Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Waitangi Day in a Different Way

Waitangi Day in a Different Way

A face-book campaign has been launched to select a New Zealander who should be stripped of their citizenship on Waitangi Day.

Waitangi Day is traditionally a day on which citizenship ceremonies are held all around New Zealand but this year Uncitizen Aotearoa is asking people to nominate a New Zealander who deserves to have their citizenship rescinded on our National Day.

“Let’s just vote them off,” says Norm, a UA spokesman. “I mean, it’s the ultimate in democracy isn’t it? If the rest of your countrymen no longer want you around then I think that’s fair enough. Just do the decent thing and bugger off. ”

People are being asked to visit the UA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uncitizen-Aotearoa/497413007046336?ref=hl to make their nominations. Nominations close at midnight on February 5th from 8am on Waitangi Day and closing at 5pm. The unlucky winner will be announced at 5.30pm on Waitangi Day.

“Sometimes I think we take it all for granted, you know. And there are people in this Country who just don’t know how lucky they are to be here at all. Look, if someone has really got under your skin this past year or they’ve embarrassed themselves to such an extent that you think we should just let them go, you owe it to the Nation to nominate them. I can think of about a dozen people I’d get rid of; and that’s just me. And I’m the most easy-going bugger you’d ever meet. ”

Organisers are urging people to get their nominations in early to give voters a chance to think about their options.

Uncitizen Aotearoa acknowledges that their poll doesn’t have any real weight under New Zealand law but hopes that whoever wins/loses the vote will just do the decent thing and emigrate.

The first nomination on the Uncitizen Aotearoa Facebook page was for Epsom MP, John Banks.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: UNRWA School, Ambulances Attacked - Gaza MOH

The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre moments ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. Ten people have been killed and there is a large number of wounded. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news