Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Helen Clark must not get away with heritage attack

John Carter

MP for Northland

2 June 2000

Helen Clark must not get away with latest attack on our heritage

"Helen Clark is slowly, brick-by-brick, dismantling every aspect of the heritage which still holds a resonance for the majority of New Zealanders," says National's Northland MP John Carter.

"Her latest exercise in rabid Political Correctness is agreeing to meet with a Hastings man to decide whether she will approve his design as a replacement for the New Zealand flag.

"She's considering trashing the flag which has symbolised New Zealand for generations of kiwis. Pakeha and Maori alike they fought under that flag and fought for it. They watched with pride as it was raised during our victories, and with heart-felt tears as it flew at half mast during our darkest moments of tragedy.

"It's more than just a piece of cloth - and if Miss Clark spent some time in the RSAs, the bars, and the living rooms of New Zealand she'd find out just how much that flag means to people.

"Any decision on whether to change the symbol of our nation must be made by the people - not at the whim of the Prime Minister.

"This is the latest in a series of unilateral decisions aimed at severing all ties with our colonial heritage. It comes on the eve of the first ever Queens Birthday Weekend Honours list with no ties to the monarchy. How long will it be before Miss Clark scraps that public holiday?

"It is republicanism by stealth - and Helen Clark has no right to force that on us," Mr Carter says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election