The media will write hundreds of stories every year over issues such as the gender gap in wages, yet in the last fortnight they have totally ignored the looming massive breach of fundamental human rights being pushed through Parliament.
I am of course talking about the ending of equality of suffrage in Rotorua, with the law change that will give voters on the general roll just 39% of the voting power of those on the Māori roll for ward councillors. This law change will mean we no longer have equality of suffrage in New Zealand local government.
The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
The media have said almost nothing on this. The Human Rights Commission is silent. The Council for Civil Liberties is silent.
And it isn’t just international law this breaks. Look at the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990. Section 12 says:
elections shall be by equal suffrage
So we have this law change being pushed through Parliament ending equal suffrage, and the media are ignoring it.