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

 


PC threatens to derail Waitangi Day


Political correctness threatens to derail Waitangi Day

The National Party’s calling for Helen Clark and northern Maori to resolve their differences, so Waitangi Day celebrations aren’t plagued by ‘massive protests’.

“Titewhai Harawira and Ngapuhi can not be allowed to hijack our national day and hold it to ransom,” says National Party leader Bill English.
Members of the Ngapuhi tribe are threatening an ‘upfront challenge’ on Waitangi Day unless their concerns about the new prison at Ngawha are addressed by way of a meeting with Helen Clark.

“Ngapuhi have had the same chance as any other citizen, or group, to have their grievances heard.

“They have followed the legal process and lost their case - they should accept that result,” Mr English says.

“This is an extraordinarily disappointing development, given the close relationship between Labour and the Maori voters it courted at the last election,” says Mr English.

“The dignity of our National Day is at stake and the blame for any disruption should be laid at Helen Clark’s feet, who’s raised expectations that Maori will get special deals from her Government.

“Veteran activist Titewhai Harawira says Waitangi Day is not the day to discuss Ngapuhi business and I have to agree.

“There were warnings about this action as far back as November, but the Government’s clearly at a loss on how to deal with it,” observes Mr English.

“Maori objections to the prison on the grounds that a ‘taniwha’ lived near-by were properly dismissed by the Appeal Court in December

“It’s time this group and others realised Waitangi Day’s the celebration of our cultural togetherness,” he says.

“There’s only one law in New Zealand, that means there’s just one standard of citizenship, so the same rules must apply to all,” Mr English says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news