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6:00 am, May 26th, 2009 - 18 comments
Categories: activism, auckland supercity, democracy under attack, Maori seats - Tags: hikoi, resistance photography
Some great photos from yesterday’s hikoi from Squirrel. Click the thumbnails below to view photos, or see the whole set at the Resistance Photography channel on flickr.
Good grief, I bet none of them really know what the are protesting against.
You can tell that because they’re maori, right?
people like you perhaps
After Bastion Point, after confiscations, after inequity in health, education and welfare services, after a renaissance in Te Reo, after the Foreshore and Seabed, after Treaty of Waitangi claims, after desecration of maunga, after being paraded around and displayed to tourists, after govt taking of land for ‘public works’, after being told they can’t sit at the table yet, after all that and more, I think they know exactly what they are protesting against.
“after inequity in health, education and welfare services”
WTF?!?! seriously dude. Do you even live in the same country. Yes there have been wrongs done, many in fact, but you are seriously off the mark here.
odds are their protest will work and there’ll be Maori seats in the supercity, since that’s a constructive point of view.
With the Greens and Labour just being obstructive I can’t see them having much influence.
Inequity in health, education, and welfare services. Chris what country do you live in, or what planet are you on. Or maybe you work for the UN.
Wow thanks heaps for putting so many up.
If anyone wants to use them for any Maori/Left Wing non commercial purposes that would be great, just email me at [email protected]
Funny but I did not witness one incident of heckling from the crowd and you would think that in the middle of Queen Street there would be at least a couple of reactionaries.
Perhaps the tide is turning. I can confidently say that the honeymoon is well and truly over. And supercity is deeply unpopular and even Key’s media manipulation skills cannot retrieve the situation for the nats.
You are wrong Mike. I witnessed many intelligent statements about the problem but to put it simply the new super city will not have tangata whenua representation if it is passed in the currently proposed form. The treaty and the generosity of Ngati Porou in donating so much land to the establishment of Auckland demand better.
“………but to put it simply the new super city will not have tangata whenua representation if it is passed in the currently proposed form.”
So Maori are banned from running for office under the current proposal ?
We have many undercovers within the so called ‘resistance’ just in case there is some tricky business.
Is anyone else nervous that the opposition to the supercity is now going to be cast by corporate media as a narrow issue to do with Maori representation? That the issues of local level democracy and the privatisation agenda are going to be silenced?
There is a serious weakness to the ‘many people, one voice’ approach to dissent. It can be accommodated/ co-opted or contained with comparative ease. And the media plays it’s dutiful role in the process.
In this instance, what happens when the government concedes Maori representation? Will the broader opposition lose momentum and stall?
Some left leaning body in Auckland needs to a bit of spinning about now to ensure that the broader spectrum of dissenting voices remains visible and vocal….on the table as it were.
And talking of spin, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of coverage received by the Hikoi on our TVs. Unlike the truck drivers nonsense where I seem to remember excited reporters prancing around like so many children about to wet themselves, the Hikoi didn’t make it beyond the ‘2 minute’ bulletin slot..Close Up did an anti- protest piece to do with the Auckland Bridge action and Campbell led with a follow on from the $10 mil Westpac affair.
Why was no-one from the Hikoi spinning the media? Or did I miss something?
One important target for commentary and exposure is the Herald, Auckland’s paper is always something of the National Party at prayer, but its craven unwillingness to address the wider issues associated with the Supercity debate should motivate widespread condemnation. Popular commentary might usefully take this up.
I didn’t search the opinion sections, but the Herald looks to have reported on the sole basis of Maori representation, the impact on traffic flows and a human interest piece on a photographer covering the event.
And this is what media are meant to do when democracy raises it’s ugly head. Marginalise, silence and move on.
You might have come across the orthodox assertion that the 60s protests in the US constituted a threat to democracy? Nothing has changed since the 60s except the establishment’s ability to subvert and silence popular opinion.
( The Sunrise piece on TV3 offered a better representation on the cross section of concerns people on the Hikoi held , but then it ain’t exactly prime time viewing, so it’s allowed a certain amount of leeway)
And the Herald, unsurprisingly, picks and chooses its commitment to democracy. It was brave in its attack on the EFA before the election last year. It thundered its denunciations against the Labour Party in particular. Now, on the governance and democratic rights of the third of New Zealand’s population, which constitutes its reader base, it is transparent in its support of Mr. Hide and his agenda. For that reader base, the re-organisation of Auckland governance, and the manner in which it is achieved, is fundamentally important, yet little in the Herald’s coverage captures that reality and its complex politics.
Conspiracy theories are rarely helpful, but the Herald’s demeanour lends support to the notion that Mr Hide’s agenda is a transition from an appointed oligarchy to a new authority pledged to a ‘business-like’ management of Auckland’s future, in which job loss, privatisation and marginalisation of community voice will be acceptable, and in support of which the Herald’s editorial pen is already being sharpened.
I have to say I object to children being involved in protest marches as they are too young to properly understand the issues involved and make up their own mind.
Especially when they are carrying a banner that says ‘you want my haka but you don’t want me’ What does that actually mean?
sorry folks but the hikoi was a waste of time.
maoridom has been going on and on about colonialism fand land grabs for now until forever and here they get their city swiped from right under their noses and all they can do is complain about their treaty obligations.
about time some new maoris with some inteleectual grunt were on the scene
this lot is as tired as their policies and their politics.
“Funny but I did not witness one incident of heckling from the crowd and you would think that in the middle of Queen Street there would be at least a couple of reactionaries.”
Micky, with all those fired up Maori present you would have to have a death wish.