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Brash to explain how ‘partnership’ hijacked the Treaty

Maori and the Crown are not partners in any sense of the word yet an ideology of Treaty partnership has hijacked the Treaty of Waitangi, Don Brash will explain at a public lecture on Saturday.

What the Treaty actually said was this: Through Article 1, the chiefs ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria. Article 2 confirmed that chiefs, tribes and the people of New Zealand owned what they owned although chiefs could sell what they wanted to an agent of the Queen if they so wished. Article 3 promised the Maori people of New Zealand protection and the rights of British subjects.

It is constitutionally impossible for the Crown to enter into a partnership with any of its subjects. The true position is that the Crown is sovereign but owes duties of justice and good faith to the Maori descendants of those who signed the Treaty, and indeed to all New Zealanders.

Don will speak at Sturges West Community House in Henderson at 7pm on Saturday, February 23. Space is limited to the first 200 people. Book via email to Julian@esisite.com

Cook’s legacy recalled

When the Gisborne District Council caved into complaints from a local tribe and moved a statue of the British explorer, navigator, and cartographer James Cook from its position overlooking the ocean, Wellington researcher Peter Bacos was outraged so compiled a detailed account of Cook’s legacy.

“A stand needs to be made now against Maori attacks on Captain Cook in the year of the 250th anniversary,” Mr Bacos said.

“Accusations are a tissue of lies and it is appalling the Gisborne District Council has agreed to remove the statue. I fear this is only the beginning of the removal of memorials to colonial heroes with no justification whatsoever,” he said.

A detailed account of the incident near present-day Gisborne in which two were killed as the result of Maori aggression, as well as a summary of his achievements in the three Pacific voyages he led, may be read at https://www.hobsonspledge.nz/a_statue_lies_and_the_legacy_of_james_cook

The statue of Cook that was removed is one of two, while the other, allegedly a more accurate depiction of the explorer, remains standing.

6532 have signed against tribal appointees

A total of 6532 people have signed our Change.org petition to Environment Canterbury to block the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill, which would allow Ngai Tahu to appoint two representatives with voting rights onto the council in perpetuity.

Soon, our MPs will vote on the first reading of the Bill.

The two appointees will sit and vote alongside the 14 elected councillors. As such, members of Ngai Tahu would be represented by the councillors they voted for as well as the Ngai Tahu appointees.

Please click here to sign, or Google "change.org Ngai Tahu" and click on the link to "In a democracy, why should Ngai Tahu have more say than you?”

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