The Māori Health Authority, Three Waters and Māori seats on councils were achievements Ardern said the Government was proud of. Ardern said she was “comfortable” the government was doing its best to fulfil obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. –Will Trafford, New Zealand Herald, 10 January 2023

By Roger Childs

Honesty is the best policy

The prime minister needs to look carefully at the documents we have signed up to and need to honour, before she pats herself on the back for her divisive, dishonest and undemocratic policies. In 1840 the Crown agreed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and in 1948 the then Labour Government signed The United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights. A few years ago a journalist asked Ardern if could recite a particular Article of the Treaty. She couldn’t.

The Māori Health Authority, Three [5] Waters and Māori seats on councils are racist policies which breach both documents. 

  • The Health Authority is a separatist institution designed to serve the interests of one ethnic group.
  • Three Waters was opposed by the vast majority of Councils and was the subject of a massive petition against it. It gives 50% of the administrative control of drinking water, waste water and storm water to iwi. The latter represent 16.5% of the population. 
  • The seats for Maori on councils is undemocratic. No other ethnic group is guaranteed representation in local government.

Honouring the UN Human Rights Declaration

Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2 Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 

Article 30 Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

The other 27 Articles spell out specific freedoms and entitlements which all people should enjoy.

Jacinda Ardern and her government are in breach of Articles 1, 2 and 30. In New Zealand, Maori people, or accurately part-Maori, have special rights compared to other Kiwis.  In favouring part-Maori in their polices, the Labour government makes a distinction on the basis of race. Then there is also a breach of Article 30.  By endorsing separatist policies for Maori, the prime minister and her policy makers are performing acts which have destroyed the rights and freedoms related to equality for non-Maori people.

The UN Declaration of Human Rights is binding on members, unlike the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is the blueprint for Maori activists and the government for ultimately achieving undemocratic ‘co-governance’.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi – a bastion of equality

Ardern said she was “comfortable” the government was doing its best to fulfil obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Unlike the Human Right Declaration’s thirty, the Treaty had just three articles. Maori chiefs ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria and her successors forever; the Crown guaranteed all the people on New Zealand possession of their lands, dwellings and property; and all the people were given the rights of British subjects.

Basically very simple – no principles, partnership, government obligations or special rights. 

The Prime Minister needs to read the Treaty and realise that fundamentally it was a democratic document and did not provide for special rights for the native New Zealanders, later known as Maori. 

Her government has, and is continuing to implement separatist polices which favour at most the 16.4% of the population which has some Maori ancestry.