Incomes are lifted for many Kiwis and Maori mountain managers in Taranaki get $35m – but “Egmont” is being expunged

Buzz from the Beehive

The big bread-and-butter issue of pay packets and weekly incomes was at the core of three ministerial statements since Point of Order’s previous monitoring of the Beehive website.

Andrew Little was earning his keep, meanwhile, by delivering a speech in which he discussed co-governance.

He was involved in a Treaty-based exercise aimed at having a mountain declared a person, for legal purposes, although it is not clear if we could sue it or have it arrested in the same way we can sue or prosecute real people.

But much more is happening, according to Little’s speech.

The main peak of Mt Taranaki/Mt Egmont will be renamed Taranaki Maunga and Egmont National Park/Te Papakura o Taranaki will become Te-Papa-Kura-o-Taranaki,

But whoa.  This is not so much a renaming but rather an excision of words rooted in colonisation like “Egmont”, “park” and “mountain”.

For good measure, the taxpayers who have had no say in this deal will provide $35 million for Taranaki tribes to do whatever they intend doing to restore their mana, exercise their sovereignty and so on.

The statements dealing with incomes are –

Over a quarter of New Zealanders to get cost of living relief from tomorrow

From tomorrow over 1.4 million New Zealanders are expected to receive a little extra to help with the cost of living as a result of changes made by the Government.

Thousands of community nurses getting April pay boost

Over 8000 community nurses will start receiving well-deserved pay rises of up to 15 percent over the next month as a Government initiative worth $200 million a year kicks in.

 Government takes next step to lift artists’ incomes

The Government is introducing a scheme which will lift incomes for artists, support them beyond the current spike in cost of living and ensure they are properly recognised for their contribution to New Zealand’s economy and culture.

The last of those announcements is worth closer examination.

Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, recalled that – in line with New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with the UK – the government last year announced the Government was establishing an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme.

Now it is introducing a Bill that will ensure creators of visual arts are recognised and rewarded when their work is resold on the secondary art market.

She said:

“Artists have some of the lowest median incomes in New Zealand and have limited opportunities to benefit from their work on an ongoing basis.

“It will establish an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme, which ensures a five percent royalty is collected every time an artist’s work is re-sold, meaning artists will benefit from their creations on an ongoing basis.

More than 80 countries, including Australia, the UK and all EU nations, have a similar royalty scheme in place for their artists.

Another new ministerial statement deals with Pacific language weeks –

Dates announced for 2023 Pacific language weeks

Minister for Pacific Peoples Barbara Edmonds has announced the 2023 Pacific Language week series, highlighting the need to revitalise and sustain languages for future generations.

When (we wonder) will the Government launch Mandarin Language Week, or Hindi Language Weekk, or Urdu Language Week – or umpteen other possibilities to consume public funding and keep bureaucrats in work?

And then there’s Andrew Little’s speech, delivered as Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations –

Speech to Taranaki Chamber of Commerce and TOI Foundation breakfast

Today is an important day for Taranaki, and for all of its people – including this boy from New Plymouth.

Little was speaking about the Crown’s agreement with Taranaki tribes that would result – later this morning – in Okaiawa, Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and him (as the Crown representative) initialling the final historical Treaty of Waitangi redress deed affecting the Taranaki region.

This  is the Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Deed, Te Ruruku Pūtakerongo,

The main elements:

  • The Crown will make an apology for its historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. The apology will include:
    • The Crown is sorry that the promise of partnership that arose in 1840 so quickly became a history of conflict, confiscation, and neglect;
    • The Crown will profoundly apologise for its confiscation of Taranaki Maunga in 1865;
    • The Crown hopes that through this apology the connections to ngā maunga can be restored and strengthened, so that future generations might again look to Taranaki as a symbol of resilience and hope, rather than of loss.
  • Next, the official name of the national park will be changed. It will be Te-Papa-Kura-o-Taranaki, meaning ‘the highly regarded and treasured lands of Taranaki’. The name Egmont will be removed completely. The main peak will be known as Taranaki Maunga.
  • Other ancestral peaks on the mountain and across the ranges will also be recognised: Pouākai, Patuhā, Kaitake and Panitahi (Fantham’s Peak).
  • The Mount Egmont Vesting Act 1978 (under which the mountain was vested in the Taranaki Māori Trust Board and then gifted back to the Crown) will be repealed and a new legal framework established for the mountain. This framework involves recognising the mountain as a legal person, and other structures created to support governance and kaitiakitanga  of it).
  • The national park will continue to be administered under the National Parks Act 1980.
  • There will be a $35 million contribution made to the iwi collective entity, Te Tōpuni Ngārahu, to assist in exercising its statutory functions and support the health and wellbeing of the maunga.
  • The deed also includes an agreed historical account which sets out in more detail the history of Crown Treaty breaches in relation to Taranaki Maunga and the surrounding lands.

Little explained that the eight Taranaki tribes will have a new collective body, named Te Tōpuni Ngārahu, to act on behalf of them all.

The national park including the mountain and the surrounding peaks will be vested in its own legal entity named Te Kāhui Tupua, meaning ‘the collective of ancestors’.

This will have all the rights, powers, duties and responsibilities of a legal person – a similar arrangement to what has been done before, such as with the Whanganui River and Te Urewera, which tells us a powerful precedent was set with the Whanganui settlement. The river became a living person, legally, without much murmuring of dissent.

Little said:

And as has been the case with those previous examples, a representative entity will be established to act as the human face and voice of Te Kāhui Tupua (which, remember, is the mountain, the national park, and the surrounding peaks).

That representative body will be made up of four Crown appointees and four iwi appointees, all of whom must act in the best interests of the maunga. This entity will be named Te Tōpuni Kōkōrangi.

What these new arrangements mean is that the responsibility to care for this most special of places rests with us all. It reflects the mana of local iwi over their maunga.

And it upholds the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty, on behalf of all New Zealanders.

Little proceeded to discuss the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Treaty was not an agreement between Pākeha and Māori, he said – it was an agreement between the Crown and Māori, he said.

Making the agreement work required finding ways through difficult issues together.

This led to Little bringing co-governance into considerations.

Some call joint arrangements “co-governance”. Others just call it partnership. Mostly I – and I know my predecessors of various political stripes in this portfolio – have found it’s really just about working together to make New Zealand better.

This agreement is just the latest of many examples of partnership.

Co-governance arrangements are a form of partnership with groups of special standing or expertise. They are about governments working together with communities, experts or other partners to provide direction over a sphere of shared interest to achieve better outcomes.

They have taken many forms, and have been used to get the best outcomes for our land, resources and for our communities.

That’s why successive governments have entered into them, and why they have endured.

Little then drew attention to the views of Christopher Finlayson, his predecessor in the Key Government, on the important role that co-governance agreements play.

He makes the point that government is not the only source of wisdom and knowledge. If we want the best decisions then we need the best possible input, including the longstanding historical links tāngata whenua have with our natural resources.

Little proceeded to discuss some of the larger and better-known examples of the Crown working in collaboration with Maori tribes around New Zealand.

He mentioned  the Te Urewera Board, established in 2014. Its board comprises six Tūhoe appointees and three Crown appointees who act as the representative of that legal person and oversee the activities in Te Urewera;

But he opted to focus on and enthuse about the success of the Waikato River Authority, established in 2010, represented by five Crown members and five iwi members.

Chris Finlayson, let the record show, recently wrote an article for The Listener about power sharing.

There have been “teething problems” and “a few controversies”, he acknowledged.

Perhaps he had been reading Point of Order (HERE and HERE)

He said that, in hindsight…

I think one major thing went wrong. The word “co-management” morphed into “co-governance” I do now know they.  It was never intended to mean anything different, but in hindsight, it was regrettable.  The problem is that the word “governance” is too close to the word “govern”.

Finlayson insisted “co-governance” was meant to describe the agreements he discussed in his article,

… subject in nearly all cases to local authority control.  No more, no less.

He noted that National leader Chris Luxon has spelled out out what a National Government would to with regard to partnership with Māori tribes to deliver services.  Luxon favours the tribes providing leadership at a local level rather than being over-governed from Wellington.

Hipkins responded by accusing Luxon of stoking fear (“an accusation reported uncritically by most of the media”) and told him to reflect on his behaviour.

In contrast to Luxon, Hipkins has provided no detail about his view on co-governance, and wasn’t even asked to provide one. How depressingly predictable.

Finlayson concluded that co-governance is a limited, successful concept intended to address treaty grievances.

But it has morphed into a source of genuine concern for some New Zealanders

These people are owed an explanation by the government as to why it has allowed this situation to arise, Finlayson says.

BRYCE EDWARDS: The astonishing Government suppression of Nash’s email

  • Dr Bryce Edwards writes – 

It’s truly astonishing the way that the Government has been able to suppress evidence of business donors gaining special access to Cabinet information.

Now that Stuart Nash has been fired from Cabinet for leaking sensitive information to individuals who funded his election campaign, the focus has shifted to why this information was kept from the public back in 2021. It turns out that the Prime Minister’s Office knew Nash had given privileged information to donors. Furthermore, the PM’s Office played a central role in preventing that information from being released to a journalist who specifically asked for it, and should have received it, under the provision of the Official Information Act.

The Nash scandal is now far wider than the ex-minister, and there are fundamental questions about the role of the Government in allegedly covering up the misuse of public office for vested interests. Labour politicians are calling the suppression of official information a “stuff up” due to “human error” in the PM’s Office, while the National Opposition is calling it a “conspiracy”, and demanding an inquiry into what looks like “corruption”. Continue reading “BRYCE EDWARDS: The astonishing Government suppression of Nash’s email”

ELE LUDEMANN: Biased labelling

  •  Ele Ludemann writes – 

Have you noticed the media’s propensity to label people and groups in a way that shows negative bias?

People speaking up for women’s right to their own spaces and fairness in sport aren’t feminists or women’s rights activists, they’re anti-trans or transphobic.

The Taxpayers’ Union is often prefaced with the label right wing which is not only showing bias, it’s wrong. Advocating for prudent use of public funds and highlighting extravagant spending is not partisan and is in the interests of all of us, wherever we sit on the political spectrum.

The Maxim Institute is often labelled, correctly but unnecessarily, conservative.

There are other examples of pejorative or just unnecessary labelling for people and groups such as wealthy, on the right but I don’t think I’ve ever come across labels prefacing those at the other end of the spectrum.

For example, do you ever come across Greenpeace, or any other individual or group with similar political views, labelled far left or left wing?

Where groups and individuals fit on the political spectrum is often a matter of opinion and whether that opinion is correct or not, it is rarely appropriate to use labels denoting that in news reports and it is definitely wrong to use labels only to show bias towards those on the right and leave those on the left unlabelled.


    • This article was first posted on Ele Ludemann’s blog, Homepaddock, HERE.

LINDSAY MITCHELL: Responding to Marama Davidson’s dogma

  • Lindsay Mitchell writes:

Green’s co-leader Marama Davidson just keeps digging the hole she is in deeper. First she showed her bitter antipathy towards white CIS (same gender as birth) men. Then she walked it back to all men.

On Tuesday night on TV1 News she said,

“…overwhelmingly it is men who are the biggest threat to women and children when it comes to violence and I needed to make that clarification.”

Marama is the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and says she wants us to have these “hard and uncomfortable conversations” (which is reminiscent of what Metiria Turei fatefully wanted when she publicly confessed to ripping off the benefit system.)

But back to Marama. Forget for a moment the offence intended and taken – is her revised statement true? Continue reading “LINDSAY MITCHELL: Responding to Marama Davidson’s dogma”

THOMAS CRANMER:  When ideology turns violent – the political and media backing behind the Posie Parker mob

  • Thomas Cranmer writes – 


Similar to other countries, the transgender movement in New Zealand is not a grassroots organisation but instead is an increasingly radicalised campaign led by progressive elites


As images of the Auckland’s violent treatment of Kellie-Jay Keen continue to circulate on major international news channels and social media platforms, more details are emerging of the links between New Zealand’s political and media elite and the aggressive mob which congregated in Albert Park on Saturday morning.

The scene had been set the week prior when the Immigration Minister, Michael Wood, condemned Keen as having “incorrect worldviews”. He was joined by his Cabinet colleagues, Grant Robertson and Kiri Allan, who both expressed their distain for Keen.

“From my perspective I find her views and statements abhorrent,” Robertson said.

“Her bigotry is dangerous and disingenuous. As a country we need to keep our trans community close, and support them through this time. The hateful language is the same that was directed at gays and lesbians in years gone by. It’s the same misinformation and lies that destroyed lives and broke apart families. I for one will never let that rhetoric take hold. We must stand together against bigotry and transphobia.”

Continue reading “THOMAS CRANMER:  When ideology turns violent – the political and media backing behind the Posie Parker mob”

Buried beneath avalanche of new laws and bills there’s news from the Cyclone Taskforce (a month after it got terms of reference)

Buzz from the Beehive

Whoa, there – we can’t keep up!  Suddenly, the PM’s ministerial team has unleashed a slew of press statements.

Sixteen announcements have been posted on the Beehive website since our last check.

This burst of activity (we wondered) might be the result of them responding positively to having a team member red-carded.

We refer, of course, to Stuart Nash, who happens to have been named in one of the new announcements:

Review into Stuart Nash’s communications with donors

The Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Secretary to conduct a review into communications between Stuart Nash and his donors.

That was yesterday’s news and has generated plenty of headlines in the mainstream media as questions are raised around Nash’s serial breaking of Cabinet rules. Continue reading “Buried beneath avalanche of new laws and bills there’s news from the Cyclone Taskforce (a month after it got terms of reference)”

Twin blows dent confidence in ministerial ranks, so will  they affect morale among party faithful?

Is  the  government imploding?

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins  has  had  to sack  one of his  more effective (and  likeable) ministers, while another  (from the Green Party)  has  insulted  many of  the  adult  population.

For  his  part, Hipkins had appeared to  be shaping  up well since he took over the top job. Furthermore, he has been succeeding in turning  around Labour’s plunging poll ratings.

But  now  with the Nash disaster  and the Davidson insult, alongside  the nationwide strikes of  teachers, plus  the cost-of-living crisis, it may take  something  of  a  political miracle to recover.

Stuart  Nash was  already on a final warning, when Stuff revealed he had emailed business figures, including donors, detailing private Cabinet discussions. Hipkins said the most recent scandal was “inexcusable” and this incident alone would have seen Nash sacked.

He described the call as “black and white”, but he was still “gutted” to see Nash go.

Continue reading “Twin blows dent confidence in ministerial ranks, so will  they affect morale among party faithful?”

Four strikes and it’s out for Stuart Nash – now let’s see if Marama Davidson becomes a repeat offender

Buzz from the Beehive

It looks like Marama Davidson must revile white sis males – or some other group of our population – three more times before she gets the heave-ho as one of Chris Hipkins’ ministers.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the PM’s treatment of Stuart Nash, whose sacking – which has made headlines around the country today – is recorded on the Beehive website.

Other ministerial announcements struggle for media attention against news of Nash’s ministerial career being terminated, although some of them deserve more attention than they have been given.

Standard kerbside recycling part of new era for waste system

The Government today announced far-reaching changes to the way we make, use, recycle and dispose of waste, ushering in a new era for New Zealand’s waste system.

New laws will crack down on gang profits and criminal assets

New legislation passed by the Government today will make it harder for gangs and their leaders to benefit financially from crime that causes considerable harm in our communities.

Tax incentive to boost housing passes third reading

Legislation to enable more build-to-rent developments has passed its third reading in Parliament, so this type of rental will be able to claim interest deductibility in perpetuity where it meets the requirements.

Law levels playing field for low-emissions commuting

A law passed by Parliament today exempts employers from paying fringe benefit tax on certain low emission commuting options they provide or subsidise for their staff.

40 years of Closer Economic Relations with Australia

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Closer Economic Relations (CER), our gold standard free trade agreement between New Zealand and Australia.

The headline on Hipkins’ statement was coy about the reasons for the sacking of Stuart Nash..

So was the first paragraph. Continue reading “Four strikes and it’s out for Stuart Nash – now let’s see if Marama Davidson becomes a repeat offender”

Hipkins gets an apology from Davidson for reviling “white cis men” – but if she apologised to the public, we missed it

 Buzz from the Beehive

Yet again, the statement we were looking for could not be found on the Beehive website.  Nor was it on the Scoop or Green Party websites.

But – come to think of it – we are probably wasting our time by searching. 

Our quest is for the public apology from Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson – who is paid a ministerial salary to work for us as Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence – after she demonstrated a feeble grasp of crime statistics and a lamentable lack of a sense of propriety when she said, “it is white cis men who cause violence in the world”.  

Davidson has apologised to the PM for this inflammatory fabrication, but not to the white cis men she maligned, the victims of violence, or the public generally.

This tells us a great deal about her moral compass. Continue reading “Hipkins gets an apology from Davidson for reviling “white cis men” – but if she apologised to the public, we missed it”