Proposals for constitutional change are aired – and the prospects of NZ remaining a democracy look bleak

Donations of further Pfizer vaccines to Tonga and Samoa, a commendation for the people of the West Coast and their response to the severe weather of recent days, and congratulations for snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on winning the gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final at the Winter Olympics in Beijing were the subjects of Beehive announcements over the weekend.

The PM posted her Treaty of Waitangi speech in which she promoted the “Treaty partnership”, which (because of increasing co-governance) portends constitutional change and the diminution of our democratic arrangements.  In a separate statement she paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at the start of her Platinum Jubilee year, and on behalf of New Zealanders thanked her for 70 years of service.

Maori Party co-leaders more provocatively demanded the Queen be dumped as our Head of State.  

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer called for the removal of the British royal family as head of state and the dismantling of the country’s democratic governance arrangements to

“… move Aotearoa to a Te Tiriti o Waitangi based nation”. Continue reading “Proposals for constitutional change are aired – and the prospects of NZ remaining a democracy look bleak”

Northland, Westland and the LGBT set are favoured in latest servings of govt handouts

The government’s zeal for using public money to curry political favour is reflected in the latest generous servings from various Beehive-controlled troughs.

Among them was the PM’s announcement of a $300,000 helping for research to update behavioural information to ensure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand.

It’s a modest sum – so modest that we wonder how far it will actually go in achieving its objective.

But it looks like the size of the handout was not as important as the opportunity provided for pitching for support from  the lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender set.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at the Big Gay Out in Auckland.

“There is much talk about inclusion of the rainbow community but part of that is ensuring there is no disadvantage in terms of healthcare. This will help make that a reality,” Jacinda Ardern said.

But wait, folks.  There’s more. Continue reading “Northland, Westland and the LGBT set are favoured in latest servings of govt handouts”

NZ First pumps PGF millions into Maori projects in Northland – then accuses Bridges of politicking at Waitangi

No-one  should have been astonished to learn from a Newsroom headline that  Political sparks fly at Waitangi as PM promises ‘more mahi’

The report began by noting

There was a sharper, election-year edge to proceedings at this year’s Waitangi pōwhiri. Simon Bridges and Winston Peters clashed, while Jacinda Ardern made the case for why Māori should have patience with her Government

The report observed that National leader Simon Bridges’ speech seemed to be addressed not to those on the paepae, but for the New Zealanders who would be following events at Waitangi from home.

After a glancing reference to National’s record on Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Whānau Ora and partnership schools, he moved swiftly to attacking Ardern as he referenced her speech at Waitangi last year.

“She said there would be less poverty, she said that she would reduce inequality between Māori and Pākehā, sadly the Government has failed to deliver on these promises.” Continue reading “NZ First pumps PGF millions into Maori projects in Northland – then accuses Bridges of politicking at Waitangi”

Two Māori ministers are off to share the Waitangi spirit with Kiwis in the Land of Oz

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.

The Point of Order Jetsetting Monitor, which registers overseas ministerial travel plans reported in  Beehive press statements, alerted us to the whereabouts of two ministers today – they have flitted off to Australia “to share Waitangi spirit with Australian Kiwis” (as the headline on their joint press statement puts it).

The statement says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta will join an estimated 5,000 New Zealanders living in Australia at Sydney’s Waitangi Festival on Saturday.

Davis made plain which New Zealanders in particular (ethnically speaking) are high in his considerations. Continue reading “Two Māori ministers are off to share the Waitangi spirit with Kiwis in the Land of Oz”