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Daily review 31/12/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 31st, 2021 - 9 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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9 comments on “Daily review 31/12/2021 ”

  1. mary_a 1

    I wish all contributors to this site the best of health and happiness for 2022. Most of all take good care, stay well and stay safe.


  2. Robert Guyton 2

    Me ako tonu

    Me aro tonu

    Me kori tonu!

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    "2022 WILL BE a revolutionary year. The deliberative processes begun in 2021 on how best to reconfigure the New Zealand state in conformity with the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will expand and intensify throughout 2022. New Zealanders will not be able to escape the consequences of their government’s decision to set these processes in motion. Nor will that Government be able to stop what it has begun. Over the course of the next twelve months we will discover how well the people of Aotearoa-New Zealand can ride the revolutionary tiger."

    Says Chris Trotter.

    • Ad 3.1

      Trotter just wanks himself dry on that word 'revolution'.

      99% of New Zealanders will not give a damn about the water reforms.

      Even the affected local government staff have been given full job security.

      There’s 1% of otherwise despised local government councillors, and a few incoherent grunts on tractors.

      We turn the tap on, pay the bill, month after month irrespective.

      No revolution.

      • Robert Guyton 3.1.1

        That is true.

        • aj

          Twitter wisedom from some weeks ago:

          Three Waters.
          A child is baking a cake. The child is making a right mess of it, so the parents take charge. Everyone still gets to eat cake


          If I were a rural council with ageing water infrastructure, looking down the barrel of hundreds of millions to fix it, with a paucity of expertise, I'd be jumping at the chance to offload that pile of liability onto central government. "Keeping control" feels like Brexit 2.0

    • Dennis Frank 3.2


      It is possible (but by no means certain) that the Māori response will be characterised by both its intellectual coherence and unmistakeable unity of purpose. If the principal Pakeha response is anything but a hot mess of outrage and anger, however, it will be a major miracle.

      Some Pakeha (many of them academics, public servants and, regrettably, journalists) will attempt to avoid doing the intellectual and cultural mahi inherent in the fraught processes of constitutional change by simply adopting the Māori proposals in toto.

      Some pakeha will default to yielding to Maori demands, eh? Notice how he doesn't actually describe this group as leftists. Coyly waving the red flag at the reader, knowing that rightists & centrists in Aotearoa sure as hell aren't going to do any sort of default yield!

      However he did actually suggest Maori unity was possible. Since we've never seen it happen on any basis other than Te Tiriti (and Winston Peters & David Seymour would probably offer themselves as living proof that it hasn't even happened on that basis) the scenario Chris is floating seems somewhat ephemeral.

      For many months now a group of distinguished Māori leaders have been formulating a detailed response to the ideas and proposals contained in He Puapua. This response, as per the Government’s wishes, will be presented to Ministers first. Only after its official receipt will the rest of the New Zealand population be asked for its view of how to best give expression to the principles of Te Tiriti.

      See? All we have is a work in progress. Assuming consensus at this stage is mere theorising. Even if this group with mana do produce a consensus document for govt consideration, the question becomes one for Labour's Maori cabal to support or amend. The process Labour's caucus follows will be interesting – give the bone to the cabal to chew on first, or have a caucus free-for-all to flush out views first?

      Then there's the question of when to run it by the Maori Party to try for a broad consensus. Progress will depend on whatever constitutional changes the Māori leaders decide to go for. Likelihood of the thing proceeding next year is inversely proportional to the number of those…

  4. Ad 4

    Rest In Peace Keri Hulme.

    Made the West Coast make sense and then scrambled it again in style.

    I'll confess I preferred the shorter works rather than The Bone People, but each to their own.

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