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Auckland land shambles

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 89 comments

state housing

The problems for National’s housing plans for keep coming, with Ngati Whatua pointing out that it has first call on the land to be “freed up” under treaty agreements.

Tino Rangatiratanga

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, February 8th, 2015 - 309 comments

tino rangatiratanga flag

It has been claimed that Andrew Little has advocated for Maori to have law making powers. What he has done is reflect on a recent Waitangi Tribunal decision which concluded that Maori never ceded sovereignty to the Crown and properly concluded that this is an issue that needs to be considered.

Annette Sykes: a future MP?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 25th, 2013 - 23 comments

Mana Party president Annette Sykes

Mana Party president, Annette Sykes could become an MP in the next election.  The future of the Maori Party is in doubt.  Hone Harawira is considering a Mana-Maori Party merger.  Sykes is committed to left wing values, social justice, Maori land & water rights, and social & economic justice for Maori.

Nats say: land owned collectively

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, September 20th, 2012 - 30 comments

communist key

Anyone notice that the Right’s arguments against ownership of water – apart from being a willful confusion of ownership in rights to water, which is what iwi are actually inserting and which are clearly enjoyed by a range of people under our law at present, and ownership of water itself (something, apparently, limited to bottled water sellers) – would apply equally to land?

Iwi want no part of sham talks

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, September 19th, 2012 - 16 comments

empty hui


Only 12 people turned up to Key’s first sham talks with iwi. He might have gotten a better turnout if he had come with cupcakes or, you know, a genuine intention to negotiate in good faith.

Asset Sales, Water & Maori claims – an ‘elegant solution’

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, September 18th, 2012 - 14 comments

money water

It seems that whenever a matter arises that involves some claim of collective ownership or control by Maori, John Key comes up with what he describes as an ‘elegant solution’. If Key can come up with a string of such solutions I thought maybe I could give it a try. Therefore, this is my attempt at developing an ‘elegant solution’ to the matter of Maori claims to the ownership of water.

Sham consultation begins

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, September 18th, 2012 - 13 comments

aotearoa not for sale big

The Nats are beginning their sham consultation with a handful of tame ‘Iwi Leaders’ today. The hui will be by invitation and will not include the Maori Council, which iwi have appointed to lead for them on the water rights issue. Of course, National doesn’t want a real debate. It won’t genuinely discuss shares plus. This is a fake process. And it will all end up in court next year.

Know when to fold ’em

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, August 26th, 2012 - 26 comments

electricity company water works monopoly cards

National’s asset sales programme is in crisis. Key has three options on asset sales – plow ahead, cut a deal with iwi, or call it quits. The smart thing to do, for the good of the country and for National’s own good, remains to drop the policy altogether. But they won’t. Instead, they’ll play the race card. But that old joker isn’t the trump it once was.

Asset sales could be delayed a year or more

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 7th, 2012 - 52 comments

aotearoa not for sale big

Unusual and inappropriate” – that’s how the Waitangi Tribunal has described National’s ‘report by August 24th or we’ll ignore you’ ultimatum. Imagine if you or I were party to a court case and tried that! Now, the Tribunal is going to deliver a truncated report before that deadline and the full one in September. This is going to the courts. Injunctions will delay the sale.

Key’s rock and hard place

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, July 31st, 2012 - 17 comments

asset sales weightlifting key

Does Key respect the Waitangi Tribunal’s call for a temporary halt to asset sales and its likely call for a further delay when it presents its full findings in September? If he does, he looks weak, gives the Keep Our Assets petition more time. If he doesn’t, he picks a fight with Maori, resulting in court injunctions, again delaying the sales, hurting the sale price, making him look weak.

Two face

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, July 20th, 2012 - 76 comments

two face key water rights

Don’t it make you sick?

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, July 15th, 2012 - 27 comments

big zombie brash

Old rich man, Don Brash, arch-advocate of private property rights, arguing against the property rights of iwi because they’re Maori. He says we shouldn’t have race-based ownership. No-one’s arguing for that. Iwi are arguing for the contract they signed with the Crown to be honoured. You would think a rightwinger would be the first to support that.

Water ownership – first principles

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, July 14th, 2012 - 103 comments

treading water budget cartoon small

When you have the legal power to control aspects of how something is used, those are property rights, and when you have the legal power to exclude use of something by someone -for instance, by allocating exclusive usage rights to someone else – that’s ownership. The Crown allocates water rights, ipso facto, the Crown believes it owns the water.

Can iwi stop asset sales?

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, July 9th, 2012 - 38 comments

aotearoa not for sale big

someone will have explained to Key that Maori have a solid claim to ownership of water that could affect asset sales. But someone else will have been in his other ear pointing out that picking a fight with Maori over the Treaty could be a good way to win some votes back and wedge the opponents of asset sales. Guess who he listened to.

Asset sales fight cont…

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, July 9th, 2012 - 7 comments

not for sale dam

As the Sir Graham Latimer and the Maori Council launch their bid to halt asset sales in the Waitangi Tribunal, the grassroots campaign is gathering steam too.  This Saturday is to be a National Day of Action.

Funnily enough, it really was about trust

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 pm, June 2nd, 2010 - 37 comments

smiling key, angry key

I am ruling out selling Kiwibank at any point in the future/Asset sales are on the table for a second term
We won’t be raising GST/We’re raising GST
My trust is so blind I have no idea what’s in it/Owning a vineyard is great fun
Anyone else seeing a pattern?

Key’s deceit sees Tuhoe walk away

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, May 28th, 2010 - 46 comments

Tuhoe.2

Tuhoe are about to walk away from their Treaty talks. More power to them. Key has screwed them over. They’ve been waiting generations. They can afford to wait a little longer until we have a decent PM. Or they can go to the UN, see what that DRIP really means. This is where ‘take it or leave it’ Key gets us. He’s trying to get the cheapest deal. Should be focused on justice.

Murdering thieves ‘joke’ clouds Treaty talks

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 pm, May 13th, 2010 - 51 comments

new zeland wars

Embroiled in fraught Treaty talks, Tuhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger has made things worse with an inopportune joke: “The good news tonight is that I was having dinner with my whanau as opposed to with the representatives of the Crown in which case I would be lucky to get away without having my land stolen and my family murdered”.

One more straw & the final one’s about to come

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 pm, May 11th, 2010 - 55 comments

final straw

You can’t mix oil and water. You can swirl things about for a while and it may appear you’ve mixed them but there is an essential difference that can’t be crossed. Likewise, there is an illusion that John Key, like some alchemist of old, has magically transcended fundamental political facts to make a National/Maori Party relationship work. But illusions can’t last forever.

Stab in the back for Tuhoe

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, May 11th, 2010 - 67 comments

tuhoe flag

Tuhoe had settled their compensation deal with the Crown. It was to go to Cabinet for sign off and the deal would be announced at a hui on Friday.But then John Key was confronted by the Nat’s pissed off hick base at the regional conference. What was he to do? The right thing by a people whose land was stolen from them? Or the thing that would best help his poll ratings? Guess.

Foreshore and Seabed – where to from here?

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 pm, November 10th, 2009 - 92 comments

There has been much furore today over Hone Harawira’s latest comment that: If I should be suspended for my language, he [Phil Goff] and his mates should be lined up against the wall and shot. I thought the comment was appropriate in the circumstances, as a response to Phil Goff calling for him to be […]

Foreshore and Seabed debate in context

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 am, November 9th, 2009 - 48 comments

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is not well understood by most New Zealanders, including most of the politicians that make up our main political parties. It is due to this lack of understanding, as well as populist politicking by some notable politicians, that there is an underlying resentment in our population regarding any policy which adequately […]

A big week for Treaty settlements

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, June 24th, 2008 - 3 comments

Tihei Mauri Ora Ki nga hou e wha Tena koutou Tena koutou Tena koutou Huri noa i te ao hurihuri, it te ao ipurangi Tena tatou katoa Mauri ora This week is the biggest ‘Treaty Settlement’ week in the history of settlements and it’s a huge week for members of the North Island iwi and […]

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