Category: Weekly Column

Dr Muriel Newman

Climate Saga

It remains to be seen whether New Zealanders will decide the price of the Government’s climate extremism is too high and say enough is enough. The French President has just backed down from raising fuel taxes as a key part of his decarbonisation plan, following extreme protests that had the potential to destabilise the country.


Dr Muriel Newman

Maori Privilege

Maori privilege is on the rise and at an accelerating pace. Not content with controlling local authorities, and potentially the whole of New Zealand’s coastline, iwi leaders now have their eyes set, not only on the control of fresh water, but of government itself through the right to veto every Bill or regulation that is proposed. 


Dr Muriel Newman

Legitimising Illegal Migration

On December 10 and 11 New Zealand is expected to attend an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco, to adopt the United Nation’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact not only legitimises illegal migration and promotes it as a human right, but it makes climate change a new ground for asylum.


Dr Muriel Newman

Plastic Bags - a matter of perception not science

Jacinda Ardern's Government wants to ban the plastic shopping bags, that households find so useful, even though there is no evidence that New Zealand bags are harming our environment. So what does the consultation document say that might justify banning their use? In short, nothing. This is Nanny State Government at its worst.


Dr Muriel Newman

Housing Affordability – Lottery or Reform

Who would have thought that Labour - a party that has expended a great deal of political capital over the years railing against the profits made property traders - would introduce a housing policy that delivers significant capital gains to chosen recipients. Like the couple who have made an instant gain of around $70,000 after winning the KiwiBuild lottery .


Dr Muriel Newman

Return the Coast to Public Ownership

In spite of assurances given by the National Government that under their new law, there would only be claims for remote areas of the coast, that would not impact on most Kiwis, it now appears increasingly likely that our entire coastline could end up under tribal control.


Dr Muriel Newman

Global Warming - the new political platform

Like Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern is using global warming to create a political platform on the international stage - and perhaps a career path at the United Nations. But her game plan - to lead the world through zero carbon legislation - will come at a significant economic cost to New Zealand.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Controversy of Politics

The political media love controversy. There’s been an abundance of that ever since Donald Trump was elected US President - but over recent weeks, there’s been plenty here as well. Here’s how the Jamie-Lee Ross saga unfolded. 


Dr Muriel Newman

The Dangers of Judicial Activism

Ill-advised comments by senior Judges can have a profound and long-lasting impact. We saw this in the 1987 Lands Case between the New Zealand Maori Council - represented by Sian Elias - and the Attorney-General, when the President of the Court of Appeal, Sir Robin Cooke, used the word ‘partnership’.


Dr Muriel Newman

Time To Have A Say On Entrenching The Maori Seats

Last month Parliament debated a Private Members’ bill to entrench the Maori seats. The bill would make it more difficult to abolish Parliament’s Maori seats by ensuring that a vote of 75 percent of MPs would be needed to get rid of them.