Our democracy is quietly being dismantled. We’re being transformed from a nation-state, where everyone has the same rights, to an ethno-state, where your rights depend on who your grandparents were.
The worst idea in human history is that we should treat people differently based on their group, rather than treating them as an individual. It makes the colour of your skin more important than the content of your character.
There’s Been No Debate
Co-governance – including Three Waters and He Puapua – is now everywhere. But it has never been openly discussed or debated.
Nobody in government has ever asked whether we want it. There’s just an assumption that there should be two sets of political rights.
People feel unable to criticise it for fear of being called racist. They ask: where is this coming from?
In a democracy, we the people have the right to determine the future of our country. The best way to have our say is a referendum on co-governance.
ACT proposes that the next government passes legislation defining the principles of the Treaty, then ask the people to vote on it becoming law.
The Treaty Principles Act would say:
1. All citizens of New Zealand have the same political rights and duties
2. All political authority comes from the people by democratic means, including universal suffrage, and regular and free elections with a secret ballot
3. New Zealand is a multi-ethnic liberal democracy where discrimination based on ethnicity is illegal.
People who support co-governance would have to explain why different people should have different political rights.
That is a debate worth having. This election, ACT will be campaigning for a referendum on co-governance. We hope you will join us.
Another excellent Tremain cartoon. Not sure that the axe is directed at the flagpole though.
Whoever the author of this article is, I question his/her proposal that “New Zealand is a multi-ethnic liberal democracy where discrimination based on ethnicity is illegal”. It is already illegal to discriminate based on ethnicity. Where Maori are granted differing policies or opportunities, it is not based on their ethnicity per se, it is based on the rights guaranteed to them under the Treaty of Waitangi. Any proposed Treaty Principles Act should not contravene any of the articles in the Treaty.
There were no ‘rights’ guaranteed under the Treaty.
Brian Johnston said:
South Africa gone
New Zealand next
Australia also going going gone
Rhodesia used to be a food exporter now a food importer.
South Africa going bankrupt
Australian car industry gone.
It is now being said it is uneconomic to grow produce in NZ
Fonterra down sizing.
You have been warned
Wake up Maori, the majority of you will suffer.
Maori and Labour are clearly wrecking NZ so all the professional and trades people, especially those with school age children have had enough and are flying into Oz.
In the end the Maori elite may well take over New Zealand but it will be just as wrecked as the Ukraine.