Natonal’s Maori and Treaty Policy

September 29th, 2008 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

also released yesterday its policies on Maori Affairs and Treaty Negotiations.

  • Include Kohanga Reo in the 20 hours early childhood education subsidy funding regime.
  • Expand the Te Kotahitanga professional development program.
  • Provide delegated funding to enable Māori health providers to deliver a wider range of services closer to home.
  • Expand Papakainga housing. This will involve working with Māori collectives and councils to remove planning restrictions on the development of housing on communal land and multiply-owned Māori land.
  • Ensure Māori receive their aquaculture settlement entitlement, and reform the Resource Management Act to facilitate growth and development in the aquaculture industry.
  • Move the Office of Treaty Settlements from the Ministry of Justice to another central agency such
    as the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Appoint independent settlement facilitators to chair negotiations, keep the process moving forward, and ensure both parties act in good faith.
  • Empower the independent settlement facilitators to advise claimant groups on pre-negotiation and mandate issues so they can move forward to settlement negotiations more quickly.
  • Provide sufficient support to allow the Waitangi Tribunal to sit full-time, including reviewing the remuneration and support offered to members.

There seems to be a lot there that the Maori Party would support.

I especially like the commitment to speeding up the Treaty settlements by shifting the office to DPMC, having independent facilitators and greater resourcing for the Waitangi Tribunal. Now every historic claim has been filed, it is simply a matter of how long it will take to settle them.

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22 Responses to “Natonal’s Maori and Treaty Policy”

  1. Ross Nixon (610 comments) says:

    (pedant)
    “Natonal’s” misspelled headline
    You may delete this post whenever…
    (/pedant)

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  2. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    how bout a “you lost the war and we will no longer target by race” policy

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  3. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Well this just makes me feel all warm and cuddly. Except my tribe is still being opressed by a brutal govermnet.

    What about us Ngati Taxpayer????

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  4. big bruv (13,526 comments) says:

    God this is depressing, the fact that our political parties even feel the need to have a “Maori policy” shows that we are fucked as a nation.

    How long are we prepared to cower behind political correctness and vague threats of violence from Pita Sharples (who I HAD thought was a man of reason) before we decide that we are one nation.
    How long before we have a politician strong enough to face Maori (and the far more dangerous and racist element the “sickly white liberal”) and tell them enough is enough.

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  5. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    When everyone who is sick of it comes back from Oz bb.

    November 9th.

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  6. getstaffed (9,189 comments) says:

    Any sign of, um, er any policy from Labour… or is that too much to ask?

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  7. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Here’s the Maori policy I would like to see

    1) End the Settlements process
    2) Aggressively investigate all claimants, past and present, for fraud
    3) Begin steps to recover the money spent on previous payments, with stiff penalties for withholding
    4) Institute a Royal Commission on the Treaty Process with a view to investigating how such dangerous law began to be passed and the role of subversive organisations national and international
    5) Arrest and try for treason those involved in allowing this weakening of the country to occur (Cullen, Clark, Horomia)
    6) Pass legislation clarifying that racial discrimination is illegal and that applies to Maori discriminating against Europeans
    7) Vigorously promote white culture for 30 years using government subsidies, to compensate for the last 30 years when this has occured for Maori – after 30 years of balancing we will have a level playing field

    If any of you are involved in honest parties (National, ACT) please take these suggestions to the party leaders, I think you will find that the public would respond really well to this. There is a real hunger among honest Kiwi battlers to see thugs like Cullen and Horomia brought to justice for the crimes they have committed. You know we still have a death penalty for treason…

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  8. PaulL (5,969 comments) says:

    pmp: well, I guess once the MSM have already damned you for being racist, you may as well go the whole hog and actually be racist. A policy like this would actually deserve the opprobrium that was heaped on Don Brash for his Orewa speech. And just having you here to share your ideas with us should remind our friendly lefties what a policy could look like.

    DPF: note that you missed off the “remove Maori seats once settlement process is finished.” It’s a long way in the future and will probably never happen, but it is a big political sticking point in forming coalitions. Then again, nice to have something to negotiate away at no cost….

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  9. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    PaulL, what exactly is racist about what I’ve outlined? Other than the part about making discrimination illegal, it doesn’t even mention race. If you think making it illegal for Maori to discriminate against Europeans is racist, well, perhaps this isn’t the right blog for you to be commenting on eh? I believe Philu could use some friends over at his ‘blog’.

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  10. Kimble (4,397 comments) says:

    “what exactly is racist about what I’ve outlined?”

    For starters:

    “Vigorously promote white culture for 30 years using government subsidies,”

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  11. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Kimble, here’s a voucher, redeemable for one clue – ‘culture’ is not the same as ‘race’.

    And as I say, to allow the current situation to endure unchallenged, where Maori culture benefits from a blizzard of government propaganda designed to portray Maori as superior beings who we need to throw money at out of gratitude for their deeming to allow us to live in ‘their’ country, to continue without some form of rectification, that would be racist.

    When a crime has been committed it is necessary not just to punish the guilty but to compensate the victim. This goes for crimes against the state as well as the individual.

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  12. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I forgot to mention: all money recovered should be divided equally between the police force, the military and tax cuts

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  13. Mike Collins (170 comments) says:

    PMP – I am a member of ACT and I will not be pushing your views – here’s why:

    1. End settlements process. I presume you mean without completion. This removal of rights and fair hearings about claims of injustice is an attack on the right to judicial process. If claims are spurious I expect they will be thrown out.
    2. You would need to have a reason to expect that fraud has been committed to launch an investigation. Otherwise it is an attack through investigation and implication. I suggest if you have such evidence you forward it to the Police or SFO.
    3. The settlements were to acknowledge past wrongs. Why reopen those cans of worms by having the crown steal from successful claimants? Why undo successful work in putting these claims to rest?
    4. Have no idea about what you mean here? Sounds worthy of a conspiracy theorist or NZF voter to me (oops same thing).
    5. That sounds ominously like the way certain regimes have acted throughout history when they didn’t like what went on. I don’t like what Clark and Cullen have done on a lot of occasions but will not call it treason just because I disagree. We are a representative democracy – sometimes voters will elect people we don’t agree with.
    6. Racial discrimination is already illegal.
    7. I thought you said racial discrimination should be illegal.

    You are being racist. The fact you can’t see that disturbs me.

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  14. Kimble (4,397 comments) says:

    pmp, i took your voucher, got the clue and regifted it. White is a race.

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  15. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    1. End settlements process. I presume you mean without completion. This removal of rights and fair hearings about claims of injustice is an attack on the right to judicial process. If claims are spurious I expect they will be thrown out.

    We already have courts that will judge whether or not theft has occurred. The fact that not one so-called land claim has been brought before these courts is a clear sign that no theft actually happened. The Maori are afraid to put their dubious whinging about theft and crime to a fair and unbiased court because tehy will LOSE. So instead they need to ask for a special court with a lower standard of evidence to be invented that only they can use! Getting rid of the tribunal will not be an attack on the right to judicial process it will be a strong affirmation of the right to judicial process, which is very weak in NZ, most notably because part of the right to judicial process is the right to be treated the same as somebody else who has done the same thing – and how can we have that with the special easy-training-wheels court for Maori only kicking around?

    2. You would need to have a reason to expect that fraud has been committed to launch an investigation. Otherwise it is an attack through investigation and implication. I suggest if you have such evidence you forward it to the Police or SFO.

    The police are a joke, and the SFO are fighting for their right to exist. I think the fact that people are bringing false accusations and false documentation to the court is prima faciae evidence for fraud.

    3. The settlements were to acknowledge past wrongs. Why reopen those cans of worms by having the crown steal from successful claimants? Why undo successful work in putting these claims to rest?

    Gee, maybe because NO WRONGS WERE COMMITTED?

    4. Have no idea about what you mean here? Sounds worthy of a conspiracy theorist or NZF voter to me (oops same thing).

    What I am saying is it is very suspicious that lws were passed with no justification based on an extremely marginal theory of history built on the dubious teachings of marxist academics and believed by nobody outside of those un-hallowed halls. And yet this somehow got majority support in Parliament? Again, prima faciae evidence for some double dealings. But also it is an alarming situation to be in where a government is able to strip people of their property rights without due process (eg, a fair trial, not a training-wheels trial designed to be biased towards one party). This is a basic right that needs protecting from capricious governments with social engineering agendas.

    5. That sounds ominously like the way certain regimes have acted throughout history when they didn’t like what went on. I don’t like what Clark and Cullen have done on a lot of occasions but will not call it treason just because I disagree. We are a representative democracy – sometimes voters will elect people we don’t agree with.

    What Cullen and Clark have done goes beyond simply implementing bad policy – it has fundamentally weakend the country, stolen from the innocent and given money to the guilty. By any reasonable standard they have breached the fundamentals of human rights and the Westminster system as laid down in teh Magna Carta. What sort of country will we be if we say that a man stealing $100 ghoes to jail but a woman stealing $100s of millions gets off scot free?

    6. Racial discrimination is already illegal.

    In theory yes but in practice no. See many white people working for NGai Tahu holdings? See many brown people arrested for hate speech when they slag off innocent Europeans? See many white people given a flat out veto over their neighbour’s attempt to start a business? Clearly the current law is insufficient to prevent discrimination from occuring so something more must be done.

    7. I thought you said racial discrimination should be illegal.

    I am not talking about locking anybody up (who has not been locked up for better reasons than their race, eg fraud, corruption and treason). I am saying that the government needs to acknowledge the values of European New Zealanders, their place in building this nation and making it what it is, and to encourage them to step up and have a say. How many times have you heard the govt. banging on and on about how important Maori values are, how awesome Maori culture is, and how generally Maori are just awesome? Wouldn’t it be nice to hear some good things about your own culture and values too?

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  16. baxter (893 comments) says:

    PMP……….Your points are well made and in ajust world I would agree with them. The naysayers I suspect are the younger brigade indoctrinated into their misplaced guilt by the leftwing education system. The reality is that the proposed policies and other calumnies will need to be pursued in order to rid ourselves of the even worse political situation that currently oppresses the nation. Principles have been removed from our cultural curriculum.

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  17. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    What sort of country will we be if we say that a man stealing $100 ghoes to jail but a woman stealing $100s of millions gets off scot free?

    Maybe you only think that a woman stole hundreds of millions of dollars because the tv/internet/radio/carrier pigeon reception on Mars is a bit iffy..? You’re excused.

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  18. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Whilst I am in agreement with pmp in part I also have a issue of land confiscation that gives me some sympathy for the Maori people.

    In the early 1960s my late grandmother had her house in central Auckland acquired under complusory purchase for the motorway system.

    She was paid government value that was far less than the market rate at the time.

    10 years later her land was sold to a private developer and an office block was built.

    I then found out that there was never any intention to build the motorway on her land and that hers and a number of other properties where acquired to be held and then onsold to offset some of the costs of the motorway scheme.

    Not all land confiscations have been on Maori people. Plenty have been on whitey. The difference is the whiteys were legalised theft.

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  19. riki (234 comments) says:

    ‘There seems to be a lot there that the Maori Party would support.’

    As you say David, Maori can have and historicaly should have more confidence in National.

    Whina Kupa was a Nat supporter way back in the seventies, when Muldoon was sarting the the Kohanga’s.

    National has just not been strongly advocating on its Maori policies, though it’s done far more ground work than Labour.

    It’s easy to predict the Maori Party will go with National and they won’t be bitten twice by Winston.

    The thing is National probably don’t need them. Or Act for that matter.

    A very unique and intriguing position.

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  20. centreforward (32 comments) says:

    In reference to recent public comments by Maori-separatist, Whata Winiata, is a Tikanga Maori Parliament, or any sort of Maori veto right, part of the Maori Party’s “bottom-line” policy? If it is will John Key rule out a post-election deal with the Maori Party on the basis that National supports one law for all?

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  21. PhilBest (5,117 comments) says:

    Has anyone else seen that hilarious “Ngati Pakeha” T-shirt?

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  22. reid (16,074 comments) says:

    I think also we need to look at whether it’s been a gravy train for the consultants and advisors involved in the process. Many people have made their entire career on the back of this and I think we the taxpayer need and have a right to know specifically and precisely what $ value they have added to the process in terms of return to their clients that wouldn’t have been returned anyway?

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