians telling them of my disgust in the Government in the way they appease Maori. I have accused them of being racist. This is all ok but not enough. I really don't care as we leave to live in Aus in November. I hate NZ, I think it is a racist hole that no matter how hard you work you will never get out of it. Our kids won't come back, our parents are dying and what do we have? Racism shown towards us at every turn we make. Well Maoris, I will lose 25% of my money but it's worth losing it all to get away from it all. I feel no patriotism, just hate for this Government, and every Government before it back to the 80s. Do we march and protest? No. We sit on our useless backsides and moan but show no one how we feel. We whisper as we are so spineless. We have let it happen, of course Maori have taken it all, wouldn't you, when it is so easy?most NZers don't give a damn, they won't until it's too late. Christine
*10 out of 10 for David Round. Gordon
*It is a racial divider ,well past its used by date. Ken
*It should have gone many years ago. Sheila
*We are one people!!!!! Trev
*If we could in New Zealand, find Politicians with the intestinal fortitude to remove this cancer from our society. I doubt very much if the United Nations would take very kindly to this act, probably it would end in sanctions.
Also I doubt very much, whether this generation of present New Zealanders seduced by the bogey of racism, indoctrinated and educated into the Marxist process of continual appeasement; would have stomach to defy or rebel against any political party or “elected” government. As majority referendums and petitions to Parliament are almost totally ignored we are into a situation similar to the French prior to 1792.
Thirteen years before the American Civil War a self taught lawyer from the Mid West wrote:
“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one which suits them better”. A. Lincoln. The centre of this statement is “Any people, anywhere”; for when the Southern States took Lincoln at his word, he called it Rebellion!!!
We are faced with the proposition that a small ethnic elite have intentionally blackmailed our government into demands, inconsistent with the very principals of democracy....The basic principal that a minority whatever they represent, cannot override and “inflict” their form of government, their legal system, their mores upon the majority, by virtue of being “the first peoples of the land”.
The signing by the Key Government of the article of U.N. Rights of Indigenous Peoples was a betrayal of the democratic rights of every citizen in New Zealand. Brian
*They are just taking the piss, and getting away with it. Murray
*This half breed Pakeha dominated rort needs to go. We do not need these ex pom union agitators. Left UK cos of M. Christopher
*This body has long outlived it's usefulness. Rob
*NZ is a multi-cultural society made-up of "boat people" from many different ethic, racial, and national backgrounds. All are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. NZ Maori are no more idigenous than Moriori peoples than Chinese and other. Few NZ Maori are of "pure" Maori ancestry. We are "One people" living in a set of islands called New Zealand surrounded by sea. Lawrence
*Of course it should. Long overdue, either we are one country or we are doomed. But realistically it wont be abolished while votes are at stake. Ray
*Yes, the whole 'you owe us' broken record needs to be shut down. It is economically crippling NZ. Bruce
*It has become a very expensive, very sick joke. Ronmac
*This body is a racist org with the aim of taking-over NZ by Maori. Auntie Podes
*Waitangi Tribunal will kill NZ Ken
*There are so-called "Maori elite" who are using it for their own political agendas. The Tribunal's decisions are totally biased toward Maori claimants who are ever inventing new reasons to get government (read "our") money. We do not need or want laws which divide our nation further. I write this from South Africa where, for the past 18 years the effects of apartheid are being unraveled. The Waitangi Tribunal and the Maori Party are taking us in the opposite direction, towards separatism! Laurence
*Outdated - no general benefit to NZ. Dennis
*We cannot be held responsible for anything that happened before we were born but we have the responsibility to clear up any problems caused by the actions of previous generations. K
*I think that the Tribunal has served its basic purpose and claims for ownership of flora, fauna and now water is becoming quite ridiculous. Ivan
*It no longer has relevance in todays world. BILL
*No place for it in the 21st century. Pack of parasites. Mike
*There are enough racial problems dividing New Zealand. Ian
*We are all New Zealanders and respond as one, not as of birth. Peter
*Every NZ'er must read Ian Wishart's book 'The Great Divide' which clearly shows the Treaty of Waitangi was for an equal partnership between Maori and Pakeha with no special conditions for Maori under a partnership. Janet
*I believe the Treaty was meant as an equal partnership between Maori and Pakeha with no special conditions for Maori - the whole thing has got completely out of hand! Let us get back to what was originally intended - that we would be one people living harmoniously in one country. Janet
*The sooner the better, before it does any more damage. Bruce
*I can almost understand why they went from island to island, they weren't wanted! David
*Read "The Great Divide" by Ian Wishart. Don
*We have had enough of all the Racist "claptrap". Ian And Clare
*Since when are a people who migrated to another land "indigenous"? -- or has that piece of NZ's history been conveniently forgotten by everyone? Ted
*One law for all! Wake up NZ. Peter
*Because it is being abused. Ivan
*We've got to see ourselves as one people. "A house divided against itself will fall". Peter
*Its a "millstone" around the neck of our country. It must go, and soon. Phil
*I am not anti Maori and have have grown up with and consider many as friends, however I think the ongoing dredging up of past injustices on which to base further claims unjustified.
The division of NZ on racial lines is totally unacceptable driven by extremists and lawyers and others and will cause untold damage to the fabric of society.
It is racism pure an simple. Tony
*It has outlasted its usefulness. NZ is becoming like UK, which is now ruled from Brussels due to lack of opposition. Michael
*It needs to read correctly and in light of the Kohimarama gathering. Dave
*It seems that maori are on the high road to apartheid..thank you for giving us this information. Jane
*It is outdated with inter marriage of Maori changing the face of New Zealand. Elsa
*I believe we should be living and working together side by side as New Zealanders. It worked well in combat, it could and should work well in peacetime. Of course Maori traditions should be upheld, and passed on, but the Governance should be for all NZ'ers. Judith
*The Waitangi Tribunal are so biased they have lost all credability and should be dumped. For years their verdicts have been a foregone conclusion. Ray
*IT IS A REDUNDANT BODY. WE ARE ALL EQUAL. PAKEHA ARE HONOURING THE TREATY - MAORI ARE NOT. Graeme
*If David Round explains the present proposed constitutional review as another crime against the common good, are we essentially dealing with criminals? Monica
*The Waitangi Tribunal may have served a useful purpose when it was founded, to right some of the "injustices" - although these were perpetrated under the "rules of engagement" & mores of a century & a half ago. At best, these are based on folkloric evidence & hearsay, with frequently conflicting accounts ....Nowadays, it is a gravy train for Iwi elites with minor benefits to maori. Claims & assertions become more & more fanciful by the day. Dave
*Has served its purpose, and has gone on to create much ill-will and division. Nick
*It has NEVER applied the intended and TRUE principals of the Treaty - "One People, One Nation" - and never will. It is simply a vehicle to gouge money from the public purse.
NO body or entity can own water - it comes from the sky then gets recycled in clouds, which drift around the world.
There is no such thing as "New Zealand water" anyway - most of ours arrives in clouds from Australia. So the Aborigines [who at least are just that [the original inhabitants of that land - not those who arrived from sea and conquered NZ's TRUE Tangatafenua] so they would have a better claim than Maori!! It's academic anyway, as I repeat my assertion - NOBODY can own the water, or the air, airwaves, etc etc. Edwin
*Well past its use by date. Karl
*It has outlived its original purpose, and become a tool of racial extremists anxious to divide rather than unite this Country. Michael
*Just a pack of racists. That what NZ has reverse racism. Patrick
*The tribunal should go or be reconstituted with dispassionate individuals on both sides. I suspect that this borders on the impossible so for safety's sake - Farewell Tribunal. Peter
*This country is to be enjoyed by all nationalities. Maori must appreciate the wider view that this country is not for sale & they have no more entitlement to any of their claims, next they will want a trety over the air we breath. Gary
*Yes abolish the Waitangi Tribunal. Neil
*The Tribunal now seems to be endowering itself a status over and beyond anything that was intended at its inception. It should be brought to heel and better stilll abolished. I am sick and tired of the rapacious greed of Maori and of this sycophantic attitude of this corrupt National government. Bill
*This Maori claims nonsense is bleeding this country dry. Judith
*It has outlived it's usefullnes and is now making ridiculus decisions, nobody owns water. Andrew
*As there are no pure moari left in New Zealand I see no reason why I should pay for what two or three of a moaris grandparents did to the other one. Cyril
*Absolutely to be abolished. It has displayed its extreme racial bias and prejudice and is a continuing blight on healthy democracy. Tony
*Just one word comes to mind when another treaty issue is settled and that is "GREED"...We are one country and should be helping one another and not just one race. Jane
*Google: Define Racism - "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as...
Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief."
Therefore, both positive and negative discrimination based solely on someone's race is abhorrent. Waitangi Tribunal = Only for Maori = Racist. End of story. The Maori alive today are no more native than I. They were born here, so was I. The only difference is that a vocal minority of Maori won't get on with anyone of a different race because they are horrific racists. No better than the horrific racists on any other race's side. So, if Maori don't want other races to treat them as Maori, and not people, then they have to stop treating themselves as "Maori" and start treating themselves as people - the same as everyone else. John
*Absolutely, and in all its forms and references. Like many other countries, NZ was dragged into civilisation at the point of a gun. Are heading for that again? Ray
*Its killing the future of New Zealanders. Neville