This week's poll asks:
Do you agree with Professor Allan that a written Treaty-based constitution would be a disaster for New Zealand?
*When are we going to find some - any - politicians with the guts to put the treaty where it belongs - in a museum. Maurice
*We do not need it. Geoff
*Do we want our democratic system, however imperfect, ruined by a race-based constitution that would make non-Maori second-class citizens in their own country? Just look at what is happening now in South Africa where the whites live in total fear of the blacks all the time - a reversal of apartheid. Do we want this to happen here? This government has taken us down a slippery racial path by pandering to its Maori Party "friends". A minority party is running the country with the encouragement of the National government. They won't be getting my vote next year! Laurence
*I have returned to NZ after living OS for more than 37 years.this could be my biggest mistake. I cant believe how Maori has taken over our life style. I am sick of all things maori, including the Haka. It is so disappointing to see how pakeha have been conned by govt. I am seriously considering a move back OS. good luck with your campaign. Warwick
*Unnecessary and undesirable. Donald
*God forbid - this would be our opportunity to put an end to the Treaty Gravy train. Maggie
*If a Treaty-based constitution is written by greedy maoris is allowed to be accepted by New Zealand's parliament, then we are in deep dodo, the whole country is!!! Neil
*I'm sick of having Maori this and Maori that imposed upon us at every turn!!!! Graeme
*New Zealanders have had enough of this Treaty malarchy bleeding every last cent out of them. Arthur
*Sheer Madness. Joy
*The whole Treaty scene has just become a total political nonsense. Robert
*Most definitely. No More Race-Based decisions for New Zealand please. Mark
*It is amazing how much Maori is creeping into this English speaking Country. Not content with the HAKA at Rugby Games we now find changes to place names, Maori schools, (no wonder they cannot get jobs or know right from wrong when all they have been taught is MAORI) New Constitution what for? they use our Welfare, shops, roads, etc and they want us Taxpayers to fund their Rights, They have kept the Country POOR by wanting this and that back under The Treaty. One ought to read Ian Wisharts Book it is an eye opener. I also located a letter written to me back in 1995 re The Queens Chain and National Parks was told neither could ever be owned by anyone other than THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND...
I am scared as to what is going to be the end result to this wonderful Country, 15% of the population is now ruling it, and the more they get the more they want and when we have someone in Parliament or higher to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH then we are going further down the gurglar.
Why is their suddenly starving children at schools. I have been told by a couple of school teachers that they were supplying the odd child with breakfast out of their own pockets and each week another couple joined the group and then the schools decided to do something and the teachers noticed that even children that used to bring their lunches suddenly did not and when asked were told that their Parents said Ïf the school is providing Breakfast etc then why should I? You can also get free meal/meals and join the queue, there is no need. Welfare is also ruining the Country. Too easy to get One only has to take a few hours at WINZ (or whatever they call themselves now) and see how much FREE is handed out to other than those of us that are honest, chits for NEW washing machines, fridges, food etc oh yes told that they have to pay it back out of their benefits???? know of lots that don't bother, they feel WE owe them. I am glad I can cross the ditch and live in another Country. I am sick of having to scrimp and save for what I want. "LAST ONE OUT PLEASE TURN OFF THE LIGHT". Marylin
*Yes, of course it would be a disaster for New Zealand. I used to think a constitution would be a good idea ... with a lot more life experience and evidence aplenty that most people are full of treachery, I think we are better off being governed by the usual crop of idiots ... at least we can swap one lot of idiots for another every three years, but with a constitution we can't do a thing about it. Judges are proving in many cases to be incompetent and totally out of touch with reality ... and I might add, full of treachery. As far as the Maori language is concerned, it is abundantly obvious to everyone that nobody can be bothered with the language, including Maori, so the academics need to just put it all in the history book and stick in the Museum where it belongs. Dianna
*Do you agree with Professor Allan that a written Treaty-based constitution would be a disaster for New Zealand?
Not until I had read Professor Allan’s article. I had I must admit rather naive views that perhaps only a written Constitution could possibly save us from the deprivations of MMP and the blackmail of minority rule.
Like others I had been brought up to regard legal documents as the last word (s) in stability. Now to face that any legal document written in the past may be open to alteration to suit some modern idiom or jargon is rather daunting.
If we are to expect Judges to place their own views ahead of what the “legal intention/or interpretation that brought a law into being; we are, regretfully in very shallow waters, especially as far as a written Constitution is concerned.
There is another field which is now opened, just how and where, is our basic concept of a “Legal Freehold title” on residential/commercial/industrial ownership? Especially so, since our P.M. signed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People which gave Maori unfettered rights in New Zealand.
Or is there a hidden clause in this document whereby non-Maori can hold a freehold title? Contrary to living in tribalism?
Seeing our way constitutionally is somewhat rocky, perhaps our checks and balances can come from a final “Second House” of last resort? Brian