Dear NZCPR Reader,
On behalf of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research I would like to thank you for your wonderful interest and support over the last 12 months – and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
For many New Zealanders 2020 has been an extremely difficult year. It’s not just the pandemic and the loss of business, jobs, and income, but there is a growing sense of despair about the direction our country is headed.
All is not well in New Zealand. Socialism is on the march and the core values of Kiwi society are under attack.
Views that no longer fit the prevailing narrative are being silenced – some newspapers are refusing to publish contrary opinions, books by politically incorrect authors are now being withdrawn from sale, and many of those brave enough to speak out against propaganda and intolerance, are being victimised – their careers ruined.
This is the first time in modern history that we have had such an extremist government – and one with an outright majority. The socialists now have unbridled control of New Zealand.
The tragedy is that many New Zealanders appear to have little appreciation of the dangers.
NZCPR research has revealed that under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership, we have become unwitting participants in a United Nations ideological experiment. While the PM declared on the international stage that the radical philosophy of the UN’s Agenda 2030 is being embedded into our legislative and regulatory framework, she has been far less forthcoming at home.
Our research also indicates that early next year the Prime Minister is likely to endorse another dangerous globalist plan – the World Economic Forum’s ‘Great Reset’, which is seeking to use the Covid-19 crisis as a springboard to create ‘fairer and greener’ economies.
The Prime Minister has already declared a climate emergency, signalling her commitment to policy extremism and a platform that will decimate our fragile economy, destroy jobs, and reduce living standards. While all of this is ostensibly necessary to ‘save the planet’, in reality it is designed to undermine the free market – the economic system that has done more to improve lives throughout history than almost any other innovation.
Meanwhile, new threats to our freedom are now emerging through the Government’s planned ‘hate speech’ changes. While a raft of laws already exists to penalise those who incite racial violence, our Prime Minister wants to strengthen and expand them to include religion. By creating a new offence under the Crimes Act, she will criminalise people who make unwise statements, potentially leading to imprisonment of up to 3 years for those who make foolish comments on social media.
It is not only the onset of socialism that is a grave concern. The Maori sovereignty movement is becoming bolder as they advance at pace, seizing power and control seemingly with the endorsement of the Government. Using the claim of a Treaty of Waitangi ‘partnership’ with the Crown, which the NZCPR has exposed as a lie, their ultimate objective is nothing short of supremacy – ‘taking the country back’ by co-governing New Zealand.
To make matters worse, our Parliamentary Opposition, which normally defends democracy and holds the government to account, remains wounded. It is too early to tell whether they will regain sufficient strength to be effective.
The Fourth Estate, which we have traditionally relied on to defend public freedom and rights, is also failing to protect us – the reporting bias shown by many outlets is clear to anyone aware of how language is being used as a tool of manipulation.
Whether Stuff in particular can survive, after its grovelling apology to Maori for centuries of contrived ‘misreporting’, remains to be seen, but a perceived increase in State control of the media is causing many New Zealanders to look to alternative sources for information and news.
The problem is that social media is also being censored to the point where it is increasingly difficult to access information that challenges the prevailing PC – woke – cancel culture agenda.
It is in this climate, with the avenues to disseminate rational arguments fast closing, that the NZCPR enters our fifteenth year of operation. I cannot think of a time when our role has been more important.
The NZCPR provides a unique research-based approach to public policy – getting behind the issues to uncover and disseminate the facts. It’s why our weekly columns are ‘long reads’ of 2,000 words, instead of shorter opinion commentaries. Our newsletters are designed to empower readers with the information they need to proactively engage in the debate.
The NZCPR has always subscribed to the view expressed so eloquently by former US President Thomas Jefferson: “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.”
This is the philosophy that drives us as we strive to reach out as widely as we can with our research and commentary in order to help to counter the propaganda that now masquerades as news.
For the NZCPR, Christmas is not only the time when we reflect on our performance over the past 12 months, but it’s when we find out whether our readers will support our crucial fundraiser so we can continue fighting for another year.
We ask ourselves a myriad of questions… Have we worked hard enough to win the backing of our readers for another year? Are they as worried about the threats to our future as we are – and do they see value in the NZCPR exposing the dangers and raising awareness? Do they understand that with no other avenues of funding, their support is essential if the NZCPR is to keep operating? Would they consider a monthly donation to help us build a sustainable future? Is it possible to encourage readers who have never contributed, to back us at this perilous time so we can carry on fighting?
The bottom line is this: if the NZCPR is to keep the flame of freedom and democracy alive in 2021, your support is critical. To enable the NZCPR to be your voice, standing up against socialism, propaganda, and intolerance, please support our Christmas fundraiser – either through a monthly or a one-off donation – by clicking HERE.
The direct donation details for those who don’t like website forms follow – but please include your name and email address so we can send a receipt:
– Internet Banking: credit NZCPR ASB Bank 12-3099-0833814-00
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Whether we like it or not, an attack is underway for the heart and soul of New Zealand. With your backing, the NZCPR will fight for our country and our way of life. Together we will make a difference – we will defend our future.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year – and thank you again for believing in us… we simply could not exist if it wasn’t for your support.
Dr Muriel Newman
New Zealand Centre for Political Research