Gerry: In the House - 24 June 2005
Gerry: In the House - 24 June
Labour's erosion of private property rights
This week saw farmers march on Parliament to show their disgust at Labour's plan to introduce legislation that would see them required to leave their gates open for anyone to wander at will across their land. The great irony was that when these people turned up to protest peacefully, the gates were locked. Some of the heaviest security yet seen at a protest at Parliament was on display.
And, to further show Labour's contempt, Jim Sutton loudly told one of the protesters she was a joke and sarcastically told the protestors to "have a nice day". This is the single biggest issue facing rural New Zealand, and that's why Helen Clark and Jim Sutton are desperate to sweep it under the carpet until after the election. But rural New Zealand is not letting this happen, and neither is National. The Budget small print says it all - $2 million set aside for the implementation of the policy.
That sends a very clear message, in the unlikelihood that Labour is re-elected, that public access to private land will become a reality. Meanwhile, we know that Helen Clark and Jim Sutton are negotiating with their Maori Caucus to ensure that these provisions do not apply to Maori land. Apparently, it's a Treaty right. National believes the Treaty extended as many rights to non-Maori as it did to Maori. We do not support this land access bill, whenever it may surface. We support property rights and we've taken a position that is reasonable for all New Zealanders.
A sad day in Treaty settlements
National has a very proud record of settling Treaty grievance. We have made it very clear that we do need to continue settling Treaty grievance, but at a much quicker pace than is currently the case. We remain committed to that, and we are participating in the settlement process in good faith.
So, this week it was with great sadness that we chose to vote against a Treaty settlement bill for the first time. After a full select committee process, a lengthy House committee process, and a Third reading, Labour was still insisting on putting a schedule into the Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Claims Settlement Bill that is just plain unacceptable.
Have a read of this which is the new law of New Zealand: "Rauru of the gods, sky, lands, and seas "Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi emanated from the cosmogenic tree of the gods. It came by way of the legion of spirits who were not seen but heard, down through the generations of the Kaahuu Rere and the genealogies of the "immediate assembly of elders". In this respect, Rauru is a progeny of both "divine and human parentage" and, therefore, so is Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi.
"This divine origin is particular to the sacred, mystical, and theological insight of the people of Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi. The esoteric nature of these claims is expressed through their own pertinent whakapapa link. It is through a knowledge and awareness of this whakapapa that one is able to gain a perception of the attitudes of the tribe towards the almighty powers of the celestial realm, the cosmic emanations of the divine beginning, the world and its creation, and the evolution of earth and its people. "
Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi makes a direct acclamation by stating its origins from the period of the Absolute Void to Rangi and Papa, to Rauru the man, and Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi the tribe. This claim draws together the spiritual and temporal manifestations of which Rauru is the central figure, it deals specifically with the origins of: the gods, man, vegetation, and taonga. Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi has a spiritual and physical relationship through whakapapa to its Taonga." I would argue strongly that this makes it law for all those who are of the Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi iwi to be considered demigods of divine and human parentage. That's what Helen Clark's law proclaims.
Further, it makes it clear that the law must accept that there is no difference between the physical geography as defined in the agreement and the people of Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi themselves. How on Earth could any judge interpret that?
When the Kyoto Protocol was ratified in 2002, Labour said we would have surplus credits of 54 million tonnes. They have now admitted there is likely to be a deficit of 36 million tonnes. This 90 million tonne difference amounts to $1.3 billion at $15 a tonne, the price of Labour's carbon tax, or $3 billion at $34 a tonne, the current price for carbon on European markets.
So, a billion-dollar error has been made in calculating New Zealand's carbon balance.
National warned Labour not to ratify Kyoto. We said: "Don't rush ahead of our major trading partners". But they said: "Don't be silly, we are in such a good shape that we are going to make money out of this, and if we don't join we are effectively burning a cheque".
Well, that credit - that cheque - has now turned into a billion-dollar invoice. And isn't it interesting that the Wastmaster-General, Michael Cullen, didn't bother to point out in the Budget in May, even though he was able to tell the United Nations in April, that we were seriously in the cart. National will review its Kyoto policy to weight up whether it is in New Zealand's best interest to be the only country in the Southern Hemisphere with Kyoto obligations.
Over the past few weeks we have become buoyed by the poll results that have shown National's ratings move level with Labour. It is great to see that the hard work that the Caucus and candidates have been putting in is finally starting to register in people's minds. But we must remember that our job is to let people know that only a vote for National can change the government, and make sure their values are back at the heart of our political system.
A vote for Winston Peters won't do it. A vote for Peter Dunne won't do it. A vote for Act won't do it. Only a vote for National will change the government. We are going into a big campaign. We have started strongly, but there is much, much, more to be done.