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


Majority Of New Zealanders 'Non-Citizens'

New Zealanders who are non-Maori, non-Pacific Islander or non-ethnic are being treated as non-citizens by the Government in its public consultation over the Gaming Review, National MP Murray McCully said today.

The Government has published a booklet entitled 'Gaming Reform in New Zealand' and has held 15 meetings around the country.

Department of Internal Affairs documents state that the purpose of the meetings is 'to enable the public to have input into the form the new legislation takes'. Yet, Mr McCully points out, New Zealanders who are not Maori, Pacific Islander or ethnic are "virtually totally excluded from the process."

"Five of the meetings are listed as having a target audience of Pacific Islanders. Four are listed as targeting ethnic communities. One meeting will exclusively target Maori. Four more meetings had a target audience of 'Maori, general public and special interest groups'.

"The venues for those four meetings provide a good indication that they would not attract a broadly based audience. They were to be held at Nga Hau Wha Marae, Te Kupenga o te Matauranga Marae, Te Ao Marama Hall, and Te Puea Memorial Marae. These are hardly venues designed to provide convenient and meaningful input from the majority of non-Maori New Zealanders.

"There was only one meeting targeting the 'general public', held at the Christchurch East School Hall.

"The only conclusion to be drawn is that the Government regards those New Zealanders who are non-Maori, non-Pacific Islander and non-ethnic as non-citizens. It has certainly made no credible provision to take their views into account.

"This so-called public consultation process is political correctness gone mad. The existing date of 30 April for concluding consultation needs to be extended and there needs to be a meaningful programme devised to consult the majority of New Zealanders - people the Government would obviously prefer to be silent," Murray McCully said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>


'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>





InfoPages News Channels