This week's poll asks:
Do you believe New Zealand is at risk of becoming an “apartheid” nation?
*It already is. I no longer live and pay taxes in New Zealand. These bullshit artists aren't getting a penny of my money. Murray
*Aparthied is here now. I marched alongside thousands of NZ'ers in 1981 never for one minute believing we would be in this position thirty years on. John
*It already is, John key is going to have trouble winning the next election, A good new party will start up & take away his voters. Where is the press on all this they are saying nothing it is time some they did. Geoff
*Where is John Minto on all this I notice he has gone to ground. Geoff
*The National government is too soft in dealing with Maori demands - or is it too scared to do so? They are fast leading us down a slippery slope towards separatism based on race. The "co-governance" of Urewera is a joke! It's the thin edge of the wedge toward Maori sovereignty of the ex-National Park. It' time the government took a tough approach to the ludicrous demands of its coalition partner and the Maori elite, and called a halt to any further claims. They should also state that "full and final settlements" are what they say, and that there will be no more payouts. The huge amounts being paid out to Maori are not helping the country's financial position. Laurence
*It is pretty obvious if one looks at the separatist legislation. Andrew
*It is high time that the govt take a firm stand. Desmond
*Yes, but its completely and easily fixed. i.e. a Govt with the guts to get rid of the Waitangi Tribunal, flush this false Treaty down the toilet. It will certainly be a huge election issue. Bruce
*Not in danger of becoming.. we already are. the worst part is the racist Maori radical nutters make all Maori look bad. Most of us Maori arent racist and dont push for the racist crap the radicals push for. Yet we are all tarred with the same brush. Its the governments fault for bowing down to them. Blame the goverment, not Maori. Abe
*Is already a separatist nation, when minorities have special privileges reserved for them then there is very obviously something big wrong with the country's constitution. Chris
*Pakeha may not join a Maori team but Maori can join the All Blacks. Noticed that when I came to NZ in 1997 from South Africa. Veronica
*While we have MMP all governments will suffer unfair leverage of minority issues. Dave
*Some Maoris are choosing to turn NZ into an apartheid country and taking every opportunity to disenfranchise other NZers for their own benefit. Sonia
*The Government ave a golden opportunity to go to the people with a binding referendum to make NZ one nation and one law for all. Do it now before it is too late. Key could do this and show some leadership which is certainly lacking at this time. John
*We already have an apartheid culture based on special privilege for people thsat identify themselves as the representatives of Maori. Charlie
*It is too late and has already become one. I was disgusted to read that Ngai Tahu Holdings had made a profit for the last year of $95.66 million and does not have to pay either company tax or G.S.T. Yes, racial discrimination is alive and well and is living in NZ but only against the Pakeha. Ralph
*The Govt should go to the country on "one country, one people" and destroying the Treaty of Waitangi. They would be returned in a land slide. Bill
*Bob Jones says it as it is. We are already an apartheid nation. This article should be compulsory reading for our pathetic prime minister. He should then sack his (list MP) Finlayson, who MUST have a touch of Maori blood in his racist brain!!! Is key stupid or unaware of what is happening? Perhaps he doesn't care as he has the option of leaving this racist country after messing up in his power crazed 2 terms. Carolyn
*I have seen where some friends got permission to go on the beach from the iwi and another member of the tribe came and said no get off with threats We do not need their permission in the 1st place as it is a free to go onto the beaches in NZ. Cherryl
*Wrong tense; NZ already is an apartheid nation... Grant
*Approximately 12 years ago my south african neighbour at the time had been in NZ for six months, his comment to me, one which i`ll never forget. " We had apartheid in South Africa,and now it is part of history. It's more subtle, but without doubt, New Zealand definitely has apartheid going on today with Maori`s controlling and shaping this country`s future, why do NZer's allow it ? I couldn't answer him at that time but if I knew him now I would tell him that subversive strategies by tribal elite and political impotence has combined over time to give Maori far too much governance, ( cause effectively that`s what it is )and far far too much of our GDP handed out. I would also tell him that the tide is turning, momentum is growing. History will show that New Zealand will be for all New Zealander`s,when in history remains unclear, however, when it happens, history will also show that people, the power of average New Zealander`s made it happen. We can`t afford to lose, there is too much at stake. Glen
*When one sector our society is favoured over another as we have seen increasingly since the National party came to power, then it's only a question of time before we reap the havoc of what has been sown. Ivan
*We're blindly bequeathing a legacy of division where ignorant perception of "injustice" based on manipulated "facts" is taken as gospel. Irrespective of truth, personal belief sponsors social action. If this continues the consequences for our peaceful nation will be catastrophic. achievement this lay all the blame for. Enraged mobs have traditionally not been overly concerned with looking at objective truth. an of trying to stop it will be huge. Bernie
*Maori only account for 14/ of NZ population. So what about the other 84/ of population. So much for NZs democracy. William
*But we have been an "apartheid" nation for decades. It is that with the incessant Maori demands and a Government bound by the rules of MMP it has highlighted the problem.
The answer lies in John Key having the intestinal fortitude to call an election on the issue of Water?Air and other "so called rights" that Maori are demanding.
He will not, of course, attempt such a measure. P.M. Sydney Holland would have. But then Holland was a Statesman, and Key only a consummate politician looking for re-election at all costs. Brian
*How many countries have 2 national Anthems????????1 country. 1 people. 1 direction. Roger
*Unfortunately we are already an apartheid country and would be the last bastion of racial privilege. The insatiable quest for more is primarily due to weak Governments particularly National who it appears readily accept the situation and have abandoned leadership in favour of the Maori Party and the Waitangi Tribunal Key makes futile gestures of leadership which we all know will be watered down when confronted by the new Maori leaders of N.Z. Colin
*Time the government took off the blinkers and read the book To the ends of the earth.by maxewell C Hill It clearly sets out the great maori myth. It is time the artefacts that pre-date maori were acknowledged. Even the nanes given to the people that predate Maori. Moriori, Patupaiarehe, and Waitaha people were here hundreds of years before maori and they know it. Its time the truth came out. Stan
*The time has come to do away with Maori as a choice for "race" the only choice required is "New Zealander" and I am One of them. Rick
*Trying to resurrect tribalism is stupid and dishonest! Max
*Maori where 5 in line to discover NZ. NZ was settled before BC "To the end of the earth" by Maxwell Hill.
Maori possessed land by conquest and cannibalism, and sold to the Crown land that didn`t belong to them and while living through grievances and skullduggery without consideration of the benefits of NZ`ers clothing, cars,food, electricity, building materials, cellphones etc are takers without an ounce of gratitude. Robert
*It is time to abolish all reference to the treaty! Mark
*Definitely. We need a strong government to say it's finished. Take the multi millions you have, do the best for YOUR PEOPLE' and shut up! No more claims, no more greed, no more underhand agreements with any government. South Africa's apartheid would be a drop in the ocean compared to what NZ would become if these treacherous, hateful tribal leaders are not stopped! God defend New Zealand from lies, greed, treachery, and hateful claims. Maori are still the minority. Why do we not have a government to stand up to them and say loud and clear - ENOUGH!!! CM
*Yes. Both major Parties are to blame and it's time their politicians listened to the non Maori citizens and put a stop to this racial preference nonsense.
I am puzzled as to why the rural conservative voters out there who have traditionally supported National are not putting the hard word on their MPs who up till now have enjoyed safe seats. Well,perhaps they have and are being ignored like the rest of us.
Nothing is going to happen unless the voters themselves take political action. We can complain, we can vent our feelings on posts like these but surely we are whistling in the wind unless enough of us dump the politicians who can't or won't listen to the genuine voice of the people.
As for heading overseas - Australia would be an attractive place to live if I was a few decades younger. Yes, some Australian politicians also ignore their citizens but I predict that the Aussies will put matters right at their next General Election. I wish we could do the same! Denis
*The only thing more abhorrent that racial discrimination is those Maoris that insist on it. Brian
*Unfortunately, the Lange government let the jackals loose with their revisionist history and politicians afterwards allowed this nonsense to continue. It is refreshing to read a description of these opportunists as mixed race. I prefer to call them something more basic and to the point. Those describing themselves as Maoris -not Maori -dropping the s was more of the nonsense, need to understand that the taxpayers do not owe them a free lunch. Indeed they need to understand that education is available to all and ignorance being displayed upon one's shoulder as a badge of honor is somewhat stupid. But then I suppose this goes with the territory....stupid. Charles
*At risk of becoming an “apartheid” nation? Aren't we almost there. No-one has the balls to put an end to it. And the ball is firmly in John Keys court. What is happening is down to him and his un-elected colonel Findlayson. Neil
*Too late. We already are the only "developed" nation actively practising MOARI APARTHEID. Were it not for my three children, I'd not be here pandering to RACIST MOARI. Mark
*MURIEL'S 5 POINT PRINCIPLES MUST BECOME BASIS FOR THE WAY FORWARD. Barry
*We are already an apartheid nation. Whites are discriminated in local and national government. Michael
*We are already there! When New Zealanders wake up, Key and his team will be toast but the Green alternative will take over the advance of apartheid. Irvine
*It seems we have become a nation that continually changes the meaning of words, like one of the bills before parliament now. Since when, did a race, that arrived here in THE GREAT MIGRATION become Indigenous? Ted
*I voted "No" because, tragically, it already is. Dave
*Apartheid is already here,& has been for quite awhile. Maori were not here first, they drove out & ate the Moriori, so are they going to compensate them. Colin
*You are as radical as the Hone Harawiras and Ken Mairs of this world and are doing a great job of whipping up racial tension. Jon
*We already have Apartheid but in reverse, in that the non-Maori New Zealanders are being dictated to by Maori and our current Government does not seem to want to stand up for the bulk of New Zealanders and stop acquiescing to Maori. Dallas