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


New Zealand Ruled Like Animal Farm - Peters

New Zealand Ruled Like Animal Farm - Peters

New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government is continuing to head down a very dangerous path with its Orwellian policy that although all citizens are equal, Maori are more equal than the others.

“The Deputy Prime Minister’s reported statement that the Treaty of Waitangi guarantees property and other rights to Maori, such as the need for the Maori language to be promoted and protected over and above English, is a blatant message that all citizens are not equal in this country.

“Dr Cullen has the cheek, in the same breath, to say there is nothing for non-Maori New Zealanders to be afraid of.

“All New Zealanders have every reason to be afraid of these statements,” said Mr Peters.

“It is simply not possible for any society to function for the benefit of all its members if some are given special rights at the expense of others.

“The Treaty of Waitangi is a well intentioned, elegantly written document and has a special place within New Zealand’s historic framework. It should not be taken as a handbook on legal matters such as property opwnership and cultural assets in modern day New Zealand.

“By constantly doing so, the Government is driving a wedge between Maori and non-Maori and doing nothing to help Maori in the real areas of need such as employment, health, education and housing,” said Mr Peters.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news