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Peters Rejects National/ Maori Party Constitutional “Sham”

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
13 March 2012

Peters Rejects National/ Maori Party Constitutional “Sham”

New Zealand First has told the Government it refuses to take part in the constitutional review organised by the National and Maori Parties because it is a “sham” designed to sneak Treaty of Waitangi “principles” into all laws governing everyday existence in this country.

Rt Hon Winston Peters today released a letter rejecting an invitation from Finance Minister Bill English and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to nominate a representative to take part in talks about the review.

“This is not a serious constitutional review aimed at giving people more say in our democracy, it is part of the coalition deal arranged by the National and Maori Parties.

“The Treaty of Waitangi will be the cornerstone of any constitution designed by these people and it means that every New Zealander will be subject to the irrational psycho-legal-babble that surrounds the Treaty’s mythical principles.

“The constitutional review will not help ordinary Maori who simply want jobs, good healthcare, education and housing for their families.

“It will become a gold mine for the Treaty travellers and the Bro-ocracy. The long suffering taxpayers of all races will face decades of expensive, politically correct, culturally sensitive, obfuscated mumbo jumbo.

“Every New Zealander should be very afraid of this constitutional review. Remember how these political parties sneaked off to the United Nations in the dead of night to sign up to a declaration of indigenous rights?

“Our proud democratic traditions mean nothing to these people. It’s all about a political deal in a back room,” said Mr Peters.


Letter attached.

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