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  1. Do the folks on YSB realise that an international benchmark is about to be set here in little old Gayotearoa? Cooky Swarbrick is about to become the Worlds 1st carpet munching political party leader in the history of the planet , IMHO we should have an annual holiday to mark the occasion and I suspect the chances of Cooky “turning” Marama are about the same as Robbo “turning” Chippie, VERY LIKELY, 🌈🌈🌈

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  2. She may be a ot of things but first lesbian political leader would not be one of them.

    1. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir 2009–2013 Prime Minister First permanent LGBT head of government. Openly lesbian.
    2. Ana Brnabić 2017–present Serbia Prime Minister Openly lesbian.

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  3. What the ACT Party is arguing for is of foundational importance to New Zealand’s future. It is important New Zealanders understand it.

    Waitangi Day is fast approaching and tensions are expected at official events. Kiwis can hardly be blamed for the widespread confusion behind the tensions related to the Treaty Principles Bill, which incidentally hasn’t even been written!

    At this point, it can be credibly argued that there is a deliberate effort to spread false information about what the Government, the ACT Party, and David Seymour are proposing with the Bill.

    No one is suggesting a referendum on the EXISTENCE of the Treaty of Waitangi, for example. Recent media stories have often seemed to suggest otherwise.

    What the ACT Party is arguing for is of foundational importance to New Zealand’s future. It is important New Zealanders understand it.

    In recent years, more and more people have been led to believe that the Treaty of Waitangi created a partnership between two distinct groups of New Zealanders, with those who chance to have one or more Maori ancestors having an inherently superior constitutional status.

    According to this view, those with some Maori ancestry have a superior right to be consulted about a whole range of policy issues, including those regarding land use, natural resources, and political representation.

    David Seymour totally rejects this interpretation of the Treaty and argues that having a society where some citizens have rights which are inherently superior to those of other citizens is inconsistent with any reasonable definition of democracy. He argues that we have no future as a democracy if rights are dependent on who our ancestors were.

    Moreover, he argues that the words of the Treaty actually support what he proposes that the Treaty Principles Bill will provide – that the government has the right to rule, that we all have rights to our own property, and that all citizens have equal rights.

    I have no idea of course what will happen to ACT’s Treaty Principles Bill when it comes before Parliament. But whatever happens to that particular piece of legislation, it is imperative that as a community we resolve whether we wish to be a democracy where all citizens have equal political rights or whether we want to descend further into the awful morass where rights depend on who our ancestors were.

    Central to the opposition to this political equality is the relatively new assertion that Maori did not cede sovereignty to the Crown. This is not a credible position given the obvious practical sovereignty of the Crown in New Zealand since 1840.

    For most of the years since, great Maori leaders accepted that the Crown is sovereign, with the greatest of these being Sir Apirana Ngata.

    And all New Zealanders have engaged with the sovereignty of the Crown – they have been employed by the state as teachers, nurses, doctors, soldiers and sailors, they have paid taxes to the state, and received benefits from the state.

    Those of us who believe in the superiority of democracy and that equal rights are a cornerstone of such a system must hold the line.
    https://www.hobsonspledge.nz/open_letter_to_the_coalition?utm_campaign=20240201_waitangi_g3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=hobsonspledge

    There will be uncomfortable conversations and tensions as we work through these matters, but if we give up on equality and democracy now, I fear we will never get them back.

    No doubt this Waitangi Day we will hear all sorts of other false claims about what the Bill seeks to do. Please remember the Treaty Principles Bill simply seeks to create clarity and consensus on what the Treaty means. It seeks to halt the creative and expanding principles the judiciary have attributed to the Treaty.

    We have more than 22,000 signatures on our open letter to the coalition asking them to hold line. Will you add your name if you haven’t already done so?
    https://www.hobsonspledge.nz/open_letter_to_the_coalition?utm_campaign=20240201_waitangi_g3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=hobsonspledge

    Thank you for your support,

    Don Brash
    Trustee
    Hobson’s Pledge

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  4. Yesterday SB posted this.
    “”I am a stupid boy February 3, 2024 At 12:21 pm

    read somewhere yesterday that maori believe the treaty was between them and the crown and not all new zealanders as reasoning why there shouldnt be a referendum or public debate around the treaty….””

    When you are thinking Waitangi add this to the context surrounding all the korero that eminates from that day. Rust never sleeps is a good corollary to the background.
    They unsaid evil is that Maori want to take over the country so remember what happened Rhodesia and South Africa and the home of Idi Amin. consider the genoside and destruction that has followed from the fight for control of a country and its people. (look that up if you missed it in world history.)

    I replied as follows.

    NZ has never had a Crown unless of course you are suggesting that the current Maori king possess one of significance. He is of course endeavouring to usurp the delegation of the British Crown’s responsibility that was given to our country when they ceeded sovereignty to this country.

    The Gov Gen (awful as she is ) is as you say a representative of the Crown whose apparent duty is to ensure that the government of the day passes laws that are can assented by the Crowns representative. i.e. hence the term Royal Assent.

    The British King, as he is today has to assent to the appointment of that Gov Gen. Still no NZ crown as such. Not until we become a republic when we can decide if we want someone to have that title. )Hopefully after people like Bolger have long been dead.)

    There can be no doubt this idea is entrenched behind much of this Maori King business.
    (Hold that thought for a minute or two and read on.)

    you said;
    ” read somewhere yesterday that maori believe the treaty was between them and the crown and not all New Zealanders as reasoning why there shouldnt be a referendum or public debate around the treaty….”
    “the treaty was between the crown and chiefs. ”

    My comment was, ” The sovernity was taken by the Queen and the British Parliament so the treaty was actually between the British Crown and the Chiefs.
    Perhaps they should be consulting both of those parties.”

    Which if you bother to check is the same as what you said. I simply pointed out that there was no such entity as a NZ Crown.

    Interestingly Tainui were not the first holder of the Maori King Title.

    You might just find this interesting.

    Hitiri said that in supporting the Kīngitanga, Māori wanted “to set up a head whose mana was to overshadow the land and protect it”.

    The Crown came to view the Kīngitanga movement was a challenge to the Queen’s sovereignty and sought to undermine the mana of the King.

    https://www.raukawasettlementjourney.org.nz/raukawa-and-the-crown/

    The Māori King Movement, called the Kīngitanga[a] in Māori, is a movement that arose among some of the Māori iwi (tribes) of New Zealand in the central North Island in the 1850s, to establish a role similar in status to that of the monarch of the British colonists, as a way of halting the alienation of Māori land.[4] The Māori monarch operates in a non-constitutional capacity with no legal or judicial power within the New Zealand government. Reigning monarchs retain the position of paramount chief of several iwi[5] and wield some power over these, especially within Tainui.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_King_Movement

    There’s more about this whole King thing here.
    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WI18600731.2.11

    So the Maori King Thing is a real behind the scenes thing to be head of NZ. Think about what you all hear and see daily about the entrenchment of maori values and so on. It is a 500 years view much like the Chinese.

    naaska might find this interesting about early Wairarapa.
    https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3t21/te-tau-taiawhio-tikawenga
    https://rangitaneeducation.com/wairarapa-history/

    nothing exists on its own.

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  5. DERAILING THE TREATY GRAVY TRAIN
    By Dr Muriel Newman

    There’s been a great deal of huffing and puffing over the last few weeks as the tribal elite responds to the threatened erosion of privileges. The Coalition Government’s commitment to equal rights will undermine their lucrative Treaty grievance industry and they are in full defence mode.

    They claim the new government is racist and wants to impose oppressive policies that will disadvantage Maori. They are doing their best to stir up discontent.

    Of course, by blaming everyone else for Maori disparity, they remain blind to the reality that their own elitist race-based attitudes that encourage collectivism instead of personal responsibility, and define a person by their lineage instead of their character and contribution, may be exacerbating the problem.

    And while they posture about the misfortunates of ‘their people’, the tribal elite enrich themselves with the perks and privileges of their status. It’s disgraceful hypercritical behaviour that has been politely tolerated for far too long.

    As the former US President Barack Obama warned, tribalism itself is the problem: “Ethnic-based tribal politics has to stop. It is rooted in the bankrupt idea that the goal of politics or business is to funnel as much of the pie as possible to one’s family, tribe, or circle with little regard for the public good. It stifles innovation and fractures the fabric of the society. Instead of opening businesses and engaging in commerce, people come to rely on patronage and payback as a means of advancing. Instead of unifying the country, it divides neighbour from neighbour.”

    Equal rights, not race-based rights, was the consistent promise made by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his speech at Ratana. It was aspirational, outlining a vision for a better New Zealand, but one would have to have read the speech rather than the media reports of the speech to appreciate that. The media coverage has, as we have now come to expect, been appalling.

    Given the media seemingly can’t get over their bias, we are republishing the Prime Minister’s Ratana address as this week’s NZCPR Guest Commentary, so you can read for yourself what he actually said:

    “I stand before you today as Prime Minister and as the Leader of the National Party, the Party of Apirana Ngata, the Party that has negotiated the vast majority of Treaty settlements – and the Party that has worked hard over decades to honour the Treaty and restore the honour of the Crown. That is a heritage of which I am extremely proud.

    “So, let me be absolutely clear: The Government has no plan, and never has had plans, to amend or revise the Treaty, or the Treaty settlements we have all worked so very hard together to achieve.

    “The Government will honour the Treaty. But unlike the Labour government, we will honour it without moving away from equal voting rights, without creating complex co-governance bodies and bureaucracies in Wellington to decide how central services should be delivered in the regions, and we will honour it while upholding the equality of all New Zealanders before the law…”

    The full speech can be read HERE.

    The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Coalition Government’s commitment to equal rights.

    But as admirable as the sentiments of Christopher Luxon may be, he will not appease or silence Maori sovereignty activists and the tribal elite, who do not want their gravy train derailed.

    Their aim is not only to perpetuate the grievance industry for profit, but to advance a radical agenda to oust those who are not in favour of Maori privilege from positions of influence.

    But the truth is that fair minded Kiwis, including many of Maori decent, have had enough of tribal activists using culture as a vehicle, not only for personal enrichment, but also to impose their radical agenda onto the country.

    Their extremism is plain to see.

    Just last week members of a northern iwi tried to stop a fishing competition that had been going on for 40 years. They are reported as saying their grievance was that their mana had been disrespected because the competition organisers had not consulted them. Their protest action was designed to send a message to the fishermen taking part in the competition – and also to the Government for its plans to ‘abolish the Treaty’.

    Clearly the PM’s commitment to “honour the Treaty” did not resonate with these radicals.

    Local iwi also claimed they intend having all fishing competitions in the future banned, “to preserve fish stocks”. Such rorts usually involve the imposition of blanket fishing bans for ‘sustainability’ purposes that cover the public, but which exclude Maori through exemptions for ‘customary fishing’.

    Unfortunately, this sort of action will be legitimised when tribal groups are given control of New Zealand’s coastline right out to the edge of the 12 nautical mile Territorial Sea – if a recent Marine and Coastal Area Act Court of Appeal judgement is not overturned by Parliament.

    This has become a matter of the utmost urgency, since the next large groups of claims for the coast under the flawed Marine and Coastal Area Act are due to be heard in the High Court this month.

    In the health sector, alleged racism has been used by the new Maori Health Authority to introduce a multitude of privileges for Maori – transforming healthcare into an Apartheid system where access to medical treatment is now based on race.

    An ‘equity adjuster score’ has been introduced that prioritises Maori patients on hospital waiting lists ahead of other patients in far greater clinical need.

    The costs of accessing a variety of health measures that others have to pay for, have been removed for Maori.

    New Zealand’s drug buying agency, Pharmac, also appears to have been ‘captured’ with funding now redirected into treatments that prioritise Maori.

    All of this has been going on despite the fact that the fabricated claims of systemic racism in the health system have no basis – as numerous researchers have shown including New Zealand Initiative Senior Fellow Dr Bryce Wilkinson HERE, Social Policy Researcher Lindsay Mitchell HERE, and Medical Practitioner Dr Lawrie Knight HERE.

    Dr Knight points out that since a comprehensive network of Maori health providers set up by Helen Clark’s Labour Government to “close the gaps” 20 years ago has made little difference to health outcomes in their two decades of operation, it is misleading to claim a race-based approach works.

    Furthermore, research from the Ministry of Health which shows only 20 percent of a patient’s health outcome is determined by medical care, with around 40 percent by socioeconomic factors such as education and income, 10 percent by the physical environment including the quality of housing, and 30 percent by lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and the use of drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes, provides perspective.

    The message to advocates of better health for Maori is that they should be focussing on the importance of a good education and a decent job, as well as more personal responsibility including regular health checks, attending medical appointments, and taking medication that’s been prescribed, instead of attempting to deny non-Maori patients the essential healthcare they need.

    And let’s not forget racial quotas for medical school: Auckland University’s medical school advises that of the 287 places on offer in 2024, 40 percent or 115 places are reserved for Maori and Pacific Island students – up from 70 in 2022 – while “general entry” places have dropped from around 120 to 98. And while A grade levels are necessary for ‘general entry’ candidates, C grades appear sufficient for the Maori and Pacific students.

    New Zealanders surely deserve the brightest and best doctors irrespective of ancestry, yet merit appears to have become a secondary consideration to race.

    Claims of institutional racism in the state sector has led to racial privilege being embedded within its procedures, manifesting itself in staff hiring practices, remuneration, and the awarding of contracts based on race. Private businesses that depend on the government for registration or funding have also been caught in the net.

    An array of de-facto governance roles have also been created to give Maori greater influence than other New Zealanders, including in the management and allocation of fresh water by regional councils, in resource management decision-making by local authorities, and in the management and operation of the Conservation Estate.

    New Zealanders have also witnessed the hypocrisy of iwi leaders demanding more and more public funding for ‘their people’, while the billion-dollar business corporations they run pay no tax. Iwi have made no contribution to the running of the country since 2005, when Helen Clark’s Labour Government exempted tribal businesses from a long-standing charity law requirement that prevents organisations from being able to gain tax-free charitable status if their beneficiaries are relatives.

    This is another gravy train initiative that now needs to be withdrawn.

    Many race-based privileges have been introduced under the guise of Treaty ‘principles’.

    Yet the Treaty itself doesn’t have any principles. It only has three articles.

    For the record, in his explanation of the original Maori version of the Treaty of Waitangi, Sir Apirana Ngata expressed the three articles in this way:

    The First Article: “The Chiefs assembled including Chiefs not present at the assembly hereby cede absolutely to the Queen of England for ever the government of all of their lands.”

    The Second Article: “The Queen of England confirms and guarantees to the Chiefs and Tribes and to all the people of New Zealand the full possession of their lands, their homes and all their possessions…”

    The Third Article: “In consideration thereof, Her Majesty the Queen of England extends to the Natives of New Zealand Her Royal Protection, and imparts to them all the rights and privileges of British subjects.”

    In other words, under the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori ceded sovereignty, property rights were protected, and all New Zealanders were treated as equal citizens under the law. There was no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens – New Zealand was a colour-blind society where individuals had equal dignity and equal rights.

    The Waitangi Tribunal, which was established almost 50 years ago as a permanent commission of inquiry for Maori into alleged breaches of the Treaty by the Crown, was ‘captured’ long ago by activists to become a taxpayer funded advocate for Maori supremacy. As such it has been influential in embedding race-based privilege – at the cost of equal rights and democracy itself.

    It is therefore fitting that the coalition agreement between National and New Zealand First includes a commitment to review the Tribunal’s operation.

    The Coalition also intends reviewing all legislation (excluding Treaty settlements) that includes the “Principles of the Treaty”, with a view to replacing vague references with specifics – or repealing the references altogether.

    The ACT Party, of course, is also committed to progressing its Treaty Principles Bill, which aims to codify the principles to mean what the original Maori version of the Treaty says – that the government has the right to govern, that property rights are protected, and that all New Zealanders are equal under the law.

    Under their coalition agreement, their Bill will be supported to a Select Committee and if it later gains the backing of National and New Zealand First and is passed into law, a nationwide public referendum would then be held so New Zealanders can either accept or reject the new law.

    What is crucially important is that none of these measures being undertaken by the Coalition Government changes the Treaty itself.

    Those making such claims are deliberately scaremongering and misleading the public. They don’t want New Zealanders to have a debate about where the current Treaty arrangements are taking the country. Nor do they want public scrutiny of the vast array of race-based privileges that have already been established.

    But the public have spoken and the new Government has been given a mandate to reset this country, removing race-based oppression, and returning New Zealand to a nation where we are all equal in the eyes of the law and where our long-standing democracy can flourish!
    https://www.nzcpr.com/derailing-the-treaty-gravy-train/

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    • Brendan O’Neill, Spiked, interview on the demise of Britain. Excellent if you can find the time.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGVpCltD1Z4
      Matthew Goodwin: The revolt against the New Elite

      The Brendan O’Neill Show

      Matthew Goodwin – political scientist and author of Values, Voice and Virtue: The New British Politics – returned to The Brendan O’Neill Show for this live, end-of-year special. Brendan and Matthew discussed the death of the Conservative Party, the crisis of integration and why Net Zero is fuelling the populist revolt. …

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  6. Morning Troopers.

    Shit the media in this country have a lot to answer for. Compare these two statements in NZH article today. The first one implies that 70% of criminal weapons are supplied to by licensed firearms owners, which is ridiculous.

    Caption under picture:
    “Police say 70 per cent of confiscated firearms were purchased legally, then ‘diverted’ to criminals and gangs.”

    In body of article:
    “In a press statement to announce the investigation, Superintendent Richard Wilson said more than 70 per cent of firearms seized by police are rifles and shotguns that can be obtained by standard licence holders, as opposed to being smuggled into the country.”

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  7. saggy, youre a keen hunter arent ya.
    have you ever bothered keeping veni hearts and cooking them up?
    i kept a few over the past couple months, wifey and daughter cooked em up for tea last night and omfg theyre bloody amazing, so much so that id rather eat veni heart then veni steak! i love and often eat lamb/sheep hearts but veni heart is superior imo, def be keeping them all from now on as long as they havent had a 308 whistle through it

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    • Never have SB. I’m not much of an offal fan. The old man used to love liver and kidneys, but didn’t do it for me. And always did sheeps’ brains which mum would fry up in breadcrumbs. Liked those as a kid until I worked out what they were. Never tried heart.

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      • youre missing out mate, give it a crack sometime. wifey just sliced it up 1cm thick strips, few herbs, salt n pepper then fried and was unreal. stuffed and roasted lamb hearts are beaut too.
        veni tongue is yum aswell, my daughter cut them out and cooked them up. i dont do liver but kidney in a pie is pretty good and my favourite…. sweetbreads!!!! yum!!!!

        i think the thought of it puts most ppl off eating offal, its some of the best and sweetest meat imo and just a shame youve gotta eat a hundred odd kg of steak n mince before you can bowl over more to get the small amount of edible offal.

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  8. From VFF. FYI.

    Alia here with a quick ‘heads-up’ update!

    As you slide into your Waitangi weekend, we wanted to make sure you were aware of…

    Four important things:

    1. This afternoon, NZ First released the news that the government is expanding the terms of reference on the existing Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Covid-19 response.

    While the scope has broadened, it is extremely disappointing that these additional points are being tacked onto the edges of the problematic existing inquiry and not starting afresh with a new inquiry as promised.

    Though not explicit, and not ideal, our reading of the section below allows for the investigation of safety issues.

    “The extent of disruption to New Zealanders’ health, education, and business as a result of the Government’s policies” – excerpt from the government release.

    VFF will push hard to ensure a thorough examination of the safety of the mRNA injectable and its negative impact on individual health is included in this expanded scope. We will also continue to advocate for a full-scale, wide-ranging, independent inquiry as outlined in the NZ First/National coalition agreement.

    Rest assured, VFF will not remain silent on this matter. We are already planning ahead, including putting together a template for feedback for the ‘public opportunity for submissions’ to ensure that we can get the important issues back on the negotiating table.

    Keep an eye out for our feedback information page in the coming days.

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    • A mate got clarification on all this. ACT were talking about updating the terms of reference for the current Covid inquiry – which is apparently difficult to do in order to maintain the integrity of the process (cough). ACT’s deal was about expanding the terms of reference of the existing inquiry .

      NZ First’s deal involves a NEW inquiry – and if everything that I’ve seen suggested is covered, it will be epic.

      Edit – NZ First were caught unawares by ACT’s announcement, and rushed out a response that was badly worded and failed to explain their position.

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  9. NudeNut was touring a mental facility one day, when saw a patient making airplane sounds. He asked him what he was doing and how was that going to help him when he gets out, and the guy said, “I’m practicing my flying. I’m going to be a pilot when I get out!”.
    NudeNut said, “That’s great!” Then he saw another patient walking around with a briefcase and he asked him what he was doing and how would that him when he gets out, and the guy said, “I’m practicing carry my briefcase, because I’m going to be an executive when I get out!”, and NudeNut said, “That’s the spirit!”
    Then he sees a guy with no pants on and bouncing a bag of peanuts on his penis. He asked the guy, “What the hell are you doing and how is THAT going to help you when you get out?!”, and the guy said,
    “I’m fucking nuts! I’m never getting out of here!”

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  10. Sometimes you just have to change your opinion of people. I have always thought of Shane Jones as a smart arse, but of late he has shown that I am wrong and that he is more of a thinker and has become a fearless provocateur, one putting up reasoned argument.

    If this is the sort of argument Shane Jones and NZ First are going to push, then Luxon had better get on the Bus, very soon or Jones, Peters and Seymour will have him standing at the back of the Bus with no ticket and the Bus Inspector rapidly approaching him.

    This is worth a read.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/nz-first-will-push-for-a-reset-in-our-race-relations-bearings-shane-jones/FDOUC7GNMJD4VIG6EX4EGQYOAI/

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    • for those that won’t pay.
      The Treaty: NZ First will push for a reset in our race relations bearings – Shane Jones

      The Treaty of Waitangi will be 200 years old in 2040. Debates about its meaning and application have grown over the last five decades.

      It is bilingual, translated by the Anglican missionaries into Māori but the two versions are not a mirror image. It was first signed in February 4, 1840 at the Bay of Islands, thus Waitangi Day.

      Prior to signing, the Treaty discussions were spirited, but Hokianga chiefs such as Patuone and his brother Tamati Waka Nene never wavered in signing up. Their credo was mou te Ao, fortes fortuna adiuvat, fortune favours the brave.

      Their cousin Hongi Hika, the feared musket chief, had been to London 20 years before Governor Hobson signed the Treaty, a mere five years after Waterloo. Acquisitive and adaptable, no victimhood for them.
      This spirit needs to be rekindled. Not only for Ngāpuhi, but for the entire economy. Thus, NZ First in 2024 will push for a reset in our race relations bearings.

      We dismiss the separatist ideology that the Treaty is a type of original sin tainting the condition of our nation. Such woke nonsense was rejected at the recent election.

      Our economy needs to regenerate. This will not occur if the Treaty is dismembered into an English and a Māori version. It is bilingual and indivisible.
      Governments have options. On the matter of the Treaty principles, we either allow the Waitangi Tribunal to spawn more interpretations or we make headway by democratic will. NZ First chooses the latter.

      Voters have made it resoundingly clear they are fed up with the cartoonish stretching of Treaty principles. The Waitangi Tribunal, oblivious to political mandates, will hear an urgent claim over the disestablishment of the Māori Health Authority.

      NZ First was elected on a platform to get rid of this body created by the Labour Government. Legal centipedes that ignore this reality trifle with democratic outcomes at their peril.

      The Treaty has been the basis for settling historical claims since the mid-1980s. These are known as Treaty settlements with Ngai Tahu and Tainui regarded as the forerunners.

      Unfortunately, the Treaty is now being manoeuvred into terrain beyond Māori property rights and development priorities. The Waitangi Tribunal has decided to leave port for a constitutional enquiry. There be electoral eels in that deep.

      These are matters where voter sovereignty trumps. The misbegotten 2021 UN Indigenous Rights He Puapua report shows Kiwis do not want democracy yoked to Treaty principles they have not endorsed.

      An overdue discussion on the place of iwi rights and statutory decision making is needed. It must move beyond the tongue clicking phrase of Crown and iwi. Such a binary conception overlooks the modern reality of our country.

      NZ First also knows dialogue must address the practical challenges facing the figurative Rawiri and Marama. Their stake in the future does not depend on decolonisation, a term more suited to a colonoscopy than nation building.

      Not unlike their neighbours, Rawiri and Marama want a growing economy, shared mana that respects culture and heritage in a community that works for all.

      As 2040 approaches we need a renewed belief in our future. Unmarred by wrangling over Treaty partnership principles but informed by a determination to rebuild pride, resilience, service and national unity.

      Shane Jones is deputy leader of NZ First and Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Resources, Associate Minister of Finance, and Associate Minister for Energy.

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  11. Virtue signallers.

    A woke Australian family put up a sign that says the land belongs to its traditional owners, the Wurundjeri.
    But when they showed up they wouldn’t let them in.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1752984454929449331
    1 min 12 secs :

    The same people who will not give up a room for a homeless person, or take in a refugee family.

    For the walk about peoples; will they walk the talk?
    Would they even put in their will, that land the land & house will be returned to that tribe?
    Their children at university will be so happy! 🙂

    Always ready to give , demand other people’s money to be handed over, other people’s land, other people’s houses.
    Those virtue signallers are most likely on the “gravy train” in some form or other, so in that guilt, use that sign as a ‘receipt’ as payment for their “Indulgences”.

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    • Especially like the extra context – This clip from John Safran vs God – Episode 2, 2004, is intended as satire.
      Was actually impressed she invited them in for a cup of tea – if this was a current clip, they either would have been welcomed with a lot of fuss, or shot at.
      You can tell it’s old – no-one was holding their phone up filming.

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    • TAH@!0819

      Perhaps, but equally, he could be thinking ‘long-term’ (possibly already about the next election), so that he will be able to blackmail ngapuhi into voting labour ‘cos we heled you to succeed against luxflakes, so you owe us…’

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      • Komata, you are believing that Hipkins has far to much intelligence to think that far forward. He does not have that much mental ability.

        Hipkins is only looking as far ahead as Tuesday and urging any disaffected Ngapuhi to be as disruptive as they can, come Waitangi Day.

        That little mealy mouthed little ginga Prick, will sit back with his pock faced grin, just lapping it up, hoping the Government (Nude Nut, Seymour and Peters/Jones) get to be very embarrassed.

        What the dopey little Twat fails to realise is, that if NN, Peters/Jones and Seymour get shit hurled at them or physically assaulted in any way at Waitangi, the public will turn further away from Maoridom and their constant grizzles and demands.

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  12. “We met in a secluded field, the sun nearly kissing the evening horizon. The warm breeze was full of that earthy, musky scent that only those fortunate enough to live outside the urban rat race know, and a quiet whispering of leaves in the weeping willow overhead added the final touch to the most romantic scene.

    We lay there, both naked. I knew I had to have her, and have her now. Without a word being spoken, I moved to a position of dominance. I could feel instantly that this was what she was waiting for as she frantically thrust her pelvis at my approaching organ. I moved slowly at first, inch by inch, until I was fully inside her.

    Then, as the tension rose, we threw caution to the wind and abandoned ourselves to the moment. Although inexperienced, she approached every change of position with enthusiasm, moaning as I withdrew to prevent myself ending it all too soon. As the sexual tension heightened towards the inevitable mind- blowing climax, it was all I could do to hold out any longer.

    Finally, the moment we had been building up to was upon us, and passed too quickly. Breathlessly we rolled together in the now damp grass. As the last deep orange glow of the long setting sun melted into the darkness of approaching night, we lay there still entwined in an amorous embrace. I kissed her long and lovingly, and whispered reassuringly how good she had been.

    She tenderly and sensuously licked my inner ear then whispered, ‘Baaaaaaa’ and rejoined the flock.”

    This book is only for sale in Southland, Australia and certain parts of Outer Mongolia.

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  13. The 1959 Auckland Harbour bridge build was completed in only four years!

    Govt plan to fast-track infrastructure alarms environmentalists
    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/02/04/govt-plan-to-fast-track-infrastructure-alarms-environmentalists/

    “Yes, we are deliberately giving the executive central government more power to make sure we can cut through the thicket of red tape that has bedevilled infrastructure projects in New Zealand for far too long,” he told 1News.

    Under the proposed law, ministers can refer projects for fast-tracking if they meet criteria. An expert panel will assess projects and apply any necessary conditions to ensure environmental damage is managed.

    The panel only has limited ability to decline projects.

    .

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    • Environmentalists are worried over plans to bring in fast-track legislation for major infrastructure projects, with one group calling it a “war” on the natural world.

      However, the Government has argued that overly restrictive consenting processes have long slowed down progress on projects. It said the time taken to get a consent has nearly doubled over the past five years – costing $1.3 billion a year.

      The previous Labour government had a fast-tracking process during the pandemic, which the new government wants to make permanent and for much bigger projects.

      RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop said the proposal was a big change from the status quo but made no apologies for that.

      “Yes, we are deliberately giving the executive central government more power to make sure we can cut through the thicket of red tape that has bedevilled infrastructure projects in New Zealand for far too long,” he told 1News.

      Under the proposed law, ministers can refer projects for fast-tracking if they meet criteria. An expert panel will assess projects and apply any necessary conditions to ensure environmental damage is managed.

      The panel only has limited ability to decline projects.

      Bishop explained: “The discretion is being limited and that’s part of the design of the scheme. The Government is going to say, ‘we think these projects are needed.'”
      But responding to the plan, the Environmental Defence Society said the plan means “war” on the natural world with the potential for “environmentally destructive projects” to go quickly ahead.

      The advocacy group’s chief executive Gary Taylor also had concerns over due process.

      “It will be giving developers the opportunity to lobby ministers for the pet projects. And that raises a whole lot of questions about transparency, about conflicts of interest.”

      However, Bishop argues there are checks and balances on ministers.

      “We have to go through the law that we’ll be writing, so we’ll have to assess the criteria.”

      Forest and Bird chief executive Nicola Toki said it will be “death by a thousand cuts” for the natural world.

      “New Zealanders should be alarmed that our incredible natural environment is being treated with such disdain at a time when we’re facing such significant loss.”

      She’s also concerned about the limits on the democratic process.

      “The lack of transparency and opportunity for the New Zealand public to participate in these processes is the most shocking thing.”

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    • Napier built 111 Art Deco buildings in 2 years. Now it takes 2 years for the woke construction industry to have 666 meetings, decide on their pronouns, display their pride flags around the building site and then start sucking the tit.

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  14. Interesting piece from Mark Wauck about what the idiot necons in DC are up to. It’s amazing they still think the US is THE major military force and can do what they want. They have not been successful in anything since WWII –except spending trillions of US taxpayer dollars.

    https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/neocon-project-damage-control-time?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email-restack-comment&r=1ochue

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    • They are not bothered about being successful.
      Their goal is to keep the war industry in the USA humming along.
      Use up and test the oldest and the latest so congress and the senate give them more money to continue.

      Armamnets on militarysupport creates a lot of jobs and a lot of cash for the companies that fund the CIA and neo cons.
      Thats where it starts and why people like the old senators won’t cancel them. They are compromised by the money and what they have been seduced by and who.
      No doubt the same in other countries.
      The next question is who owns or controls those companies.
      Black rock and the likes. then who controls them.

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    • Modern war needs heaps of tech. Offshoring chip manufacturing to Taiwan on the doorstep of China dumb. Offshoring manufacturing to China means they’ll need to put a really big order in to China before they can start bombing China.

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  15. I tried to change my profile pic here, but it wouldn’t work and this is the message I got from WordPress.

    There has been a critical error on this website.
    Learn more about troubleshooting WordPress.

    I’m wondering if any picture is showing at all? On my phone (logged in) it looks like a broken image, but other (non-Eurokiwi) readers might be seeing a picture. Maybe it’s just me? Has anybody else encountered a problem when trying to edit their profile?

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    • It’s me. I am deleting any images I do not post. The site host has become bloated with images. We will soon be over 10,000 and its taking a lot of space.
      All images I post are reduced in size from MB’s down to kb’s sometimes by 90% size.Use an avatar provided by wordpress at profile editing.

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    • EuroKiwi :— Your avatar has the broke look about it.
      Also got that quote too at some stage.
      Though I did a work around by logging out, then back in, to make “edit my profile” my home page for YSB for the expanded “recent comments”.

      Notice things have changed, with in the past week and it is popping out like “kia ora” dog balls about WordPress.

      Almost thought I had only the side bar on page, that only has 8 previous comments where as on “Pike” or “Edit My Profile” there is double that at 16 comments. I guess there has to be a limit, but a rounding up would be good 🙂
      Saves scrolling down through a heap of comments.
      That is reasonably good when there are many comments so good to find the new comments, & target just those. 🙂
      Use to be good, well still is, but it only refreshed when I clicked the refresh button.
      Now it has been doing the auto refresh, for some time, which sometimes on a ‘fast’ day, I can not always keep up with, as I have other things happening, to do. 🙂

      I see there is a word press “edit profile”, I do not bother with.
      Then the YSB “edit profile” which I use as my YSB home page.

      Edit, thanks ED, as I guess some things need to be tweaked from being overloaded.

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  16. covid advice you all.

    Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married.
    She was admired for sweetness and kindness to all.
    One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint
    sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
    As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl
    sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water. In the water floated, of all things,
    a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.
    The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater,
    but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
    “Miss Beatrice”, he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?”
    pointing to the bowl. “Oh, yes” she replied, “isn’t it wonderful?
    I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package
    on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that
    it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven’t had the flu all winter!”

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    • That was the union saying that. NZ Post is shifting everything to their courier service who are all contractors.
      Not surprising given snail mail is almost extinct.
      You will pay more of course.
      A snail mail is what $0.80 cents and a small parcel in a courier envelope is 4.60.
      As well they are spending taxpayers money buying up PBT courier services. ( Haven’t seen Willis ranting and raving over that spend like she has NZ rail.. No directors jobin that for her. The aussies want out and the trucks will go to another company. Actually a backward step for PBT as a company. But the aussies want out with their money as per usual.)

      PBT in the last 6 months finally has their courier service working as it should.

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      • PBT Couriers certainly aren’t the worst in the lower NI. That place is reserved for NZ Couriers whose total incompetence & the inability of its drivers to read keeps Aramex from its rightful position as the most hopeless company to ever mishandle consignments.

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    • Here ya go.
      Days of posties are numbered: Union

      024, • 05:00am

      The union representing posties says most don’t want to become contract couriers.
      ANDY JACKSON/STUFF / Taranaki-Daily-News

      Don’t expect to see a postie delivering your mail in five years’ time, the union representing postal workers says.

      The Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa this week began a formal consultation process with NZ Post over its plans to reduce its headcount.

      It said last year that it would reduce its staff by the equivalent of 750 full-time employees over five years, from a current workforce of 4500.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/350166226/days-posties-are-numbered-union

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  17. Te Pāti Māori is being welcomed onto the treaty grounds this afternoon with Kīngi Tūheitia and an estimated 2000 members of the Kīngitanga movement. There’s a marching band, a very large kapahake contingent from Ngapuhi to meet them, and a growing crowd of spectators too. The proceedings have just begun.

    The party’s absence from yesterday’s welcome for the Labour and the Greens was referenced by several speakers including Kelvin Davis who said he was disappointed the full Opposition hadn’t joined together.

    Te Pāti Māori argued it was distinct from other political parties and felt it more appropriate to walk onto Te Whare Runanga alongside the Māori King, which they did at Rātana last month.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/te-pati-maori-co-leaders-are-set-to-speak-ahead-of-their-powhiri-on-to-the-waitangi-treaty-grounds/4KMNUEGIBJGCNK2A65BM32PJOE/

    told you. Its all about the Kingitana.

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  18. The NZ Infrastructure Commission’s Geoff Cooper outlines how thinking slowly and acting fast could improve NZ’s infrastructure
    3rd Feb 24, 9:31am by Gareth Vaughan
    New Zealand should be working towards a 100-year planning horizon when it comes to infrastructure, and viewing planning as “an exercise in dynamism and inquisition” rather than a “bureaucratic exercise.”

    That’s the view of Geoff Cooper, General Manager of Strategy at the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission.

    “It’s seen as a bureaucratic exercise and it should be seen as an exercise in dynamism and inquisition. I think we need to see more of this planning expertise coming into government, and planning happening from a much earlier period of time, front footing the needs rather than waiting for them to be in front of us,” Cooper says.

    “Getting ahead of the planning cycle is a really obvious place to start. And start identifying options before we get into solutions because the moment a project is announced you’ve created interests. The moment you announce a project all of a sudden there’s interested parties. And once there are interested parties, whatever the project is, it’s very difficult to do optioneering, almost impossible.”

    https://www.interest.co.nz/economy/126203/nz-infrastructure-commissions-geoff-cooper-outlines-how-thinking-slowly-and-acting

    But of course we won’t. The Nats don’t understand the need, can’t stomach the bills, continue to pander to both the ethniocs and the poor..
    Labour do but smother it all in layers upon layer of bureaucratic nonsense,.
    Will it change.
    Not with the current lot.

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    • A ” 100-year planning horizon” is wank. No-one could possibly imagine, never mind predict with any sort of accuracy, what the infrastructure requirements will be in a hundred years hence.

      I reckon that planning for anything further out than two or three decades is just an excuse for present day inertia.

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    • The city engineer in Tauranga in the sixties planned out all the major roads and guestimated where the subdivisions would be. H
      He wasn’t far out actually.

      Power , 3 waters, population are all fairly predictable but that does get better if the policy around things like immigration are well set and long lasting.
      Its not rocket science (well for smart people) to take a population figure and decide what schools, hospitals etc may be required. Its not set in stone but at least it is a good guide.
      and if you thisk otherwise councils already do 10 year plans.Just not very well and the govt. does fuck all.
      Not that hard to bring some sense to all that.

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  19. This has got to be nipped in the bud, or NZ is in for a very rough ride.

    “Te Pāti Māori, Rātana and the Kīngitanga are rising to the challenge laid down by NZ First’s Shane Jones in their arrival at Waitangi to interrogate the Government’s approach to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

    It comes as Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi continues his advocacy for more Māori governance, calling on Ngāpuhi to support the establishment of a Māori Parliament.

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      • This of course Sooty, will be the traditional Maori Parliament and Democracy system seen in this fair land before Jim Cook got here. before the 13 Ngapuhi Chiefs sent a letter to the King of Pomgolia asking for
        his protection in 1831 and before Te Triki Triti Was signed in 1840.

        It was a Maori Parliament for all other countries to aspire too. Now when this new Maori Parliament is formed, no doubt they will be around to your doorstep to Tax your income as the current lot are doing. Should work out well.

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  20. Biology 101 for the less learn-ed simpletons. Woman’s biological XY chromosomes don’t and can’t replicate Men’s, regardless whether you have constipation as the wannabe fake going through menstrual symptoms/cycles or not.

    Here’s the kicker though, or as John Tamaheri likes to say……”the rubber doesn’t meet the road”…….

    “If the French colonized us, we’d be eating croissants instead of baked beans” blah blah blah.

    Hmmmm, Biology 101….. without Colonization, it’s impossible for a part Maori to even exist living today. Although to be fair, I’m pretty sure that Mihirangi (Joanna) Forbes would disagree

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  21. Luxon still opposed to Treaty bill

    Speaking to media, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said the Government is not supporting the Treaty Principles Bill beyond the first reading.
    “There is no support, no commitment, no intention to take it beyond that,” he said.
    “It’s been the long-standing commitment of the National Party not to pursue a referendum at all.”
    “I appreciate it’s a different position from the ACT Party and part of that is as a condition of the coalition government, that’s what we’ve agreed to do.”
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350167746/nz-politics-live-government-responds-speeches-waitangi-treaty-grounds

    will he roll over or be rolled? Rolled is best.

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