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Fourth urgent inquiry by the Waitangi Tribunal, this time on Māori wards

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The Waitangi Tribunal is conducting another urgent inquiry into plans to require councils to hold a binding referendum on Māori wards.

It adds to a growing list of urgent Tribunal inquiries into government policies, taking the number to four since the government took office.

In April, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the move, saying it would reverse the previous government’s “divisive changes that denied local communities the ability to determine” if Māori wards were set up.

Speaking to RNZ, lead claimaint and Indigenous Rights campaigner Te Raukura O’Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue) said the government was feeling threatened by the progress that (A Oh Tea a Rower) New Zealand had made towards becoming a more Tiriti-honouring society.

“The proposal to remove Māori wards, or force councils to put them to a referendum is just the latest attack in a long string of attacks. In the past few years (A Oh Tea a Rower) New Zealand has gone from having three councils with Māori wards to 49 who now have them or will have them at the 2025 local elections.

“We don’t govern our way towards a better, more harmonious, future through bullying and division. We govern our way to a more harmonious future through consensus-based and participatory decision making – that’s what we’re trying to protect,” they said.

The government had massively overreached into the jurisdiction of local councils, Rapira said.

“They’re bringing colonised thinking, fear and projection to these spaces when, actually, the councils that have put in place Māori wards have been through their own localised processes because those councils are more in touch with the community than some bureaucrats in Wellington.

“Not only are they riding roughshod over their Treaty obligations, they’re also riding roughshod over their supposed belief in liberal democracy.

“We have a famous whakataukī in the Māori world which says, ‘With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive’. They bring the baskets of knowledge contained within the Māori world together with the baskets of knowledge contained within the non-Māori world so that all of (A Oh Tea a Rower) New Zealand and the people that call this place home can thrive,” they said.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said all three parties in his government campaigned on restoring the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards.

Luxon told RNZ the tribunal was free to do what it wanted, but the change was well sign-posted.

When the Coalition reviewed the focus and scope of the Tribunal in a post-treaty settlement world, it would be done in a proper and considered way, Luxon said.

Claimant evidence and opening submissions were due 8 May, with the Crown’s evidence and opening submissions due 10 May. Claimants will then have until 14 May for closing submissions and reply to the Crown.

The Tribunal has to release its report before 20 May, when the government is set to introduce the bill.

These fuckwits were obviously asleep last year. We have had an election and the left lost. These changes are long overdue.

Time to defund the tribunal, when they constantly push shit like this.

Look at the Coat of Arms above.

It’s NEW ZEALAND

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  1. Let us see if national under lux flakes is strong enough to stop this crap. NZ First and ACT would be I am sure. But lux flakes is in the lead, so who knows if he will keep pandering to them.

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  2. Point of Order Mr Chairman. Once I started following the Chinese Philosopher, Fuk Yu, my life has become so much better. With regards to the Waitangi Tribunal, it is time the country and this Government, followed the great Mr Yu’s wisdom as well.

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  3. I think in some cases we can make a case, in evaluating the proportion of the maori ward vote, to the other wards where the proportionality is lopsided, in not holding true to 1 man, 1 vote!
    Calculate that %, then one can then justify to pay only that % of rates as demanded by the council.

    All a part of where there is no representation for that taxation,

    Would many, enough rate payers join in that protest to achieve a nice discount on their rates? 🙂

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  4. It seems like the Aussies know what to do. They put up a sign saying something like, “We acknowledge that this building is on land once owned by the Warrimagudgee tribe.” But that’s about it as far as I can tell.

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