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Dr Muriel Newman

Dr Muriel Newman

The End of Democracy

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“Resources include flora; fauna; aquatic life; minerals and petroleum; rivers; water; and air. It also includes associated values such as biodiversity. Across all resources we support Maori having influence. Maori receive royalties for the use of particular resources such as water, petroleum and minerals.”
– Vision 2040

In March 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern authorised the development of a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration had been launched twelve years earlier by the UN but at the time Helen Clark’s Labour Government had refused to sign because the demands were too radical.

Taken literally, the Declaration would essentially give control of a nation to those who self-identify as “indigenous” – the ownership of all public and private land, all resources including fresh water, and the power to govern.

In 2008 the Maori Party made supporting the Declaration a condition of their coalition deal with John Key’s National Party. Two years later, the Declaration was secretly signed in New York. National justified their actions and placated opposition by claiming the agreement was not binding on the government, but was instead “symbolic and aspirational”. 

Former Waitangi Tribunal Chairman Sir Edward Durie expressed a more prophetic view saying, “I would rank the day that New Zealand gave support to the Declaration, as the most significant day, in advancing Maori rights, since 6th February 1840.”

Without any mandate from New Zealanders, the Ardern Labour Government has decided to turn this symbolic accord into an action plan for our country. Her ultimate goal is to elevate Maori tribal leaders to the status of a ruling aristocracy. Representing 15 percent of the population, they will exercise 50 percent of the Government’s decision-making power and control the vast economic resources that would accompany such a role.

The technical working group appointed by the Prime Minister to develop the implementation plan delivered their report He Puapua on 1 November 2019. Called Vision 2040, it provides a “roadmap” to fully enact the Declaration by 2040 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

This plan was not made public by Labour for almost a year – only appearing after the 2020 election. Furthermore, Labour made no mention of their proactive support for the UN Declaration in their election manifesto.

Jacinda Ardern, therefore, cannot claim any mandate from the electorate for the implementation of this radical agenda.

The Vision 2040 report that was ‘partially’ released under the Official Information Act by the Ministry of Maori Development – you can see our analysis HERE – contained only 36 pages of the 123-page document. We have now located the remainder of the document and posted it on our NZCPR website HERE. Before we look into the detail, let’s reflect on the bigger picture.

Essentially, since the decision was made in 2019 to enact the Declaration, Jacinda Ardern’s Government has set in motion a process that will lead to tribal control of New Zealand by 2040 and the end of democracy as we know it.

Since the Prime Minister did not seek a mandate for implementing the Declaration at the election, her strategy is clearly to progress what amounts to a radical betrayal of New Zealand democracy by stealth.

But no Prime Minister has the authority to make major fundamental constitutional changes to the way our country is governed without seeking consent from the public.

Jacinda Ardern, however, is behaving as if she believes she is above such conventions.

Governments are complex, and the changes that are being made to progress the Declaration are incremental – so as not to cause alarm. Like the boiling frog fable, the heat is now being turned up but so slowly that by the time New Zealanders wake up and realise that we are no longer a democratic nation, it will be too late.

Vision 2040
alleges that Maori are ‘victims’ of colonisation: “Because of colonisation and a system that has been designed to undermine Maori, Maori are overrepresented in negative statistics in all key socio-economic indicators. This includes unemployment; income; health; housing; education; and criminal justice.”

They claim the ‘solution’ to “Maori” disparity is tribal control of social services – designed by Maori, directed by Maori, delivered by Maori, and funded by taxpayers.

They refer to Whanau Ora as a model, yet over the last decade, in spite of receiving upwards of $1 billion in taxpayer funding to deliver social services to disadvantaged Maori, sovereignty advocates claim Maori disparity is getting worse.

In reality, however, “Maori” disparity is a myth.

As Dr Tony Sewell, Chairman of the UK’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, explained last week, disadvantage is not influenced by ‘race’: “The evidence shows that geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion have more significant impact on life chances than the existence of racism.”

His report, which sought to better understanding ethnic disparity in the UK, highlighted the importance of family structure: “In many areas of investigation, including educational failure and crime, we were led upstream to family breakdown as one of the main reasons for poor outcomes. Family is also the foundation stone of success for many ethnic minorities.”      

It is the same in New Zealand – it is not race that causes social deprivation, but factors such as the breakdown of the family, educational failure, and intergenerational welfare dependency.

Vision 2040, however, seeks to perpetrate the racial disparity myth, to justify handing control of key government services to tribal groups. In areas such as child protection and health, the planning for this transformation is well advanced.

‘Biculturalism’ underpins Vision 2040 and, as a result, the whole State Sector – including the Public Service, Nurses, Teachers, and Police, is not only undergoing cultural competency and cultural safety “training” but in a growing number of instances staff are being required to swear allegiance to the Treaty of Waitangi.

In the case of teachers, it is specified by the Teaching Council as a requirement for registration: “A declaration that you are committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the learning environment and supporting the aspirations of Maori learners.”

Similar changes are being mandated by the new Public Service Act that Labour passed into law last year. Under Section 14, public service leaders are required to “support the Crown in its relationships with Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi” by “developing and maintaining the capability of the Public Service to engage with Maori and to understand Maori perspectives.”

The new Act also requires employers to prioritise “greater involvement of Maori in the Public Service”. As a result, many of the new government employment opportunities are now being deliberately skewed in favour of Maori – essentially discriminating against everyone else.

Some agencies are more advanced in adopting the Vision 2040 agenda than others, and the report identifies the Children’s Commission as being “Declaration-friendly”. A glimpse at their latest report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child shows why – in fact, it highlights just how radical government organisations are becoming under the Declaration agenda:

“In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Children’s Convention needs to be implemented in the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), New Zealand’s founding document. Te Tiriti, te ao Maori (a Maori world view), the historical adoption of British laws and views of childhood, and the impact of colonisation underpin the setting in which children’s rights can be adopted and implemented in New Zealand law and practices. However, while Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Children’s Convention and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reinforce the rights of mokopuna Maori as indigenous children, inequality of outcomes persist.”

The Commission promotes the devolution of “power and resources to Maori”: “In order to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and better serve the needs of mokopuna Maori, the government must take drastic measures… and take into account the collective dimension of Maori cultural identity. Reforms should recognise the right of Maori to exercise their own autonomy, as defined by them, and support this to happen.”

When it comes to the ownership and control of public resources, Vision 2040 promotes “the transfer of significant powers to Maori to make bylaws and authorise activities…”

They propose “Delegating government powers across the resource management and conservation spectrum to Maori” – including all Resource Management decision-making.

With Labour planning to overhaul the Resource Management Act, it would appear highly likely that the new legislation will assign control of resource management processes to tribal groups that will be mired in vested interests.

Under Vision 2040, tribal groups want ownership of the Conservation Estate, lakes, rivers, the foreshore and seabed – in addition to what they have already received through Treaty settlements. Securing control of the resource management process will certainly facilitate such outcomes.

Vision 2040 states that when it comes to freshwater, they want “provisions to make co-governance and co-management of freshwater bodies compulsory.”

And they want to “receive royalties for the use of natural resources such as water…”

With all of this in mind, it is extremely important that we now carefully scrutinise all new legislation to ascertain whether Jacinda Ardern is indeed giving away democratic power and public resources to Maori tribal interests – without having gained a mandate from New Zealanders. 

This week’s Guest Commentator is Fiona Mackenzie, an Auckland-based communications and marketing specialist who has examined one of the bills that is currently making its way through Parliament – the Water Services Bill introduced by Local Government Minister Nania Mahuta to reform the management of freshwater, wastewater and stormwater. Fiona is appalled by what she has found:

“The Bill’s application of ‘Te Mana o te Wai’ is apartheid in nature and is very corruptible in that it secures enormous power for self-appointed Maori leaders over other New Zealanders in matters pertaining to this basic necessity. It also suggests that cultural/religious beliefs outweigh any scientific imperatives…

“The Bill even forces Regional Councils to ‘investigate’ divesting their governance authority to ‘tangata whenua’ by joint management and/or a transfer of powers or similar!!! 

“Did any of us vote for that constitutional change? There is no citizen agreement or authorisation, no requirements for responsible or fair administration, nor any safeguards against conflicts of interest or abuse of power being conferred. 

“This anti-democratic, elitist and racist Bill creates opportunities (without redress) for human rights abuses. The power given to those with some Maori ancestry appears to be unchallengeable, unaccountable, and very corruptible.”

Through this Water Services Bill and last year’s update of the National Policy Statement on Freshwater that significantly strengthened the provisions for Maori involvement in management and decision-making, Labour is well on the way to passing control of New Zealand’s freshwater to tribal leaders – a key goal of Jacinda Ardern’s Vision 2040.

Yet enabling tribal groups to manage freshwater, not only represents a serious security risk, in that an essential national resource will effectively be privatised to unaccountable Maori corporations, but it is a licence to print money – in perpetuity.

In fact, granting Maori a royalty every time the tap is turned on is recommended in Vision 2040: “If Maori are to exercise governance power, there needs to be support for this. The Crown’s main contribution will be resourcing. There are multiple streams from which financial contributions might be sourced, including, for example, levies on resource use where Maori have a strong claim to ownership, such as water.”

Vision 2040 is a prescription for our country to be controlled by a small group claiming to represent the 15 percent of the population with Maori heritage. What is now blindingly obvious is that the Ardern government is administering that prescription in rapid doses – and bolstering the arrogance of Maori sovereignty activists who clearly believe they are now unstoppable.

They know that each day Jacinda Ardern remains in power, New Zealand moves closer to becoming the Maori nation of Aotearoa with the Treaty of Waitangi embedded into a new constitution sitting at the very top of a tikanga-based legal system and permeating every facet of our lives.

The only thing that can prevent this outcome is democracy. Despite the ‘nationalisation’ of large tracts of our media, and the increase in tribal control, New Zealanders still have the democratic power to stop politicians and reverse a slide that is now undoing nearly 200 years of nation building.

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APARTHEID plain and simple. Geoff
And yet having voted in the negative we must also understand that in the 2020 election 49% of voting New Zealanders believed that this current Government and it’s leader would be as stated by her on election night be “working for ALL New Zealanders”. How simple it must be to be able to gain such control of the citizens by telling them what they want to hear and the having gained that power embark on the true agenda that promotes your beliefs and ambitions above anything else. The political system that is being established, where some citizens, who by chance have a little Maori blood in their heritage, will be given special status over all others is pure racism in itself. Barry
Despite any political claims to the contra, that was not what the original intent of the Treaty. Michael
WT holy F? Adern is a traitor. Mark
As Hobson said we are ONE PEOPLE so we should all be treated the same. No preferential treatment for a different coloured skin. Do we want another South Africa situation in NZ sheila
Democracy is going!where is this Government pursuing equality for all. Ew Zealanders Why should we be held to ransom by 15% of the population!the ditch is becoming for our grandchildren and no wonder Chris
To uphold the principles of the treaty, means Maori cede sovereignty to the Crown. Alternately, I am indigenous, therefore claim my right to NZ’s resources (i.e. exercise democracy). Paul
This wealth will be controlled by a handful of Iwi leaders. As happens now, the ordinary Maori will see very little of this wealth. Alan
Would be a disaster for NZ – 15% of population but how much in DNA %? jim
God help us!!! Eddie
How many times would the word NO need to be written to properly reflect my abhorrence of this 2040 scenario – Thousands – Tens of Thousands! Carl
Maori are not indigenous to NZ and are already over represented at most levels of government Russ
Being 14% why should they have 50% say Colin
Evidence proves they cant work together on their own issues letalone contribute to the correct direction of the country for all. They are far too selfish as an imperfect race mike
No No No ! Not ever. David
This is the stuff that causes revolutions. If only kiwis knew. But then, would they get off their arses. Peter
There is NO mandate for Jacinda to undertake this most radical and racist change to the fabric of New Zealand, she and her cronies must be stopped. John
Absolutely not … the Maori are not even the indigenous people … just early settlers and have no more claim to the land than New Zealanders who have no Maori blood. It is time that this ridiculous takeover by part maori activists is seen for what it is…. another money grab by a small number of ‘Maori” elite. Robbie
How do we describe this country now that it is not democratic? Graham
Whatever our origins if it is good for one of us it should be good for all of us to share equally. Patsy
No.No,NO. Mark
When did we officially cease being “One People”? William
Never would I support such a concept. Why are Maori over represented in the following statistics: crime, poor health, poverty, unemployment, general under-achievement? Maori have the same opportunities as non-Maori. The answer partly lies in an unwillingness by many school aged Maori to be seen to be achievers. If anyone thinks that this is prejudiced and racist, then conduct a poll of teachers and let the results speak. The way forward is not more handouts and concessions; it is to encourage Maori and other under achievers to achieve their potential in the school system which will lead to better jobs opportunities and incomes. Get real New Zealand! Peter
These people should not even be considered, What i want to see is the OPPOSITION PARTIES doing something to combat these atrocious changes being considered bill
If New Zealand continues on this path allowing maori to take control, there will be a civil war. Some Maori are spoiling for this fight and with high numbers of maori in the army, they would probably succeed. This is the threat that maori hold over each government. Who will have the balls to say enough is enough and put a stop to this continuing maori lies and evil intentions. Darryl
I don’t even agree with the power we give to this government through our current electoral process! But this … would be so divisive it would create a lot of problems in society. Bryan
Absolute patronising (to Maori) nonsense. Ardern is out of control! John
Why should they? Lets move forward not backwards Anon
Now might be the time to sell up my assets and make a move across the Tasman Lawrie
Maori are not indigenous to New Zealand. They are colonist’s like the rest of NZ citizens. Through deception and misled history they are taking over the country by stealth. Wayne
Maori get elected on their own merit to guven. We are one people John
Maori have no claim as they are NOT indigenous. Maori arrived in New Zealand the same way early Europeans did. BY SEA! Reg
Racist. Geoff
Not at all. But— folks– let’s face it !! This whole thing is a humongous set up. Bi – culturalism ( one of the many ‘ists’ and ‘isms’ wokes have invented to bent and distort normal language ) means nothing else but ‘ them and us’. Them is all the bloody whites to be blamed for everything and us is the untouchable elite , the crown of creation . This is a run away train . Successive governments have laid down the rails decades ago and now we start to suffer the consequences. Michael
Definitely not. clark
One race only, being Homo Sapiens and therefore only one government elected by the citizens of New Zealand with one set of culturally unbiased rules, not this rubbish of empowering a group who have minority maori genes, why don’t they honour their majority ” other” ancestral genes. Just logic and fairness has left our shores and our arrogant majority government does what it wants, celebrating the socialist view of a communist world. They will be kicked out later when the bullies have total control, just look at the socialist 3rd world countries of the world. How did we get to this? Dumbing down and media control of the sheeple, I mean population who will vote for a toothy spin doctored smile. Leonard
Apartheid is penetrating all aspects of government and life in New Zealand. I fear it will be too late to stop or to reverse the damage by the time most citizens wake up to what is happening Frank
But how do we stop it. The possibility of another Labour govt is huge and the people only see the money being handed out as what is good, be kind, but don%u2019t think of the consequences Andrew
Why are we as a nation so hell bent on CREATING apartheid!!!! Andy
To quote Dr Newman – “Her ultimate goal is to elevate Maori tribal leaders to the status of a ruling aristocracy. Representing 15 percent of the population, they will exercise 50 percent of the Government’s decision-making power and control the vast economic resources that would accompany such a role.” This would mean the end of New Zealand as a free liberal nation, and put us on the track to Zimbabwe . Doug
I have sent this newsletter to the Taupo District Councillors who seem to be acting as ”puppets” for Central Government. Without any mandate from their electorate. RICHard
Remember it’s only a proposal and common sense should tell you it won’t get off the ground. Having said that there are loads of people out there don’t know the time of day. A lot of what you read is scare mongering to push a political view or direction. I’ve seen a lot of this lately and nothing comes of it. Chris
Elevation of status is something worked for and deserved. Maoris are in general , lousy managers in all respects . I don’t want my future reliant upon their supposed culture . Pete
Never! Jan
Well looks like the majority of voters got what they wanted I wonder how many would now revise there vote given a chance By the time the elections come around again I believe the laws being put in place will be almost impossible to reverse Peter
Not bloody likely! This anti-New Zealand movement has been allowed to continue far too long already, gathering power, money, and resources – in other words control of our country! It must be stopped by whatever means it takes, short of violence. Ordinary kiwis of all races (the majority) who are non-Maori, must have their status not only restored., but elevated to one of pre-eminence. Frank
This Govt hasn’t lost the plot! they never had one. We are being dictated to by a complete bunch of liberal retards.This proposal of co – government is nothing but pure bull S–t. & destructive to N.Z. We need to find a way to get rid of this immature, sitting socialist dictator. Allen
Because I believe in democracy, as rule by the majority. Katherine
NZ is heading down a very dangerous and devisive path we need to spread the message! Gregor
Shocking state of affairs Trevor
For such a fundamental change from what NZ what NZ has now in the control of natural resources and other factors of local and national governance must be voted on by a national plebiscite and not pushed through by government decree. John
Apartheid and I am from South Africa Mark
This blatant racist pandering to the self proclaimed indigenous people that is creating separatism. That will lead to civil war. It needs to stop. Vaughan
Time to depose this government. norman
I’m glad my children have dual citizenship Penina
OUT, damn Jacinda !! Coral
This must be stopped. Maori are holding the country to ransom over Treaty claims, and it won’t stop there Kevin
So NZ’s future is civil war by 2040 then? David
Long live democracy Merv
Undemocratic and disproportionate. How do you define Maori anyway? Tane
Voted wrongly first time so resubmitted. Totally against 50/50 Julie
So what would be a good country to move to before 2040 then? David
This is absurd. 15% of the population having 50% control. Welcome to reverse South Africa Steve
Maori ceded sovereignty in 1840. Graeme
When will New Zealanders get some recognition from Maori that a huge debt of gratitude is due to the early European settlers who ultimately saved the natives from themselves and stopped the country becoming another Easter Island? Allan
This power play needs to stop. Why should 15% of this multi cultural population of whom a large majority would be less than 50% Maori have 50% of the say. Corruption would be rife!@ Gillian
The funds produced would end up in tribal elite pockets, the cost of water skyrocket, and maintenance become non existent John
We are all new Zealanders therefore no one should pay for water unless it’s in a bottle for export Ken
Like ALL Communists and liberals lies are the staple diet of this Government. NZ cannot engage in this UN nonsense as by definition alone Maori are NOT INDEGINOUS. They are no more indeginous than me. They are more indeginous than they Chinese who came hunting goal or the Scot Whalers. They immigrated via sailing canoes from polynesia. To say they are indeginous is ignoring the facts and they truth. ie. it would be a LIE! Communists never let they fact get in they way of their narrative however. Anything passed under this lie must be challenged not just in NZ but in the highest courts. Tony
Aboriginals were in Aussie for it is now thought, 50,000years. That makes them indigenous. Our lot fetched up around 1000 years ago. This hardly makes them any more original than any other races. I think the rest of NZ are sock to death of the lies and hypocrisy of this minor group, largely defiantly ignorant, anti social and aggressive, dismissive of their own and deeply racist. Adern is either an extraordinary fool or a cunning manipulator with a hidden agenda. I know which opinion I favour.This nonsense has to stop, but how? Charles
I think Maori are getting more than that now with with this labour government Jimmy
16% of the population and we are a multi cultural society. Maori have to understand that they will never lord it over 84% of the population. Graeme
Merit will lead to success not affirmative action. John
I cant see how apathetic woke New Zealanders will stop this. I’m glad I’m in the older generation and will be gone from this. I feel very sad for our country Elizabeth
It’s absolutely ruinous and totally undemocratic. Jackie
I am sick of being manipulated by this government. Chris
Where are one people – all Nzer’s so Maori should not be given any more status or privileges than the rest of the population . Bill
Over my dead body! Carl
And why are the media and opposition parties so quiet on the matter? David
No No No This current Prime Minister is a brainless idiot We are getting this made up Maori bull shit thrust upon us more and more each day , with this communist, undemocratic government What are these so called natives going to do when they end up with everything, and then the Chinese take it all off them Fortunately, I probably won’t be here in 2040 Murray
Elevating Maori is racism. Sue
It’s an outrageously unworkable, egregious nonsense. jim
Racist politicians with no mandate Greg
No way we are equal and have the same rights as the other. They are not indigenous people as they too are colonizers of this country. We all need a say in what happens in this country. We’re supposed to be a democracy! Kristene
It is a very scary slippery slope that we are now on which will destroy New Zealand forever. This Government must be stopped progressing these separatist ideals. Vivienne
Why does the government obey the UN? Elizabeth
NZ is a democracy and any race can be elected. Stephen
This should be a democratic nation James
this is getting worse by the day.MMP is the cause of this.Maori seats need to be abolished as recommended by those who introduced it Michael
Maori are neither indigenous nor anywhere near 50% of the population , any more than any other groups. We are a MULTI- cultural society , not a BI- cultural one . End of story . Simon Moulson
No, no, and no! A very sad day when the rights of all NZers are usurped by the Maori ruling class at with the government’s support. So much for equal rights for all the citizens of NZ whatever their ethnicity. Walnetta
Quite literally, over my dead body. Greg
NO, No, No, we are all one Nation. New Zealander’s. Richard
Absolutely not! It is an insane proposal. What planet is this government on!  Phillip
Labour was elected to govern, whether we like it or not. Giving away power to tribal groups represents a betrayal of trust. If they wanted to do that, they should have campaigned on it. Sam
What a stupid idea! Nigel
 Jacinda Ardern has no mandate for this radical plan. She is betraying the public and should resign. Carol
The fact that all of these changes are being carried out by stealth shows just how deceitful this government really is. Jeffrey