Low tide sunset on Waikanae Beach.
Now, Dear Readers. keep them clean!
from KC News
It was supposed to be a Spring cleaning of our coast but the weather had other ideas as a hardy group of community volunteers and Kāpiti Coast Council staff and councillors took part in the beach clean up at Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday morning.
The beach clean up marked the start of the annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week, which this year runs from 16-22 September.
Councillor Sophie Handford says it was wonderful to see so many from the community engaged.
“We had a really good turnout despite the weather and it was also encouraging to see the relatively good condition of the beach.”
Cr Handford says there were still a few bags of rubbish collected but less than expected.
“The challenge for all of us is to keep our beaches clean over the busy summer period and the message will be to take your leftovers home with you, or use the recycling and rubbish bins available.”
Council waste projects manager Robbie Stilwell says Clean Up Week mobilises Kiwis to take action together against litter. Nationally in 2022, a record breaking 67,400 volunteers took part in activities around the motu (country), collecting a total of 655 tonnes of waste over an area equivalent to 5,751 rugby fields.
Among the clean up team were KCDC chief executive Darren Edwards, deputy mayor Lawrence Kirby, Crs Handford and Wilson and Community Board member Karl Webber. Also on hand to help out was former Hutt City councillor Margaret Willard who is now resident in Kāpiti.
You can also register your own Clean Up Week event with badges and prizes by going to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website at www.knzb.org.nz
And not only them, other members of the DNC’s Grifters Club also.
Jesse Watters on X (Twitter):
Today, the Clinton Global Initiative announced their very own program to rebuild Ukraine. The US is sending the World Bank $25 billion. Then, the World Bank is sending money to the Clintons. And then the Clintons are sending it to Ukraine.
Joe Biden also just appointed a Democrat mega-donor to be the Ukraine reconstruction czar. Her qualifications? She’s a billionaire heiress who bankrolled Obama’s election. But don’t you dare ask where our $100 billion of aid went, because the Ukrainian army’s American trans “disinformation” czar says asking questions is treasonous.
Click the pic to watch on X (Twitter):
Kellie-Jay Keen discusses recently released OIA materials about the now infamous Let Women Speak event in Auckland. They reveal that NZ Police:
1. Told Let Women Speak organisers that they would stand in a line between them and the trans activists to protect them, but did not.
2. Refused to step in and protect attendees after the fences were toppled and women were being assaulted, instead doing nothing for the next 20 minutes. By acting this way, NZ Police effectively refused to maintain public order, allowing the trans activists to assault people, shut down a legally permitted event and prevent women from speaking.
Kellie-Jay has decided not to come back to New Zealand because of legitimate fears the Police won’t protect her.
This should be a national scandal.
from Japan Times
GENEVA: The governor of Okinawa Prefecture sought international backing at a U.N. session Monday for his opposition to a plan to relocate a U.S. military base within the prefecture.
But Gov. Denny Tamaki’s stance was immediately questioned by a Japanese government official at the venue in Geneva, a split highlighting the contention over the project based on an agreement first reached by Tokyo and Washington in the 1990s.
“I am here today to ask the world to witness the situation in Okinawa,” Tamaki told a session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, arguing that the concentration of the military bases there threatens peace.
Tamaki, the first Okinawa governor in eight years to address the council, said, “The reclamation work proceeds despite the fact that it was clearly opposed by Okinawan voters in a democratically held referendum.”
He spoke during a part of the session that was allocated for a Japanese nongovernmental organization.
Under the bilateral agreement, the Japanese government is proceeding with work to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a densely populated area in Ginowan to a new facility being built in a coastal area in Nago, both on Okinawa Island, despite staunch local opposition.
Tamaki has sought to drum up international support as he struggles to prevent the relocation plan, saying the island prefecture hosts 70% of all the U.S. military bases in Japan while accounting for only 0.6% of the country’s total land area.
Earlier this month, however, Japan’s Supreme Court turned down his government’s appeal against the central government’s order related to carrying out necessary landfill work.
After Tamaki’s address at Monday’s event, a representative of the Japanese government mission in Geneva defended the ongoing work to build an airfield in the Henoko area of Nago.
“Steadily advancing the construction work based on the policy that the Henoko relocation is the only solution will enable the complete return of Futenma Air Station as swiftly as possible” and lead to the elimination of dangers to the local population, the official said.
Tamaki’s predecessor, Takeshi Onaga, expressed his opposition to the Futenma base relocation plan at the council in 2015.
It looks very much as if there has been a concerted and coordinated campaign by the Labour Party and all its members in the Legacy Media to go through ACT and National candidates’ social media accounts and dredge up whatever heritical (to Leftist ideology) statements they can find, no matter how far back they go, and make a fuss about them.
on the RNZ website —
National’s candidate for Hamilton East, under fire for previous anti-fluoride and anti-mandate comments, has told RNZ his comments in the past were “rash” but would not say when he had changed his mind.
RNZ revealed Ryan Hamilton had voiced support for groups that spread misinformation about fluoridation.
In social media posts, Hamilton claimed Covid-19 deaths data had been inflated and once said poverty was not a reason to fluoridate water because “most lower socio economics filled their tap water with Raro”.
RNZ has put multiple interview requests to Ryan Hamilton since the beginning of last week. In a brief interview on Monday, Hamilton he said he had apologised for the remarks and now stated a clear position.
“Look, I made this comment nearly a decade ago, and it was a rash comment, and I apologise for it.
“Our focus right now is on the economy, cost of living, law and order, and improving health and education outcomes. That’s really all my focus is on at the moment – and winning, winning the election and improving our party vote position.”
In another post, Hamilton praised ‘Fluoride Free Hamilton and NZ’, a group that has published extensive misinformation about fluoride. In 2016, he said he was “with the minority” in opposition to fluoride and had been for 22 years.
Well good for Ryan Hamilton — he’s perfectly entitled to be opposed to putting poison in the water supply if he wants to be. Waikanae Watch has examined this issue in past and our position has been that people should not have something they don’t want to consume forced on them. And who is deciding that it’s misinformation? The Labour Party?
And good on Ryan Hamilton for being opposed to mandates for that useless and dangerous substance, imposed on the population by Comrades Jacinda and Chipkins.
All Radio NZ is doing by this is showing that it is politically biased and should no longer be funded by the Taxpayer — they should get their operating money from the Labour Party and/or advertisers instead!
by Alex Holland
Race-based special treatment rather than treatment based on need (for any ethnicity) is becoming a real issue. Two out of every three voters believe NZ has become more divided. Here are some of the rights & funding ring-fenced by one human attribute (ancestry), many of which have been introduced under this Labour government:
* Labour announced 12 new HIGH protection areas in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf to ‘protect and restore marine ecosystems’, while STILL allowing only Maori to fish in them. They are not marine reserves; they are race based exclusive fishing zones.
* Te Whatu Ora is using tax payer money for Maori & Pacific of any age (only Maori & Pacific ethnicity) to receive free advice and ‘management’ (including free medicines) at pharmacies for certain conditions.
* Reduced/removed rates for Maori landowners under the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Maori) Amendment Act 2021:
1. write off rates owing
2. remove rates altogether for land owned but not developed
3. reduce any remaining rates
* The new $26 million visitor centre for Punakaiki rocks given to local Iwi who then they charge for entry.
* New guidelines from Pharmac reveal that “Maori are the priority population”. Essentially, those with Maori ethnicity will now be guaranteed priority treatment ahead of others with greater health needs.
* Iwi allowed their own justice system, which often does not go in the victim’s favour and gives lenient outcomes to offenders.
* Auckland surgeons must now consider ethnicity in prioritising patients for operations giving priority to Maori and Pacific Island patients (contrary to the Human Rights Act 1993).
* Since May 2023 only Maori & Pacifica are allowed to get GP referrals for free counselling.
* New Zealand Health Strategy 2023 should be equally about all New Zealanders but focuses on ‘Inequity for Maori’. ‘Maori’ or ‘Iwi’ are mentioned 169 times while ‘European’ is mentioned 4 times.
* The Department of Internal Affairs has released a proposal for a new way to regulate social media and traditional media platforms that will control what can and cannot be discussed online. However, Maori are given elevated status in a co-governing role within the regulatory body. Maori are granted protections to “express themselves freely,” a privilege not given to any other New Zealander. The proposal will place Maori at the heart of the decisions about what New Zealanders are allowed to say.
*Labour have decided that rather than looking for low price and minimum risk, government agencies need to ENSURE 8% of government contracts go to Maori business. Only Maori can apply for all government contracts, everyone else is restricted to 92% of them.
* $560 million tax payer funding to support Maori in getting the free Covid vaccine, including cash incentives for Maori to get vaccinated. Also, a Covid vaccine ‘Priority Access Code’ was made available if you were Maori.
* $438 million in tax payer funding given to upgrade privately owned marae across the country (510 projects – 358 marae, from a ‘range’ of crown funds including from the Covid funds).
* Labour set aside $7.75 million for truancy issues for Maori & Pacific students.
* All employees from the Department of Conservation will get paid $3500 (of tax payer money) if they attend a Maori language course.
* Labour have changed the rules so if Maori or Pacific Islanders make up over half of a GP’s clients they get an increase in funding. If the proportion is 49% or below, they get no increase.
* Three waters proposal will give Maori 50% voting rights (with only 16% ‘opting’ as Maori) and power of veto over all water. Labour spent $14 million tax payer dollars on increasing Iwi/Maori understanding of the changes, including a $220 per hour ‘strategic advisor’ in Maori.
* New water services entity amendment bill (for 3 waters) states that public submissions (Community Priority Statements) ‘may’ be considered. In contrast, the Water Services Entities (WSE’s) ‘must’ respond directly to Te Mana o te Wai Statements and ‘must’ include a plan how the Water Services Entities intends to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai Statements – the new “Community Priority Statements” fall well short of the powers provided to local Maori through Te Mana o te Wai statements. This is what Labour is not telling you about as these are at the operational level, unlike the (50%) c*o-governance at the Regional Representative Groups level.
* Labour giving Maori access to funding for their legal costs to claim the Seabed & Foreshore, from mean high tide out to 12 nautical miles. Opponents to Maori claims must fund their own legal costs.
* $7.3 million tax payer dollars to make new screening process for cervical cancer screening free for Maori and Pacific Island woman but anyone else pays $40-$60.
* Labour funded $107,280 in taxpayer money to a racist stage show about murdering James Cook, his descendants and ‘white men like him’ with pig hunting knives.
* Requirement for staff to take into account a student’s cultural identity when awarding passing grades; rather than their individual merit.
* Labour announced 20 per cent of commercial spectrum to be given to Maori, a permanent Maori spectrum entity will be established and $75 million of funding will go towards development.
* Maori get free bowel screening from 55 years old. Also, Andrew Little announced Maori will get superior access to bowel screening etc.
* Maori and Pacifica are automatically entitled to free flu injections over 55 years of age, aged 30 & over are eligible for a free extra Covid booster and free anti-viral Covid treatment over the age of 50 (for everyone else it is 65 & over).
* Labour has prioritised Plunket care for Maori and Pacifica, all other ethnicities have been deprioritised.
* Labour using tax payer funds during a cost-of-living crisis & record debt to re-name streets, parks & government departments to Maori names – no cost/benefit justification given.
* Labour spent tax payer money to reformat the New Zealand passports so that now Te Reo is before any English rather than after it – no cost/benefit justification given, and now every border control in the world has to sift through a foreign language to read the passport (reducing efficiency).
* Maori don’t have to score mid to high 90’s to pass exam to get into medical school.
* Only Maori can legally collect particular shell fish in particular areas.
* Auckland Council is aiming to have 5 percent of the value of all direct contracts awarded to diverse suppliers – Maori and/or Pasifika-owned business or social enterprises.
* Auckland Transport’s target is to have 2 percent of the value of procurement spend with Maori-owned businesses by the end of 2023.
* Watercare aims for 5 percent of total spend to be with Maori businesses by the end of the 2025 financial year.
* Powers given to Maori to close public National parks (e.g. Whirinaki Conservation Park rahui restricting all access for people from outside the immediate community had been invoked by Ngati Whare).
* Without consulting anyone, Tuhoe had removed 15 huts from the Ureweras and planned to remove the other 33.
* Labour deciding what input Maori (only) should have in immigration policy.
* Labour removed rights voters had to trigger a local binding referendum – e.g. Maori wards.
* Labour’s Local Government Minister trying to get 50% of Council seats to be held by Maori.
* $12 million government support for Maori landowners to invest in growing sheep milk industry.
* Report by the Auditor-General on the $290 million “Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme”: The Tourism Recovery Minister decided to fund all tourism businesses that scored more than 15 out of 30 points in the assessment process. They also decided to fund all eligible Maori tourism businesses, including those that scored less than 15 out of 30 points in the assessment process.
* Labours Budget for 2020 had $1 billion to improve outcomes for Maori in response to Covid-19.
* $1.1 billion for Maori in Budget 2021.
* 2022 Budget: An extra $26m (now $155m in total) for “Progressive Procurement” – i.e. favouring Maori-owned businesses as government contractors. $118m in “advisory services” for farmers and Maori land owners. $580m for “Maori Health and wellbeing” including $188m for the new Maori Health Authority. $20m establishing new “Iwi-Maori Partnership Boards” (i.e. introducing co-governance to the new health system). A $1 billion “Maori Budget” including: $91m on Maori trades, training, and cadetships, $3m for “marae connectivity”, $5m for Iwi/Maori teachers. $200m for Maori education. $28m for Maori “language, culture and identity”. $162m for Maori organisations to reduce emissions, including $36m for “matauranga [traditional knowledge]-based approaches to reducing biological emissions” and $30m for “Maori Climate Action”. $178m for councils dealing with RMA reform with a new “National Maori Entity” to co-govern resource management.
* Maori have been allocated a total of $825 million in 2023 Wellbeing Budget.
* 2023 Budget: Te Matatini (Maori performing arts festival) has its annual funding increased from $2.9 million per year to $34 million over the next two years.
* Money set aside for poor people is being taken from the community services card fund to give Maori and only Maori women a $50 Prezzy card who turn up for their pregnancy assessment. That means if you have 1% Maori ancestry and are rich, you will still get a $50 Prezzy card (from the fund for the poor) because of your trace of Maori ancestry, not because you need it. Not available for anyone actually in need that doesn’t have Maori ancestry.
* Labour splashed tax payer money on Warriors match tickets or food vouchers for Maori and Pasifika who hadn’t filled in their census forms. $2 million was budgeted for handing out support vouchers to get non-responding individuals and households to complete the census.
* Tax payer money for ‘Whanau to achieve their aspirations’ through Whanau Ora commissioning agencies.
* Free hospital parking tickets to Maori with a family member in hospital.
* Maori private business given tax payer money & loans – e.g. Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa: $14 million given to it and an additional $38 million dollar tax payer loan.
* Primary Healthcare operations/organisations paid $25 per patient to screen Maori & Pacific for Cardiovascular.
* Specialist Education is scaled where Maori & Pacifica leap frog others for specialist education support.
* Labour handed out $70 million in tax payer dollars to set up 30 Iwi lead community panels instead of courts for Maori offenders. Also, the Police Commissioner has established a 21-member Maori Focus Forum that not only co-designs policing strategy for dealing with Maori offenders, but also plays a “governance role”. The end result of this partnership with Iwi is that Police “live up to the joint expectations of those partners, to improve long term wellbeing for Maori who come to Police attention.” In other words, Maori justice is all about the offender – ensuring they have a positive outcome. There is little regard for the victim. A violent attack that sent a tourist to hospital resulted in no arrests, no charges, no court, no sentence – only a chat with a community panel of iwi. It seems the Police have now become “an inclusive partner for Iwi Maori”. As a result, offenders who are Maori now have a different pathway – one that looks past the victim to embrace the culture of the offender.
* Probation Officers being told to move away from recommending imprisonment for Maori & Pacific Islanders.
* Labour launched a $98 million dollar strategy to reduce Maori over-representation in prisons in August 2019. By 2022 the proportion of Maori in prison had increased. Meantime, Marama Davidson (leader of Greens party) stated “I am a prevention violence minister. I know who causes violence in the world, it is white cis men”.
* The Plant Variety Rights Bill introduces a Maori Plant Varieties Committee. It can block plant varieties being registered and the bill says ‘A person must not be appointed as a member of the committee unless, in the opinion of the Commissioner, the person is qualified for appointment, having regard to that person’s knowledge of matauranga Maori.’
* Maori party put on their website that ‘it is a well-known fact that Maori are genetically superior’. To date, no apology has been given.
* Labour is removing or reducing biodiversity protection restrictions for Maori land (changing FNDC SNA mapping), but does this extend to anyone else?
* Labour has dedicated $18 million tax payer dollars (over four years) for iwi-based events and resources that support whanau, hapu and iwi to grow and lead their practices and customs relating to te kahui o Matariki/Matariki Public Holiday.
* Government lead Mapping for Sites and Areas of Significance to Maori (SASM) didn’t involve Farmers consultation – Timura council alone has identified 4000 property owners whose lands fits into the 5 categories of SASM regulations (sacred areas).
* A fund administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment invests in projects designed to strengthen capability, capacity, skills and networks between Maori and the science and innovation system.
* Parliament’s new ‘Te Kahui Mouri’ (2 wooden Maori poles) unveiled in July 2023 cost tax payers $500,000, described as “tone-deaf” during a cost-of-living crisis when Kiwis are “being asked to tighten their belts”.
* Counsellors being told they can only accept young people & Maori & Pacifica. Also, a psychologist in Wellington said that hospitals are referring Maori & Pacific Islanders to private psychologist and the businesses are losing money because they often don’t turn up. Any other ethnicity can only be referred to the public health system, there is a 5-month waiting list unless they pay for private care themselves.
* Police and the government turn a blind eye to illegal occupation of private land only if under Maori protest occupation (e.g. Ihumatao & property on the banks of the Taipa River).
* $55 million fund for media to promote that the Treaty of Waitangi is a partnership – forty percent of the first allocations went to projects benefiting Maori journalism. The fund prevents an opposing point of view to the Labour government’s race-based program.
* An Independent Maori Statutory Board has been established tasked with representing the views of Maori at the governance level in councils.
* The Hauraki Gulf Forum voted 11-7 in favour of changing its composition to that of a 50:50 co-governance authority with mana whenua and ‘others’. It is also proposing to develop its own statutory plans, that could prevail over council policies and central government decision-making, for all matters in respect of the Gulf. Although the elected members voted 7-5 against the proposals, six more votes were collected from the tangata whenua appointed members making the final vote 11-7 in favour of the proposals.
* $49,999 towards an Indigenised Hypno-soundscape to take you to the ‘imagined worlds of our Korero Purakau’.
* The Health Coalition Aotearoa claiming ‘The Burden of obesity has been disproportionately carried by Maori and Pacifica’ is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.
* The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill setting a significant precedent for unelected iwi representation.
* $100 million regional employment scheme to focus on Maori & Pasifika people.
* The Maori Health Authority (Te Aka Whai Ora) is spending more than $1.15 million a month on contractors and consultants. The Maori Health Authority will have veto rights over the entire health system; Maori patients to be prioritised over non-Maori.
* Even before the Pae Ora (Health Reform) legislation came into effect, $22 million was allocated to establishing the Maori Health Authority board headed up by Nanaia Mahuta’s sister Tipa.
* In 1997 the New Zealand Government returned the rights of greenstone (pounamu) ownership to Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu. Therefore, all greenstone found becomes the right of Iwi to obtain & sell.
* In conservation, an Options Developments Group set up by the Department of Conservation to better recognise the ‘Treaty partnership’ recommends “the delegation, transfer and devolution of functions and powers within the conservation system to tangata whenua”.
* Waitangi Tribunal’s Wai 262 report categorises as Maori ‘taonga’ a wide range of ‘treasures’ including intellectual property rights, genetics, and all living species in the country – both native and introduced. In 2020, $6.2 million was allocated to develop a Treaty partnership programme to ensure Maori ‘participate in, benefit from and make decisions’ over anything identified ‘taonga’.
* A 91.75% majority vote to change Playcentre Aotearoa’s constitution has been overruled due to Maori co-governance vote having ultimate power.
* Labour quietly slipped through legislation that empowers Iwi (only Maori) to legally run roadblocks.
* Labour announced a $730 million Maori housing budget to build 1000 homes and repair 700 owner-occupied homes over four years.
* 68 public schools’ ownership moving to Ngati Toa Rangatira.
* The Mahi Whakaara programme is part of the Maori Trades and Training Fund (MTTF), a $18.5 million government leg up for Maori jobseekers.
* Labour announced $38 million will go to strengthening existing initiatives in Maori and Pacific communities for family and sexual violence prevention.
* Tax payer funds committed to develop a specific Maori Climate Strategy and Action Plan.
* Kainga Ora spent $204,897 on koha between 2019-2021 (interact with marae or have someone perform a ceremonial role, majority of time it has been a monetary contribution). That is just one government agency, what other agencies have given money to Iwi? What other cultures have received equivalent gifts – if any?
* Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson says Labour will invest $25 million into the Cadetships programme, delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri.
* Te Pae Tawhiti programme which supports research and innovation in the Maori economy is getting a further $27.6 million investment over the next four years.
* $25.9 million funding for Ngai Tahu to reduce young South Island Maori in state care.
* Labour funding polytechnic to convert its workbooks and assessments for its level 3 automotive engineering course to Te Reo Maori.
* Labour is allocating $6.5 million into a programme set to enhance Maori employment outcomes in the research, science and innovation workforce.
* Planning laws to be taken from local councils – given to 14 co-governed entities. The Herald reports, Labour has decided that there will be 14 regional planning committees throughout New Zealand comprising representatives of the local government and of Maori.
* The new Maori Health Authority has a budget of half a billion dollars and CEO Riana Manuel has allocated $100 million of that to support centuries-old treatments called “maramataka” – the Maori tradition of using the moon and stars to help treat mental health issues.
* Nanaia Mahuta was associate minister when her husband’s firm was awarded $72,999 Government contract to facilitate six meetings (hui) and 14 workshops to engage with Maori and to provide a “high-level overview” of the agency’s Auckland housing projects.
* Labour announced a $80 million Maori media strategy.
* The Reserve Bank is looking to use its position and insights to improve access to capital for Maori (only).
* Auckland Council uses rates for Maori outcomes funding & Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan.
* Cyclone Gabrielle: Maori given $15 million to support a Maori-led recovery of flood-hit communities.
* Pacifica & Maori patients in South Auckland are to be seen by a medical professional on the day they seek help, pushing everyone else further down the list.
* Health minister has set aside $2.2 million on ‘PR consultants’ on new Maori Health authority.
* Think tank Tokona Te Raki – Maori Futures Collective has launched a new action plan to remove streaming from schools by 2030 because they consider it ‘racist’; rather than advancing the top tier students, they would prefer to hold back potential.
* Te Kainga rental building – quality two and three bedroom apartments for Wellingtonians that are below market rate for the inner city. Applicants who work for Maori organisations are prioritised.
* Special provisions for Maori culture: Kindergarten Teachers Accept Latest Collective Agreement Offer including ‘a cultural allowance for kaiako Maori’.
* Students who have some Maori or Pasifika heritage not only have access to the scholarships designated for them, but also have the opportunity to apply for the same scholarships that a non-Maori/Pasifika can.
* Only Maori get to choose what electoral role they are on and swap back and forth at any time. Maori seats were meant to be abolished in 1879 when the rule was removed that you had to own land under your personal name (inadvertently excluding groups/tribes) to be able to vote.
* Labour has encouraged integrating Te Reo into English to normalise ‘Pidgin English’, rather than supporting both as separate important languages in their own right. Labour used this Pidgin English to communicate important announcements throughout Covid19 & other emergencies – whether you understood it or not. Rawiri Waititi called all non-Maori New Zealanders who did not speak Maori “dumb”.
* Hone Harawira says it is appropriate for Maori (only) to eat Kereru (protected native pigeon).
* Labour has spent tax payer money on introducing a school ‘history’ curriculum that supports the Maori view of New Zealand to indoctrinate children into ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles & partnership’.
* Special tax rates e.g. Maori ‘Charitable Trust’.
* State Funding proposed for ‘A new fund – Te Putea Whakangawari Korero a-Tiriti / Treaty Facilitation Fund – should be available to facilitate party and candidate engagement with Maori communities, in ways appropriate for Maori.’
* The tax payer paid free school lunches programme was given an extra $323 million in the 2023 budget to keep it running. 48% of students receiving the free lunches are Maori. A Treasury report was hugely critical of it with found no evidence of impacting attendance or benefiting akonga Maori.
* Maori Party calling for Maori (only) to get pension to start at 57 years old.
* Covid Response funds are spent on:
* Atawhai Interactive Tapui, which received $250,000 towards production of Toroa, that gives tamariki and rangatahi an experience to fly as Toroa on its journey from the Pacific Ocean back to its home on Taiaroa head. It will explore the themes of whakapapa as the Toroa soars over the ocean, deified as Takaroa, on the winds of Tawhirimatea.
* $1,323,000 Taki Rua Productions – The development and delivery of two immersive live productions of large-scale contemporary Māori performing arts pieces.
* $1,015,300 Maoriland Charitable Trust to deliver Purita, a capability system to enable identification and development of Maori potential.
* $248,460 on traditional Māori painting.
* $20,000 Te Runaka o Ōtakou scoping the use of a web platform to leverage purakau [myths and legends], and traditional and contemporary technologies to connect with the Otakou diaspora.
* $20,000 on a business plan for Tongan mat-weaving.
* $20,000 To develop a business plan for virtual reality recreations of current Maori wahi tapu [sacred places] with an initial focus on Kai Tahu marae and their historic sites of interest.
* $20,000 To contribute to the creation of a te reo Maori children’s book which uses an app to embellish the story with music and claymation videos, and allows the reader to recreate waiata using instrumental loops.
* There are New Zealand national sporting teams & awards defined by race.
* Maori Data Governance Model has been designed by Maori for use across the New Zealand public service – that could affect your data.
* While the Waitangi tribunal holds the government (tax payer) to account for historical transgressions against Maori, there is no tribunal holding Iwi to account for any of their historical transgressions (e.g. Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga genocide & slavery of the Chatham Islands Moriori up until 1867).
* While no financial assistance is available for anyone wanting to oppose tribal claims, the government has provided lucrative funding of up to $458,000 for applicants to prepare their case, with further funding available for historical research as well as for legal fees and other costs associated with court hearings – including accommodation, air fares, meals etc.
* Researchers asked academics to assess their own freedom on a number of issues on a scale of zero to 10. Newsroom reports: The lowest scoring area was freedom to debate or discuss issues around the Treaty of Waitangi and colonialism.
* Money channelled into marae renovations, and Maori and Pasifika businesses questioned by the Office of the Auditor-General – on the $640 million of public money spent on the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), we are not yet certain that Parliament or the public can have confidence that the investments made through the PGF reset will ultimately represent good value for money, did not see evidence of planning for, or commitment to, an evaluation of the outcomes.
* In 1948 Prime Minister Peter Fraser signed the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, but this Labour government has introduced laws & policy to remove equal rights: The surgical waitlist equity adjuster tool introducing racial profiling into healthcare, the eligibility for drugs funded by Pharmac, the eligibility for Medical School training and the eligibility for screening etc.
* Labour Kieran McAnulty on Maori special treatment: “There are provisions that we have in this country that wouldn’t stand up to a purely academic democratic framework but that’s not how we work in New Zealand”. Please see my previous post: Labour’s Failures https://www.bassettbrashandhide.com/post/alex-holland-labour-s-failures Next post will be: Labour’s wasted spending
Alex Holland is a concerned (and previously proud) citizen of this great country New Zealand and someone who is not associated with any political party, organisation or union. This article was first published HERE