Category: Democracy

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Moratorium on Coastal Claims

If the Marine and Coastal Area Act is not fixed Maori will become the legal owners of virtually of the entire coastline and Territorial Sea of New Zealand - including vast reserves of the invaluable minerals such as rare earths in the seabed.


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The State Owned Enterprises Case and the Partnership Fiction

Given that these partnership claims are devoid of principle, common sense, or any legal basis it is beyond time that our Parliamentarians stopped pandering to such blatant self-serving nonsense.


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Investigating Covid

There's no question that NZ, like many other countries that used lockdowns and mRNA vaccines, has experienced “excess” deaths following the pandemic. Waikato University’s Economics Professor John Gibson has just published new research showing that in 2023, “the excess mortality rate corresponds to about 3,000 more deaths than would be expected.”


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A Sad Day for NZ Journalism

The chance for meaningful dialogue, communication and negotiation was effectively scuppered. The ‘good news’, ‘the positive development’ was cancelled. Major actors were humiliated and belittled. Most of the MSM undermined themselves as impartial journalists and along with the government were exposed as ‘bad faith’ actors with a pre-determined agenda.


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Waitangi 2024

While sovereignty now rests with Parliament to govern on behalf of all New Zealanders, it is voters who have the democratic power to decide who should rule the country: government of the people, by the people, for the people. And every three years we exercise that power at the ballot box, when we decide whether the old Government should carry on - or be replaced.


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Kawharu’s Re-written Treaty

Many are aware that there are two treaties, an 1840 treaty and a 1986 reinvention, and that people on both sides talking past each other when it comes to treaty politics. But beware of everyone who alleges the coalition government is “rewriting the treaty”. The treaty was quietly rewritten long ago and that rewritten treaty is behind the division that is on display at Waitangi today.


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Derailing the Treaty Gravy Train

None of these measures promised by the Coalition Government changes the Treaty itself. Those making such claims are deliberately scaremongering and misleading the public. They don’t want New Zealanders to have a debate about where the current Treaty arrangements are taking the country. Nor do they want public scrutiny of the vast array of race-based privileges that have already been established.


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PM Speech at Ratana

The Government will honour the Treaty. But unlike the Labour government, we will honour it without moving away from equal voting rights, without creating complex co-governance bodies and bureaucracies in Wellington to decide how central services should be delivered in the regions, and we will honour it while upholding the equality of all New Zealanders before the law.


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2024 – a Year of Reckoning

The Coalition needs to remember that they have been delivered a strong mandate to reset the country and get us back on track. That means ignoring the pleadings of noisy vested interests and standing firm to deliver on the promises they made at the 2023 election.


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A Time and Tide

There is now reason to be optimistic that our political institutions can return to implementing the policies upon which they were voted to office, and it will be our first truly MMP government which will make that possible.