by John Robinson
Many of us believe that we should all be equal, one people. We are increasingly distressed as New Zealanders have been divided into two unequal peoples, with considerable different powers and rights to Maori (by race, as “a Maori is a member of the Maori race”). The division has been increased under the guise of “partnership” which has become “co-governance”.
A major effort for equality is the call to “Stop Co-Governance”, driven by Julian Batchelor, on the website and initially around Auckland. There have been considerable efforts by this government to block the debate both by controls over the mainstream media and by pressure to prevent public meetings. The reaction by ordinary people has been to donate significant sums of money to pay for booklets which are then distributed by further volunteers.
There have been two Waikanae efforts. A local resident has paid for 5,000 booklets produced by Julian Batchelor, with the help of people from across the country including four from the Kapiti region. Most have been delivered and we already hear of spirited debate on the issue.
The second was to be the organisation of a meeting, to listen to what Julian has to say. This has failed. The reason, that councils are effectively preventing free speech by blocking meetings in public halls, is explained below. A fight against racism is then also a fight for free speech. Here are the experiences that have led to that decision.
At this stage we will not be proceeding with holding a Stop Co-governance (Julian Batchelor) meeting at Kapiti. There are no suitable venues – all seem to be controlled by the Kapiti council and there is no way that we should deal with them as the experience of other councils shows that they are certain to pull a dirty trick so as to prevent the meeting taking place. Auckland Council cancelled Julian’s meeting at the Mt. Eden Memorial Hall 24 hours before it was due to start even though they knew about it for a month as the hall had been booked that long ago. They waited till the last minute so as to cause maximum problems. Then Tauranga Council sent him a bill for over $1,000 to engage their preferred security company and said that there would be more expenses, including police closing off the road and the costs of presenting a traffic control system. Then Taupo Council gave him 24 hours last Friday week to provide an electrician’s certificate for all the cords he would have for his microphone and screen presentation. This requirement was given at 4:55 on Friday evening with electricians not working on Saturday. No other hirer of a hall would ever be put under such obligations. Then Hastings Council cancelled his meeting at Havelock. Fortunately, alternative (non-council controlled) halls were obtained at Tauranga and Taupo.
So, unless we can obtain a hall with a 100% guarantee that it will not be pulled from us at the last minute by either this corrupt council or an intimidated private owner, we can not proceed in Kapiti. However, 5,000 of Julian’s booklets are being distributed to mailboxes in Waikanae by volunteers so this will get the message out to many more people than who could attend a meeting.
The booklets will do the job. The people of Waikanae can join others across New Zealand in discussing what is happening, so the process of dismantling our society is no longer carried out by stealth.
The problem with council-controlled venues in Kapiti has a lot to do with a certain mayor being elected last October (as well as senior managers like Janice McDougall) committed to supporting the Apartheid policies of the present government. We’ve also seen violent Leftists like Antifa in action elsewhere in the country intent on causing trouble — although there are fortunately only a small number of them in Kapiti, encouraged by the left-extremist Stuffers etc. they would be sure to travel from Wellington. —Eds
Chris Walker said:
Private land is the key to this particular lock…
government is supposed to be from the people for the benefit of the people – public servants. The way this and other issues are handled, are dictatorial. We don’t want , need or have elected a government to be a dictatorship; we need to get rid of them and be sure we elect people whose concern is that oft the majority of their electorate,