The dangers of race-based co-governance

In his opinion piece on co-governance, published in the mainstream media on June 26, Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon, suggests it is a way to “lift up Maori, empower Tangata Whenua at the decision-making table.” Significantly my local newspaper declined to publish this counter argument, an indicator that our mainstream media are no longer as…

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Tokenism

Former Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan made what could be one of the most important and logical comments about the use of Te Reo Maori in official documents I have heard in a very long time. In the last few days before she stepped down from the role to taken her new position as Justice Minister,…

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Threats to Democracy

The strength and durability of democracy is totally reliant on the right of groups and individuals to hold a dissenting or minority opinion and the freedom to debate that opinion in public.While none of our rights or freedoms are absolute there should only be restrictions against defamation or advocating violence. Beyond those logical qualifications, muzzle…

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Guns and Gangs

Like her government’s policies at home or not, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is at her brilliant best on the international stage. The standing ovation which greeted her commencement speech to Harvard University, in which she touched on gun violence and the dangers of an unregulated internet, was genuine and prolonged and she also received a…

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Three Waters

The Water Services Entities Bill, the first of two Bills giving effect to the Government’s water services proposals, has been introduced to Parliament in the face of strong opposition from across the country.The unpopular and controversial project began with the catastrophic failure of a Havelock North wellhead in 2016 which resulted in the death of…

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Separatism in New Zealand: Part Four; Maori in Central and Local Government

Towards the end of more than forty years in front line journalism I became increasingly aware of the development of an informal duality of citizenship in New Zealand, the acceptance of that duality by community leaders and the long-term potential for dis-harmony and, in 1991, I wrote a rather long essay on my observations. This…

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Separatism in New Zealand: Part Three; Treaty Partnership

Towards the end of more than forty years in front line journalism I became increasingly aware of the development of an informal duality of citizenship in New Zealand, the acceptance of that duality by community leaders and the long-term potential for dis-harmony and, in 1991, I wrote a rather long essay on my observations. This…

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