From Jim Cable who comments:

Winston can deliver brilliant speeches — and if Luxon could do even half as good, National would be romping home.  Winston however, in 2017, chose to back Ardern and “become her handbrake” which, as a political outlook, is pure nonsense.  

Under MMP, coalition partners are supposed to strengthen each other for the country’s benefit, not hold them back — so his 2017 reason for not going with National, the then highest polling party, still stinks.  

The fact that his action, “handbrake” or not, actually strengthened Labour so much as to return that bunch of inexperienced incompetents alone in 2020, finished Winston forever with most responsible voters.

Good speaker or not, the country’s best interest always has to come way before any personal interest.

So, for your information …

Related correspondence copies:

One New Zealand Foundation Inc.

Email: ONZF@bigpond.com.au.  Website; www.onenzfoundation.co.nz.

18 September 2022.

Mr Michael Webster,

Clerk of the Executive Council

Executive Council Chambers,

Parliament Building,

Wellington.

Dear Sir,

RE: UNDRIP – “Is fundamentally Incompatible with New Zealand’s Constitutional and Legal Arrangements”. (Crown Law Office).

On the 19 September 2021, we wrote to the Executive Council under the OIA asking, “Can the government produce forensic evidence and a definition; that part-Maori are the tangata whenua or indigenous people of New Zealand.

You replied on the 12 October 2021, “The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet does not hold any specific official information relevant to your request. I am therefore refusing your request under section 18 (e) of the Act, as the information requested cannot be found”.  

Since this time, we have written to many Ministers and the Crown Law Office and not one can supply forensic evidence or a definition, “That part-Maori are the tangata whenua or indigenous people of New Zealand”. See attached.

I have also found, on the 19 April 2010, Prime Minister, Hon John Key sent Hon Pita Sharples to New York to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People after the Crown Law Office had advised Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2007 not to sign it as, “Four provisions were, fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand’s constitutional and legal arrangements”. See attached. 

How wrong Hon John Key was when he said after Sharples had signed the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People, “Signing this declaration is basically of little importance and non-binding”, but one wonders why he went to such lengths to make sure the country did not know what he was doing until it was too late!  Signing the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People was incompatible our constitution, legal arrangements and democracy.

No Prime Minister can sign a document that is, “Fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand’s constitutional and legal arrangements. 

Sir, we ask that the Executive Council investigates the legality of Prime Minister, Hon John Key signing a document that is, “Fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand’s constitutional and legal arrangements”.      

Yours sincerely,

Ross Baker.

Researcher, One New Zealand Foundation Inc. 

Hon. John Key signed UNDRIP, was this Legal?

While the Labour Party rejected signing the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People based on advice from Crown Law in 2007, the Hon. John Key signed it in secret in 2010 against the advice from Crown Law Office, a mandate from Parliament or a definition on who are the Indigenous people of New Zealand.

What any man, whoever he may be, orders on his own, is not law“. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau, book 11, Chapter 1, Treatise of Social Contract, 1763.

In September 2007, 143 countries voted in favour of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, but New Zealand was one of four countries that voted against the Declaration. The Declaration was deemed so radical that Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark refused to sign. The advice from Crown Law was, that four provisions were, fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand’s constitutional and legal arrangements. 

On 19 April 2010, Prime Minister, Hon John Key (National Government) sent his Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples to the United Nations in New York, in secret to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People overruling legal advice from Crown Law, without a mandate from Parliament or the People of New Zealand and without forensic evidence or a definition of who are the indigenous people or tangata whenua of New Zealand. See letters below. 

How wrong Hon John Key was when he said after Sharples had signed the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People, “Signing this declaration is basically of little importance and non-binding”, but one wonders why he went to such lengths to make sure the country did not know what he was doing until it was too late!  Signing the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People was incompatible our constitution, legal arrangements and democracy.

No Prime Minister can sign a document that is, “Fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand’s constitutional and legal arrangements.

The Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People UNDRIP is now allowing part-Maori to have rights above and beyond all other New Zealand Citizens. 

Ministerial Statements on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

HON RODNEY HIDE: (Act Party Leader)

The ACT Party is both shocked and appalled to find itself supporting a government that has covertly given recognition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration asserts that Māori have rights and privileges not enjoyed by other New Zealanders. The declaration is the very antithesis of ACT’s policy of one law for all New Zealanders. It is the antithesis of the policy that we should have one law regardless of people’s religion, their race, the colour of their skin, their ethnicity, their culture, or indeed their degree of indigeneity. The declaration is divisive and is a further step for New Zealand down the path towards being a divided nation. The declaration clearly splits New Zealand into two rather than bringing New Zealand together as one.

For many the former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, refused to ratify the declaration. At the time, the Hon 

Hon. Parekura Horomia (Labour) 

Said that the declaration was incompatible with New Zealand’s laws and democratic processes and that it ignored reality and would be difficult to implement. 

I am very disappointed that the Prime Minister, John Key, has covertly foisted the declaration on New Zealand, and I consider the statement that the recognition of this declaration has no practical effect to be naive in the extreme. Hon Parekura Horomia statements were correct! It went against New Zealand’s Constitutional and legal arrangements.

Hon JIM ANDERTON (Progressive Party Leader) 

Well, which meaning did the Government sign up to? Did it not know? Has the Government read it? Does it know what it means? The answer to all those questions is no. It has nothing to do with it. It is to do with the deal between National and the Māori Party to get the Māori Party to run alongside and support the Government. John Key was not interested in the country, just John Key, the Traitor! 

Hon. Phil Goff (Leader Labour Party) 

The declaration was signed in secrecy when Dr Sharples had “sneaked off” to New York. New Zealanders should have been told first that this was the intention of the Government, they should not have been told afterwards. There was a conflict between Dr Sharples’ view of the declaration and the Government’s position about it not making any practical difference. Labour had opposed the declaration which had unrealistic goals such as returning all land back to indigenous people. Mr Goff could not see the point in signing up to a declaration that the Government did not intend to fulfil. Why would you sign up to something you never intended to act on, and you don’t believe in. He signed up to something they do not believe in and never intend to implement. You were right Mr Goff, but Jacinda Ardern believes in it and has fully implemented it against our Constitution and legal arrangements! 

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Prepared by Ross Baker, Researcher, One New Zealand foundation Inc.

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