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Hawkes Bay Today 27/5/19
WHY DON’T SOME COMMERCIAL TRUSTS PAY INCOME TAX
A few weeks ago this paper published my letter regarding Ngati Kahungunu's Asset Management company. My comment was that the company, which had recently purchased rival Hawke's Bay Seafoods, enjoys an unfair competitive advantage as a result of its charitable status as the tax rules exempt charities from income tax.

Following my letter. Hawke's Bay Today published a factually incorrect "clarification". For the record, Ngati Kahungunu Asset Management Company is listed on the Charities Commission website as Registered Charity No 37607, its directory clearly states it is exempt from paying income tax, and indeed its financial statements show it paid no tax on its $32 million profit for the year ended June 30, 2018.

Ngati Kahungunu doesn't rely on public support for donations (like other charities, such as Unica) to which members of the public willingly donate. Group "charity" Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated sits on $70.5m in assets, earned revenues of $6.5m and paid governance fees of $830k on top of its generous $94k average wage to staff. Kahungunu also appears to be setting aside $200,000 annually towards its advocacy" reserve, no doubt to push its claims of ownership over our fresh water, flora and fauna and marine and coastal area

At the same time, the nine independently wealthy "baby Kahungunus" exert significant political power through co-governance of our Regional Planning Committee. Perhaps it is time to question why the public should continue to allow these powerful trusts operating commercial businesses to not pay income tax payable by the rest of us?
SARAH TAYLOR, Napier Hill

Otago Daily Times 25/5/19
NOT HAPPY AT REGIONAL COUNCIL CALL ON IWI SEATS
AS a ratepayer to the Otago Regional Council, I am disgusted that all but three members have voted to have two Maori representatives on a committee.

Selective moves without a full referendum of the ratepayers shows the contempt this council has for those it represents.

I applaud the three members who opposed this, Crs Graham Bell, Michael Laws and Sam Neill.

To approve any one person who is unelected shows there is a problem within the organisation. It is obvious that this was a move by a very inexperienced group who have premeditated views.

I hope the members who voted for them pay the wages for the unelected, as no­one does something for nothing.

The rate rises have been frequent — I wonder what will happen next. [Abridged]
D. MITCHELL, Alexandra


I’M with Cr Michael Laws regarding his opposition to unelected iwi representatives being appointed to an Otago Regional Council committee.

It is undemocratic and unnecessary.

The Resource Management Act specifically provides for iwi involvement, resulting in virtually every resource consent application made to the ORC and virtually every regional plan being developed having iwi input by way of consultation and submissions. [Abridged]
JOHN MILBURN, Wanaka

Weekend Herald 25/5/19
HISTORY IN SCHOOLS
Lizzie MarveIly's revisionist- lite take on Cook (Weekend Herald. May 18) is revealing in a number of ways. none of which she is likely to have intended

As a secondary-school history teacher of rnore than 16 years. I can assure Marvelly that. in every school that I'm aware of. some aspect of New Zealand history is taught (often at multiple levels) and many schools teach an entire unit on the Treaty outlining Maori perspectives and often emphasising injustices. Maori resistance. and modern attempts to deal with legitimate grievances. I have personally taught a full -year. 19th-century New Zealand history course at Level 3 for many years.

I grant that the attitude towards learning this history is sometimes negative, which perhaps speaks to some more fundamental issues about race relations, but many (if not most) history teachers are committed to teaching the subject in an engaging nuanced manner. We must also accept that many students find New Zealand local history uninteresting and prefer global/foreign/ancient history topics. Marvelly’s statement that the education system should compel students to learn their own history is telling.

Her concerns about Cook's whitewashing are even more misplaced when you consider that just this year a significant TV documentary. Uncharted, aired on Prime. Marvelly could also check out Damn Anne Saimond's Trial of he Cannlbal Dog (2004). Revisionism is now mainstream and most teachers are teaching exactly what she laments as absent from classrooms.
ADRIAN MCCORMACK, Sandringham.


TWO ARTICLES
Two articles last week were poles apart. The first is the story of Robert Gillies. last surviving member of 28 Maori Battalion, who participated in the 76th commemorations of the battle of Monte Casino in which he risked his life and saw many mates die in defence of the freedoms we enjoy today. To Robert and all those he represents, I again express my profound gratitude for their sacrifice.

The second article Is by Lizzle Marvelly ( Weekend Herald. May18) in which she describes Cook's first lancing as a 'murderous invasion's.

We live in one of the most open and free countries. We champion the rights of the individual, freedom of expression, rule of law, right to education and healthcare for all and the right to enter into relationships of our choosing regardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

The rights and freedoms we enjoy in New Zealand society derive from Cooks landing. the colonial era — for all its faults — and the sacrifices of people like Robert Gillies
MICHAEL WILLIAMS, Papamoa

Bay of Plenty Times 24/5/19
COOK — HERO OR VILLAIN?
Lizzie Marvelly's article on James Cook's arrival to NZ 'Heroic or murderous invasion?' deserves a response (Opinion May18).

I have taught history courses for over 40 years at Tauranga Girls' College and Waikato University and would contend we should commemorate Cook's voyage to NZ in a positive light.

I have the feeling Lizzie would like to have it as otherwise Maybe Lizzie (and others interested) could Google an article Was James Cook a white supremacist? by Dame Anne Salmond. Dr Salmond examines the evidence and finds Cook to have been a person worthy of us celebrating.

Part of the dilemma of studying history is when people apply today's standards to events of the past without much understanding of their context. It would be a shame if that happened during our 250th commemorations. (Abridged)
MURRAY ARMSTRONG, Otumoetai

Otago Daily Times 23/5/19
IWI SEATS
LOU Scott (letters, 20.5.19) is appalled by Michael Laws’ understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Lou Scott may wring his/her hands and be appalled (as is allowed in a democracy). I am equally appalled by Lou Scott’s support of racebased representation while we of a different hue must do the ‘‘hard yards’’ and sell our credibility to the elector in order to enjoy the same status a racebased system delivers.

The practice of ‘‘privilege’’ as promulgated by the Otago Regional Council is the thin edge of the wedge that (if not challenged) will destroy the concept of democracy. [Abridged]
MAURICE PRENDERGAST, Mosgiel

Northland Age 23/5/19
FACTS AND MYTHISTORY
Tumbled out of bed, collected the Weekend Herald (May 18) thinking I would have a quiet read while enjoying my Weetbix and coffee. Skimming through Herald I came across ‘Paddy’ O’Malley’s latest take on NZ Wars (more correctly described as Tribal Rebellions) and nearly choked on my Weetbix.

Composing myself, I went to the bookcase and grabbed James Cowan's `New Zealand Wars,' and thankfully this reputable historian's epic authoritative text on the topic based on eye witness accounts quickly reassured me I hadn't missed something, concluding Paddy 0's blurb was primarily a flowery piece of prose. Eye witness accounts always trump modern day mythistory, or put another way, a Royal Flush trounces the Knave/ Deuce hand every time.

Breathing a sigh of relief, I moved on to the Review Section, being confronted there by Dizzy Lizzie Marvelly's take on Captain Cook titled 'Heroic Endeavour or murderous invasion.' Fortunately I didn't need to check any authentic reputable source to realise this was just another throwaway piece of nonsense.

Incidentally, Admiral Zheng-He (1421) and Tasman (1642) both preceded Cook (1769) in finding New Zealand, and by all accounts probably others pre-Maori did too.

Mandatory media warning is needed to make it clear that this mythistory stuff bears little relation to either the truth or facts, or reality being primarily floated to cause consternation.

We should consider nominating Paddy 0's NZ Wars novel for the Acorn or Pappe Fiction Prize and the Marvelly Cook fantasy piece for Sargeson Short Story Fiction Prize.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui


DUMBING DOWN
Surely many of us have felt grave concern at how people of Maori and Pasifika ethnicity (even if it's only a small fraction in the person concerned) can be accepted for some university courses with lower NCEA Level 3 marks than all other new students must have.

I don't think we would feel very confident about consulting a professional who is of that ethnicity, even though he/she had the appropriate qualification.

The point would still be, just how well did he/she pass the final exams for it?

Leaving out the matter of ethnicity, there is surely a much higher chance that a student who enters on those easier terms will flunk out or voluntarily drop out at some stage of a long and tough course. Also that, even if he/she passes the finals to qualify, it will very likely be just a scrape-through pass and not a brilliant one.

From the viewpoint of a professional person's patient or client, this could have very serious consequences - I don't need to spell out what they might be.

I wonder whether there are any official statistics that would tell us the facts about how many of the flunk-outs and drop-outs were those who began the course on that privileged basis, and perhaps also statistics of how well, if they got through the final exams, what their marks were. But my guess is that, even if such statistics exist, our authorities would be very reluctant to release them to us.

Even if we leave out the facts about those students who finally qualify, there is likely to be a large waste of taxpayers' money on the flunk-outs and drop-outs, so this would embarrass the powers that be if it became public knowledge.
H WESTFOLD, WELLINGTON


STILL SQUEAKING
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Most iwi, throughout the land. have been successfully producing squeaky wheels for a long time. The bountiful sum of $80 million, approved by Jacinda Ardern for northern Maori, is an example, as are the exclusive funds for health, education, social welfare, and the large sums that were granted to iwi to make claims for control of the coastline. No funds were made available to the general public to challenge the legality of the claims.

They are doing well with the multi-millions spent on promoting to reo, as it now, with three per cent national speakers, takes precedence in official signage over English, with 20 per cent internationally, and still they keep on squeaking.

It is difficult to accept logically that a citizen with one-sixteenth Maori blood should have special exclusive advantages over a citizen of one-sixteenth Scottish ancestry. Fifteen-sixteenths of the part-Maori's forebears were possibly colonists.

We should all identify primarily as New Zealanders and share equally the bounty of this great land, and stop squeaking for a larger share. These claims are not against Maori but against divisive, avaricious national practices.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Hawkes Bay Today 22/5/19
WHERE ARE THE COUNCILLORS’ VOICES ON TE MATA PEAK?
No doubt, like many of your readers, I waited (with expected disappointment) for the appropriate councillors and iwi to condemn the actions on the summit of Te Mata Peak.

Of course, as expected, we were met with deafening silence.

While I defend the rights of the Mongrel Mob members to access public space, it must be done in such a way as to allow everyone else to also use that space — without fear and intimidation.

And before the apologists jump down my throat and accuse me of all sorts of heinous racist utterings, like it or not, patched gang members are intimidating. Quite frankly, they scare the hell out of me.

I did my Compulsory Military Service alongside a member of the Hell’s Angels gang in the 70s — he was a nasty individual and his moral code non-existent.

In an enlightening book (The Devils are Here) written by retired Detective Sergeant Cam Stokes, who specialised in dealing with gangs, the author stated that gangs cause widespread harm in communities, are involved with a wide range of crimes, and drug dealing and violence are their core business.

It is true that many poor, disadvantaged people turn to crime as they believe it is their only course of action and while disagreeing with crime as a resource, having grown up in a tough low socioeconomic neighbourhood in Auckland, I fully understand that.

Along with local iwi, most of the HDC councillors were outspoken about showing Te Mata Peak respect after the Craggy Range track was constructed — we haven’t heard a bleat from them (apart from Damon Harvey) on this issue.

With democracy thrown out the window and social disorder ignored, this council is taking us down a slippery slope.
STUART PERRY Hastings


GANG PATCH BAN
I strongly disagree with the Hastings councillor who wants to ban gang patches from the CBD.

I am more than happy to be forewarned that I am in the proximity of dodgy people who should not be trusted so that I can keep an eye on them, or move away.

The way I see it is gang patches and insignia do a good job of advertising these things.

What is a gang patch anyway? It is simply a sign of allegiance to a group of likeminded individuals.

If the councillor succeeds in their misguided mission, then will this also include the gang patches or insignia of the National and Labour parties, etc, who can also be termed “gangs”?

We know what one of these gangs stands for, and they regularly meet our expectations.

The others tell you what they are going to do and seldom meet up to our expectations. How ironic.

Perhaps it would just be better to crack down on councillors with silly ideas!
GRAHAM CLARK Waipukurau

Otago Daily Times 21/5/19
ORC IWI SEATS
THE decision to allow iwi unelected representation on ORC committees and have voting rights is totally the wrong message to the community, and flies in the face of true democracy.

For once, I actually agree with Michael Laws on this, and feel if iwi think they are needing representation, they should have candidates standing in the local body elections so that there is true, elected representation.

Is there any Pakeha representation on any local iwi committees and administrative boards? I doubt it.
BOB FARRELL, Arrowtown

Bay of Plenty Times 21/5/19
ELECTION IS HEATING UP
Democracy is vital.

The mayoral race in Tauranga city is starting to hot up, and get publicity, and that is good. I believe that anyone leading policy and public input for a multimilliondollar organisation needs three important qualities.

They need proven business acumen, preferably at some stage risking their own capital, and displaying success in this area.

This is important.

The second thing they must do is listen to majority public opinion rather than be driven too much by staff input or minority groups — one law for all.

They must allow accessible public workshops and all meetings open to the public scrutiny, except of course for confidential issues.

I understand Tauranga, to their credit, do this. Councils must be racially neutral with the same input from everyone.

Excellence in other fields, like sports, or even corporate systems, might give a high profile, but do not qualify them to head a multimilliondollar business, that can impact on so many, and affect their lives so much.

Please think on this, results speak for themselves.
NORM MAYO, Katikati

Northland Age 21/5/19
F FOR FAIL
A recent New Zealand Cabinet Report Card defies rational belief: 26 wannabes averaging around 6.5/10 as reward for failure after failure — KiwiBuild, transportation, Provincial Growth Fund, with review committees coming out their ears.

The three bottom-ranked players, viz Messrs Twyford, Clark and Jones, are correct, but several others should join them. Three out of the top six-ranked have no reason to (be) in such rarified air, and as for Ms Ardern, apart from the Christchurch carry on, she has shown appalling leadership qualities.

She fails to control Cabinet (two already gone, and several others should join them). She has the ultimate responsibility for the failures and behavioural issues.

In some cases assessment should have been a minus and/or ‘F’ for fail, and another six show such racial bias that Kiwis have every reason to be fearful of outcomes and the future of their country.

The philosophy of envy, failure, ignorance and arrogance and the ‘equal’ sharing of misery is alive and well, and will continue to thrive, and with these nitwits in control — be afraid, very afraid!

As the national anthem says, God Defend New Zealand, because it’s hard to see anyone on the political front doing the job.

The private sector would see this lot gone by lunchtime.
ROB PATERSON Mount Maunganui

Otago Daily Times 18/5/19
OTAGO Regional Council councillors are elected representatives and have to go through a rigorous process to become so. To appoint iwi seats with voting rights on the Policy Committee is to undermine our democratic method.

The Policy Committee has the right to authorise temporary appointees if it wishes to have some advice on a particular subject but it should not use the back door to conveniently ‘‘sneak’’ in iwi appointees and give them voting rights on ORC policy. This is highly undemocratic and insulting to all New Zealanders, whether of European, Asian, Pasifika or any other descent. Our representatives should be voted in on the basis of citizenship, not ethnicity.

Ngai Tahu Maori are New Zealanders and should be treated as such. In fact, our last census showed that there are more Asian New Zealanders than Maori and Pasifika combined.

If the ORC has a Memorandum of Understanding with Ngai Tahu, it should not extend to offering the iwi paid positions or voting rights on any of its committees.

Remember the experiences of the Canterbury Regional Council which had its Ngai Tahu Representation Bill withdrawn on the basis that New Zealanders’ voting rights should be based on citizenship, not ethnicity. The Bill was withdrawn when it became obvious that it did not have the votes to get through Parliament (with National, NZ First and Act all opposed to it). [Abridged]
LIZ AND PETER SIMPSON, Mosgiel

Hawkes Bay Today 17/5/19
CODSWALLOP ON TAX
I am writing in response to an article in HB Today May 14. page 21. headline reading 'Maori pay $723m in tobacco taxes". Dr Mar ewa Glover calls for revenue to be returned to iwi for new homes and to change behaviours.

I am very sorry but feel this is inciting drastic racism.

How on earth can anyone request that revenue/taxes gathered from one particular ethnic group should be returned to their iwi I have never read so much codswallop in all my life.

Everyone has a choice whether they smoke or drink a gamble and it is up to the individual.

Almost as pathetic as saying I have no children at school so any tax I pay should not be proportioned to education".

I would imagine Dr Glover was paid for the commission that spouts this utter nonsense. I for one would like my portion of funding returned.
JOHN HOGAN Napier

Rotorua Daily Post 17/5/19
NO SMOKE, NO TAXES
In response to the article in the Rotorua Daily Post about Maori paying tobacco taxes and it being returned to iwi (News, May 15).

I would like to say: Stop smoking then you won't have to pay the tax.

If the tax goes anywhere, it should go to the health sector, which is where the smokers end up.

It is not just Maori who smoke, so where does the money go from the non-Maori population who pay the taxes? (Abridged)
ANNA GARRATT Ngongotaha

Northland Age 16/5/19
STOLEN FROM WHOM?
Who does Anahera Herbert-Graves (May 14) think the Crown stole our foreshore and seabed from? If Maori is her answer, then that is bollocks.

In 1840, under English Common Law, the F&S was managed/regulated by the Crown or democratically elected officers for the good of the general public.

The wise chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi to cede sovereignty to the Queen of England, and, in return, became British subjects in accordance with the law of the time, including common law. Therefore it follows that the F&S was vested (not stolen) in the Crown. Yes, the chiefs themselves vested the F&S in the Crown on signing the treaty.

This is further evidenced in Rev John Warren’s (who was there on the day of signing) quote: “There was a great deal of talk by the natives, principally of securing their proprietary right in the land and their personal liberty. Everything else they were only to happy to yield to the Queen, as they said repeatedly, because they knew they could only be saved from the rule of other nations (mainly the French) by sitting under the shadow of the Queen of England . . . ”

Article 2 in the Maori language Treaty states that all the people of New Zealand (not just Maori, but Maori included) are guaranteed legal ownership of their land (occupied or in usage at the time), houses and ordinary property (taonga). As a consequence, any customary rights to ‘other’ resources (F&S) were extinguished by the treaty.

Lastly, since 1840, as New Zealanders, Maori have always had access to, and the enjoyment and benefits of the F&S, but recently New Zealanders have not always had access to the F&S due to activist Maori actions, something for New Zealanders to think about in the current racist Maori claims to our foreshore and seabed.
GEOFF PARKER, Kamo


WAVES OF CHANGE
Vincent O’Malley (Waikato Times, May 11) may well be an acclaimed historian, but he is very biased against all things colonial.

His well researched history of the Land Wars devotes an entire chapter of 25 pages to Rangiaowhia and surroundings. Within that chapter there is no mention of the myth of innocent women and children being rounded up, locked in the Catholic church and burnt to death. This is a myth very easy to disprove.

On page 303 of his book is a painting of the new redoubt at Rangiaowhia, flanked by both the Catholic and Anglican churches. The truth is the church was dismantled in 1931.

O’Malley, in other writings and in interviews, frequently alludes to the church myth with no supporting evidence. An RNZ interview October 7, 2016 is worth looking at.

In his article he refers to the girls from Otorohanga ¯ College who were shocked to learn of massacres. Of course they were, as they had been told the same lie by a high-ranked Maori historian. I wonder if their petition would have gone ahead had that lie not been told?

O’Malley smugly goes on to deride the group known as Hobson’s Pledge as being treaty revisionist. Pardon? As far as I can work out, all they want is for all New Zealanders to be treated equally, as the Treaty was envisaged by Capt Hobson in 1840. They very much question the revision of the Treaty and the terms ‘principles’ and ‘partnership,’ which don’t appear in any of the documents of the day.

It is easy to deride Don Brash, but it is worth remembering that a founder and spokesperson for the group is Ms Casey Costello, a Maori of Ngapuhi descent.

He also jumps on the bandwagon by asking. “Would it hurt if Von Tempsky St, Hamilton, became Rewi Maniapoto St?”

It most definitely offends me, and is an insult to those city fathers who named the street in the first place. Did he pick on Von Tempsky because he had a German name, or because he was a good and loyal soldier following orders? If the latter then we would have to look closely at his superior officers too. Nixon, Cameron, Grey and Victoria are all streets in Hamilton.

Maybe Hamilton’s Mayor King should write to our Sovereign requesting consent to rename the main street as Tuheitia Way?

Rewi Maniapoto was indeed an effective leader during the Land Wars, but it is hard to forget that some 30 years earlier he took part in the siege of the pa at Pukerangiora, in Taranaki. That would probably rank as the worst interMaori battle of the Musket Wars. Many hundreds died, mainly women and children. Many were tortured and eaten, and many mothers threw their children off the 100m cliffs to avoid that fate.

I doubt whether Von Tempsky would have participated in such events.

Frankly, I am very disturbed, as a proud Hamilton-born New Zealander, to observe the waves of change that are being promoted by people who should know better. Today the divisions between Maori and other New Zealanders is greater than at any time in my life. and the divide is widening, thanks to people like Vincent O’Malley.
MURRAY REID, Cambridge

Taranaki Daily News 16/5/19 
PAKEHA TOO CONTENTIOUS
Donald Murray makes valid points in his letter relating to Glenn McConnell's article on the word pakeha.

The Maori language is made up predominantly of words that come from two words and they can have different meanings depending on the pronunciation.

A local example is the meaning of Rahotu. Pronounced Ra-hotu is entirely different from Raho-tu as to reo speakers will appreciate.

The word pakeha, whether an abbreviation of an original word and meaning or not, pronounced as pake-ha is not relevant. However, pronounced as pa-keha (which is how I've heard it pronounced in Maori action chants and songs) is entirely a different matter.

The Maori dictionary tells us that pa can refer to any Maori village or defence settlement.

The word keha (as a noun) is a flea or blood sucking insect, and may also be interpreted as sore or ulcer. Pa-keha in this context then could be seen as an insinuation of white non Maori being a parasite or an infection that has invaded the living place of Maori.

From what I get from the Maori dictionary if you want to call a white man the same in to reo it would be tangata ma or tane koma (tane - man and koma - whitish. pale or, pallid).

A poll taken in 2012 had 66 per cent believing that pakeha was an insult and 44 per cent Maori believed the same. It's too contentious to continue to allow it.
DENNIS STEWART, New Plymouth

Northland Age 14/5/19
RULE OF LAW
First there was the suppression of free speech at public venues by Auckland and Nelson mayors and Massey University because of the purported threat to public safety. Now it is public access to a scenic location, Te Mata Peak, by the activities of group fallaciously claiming ethnic privilege.

The police and the government have taken no action to ensure that the safety and rights of the public are maintained. When will the rule of law be honoured?

Wake up New Zealand.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Waikato Times 14/5/19
HOBSON'S PLEDGE
After years of Maori activists agitating, the Maori Council is finally targeting Hobson's Pledge.

This group comprising part-Maori is solely chaired by 79-year-old Sir Taihakurei Durie with eight executives.

Their interest in Hobson's Pledge is puzzling. Do they fear influences challenging their rampant race-based privilege?

The inane suggestion that Brash and his team wear designer suits, drive late-model European cars and should be held to account is ludicrous. Brash lives modestly driving an older Hyundai car. For enlightenment, let's get serious and reveal the financial details of individual Maori Council executives' assets, either personal, held in trust or otherwise and what cars they drive.

Brash has worked in the business world, Reserve Bank Governor, National Party leader, etc. Let's learn what Maori Council members did for a crust in their working lives.

Brash's renowned 2004 Orewa speech was accurate, very brave and prophetic and most Kiwis supported his views then and now. It's the Maori Council that is irrelevant.

Current statements made on their behalf reek of belligerent, inflammatory hate speech. Have they integrity to state they're not supporting equality before the law, equal treatment for all Kiwis or that we're not one people. That would shatter their credibility.
TONY FELLINGHAM, Tauranga

Taranaki Daily News 14/5/19
THE WORD PAKEHA CAN BE A SLUR
The journalist Glenn McConnell asked the question, "How many times does this need to be said? Pakeha is not a slur."

In to reo Maori he is perfectly correct, but when the word is used in English it is the context and intent of the speaker that controls the true meaning of the word.

The word is neither an English language word, nor really is it a common usage loan-word.

It is very easy to open up a Maori dictionary and list all its potential and correct meanings.

However, one has looked in the wrong dictionary, potentially taken the incorrect context, and side-stepped the point that the word can be used in a very negative, derogatory and condescending way in English.

I am sure that the speaker in Christchurch did not have any such negative intentions when he used the word, but on to a linguistic hornet's nest he stepped.

In the same way that many words with negative racial connotations have gratefully slipped from common usage it would be wise that this particular word slips back into to reo Maori where it is properly and correctly used. Too many people appear to object to the word, and too frequently people use it offensively, so to repeat the question, "How many times does this need to be said?"
DONALD MURRAY, New Plymouth

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 10/5/18 
RESPECT THE RATEPAYERS
WBOP District Council has asked us Rate Payers to ‘have our say.’
Sounds good, but they never take a blind bit of notice!

We [Rate Payers Assn] have continually said ‘Freeze our rates’, WBOP rates are still the highest in the Country, WHY?

Particularly retired people must sell and move because they just cannot afford the high rates.

Now we are being faced with a rate rise again of 3.4% up to 4.67%, because a Council cannot live within their means.

CPI is 1.9% that is the highest a rate increase should be! Plus, extra on water charges now and they want to have a big Corporate collect the Rubbish, so there will be a price rise there! that will make the rate increase higher!

Once again, we have our say, like we did a NO to a new Katikati Library, but we got one anyway.

We voted a resounding NO to Maori Wards, to get around that one they invented a Maori Committee of 19 who are paid by the Rate payers once again, without our permission!

Now behind the scenes our Mayor is on a Mission to give Pane Pane Point back to Maori,

which in my opinion he legally cannot do as it is still being used for what it was purchased for in 1920.

WBOP District Council goes to the Polls later this year so please ratepayers just remember all these misdemeanours of an extravagant council that cannot live within their means.

When is too much for Ratepayers to bear, many will keep selling and move to live elsewhere where maybe they respect the ratepayer!

Council Stop biting the hand that feeds you!
C HUMPHREYS, Katikati


LOW MARKS FOR PERFORMANCE REVIEW
A recent commentary in a national newspaper ranked cabinet ministers from 1 to 10 on their performance. Not surprisingly, Phil Twyford, David Clark and Shane Jones each received a rating of 4.

However, I was aghast to read Winston Peters received an 8 out of 10. Is this the same politician who coerced the voting public to support him with these three of many pre-election promises:

1. There should be "one law for all New Zealanders".

2. That the Maori seats in Parliament "must be abolished as recommended by the Royal Commission".

3. Reduce parliament to 100 MPs.

Since this politician, who after the election engineered the Labour Party to become the new Government, made these important policy statements, not one of these have been fulfilled.

It beggars belief that despite Peters making promises he hasn't kept, he has still managed to retain his seat in Parliament over the last 30-plus years. Shame on you Peters. We won't be fooled a second time into voting for NZ First in 2020.
T FELLINGHAM, The Lakes.

Dominion Post 11/5/19
OFFENSIVE TO SOME
Contributors Rawiri Taonui and Glenn McConnell both totally miss the point (May 9). Some people find the term "pakeha" to be offensive and derogatory. Therefore your newspaper should stop using it to describe non-Maori New Zealanders. It's as simple as that.

There is a wide range of words which cause offence to groups of people that we have collectively had the sense to stop using. Add "Pakeha" to that list, instead of running defences of your earlier race-baiting "stale, pale and mostly male" opinion piece along-side a column trying to normalise the wont (a column which ends inappropriately with a jokey jab about eating somebody's ancestor).

Otherwise it is just another attempt to drive wedges along racial lines - something your self-appointed cultural commentators all too readily accuse others of doing.
G HARRISON, Mangamahu

Hawkes Bay Today 11/5/19
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL
Jean Te Huia (letters 10/5/19) divides our society into them and us, I thought we were all New Zealanders?

Democracy is based on the simple principle that all citizens must be treated the same under the law. Every individual has the same rights and indeed has the same responsibilities under the law.

Within society, people may share common views and interests with others, be those cultural, religious, ethnic, social or perhaps sporting. All such groupings are basically tribal in nature.

But forming such groupings, call them what you may, does not give the members collectively, any special rights under the law.

Democracy is based on giving equal rights to individuals. Giving special rights or privileges to groups, however configured, cannot be good. If you start treating one group of people either better or worse than others, it will end in tears.
GEOFF PARKER, Whangarei

Northland Age 9/5/19
LET’S HEAR IT THEN
So, after nearly three years of sniping and griping by Maori activists, the Maori Council has finally decided to have a go at Hobson’s Pledge.

The Maori Council, comprising partMaori, is solely chaired by (Sir Taihakurei) Durie (79 years old), along with eight executive members representing around 48 committee members.

The sudden interest in Hobson’s Pledge at this time is puzzling. Perhaps it is just the ‘manana’ mentality coming to the fore belatedly, or do they fear something is challenging rampant race-based privilege? The inane suggestion that Brash and all his team wear designer suits and drive around in late-model European cars and should be held to account is ludicrous. In fact it seems Brash drives a 2015 Hyundai car, and is of modest means, as one would expect of a 78-year-old retiree of his stature.

Now let’s get serious and have the financial details of what individual Maori Council executives’ assets are, either personal, held in trust or otherwise, and what cars they run around in, as this may enlighten the punters. Brash has a history of working for a real living in the business world, subsequently Reserve Bank Governor, leader of the National Party and so forth, so let’s hear what these Maori Council people do or did for a crust in their working lives.

Brash’s renowned 2004 Orewa speech was accurate, very brave and prophetic, and most Kiwis supported his views then, as they do today, in my view. It is the Maori Council that is irrelevant, and current statements made on its behalf reek of belligerent, inflammatory hate speech.

Let’s hear them if they have the guts to say out loud they do not support equality before the law or equal treatment for all Kiwis, or that we as Kiwis are not one people. Well we all know that won’t happen until hell freezes over — game, set and match on credibility methinks.
ROB PATERSON Mount Maunganui

Otago Daily Times 9/5/19
POLITICIANS
A recent commentary in a national newspaper ranked cabinet ministers from one to 10 on their performance.

Not surprisingly, Phil Twyford. David Clark and Shane Jones each received a rating of four.

However, I was aghast to read Winston Peters received an eight out of 10, is this the same politician who coerced the voting public to support him with these three of many pre-election promises:

There should be "one law for all New Zealanders";

Maori seats in Parliament "must be abolished as recommended by the Royal Commission";

Reduce Parliament to 100 MPs

Since this politician, who after the election engineered the Labour Party to become the new Government. made these important policy statements, not one of them has been fulfilled.

It beggars belief that, despite Mr Peters making promises he hasn't kept, he has still managed to retain his seat in Parliament over the last 30-plus years.

Shame on you, Mr Peters. We won't be fooled a second time into voting for NZ First in 2020.
TONY FELLINGHAM Tauranga

The Press 9/5/19
NEW ZEALANDER
I find the rush of academics to label me as a ‘white fairy’ incredibly racist just because my ancestors arrived here a little later than some other people who describe themselves as ‘Maori’or ‘normal’.

And I find no sense in being labelled the generic brand European or even worse, Caucasian.

I’m a New Zealander. Always have been. Always will be.

If some people living here wish to make up other names for themselves then go ahead, but don’t foist some label on me.
IAN SIMMONDS, Christchurch Central


TERM OFFENSIVE
I believe the word Pakeha is offensive, not because of its etymology but because of its historical and current usage.

It is an exclusionary term that defines what someone is not rather than what they are. It is basically equivalent to the Japanese word ‘Gaijan’, the Mexican ‘gringo’, and the Samoan ‘palagi’. This is obvious when you compare it to its counterpart, Maori, which literally means ‘normal’.

Of course meanings change over time. Pakeha is not normally used to refer to recent Asian or African immigrants but it is used to refer to recent European immigrants. It is quite obvious that in its current usage, Pakeha is mostly used as a euphemism for ‘‘white person ’’.
ANDY CUNNINGHYM, Woolston
Nelson Mail 8/5/19
COUNCIL-IWI PARTNERSHIP
Nelson City Council has advertised a fulltime position for iwi partnership with council.

The growth in race-based representation in local and central government - through appointment rather than election - is concerning.

The drive by iwi leaden to institutionalise 50-50 governance is a threat to our democracy.

These demands for power are fraudulent. They claim that the Treaty of Waitangi established a 50-50 partnership between Maori and the Crown, so iwi should have half the say in official decision-making in New Zealand.

This ignores the fact that the Treaty was not a partnership, but an agreement that endorsed the Queen as our sovereign, protected property rights, and established the rule of law.

Truth is no obstacle to the supporters of the sovereignty movement.

Treaty partnership rights do not exist in law. They are a political construct by the iwi elite to pressure politicians to accept that the Treaty confers special sovereign rights that justify tribal groups being elevated to a position of power above everyone else.

This is a dangerous and undemocratic precedent, and for the council to be buying into it underscores its contempt for democracy.
DAN MCGUIRE Nelson,

Dominion Post 8/5/19
PETERS' PROMISES
A commentary in a national newspaper ranked Cabinet ministers from 1 to 10 on their performance. Not surprisingly, Phil Twyford, David Clark and Shane Jones each received a rating of 4.

However, I was aghast to read Winston Peters received an 8 out of 10. Is this the same politician who coerced the voting public to support him with these three of many pre-election promises:

1. There should be "one law for all New Zealanders".

2. That the MAori seats in Parliament "must be abolished as recommended by the royal commission".

3. Reduce Parliament to 100 MPs.

Since this politician, who after the election engineered the Labour Party to become the new Government, made these important policy statements, not one of them has been fulfilled.

It beggars belief that, despite Peters making promises he hasn't kept, he has still managed to retain his seat in Parliament over the last 30-plus years.

We won't be fooled a second time into voting for NZ First in 2020.
TONY FELLINGHAM, Tauranga


MAORI NOT SIDELINED
The May 3 editorial asks, "Were Maori sidelined in the mental health inquiry?" As the former inquiry panel, we firmly reject this claim.

There is only one inquiry report, He Ara Oranga, delivered in November, when the inquiry panel was legally disestablished. To help future researchers, summaries of submissions were published after the inquiry concluded.

The Maori summary document, Oranga Tangata, Oranga Whanau, published in February, was not "sanitised", but was delayed after peer review led by Professor Mason Durie found the first commissioned draft was not a faithful representation of submitters' voices. The needs of Maori were central to the inquiry terms of reference and panel composition. We had extensive engagement with Maori.

The entire inquiry report carries a strong theme of radical change to New Zealand's mental health and addiction system and underlying inequities in society. To suggest Maori missed out because only three recommendations specifically refer to Maori overlooks the fact all 40 recommendations are about substantial change for Maori and all New Zealanders.

We expect meeting the needs of 'Maori will be central to the Government's response, as it was to the inquiry and our report.
RON PATERSON (CHAIR), MASON DURIE, BARBARA DISLEY, DEAN RANGIHUNA, JEMAIMA TIATIA-SEATH, JOSIAH TUALAMALI'I

The Press 7/5/19
INQUIRY TEAM: MAORI NOT SIDELINED
A recent editorial asks an important question: ‘‘Were Maori sidelined in the mental health inquiry?’’ As the former inquiry panel, we firmly reject this claim.

There is only one inquiry report, He Ara Oranga, delivered in November, when the inquiry panel was legally disestablished. To help future researchers, summaries of submissions were published after the inquiry concluded. The Maori summary document, Oranga Tangata, Oranga Whanau, published in February, was not ‘sanitised’, but was delayed after peer review led by Professor Mason Durie found the first commissioned draft was not a faithful representation of submitters’ voices.

The needs of Maori were central to the inquiry terms of reference and panel composition. We had extensive engagement with Maori. The entire inquiry report carries a strong theme of radical change to New Zealand’s mental health and addiction system and underlying inequities in society. To suggest Maori missed out because only three recommendations specifically refer to Maori overlooks the fact all 40 recommendations are about substantial change for Maori and all New Zealanders.

Like the rest of the country, we await the Government’s response. We expect meeting the needs of Maori will be central, as it was to the inquiry and our report.
RON PATERSON (CHAIR), MASON DURIE, BARBARA DISLEY, DEAN RANGIHUNA, JEMAIMA TIATIASEATH, JOSIAH TUALAMALI’I

Northland Age 7/5/19
HOW MANY?
It is nonsense for the Maori Council to claim that Hobson’s Pledge is making racist claims when the very words used by them, as their dictum for equality in the population, ‘We are one people’, are the very words used by Jacinda Ardern to give solace and support to the Muslims in the Christchurch mosque massacre: “We are one.”
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Marlborough Express 6/5/19 (Also in Hawkes Bay Today 6/5/19)
PROMISE-BREAKING PETERS
A recent commentary in a national newspaper ranked cabinet ministers from 1 to 10 on their performance.

Not surprisingly, Phil Twyford, David Clark and Shane Jones each received a rating of 4.

However, I was aghast to read Winston Peters received an 8 out of 10.

Is this the same politician who coerced the voting public to support him with these three of many pre-election promises:

1. There should be "one law for all New Zealanders".

2. That the Maori seats in Parliament "must be abolished as recommended by the Royal Commission".

3. Reduce parliament to 100 MPs.

Since this politician, who after the election engineered the Labour Party to become the new Government, made these important policy statements, not one of them have been fulfilled.

It beggars belief that despite Peters making promises he hasn't kept, he has still managed to retain his seat in Parliament over the last 30-plus years. We won't be fooled a second time into voting for NZ First in 2020.
TONY FELLINGHAM, Tauranga

Taranaki Daily News 6/5/19
WE ARE ALL KIWIS
I’m writing about the front page news on Friday, May 3.

Some people must have nothing to do. I mean there are other matters in New Zealand to worry about. I have had a Maori mate I grew up with in Wanganui (notice spelling). We have been friends for over 60 years. I have never noticed he was Maori. I was white; he is a mate, Kiwi like me. He lives in Sydney; we keep in touch; I love the guy. People should get over this 'we' thing. We are all Kiwis, every one of us.
BRIAN DEARDEN, Bell Block

The article the letter above refers to here > https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/112392183/kai-kitchen-accused-of-racial-profiling-in-ad-for-child-model

Wanganui Chronicle 6/5/19
DIVISION OVER BILL SADDENS
If Aotearoa/New Zealand has gained anything from the Christchurch massacre (March 15) it is that inter-racial and inter-religious barriers have been severely shaken up and eroded, hopefully for good. Also: our skin colour might be different, but the colour of our blood is the same.

It is with deep sadness, then. that I read your correspondent Denise Lockett (Whanganui Chronicle April 19) referring to the End of Life Choice Bill (the bill) as 'a Pakeha thing, reflecting Pakeha values, ethics and morality'.

Denise finds support in an opinion piece in the NZ HeraId (April 2) in which Dame Tariana Turia states that 'It [the state] should not pass a law that undercuts our families and whanau and makes death an option for those with limited resources and insufficient support'.

May I remind both ladies that the latest scientific poll conducted by the reputable NZ Horizon company (June. 2017) finds support for the bill among Pakeha is 79 per cent and for Maori 71 per cent Not so much a Pakeha thing after all....

Opinions about this bill have very little to do with whether one identifies as being Maori a Pakeha but everything with your world view and which schools you attended.

My deep desire is that this bill will become reality so all of us in Aotearoa/New Zealand can have a choice at the end of our lives when we get terminally or irremediably ill and we suffer severely. Is that too much of an ask??
ALIDA VAN DER VELDE Waikanae 

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 3/5/19 
ONE REALITY
Having regard to the current hoo-ha over the 2015 1Law4All pamphlet titled One Treaty One Nation.

I have now obtained a current copy which is the same as original printed. Perusing the contents carefully I can see nothing remotely racist in the pamphlet which simply espouses equality.

Those railing against this pamphlet are frankly not facing reality. Any hate speech or racism comes from the so-called detractors.

Following on from his costly Justice Forum debacle last year, (which excluded victims’ representation) Justice Minister Andrew Little’s dismissive summation of the publication, without any meaningful insight or investigation, indicates a race-based, biased mentality. He’s not impartial and should be relieved of his portfolios forthwith.

Tellingly Ms Ardern, Davis and Co couldn’t even recall what was stated in the Tiriti o Waitangi Articles and I suspect Mr Little is in the same class. Readers can judge for themselves.

It’s understood over 200,000 pamphlets were delivered over three years with only two complaints. Hardly “offensive” and certainly not worthy of a news story.

Ironically 2018 Census criticism about minority ethnicity details overlooks many people canvassed wanted to be categorised only as New Zealanders - food for thought for separatists trying to drive a wedge between Kiwis.
R PATERSON
 
Otago Daily Times 2/5/18
MAORI WARDS
Susan Short makes a very good point in her letter (ODT, 29.4.19).

Maori seats are separate, racebased positions on councils. They are voted for exclusively by a Maori constituency.

The candidates do not have to compete with other candidates from the general community and primarily care about gaining advantages for their Maori supporters.

Rural wards are geographic in nature, representing all people within their boundaries. Their candidates are subject to the normal electoral process, competition and expense, and can be elected by the adults registered on the electoral roll in that ward.

Noone is included or excluded because of their identifying ethnicity. [Abridged]
GEOFF PARKER, Whangarei

New Zealand Herald 2/5/19
FREE SPEECH
Minister of Justice Andrew Little (Herald, April 29) defends our right to challenge the socially and culturally dominant. That’s great, although we need to be able to discuss freely and challenge all systems and ideas that are promoted, no matter who by or how un-PC they are. That’s how we maintain a healthy, fair and prosperous society.

While New Zealand does not yet officially suppress free speech, an unofficial system is well entrenched in all levels of government, education and mass media. Unquestioning endorsement of selective ideology is required from state employees. Peaceful speaking events have been cancelled for “security” reasons. Many facts relating to the way we are governed or our taxes are spent are simply not reported on.

It seems the public are to be kept in the dark so they won’t question the appropriateness of systems that promote representatives of a non-dominant culture into positions of authority. This approach does nothing to ensure long-term goodwill or to prevent corruption from festering.
FIONA MACKENZIE, Whangaparaoa.

Northland Age 30/4/19
CHERRY-PICKING
According to John Tamihere (NZ Herald March 28) Maori were shot without due process after endeavouring to defend their land, and this was the Nadir of the east coast conflicts (1856-1868).

I would have thought the lowest point would have been when those 79 ‘pillars of society’ shot, bayoneted, tomahawked or clubbed 70 sleeping innocent people at Matawhero prior to their capture.

Mr Tamihere neglected to say that the shooting of the 79 was at the orders of Rapata Wahawaha, who as a youngster was a slave of the Rongowhakaata tribe. It looks he was enacting his revenge while fighting on the side of the government militia.

Militia leaders did not sanction the executions, and Colonel Whitmore would have been hard-pressed to prevent them, because nearly all soldiers were Maori. Whitmore did try to prevent the killing of the women and children.

Mr Tamihere’s history cherry-picking is not the sort of thing one would expect from an aspiring Auckland mayor.
GEOFF PARKER, Kamo

Otago Daily Times 29/4/19
MAORI WARDS
BY arguing that the establishment of Maori wards is essentially no different from establishing rural wards or community boards, Dave Cull (letters, 23.4.19) exhibits a worrying naivety.

Overseas evidence shows there is significant risk in creating unique political rights for groups that are defined by something fixed and arbitrary like descent or ancestry.

Racebased political rights, like special electoral wards, create a dynamic that forces the population to see themselves as something apart from one another.

This incentivises leaders of these groups to exaggerate existing differences between their group and the rest of society.

Such a scenario risks creating divisions that get worse over time.

It is extremely important that the poll provision giving citizens the right to choose whether to endorse Maori wards should stay. [Abridged]
SUSAN SHORT, Auckland

Nelson Mail 27/4/19
PETERS’ PROMISES
Who was the politician who said with hand on heart to New Zealand voters before the general election in 2017 that:

1. There should be ‘‘one law for all New Zealanders’’.

2. That the Maori seats in Parliament ‘‘must be abolished as recommended by the Royal Commission’’.

3. That the signing of the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Declaration was ’’a vehicle for providing ethnic groups with exclusive rights and the final step to full separatism in New Zealand, and the road to another Zimbabwe’’.

Since this politician – who after the election engineered the Labour Party to become the new Government – made these important policy statements, an almost complete reversal in his thinking has taken place. There is no plan to abolish Maori seats, as he says the ‘‘timing is not right’’. He now supports the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples Declaration, which means once in place there can no longer possibly be ‘‘one law for all New Zealanders’’.

It beggars belief that despite Winston Peters making promises he can’t keep, he still has managed to retain his seat in Parliament over the last 30-plus years. Will the ‘‘time’s up’’ bell ring for him at next year’s election?
NEVILLE MALE Stoke

Northland Age 25/4/19
ONE REALITY
Having regard to the current hoo-ha over the 2015 1Law4All pamphlet, 'One Treaty One Nation,' I have now obtained a current copy thereof, which is the same as original one. Perusing the contents carefully I can see nothing remotely racist in the pamphlet, which simply espouses equality.

Those railing against this pamphlet are frankly not facing reality — any hate speech or racism comes from the so-called detractors' comments.

Following on from his costly Justice Forum debacle last year (which excluded victims' representation), Justice Minister Andrew Little's dismissive summation of 'One Treaty One Nation', without any evidence of meaningful insight or investigation, indicates a race-based/ biased mentality. He's not impartial, and should be relieved of his portfolios forthwith.

Tellingly, Ms Ardern, Davis and Co couldn't even recall what was stated in to 'Tiriti o Waitangi articles, and I suspect Mr Little is in the same class. Readers can judge for themselves by just going to the Kiwi Frontline home site or Facebook and reading the pamphlet.

It's understood that over 200,000 pamphlets have been delivered over four years since 2015, with only two complaints. Hardly "offensive" to most people, and certainly not worthy of a news story.

Ironically, it is worth noting the 2018 census criticism about minority ethnicity details overlooks that many people canvassed wanted to be categorised only as New Zealanders. Food for thought for separatists trying to drive a wedge between Kiwis.
UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR

Dominion Post 25/4/19
APARTMENT'S NEW NAME
Wellington city councillors are considering changing the name of an apartment building to honour Sister Mary Joseph.

However, they want to change her English name to the Maori version, Merl Hohepa.

Can you imagine the outrage if they were to change a Maori name to its European version?
NELL HARRAP, Thorndon 
 
Dominion Post 24/4/19
PRESENT SHELLY BAY PLAN A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Neville Baker says the land at Shelly Bay belongs to iwi and they have every right to develop it as they want. Big words, Neville Baker, but you're horribly wrong.

And on the other hand, are you expecting the ratepayers of Wellington to fund the millions and millions of dollars for trading, sewerage and bask infrastructure just for a money-making iwi development?

And as for doing whatever iwi like with the land, are Maori above the Wellington City Council bylaws, some of which stem directly from government law?
ROBIN WATT, Miramar

Otago Daily Times 23/4/19
CALLING ON CULL, LGNZ TO PROTECT PUBLIC RIGHTS
MAYOR Cull’s message to residents in the April edition of FYI Dunedin could not have been more appropriate in the wake of the tragedy in Christchurch.

Our community is made up of people of many ethnicities and beliefs, all of whom have come here from many different countries and all have contributed to our city.

What a pity that Mr Cull stopped short of endorsing the provision in Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi, that all citizens should have the same legal entitlements regardless of their ethnicity and regardless of when they or their ancestors came here.

That principle was challenged last year by five local authorities who sought to impose divisive, ethnic exclusive voting wards on their communities via public referendum. The communities decisively defeated the move.

In response, Mr Cull, as chairman of Local Government New Zealand, sought to persuade the Government to remove the public’s right to such a referendum.

If Mr Cull is sincere in his current message to Dunedin residents, he should now review his position on divisive, ethnicexclusive voting wards for local body elections, and seek to persuade his LGNZ colleagues to drop the idea.
JOHN BELL, Forbury

[Dunedin Mayor and LGNZ president Dave Cull replies:  ‘‘Local Government New Zealand has no view on whether councils should have Maori wards and constituencies. These are matters for each council and its community to decide through their representation review process.

‘‘In many cases, local iwi and communities do not support the Maori ward approach, and this is reflected in council decision making not to create such wards.

‘‘LGNZ’s concern is that the current process for establishing Maori wards and constituencies is unfair and inconsistent, as it does not apply to other forms of ward or constituency.

‘‘By comparison, there is no ability for citizens to trigger a referendum to override a council’s decision to establish a rural ward or community board. In applying referendum provisions only to the creation of Maori wards, the current system discriminates against Maori.

‘‘The legal regime should support local decisionmaking by elected councils. This is best achieved by aligning the rules concerning the creation of Maori wards with the existing rules concerning the creation of any other type of ward or constituency. Either the poll provisions should apply to all wards, or they should apply to none.’’]

Otago Daily Times 22/4/19
NZ HISTORY
IT is speculated by David George (letters, 12.4.19), following others, that either Cook or Banks sired a child in the Marlborough Sounds in 1769.

Cook was notably chaste, so it would not have been him, but Banks was quite a stud, so there can be little doubt who was the probable performer.

Cook and his wife had a large family, few of whom outlived childhood, and his last surviving son was robbed and killed while crossing the common near his home to join his ship. Mrs Cook, who lived to a great age, must have died a lonely old woman.

Sir Joseph Banks was a noted (amateur) botanist. He would have been very affronted by David George’s description of him as a ‘‘trading captain’’.
BRUCE MOON, Nelson

Hawkes Bay Today 20/4/19
SALE OF HAWKE’S BAY SEAFOODS MEANS LESS IN GOVT COFFERS
Ngati Kahungunu are to be congratulated on their purchase of Hawke's Bay Seafoods. With good management, the business will continue creating jobs in the local economy.

Now that Kahungunu own the newly named Takitimu Seafoods, the business will cease to pay income tax. Kahungunu Asset Holding Company is a registered charity, therefore exempt (under section CW42 of the Income Tax Act) from paying tax on its business income.

This represents a massive competitive advantage to Kahungunu and other corporate charities, other companies must pay 28 per cent tax on retained earnings or pay dividends (which are taxed in the hands of the shareholder). Kahungunu doesn't have to pay tax on Its earnings and can simply distribute its profits through charitable grants to members.

So every time Kahungunu swallows up a competitor we have less in the coffers to pay teachers. nurses: and police - perhaps not so much to celebrate?
SARAH TAYLOR Napier Hill

Dominion Post 20/4/19 (‘To the point’ section)
The non-Maori 85 per cent of the population. commonly referred to In the media as The Silent Majority. should more aptly be called The Pathetic Apathetics. Their only contribution to the running of the country Is to put some marks on the electoral voting papers every three years
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Northland Age 18/4/19
BLOWING SMOKE
Everybody — visitors, residents and Kiwi citizens — can reasonably expect to be safe and free from harm and danger in New Zealand. However, political wallowing, wailing and bleating doublespeak does nothing for Kiwis' psyche, only alienating many people with inane suggestions being floated.

Certainly we must try to ensure Christchurch-type catastrophe never happens again by taking appropriate practical steps, but we must move on from agonising over Christchurch ad nauseum.

As a first step, gun control/ ban was essential, but why didn't we just follow the Australian legislation with amendments, although whereas they had a firearm registry, we in New Zealand have not since 1987? Blame our politicians for this, and for allowing free access to military-style semi-automatic weapons etc.

It is all very well getting compliance from legitimate gun owners, but what about the tens of thousands of illegal guns floating about in Etherland, and what will politicians do to track down those weapons? What will the government do with all the guns purchased for between $100 million and $300 million? It has been rumoured that they may look to sell some guns overseas, where they could end up in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East. Can the government categorically state this will not happen, and that all the guns surrendered will be destroyed?

Where is the urgent critical workable gun register legislation?

A Supreme Court judge has been appointed to head the Royal Commission (costing $8.4 million), which will go on forever, yet no firm conclusions are anticipated. Wouldn't it have been better to get the terrorist trial out of the way, where much of the evidence etc, may be forthcoming anyway?

Appallingly, what continues to happen is the usual culprits' exploitation of the Christchurch massacre by seizing every opportunity to heap vitriolic, scurrilous attacks amounting to hate speech on their fellow Kiwis in an attempt to shut down robust criticism of their own offensive activities.

Justice Minister Little is looking at new hate speech legislation, presumably to shield the government, local government and the race-based activist ratbags from robust criticism by trashing the right to freedom of speech.

New Zealand sports team names that were never an issue until this evil lone wolf terrorist surfaced in Christchurch have now also come under the blowtorch.

Frankly, how can anyone have any confidence in any government legislation or policy initiatives when it can't even get the Provincial Growth Fund fiasco, Kiwibuild debacle or Cullen's crazy CGT issues sorted?

These socialist sods who are imbued with the global world socialist (Marxist) philosophy, which always over-promises and under-delivers, being based on the philosophy of failure, ignorance and arrogance, with the equal sharing of miseries by everyone, couldn't organise a booze-up in a brewery, while their rivals, who pay lip service to capitalism, the philosophy of greed resulting in the inequitable, disproportionate sharing of wealth, are no better. Both factions share many of the same despicable traits, including the lack of public consultation, transparency, openness, honesty or accountability.

Trust any of them at your peril.
ROB PATERSON Mount Maunganui

New Zealand Herald 18/4/19
ON APATHY
The non-Maori 85 per cent of the population, commonly referred to in the media as the Silent Majority, should more aptly be called the Pathetic Apathetics. Their only contribution to the running of the country is to put some marks on the electoral voting papers every three years.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa.

Bay of Plenty Times 17/4/19
THE ELMS
Tauranga In response to Mr Dey, (Letters, April 4), in my view, the purpose of local government is (among other things) to promote the social economic environmental and cultural wellbeing of communities in the present and for the future.

TCC is not in itself obliged to gift back purchased land to the vendor and then pay a rental. The Elms continues to promote the cultural history of all New Zealanders and is one of the oldest heritage sites in New Zealand. The people of New Zealand have paid hugely in terms of legislated goodwill. The various statutes have rigorous provisions for Treaty implementation for which the nation is paying. This is not one of them. The council assisted in the purchase of the land for the future development of the Elms and also to prevent commercial ownership of adjoining land.

Gifting the Lot in question immediately creates an opportunity for iwi to have both a commercial and governance interest. The peninsula was originally purchased by the Mission Society after it was abandoned by Maori after inter-tribal warfare. The Anglican Church has already gifted 14 acres of Te Papa (which it had purchased legally) to the winner. How much more goodwill do you want?

The transfer of Lot 11 to anyone other than the Elms would be another transaction not in the interests of the ratepayers and the majority of the Bay of Plenty people.
RE STEPHENS, Papamoa

Herald on Sunday 14/4/19
THE IGNORANCE OF HISTORY
The potential Crusaders’ name change marks a victory for the Marxist Left, the pseudo-liberals, the Muslim jihadists and the historically illiterate revisionists.

The ignorance of history, which is a major cause of this regression, should come as no surprise to the population, as both leading political parties have suppressed the nation’s history since the 1970s and exacerbated the situation by permitting dramatic revisions to our national statutes, even the Treaty, without any historical knowledge of them or consideration of future ramifications.

This ignorance of our nation’s history is so prevalent that we have a prime minister, presently lauded internationally and with suggestions of a Nobel prize nomination, who did not know the wording of the Treaty of Waitangi.

History records that the Muslim jihadists began invading Europe in the eighth century and their violent mission of converting all to Islam continues to this day.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Bay of Plenty Times 13/4/19
FISH BILL WOES
Once again the Green Party is taking over where Chris Finlayson left off, along with MP Tamati Coffey.

The Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill (News, April 6) includes in definitions “Treaty settlement legislation”.

Amongst other references to Maori it also gives priority in Section 48A (5) wherein any inconsistency in provisions in freshwater fish regulations or provisions relating to Maori fishing rights then Treaty legislation will prevail.

The Bill seems, in my view, to be less of a fish protection proposal than an effort to entrench Maori/ Treaty control issues in the Conservation Act which has operated successfully for all New Zealanders through the auspices of the Fish and Game Council and the Conservation Department.

There is also the reference in the proposed amendment that “these regulations or notices do not affect Maori fishing rights” and they can continue to harvest their whitebait etc. while controlling access under the guise of kaitiaki. I am wondering if, before taking this Bill into committee stages, any consideration was given to the report by Geoffrey Palmer which included concerns about the negative effect on Fish and Game. This is particularly relevant in the amendment (6) to Clause 7J.

“However, if there is any conflict between a provision in a freshwater fisheries management plan and a provision in a sports fish and game management plan, the provision in the freshwater fisheries management plan prevails.” (Abridged)
R E STEPHENS Papamoa Beach

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 12/4/19
NZ’S DAY OF INDEPENDENCE
While the Treaty of Waitangi gave tangata Maori, “The same rights as the people of England if they gave up their kawanatanga/governments to the Queen”, it did not make New Zealand into a British Colony under one flag, one government and one law.

After the Treaty was signed, New Zealand remained under Governor Sir George Gipps and the dependency and laws of New South Wales.

On the 3rd May 1841, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated the 16 November 1840 separated New Zealand from New South Wales dependency and New Zealand became an independent British Colony.

Not only did New Zealand became a British Colony on this day, but we were given our first Governor and Constitution that set up our political, legal and justice systems under one flag, one government and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

This document was, “Our true Founding Document and first Constitution”.

As Maori celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi on the 6th February, all New Zealander’s must celebrate New Zealand’s Independence Day on the 3rd May every year.

It is the day we became, One Nation under One flag, One government and One law! It’s time to shout it from the roof tops!

Don’t let another year go by without celebrating. It’s only one month away.
R BAKER, Researcher, One New Zealand Foundation lnc

Gisborne Herald 11/4/19
LABELLING TOTAL NONSENSE
Re: Moving to the right side of history now, April 10 letter.

I like the way you immediately attempt to take the moral high ground by labelling anybody with a different view to yours as racist, right wing etc. Total nonsense. All this does is show you and your ilk in your true light.

How can you live a happy life with all this bile deep inside you? Your second to last sentence is an admission that the wrongs of the past are no longer present.

I have no idea what the last line says, no doubt that will also be held against me.
JOHN FRICKER


WHO IS IN BLACK HATS NOW?
When I was a kid in Timaru, we used to go to the “bughouse” pictures on a Saturday and would cheer for the white hat cowboys, who normally represented truth, justice and the American way, and boo at the black hat cowboys, who were at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.

I read Wally Te Ua’s recent letter with interest and particularly note the way various words carry positive or negative values with them. This tends to create, at least an illusion, of a white hat/black hat scenario, with guess who wearing the black hats?

“Picking up scraps from under the white man’s table”, I thought a little over the top for 2019.

I am bemused by the final quotation, “Mene mene tekel upharsin”. Uncle Google tells me “the writing on the wall, interpreted by Daniel to mean that God had weighed Belshazzar and his kingdom, had found them wanting, and would destroy them”. It’s a long time since I frequented Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Timaru and therefore my scripture is a mite rusty. If I have got it wrong, I apologise.

I sincerely hope that my expressed opinion does not cast me into that special corner of hell, reserved for right wing, scaremongering racists.
RON TAYLOR

Bay of Plenty Times 12/4/19
NATIONAL LANGUAGE
I note in your “Hot Topics” quiz that you state that English is one of the three official languages of New Zealand.

You know this is incorrect because, for many years, a prolific letter writer on this very subject to your paper, the late Robin Bishop, had tried right up until her passing to get English accepted into law as an official language.

She even presented her petition which I also signed to her local MP, Simon Bridges, for him to table in Parliament, but not surprisingly that disappeared into the ether, never to be seen again.

Can I respectfully ask that before putting incorrect answers to your quizzes that you indeed research your subjects more thoroughly?
BRIAN BROWN, Tauranga

Otago Daily Times 12/4/19
NZ HISTORY
SIMON Chapple’s article (ODT, 4.4.19) makes timely reading.

The Begg brothers, doctors Neil and Charles, were noted historians last century. They passed on a lot about the history of contact. In a footnote to one of their books, they mentioned that the captain of the Endeavour (Tupai’s ship) had sired a child, in the Marlborough Sounds in 1769. She was sighted during the 1777 voyage — as an 8year old.

The writers noted that the captain could have either been Joseph Banks, or Captain James Cook — they being the trading captain and the sailing captain respectively.

It might be interesting to note that one gentleman would have passed on some immunity to the disease. These illnesses were passed on inadvertently during the period of contact.

If James Cook had been the father, it is possible that his only descendents might be found among the population of New Zealand today.
DAVID GEORGE, Cromwell
Simon Chapple's article > Early Maori population hard to judge

Northland Age 11/4/19
STILL COUNTING?
Perhaps the delay in the release of the last census figures is because they are trying to find more citizens with a trace of Maori blood.
BRYAN JOHNSON


BOYCOTT HASTINGS
The Hastings District Council has voted to support and promote racism within its district.

The Christchurch massacre was caused by racism, but, abhorrent as it was, the District of Hastings has voted to support those actions by practising its own form of racism. It has voted to appoint two Ma¯ ori to their four standing committees, ignoring democracy by circumventing the council’s requirement that only elected councillors be allowed to vote on these committees. This is against basic democracy within a democratic New Zealand.

Race-based government is called an apartheid copy of South Africa. One that this country has opposed both politically and publicly. Heaven forbid that our own FNDC attempts the same sort of nonsense.

I refuse to purchase fish, fruit, veges or wine from the Hastings area. Do not support racism.
PETE BENSON, Awanui

Dominion Post 11/4/19
The calm, well-researched, reasoned article on multiculturalism by Jim Traue is in striking contrast to the emotive outbursts and pleas relating to racism and freedom of religion since the Christchurch murders.

It is also highly relevant to Wellington City Council's pursuit of Maori biculturalism, evidenced by the reference to Tangaroa in a scientific, planning document.

The inept handling of the matter, from the inclusion of the word in the first place, was shown by supporting councillors comments (April 5).

The mayor associated use of Tangaroa with Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny, insulting, particularly, Maori culture, but also the associated Christian beliefs about celebrations of key events in the life of Christ.

Fitzsimons' comments on use of metaphor to capture interest were daft, Day's old saw accusing Pakeha of cultural misunderstanding, missed the point, and both Sparrow and Calvi-Freeman ducked for cover.

Common sense did not exist. While there is an excellent case for the protection of Maori culture, the definition of culture should not be in the framework of biculturalism from the past, but multiculturalism in the 21st century. Voters are likely to recognise this.
MIKE WILLIAMS, Tawa

The article that Mike Williams refers to > For multiculturalism to work, society needs to promote the values of our cultural heritage 

Hawkes Bay Today 10/4/19
TREATY MISUNDERSTANDING
Your World Watch correspondent Gwynne Dyer (Monday, March 25) is incorrect when he states that The Treaty of Waitangi was written in both languages (Maori and English).

In fact The Treaty of Waitangi was only ever written in the Maori language. Governor Hobson was adamant the Treaty document in Maori signed at Waitangi on February 6 was the de facto treaty document.

He subsequently gave specific instructions that all treaty negotiations would be undertaken in the Maori language using a copy of that Maori language treaty document.

And that is in fact what happened (including at the Manukau and Port Waikato Treaty signings).

All of the so-called English versions of the Treaty are derived from documents purported to be the draft documents crafted by Busby, Freeman, Hobson and others to generate the final English draft of the Treaty handed to Henry Williams on February 4 to translate into the Maori language . . . or they are translations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Maori language written by various authors subsequent to the signing of the Treaty. There is no English version of The Treaty of Waitangi.
KERRY HOGAN Napier

Waikato Times 10/4/19
CRUSADERS 1
The Crusaders' name change marks a victory for the Marxist Left, the pseudo-liberals, the Muslim Jihadists and the historically-illiterate revisionists.

The ignorance of history, that is a major cause of this regression, should come as no surprise to the population, as both political parties have suppressed the nation's history since the 1970s and exacerbated the situation by permitting dramatic revisions to our national statutes, even the Treaty, without any historical knowledge of them or consideration of future ramifications.

This ignorance of our nation's history is so prevalent that we have a prime minister, presently lauded internationally and with suggestions of a Nobel prize nomination, who did not know the wording of the Treaty of Waitangi.

History records that the Muslim Jihadists began invading Europe in the eighth century and their mission of converting all to Islam continues to this day.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa.

Dominion Post 10/4/19
WE HAVE SYSTEMIC RACISM
Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed by Lana Hart (It's time to get practical about ending racism, April 8), I don't think we are in a very strong position to preach anti-racism whilst we have government-imposed, and encouraged, racism within our systems.

We have race-based seats in Parliament, we have places at medical school allocated by race, we have employment opportunities within the public service decided according to race. We even have a racially selected rugby team representing our country. Let's tackle racism by all means, but let's get our own house in order first.
REG FOWLES, Walkanae

Bay of Plenty Times 9/4/19
STREET NAME RETHINK  
In your article (April 4) “Debate on street names called for” you can add to the list some street names referencing the Battle of Gate Pa , Puhirake Cres, Pyes Pa (The Lakes).

The Ngai Te Rangi chief Rawiri Puhirake instigated the Tauranga battles by challenging the British to come and fight him. He even built a road so that Greer’s soldiers would not be too tired when they got there.

On receiving no reply he moved his pa closer on the lower Wairoa River. When the British still didn’t take up the challenge he moved to Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) where he got his wish.

Puhirake and his men repulsed the first attack but knowing their position was so compromised they would not survive the attack which would come in the morning they evacuated the pa under the cover of darkness.

Puhirake died at the next battle at Te Ranga which was a major defeat for Maori. Puhirake was widely admired for bravery and is buried in the Mission Cemetery. I wonder if Tommy Wilson and his followers want Puhirake Cres expunged or it only the street names of British soldiers?
RICHARD PRINCE, Welcome Bay

Northland Age 9/4/19
INDEPENDENCE DAY
While the Treaty of Waitangi gave tangata Maori 'The same rights as the people of England if they gave up their kawanatanga/governments to the Queen,' it did not make New Zealand into a British colony under one flag, one government and one law.

After the Treaty was signed, New Zealand remained under Governor Sir George Gipps and the dependency and laws of New South Wales.

On May 3, 1841, Queen Victoria's Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated November 16, 1840, separated New Zealand from New South Wales dependency and New Zealand became an independent British colony.

Not only did New Zealand became a British colony on this day, but we were given our first Governor and constitution that set up our political, legal and justice systems under one flag, one government and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

This document was our true founding document and first constitution.

As Maori celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, all New Zealanders must celebrate New Zealand's Independence Day on May 3 every year. It is the day we became one nation under one flag, one government and one law. It's time to shout it from the roof tops. Don't let another year go by without celebrating. It's only one month away.
ROSS BAKER Researcher One New Zealand Foundation


VICTORY FOR THE LEFT
The Crusaders' name change marks a victory for the Marxist Left, the pseudo-liberals, The Muslim Jihadists and the historically-illiterate revisionists.

The ignorance of history, that is a major cause of this regression, should come as no surprise to the population, as both political parties have suppressed the nation's history since the 1970s, and exacerbated the situation by permitting dramatic revisions to our national statutes, even the Treaty, without any historical knowledge of them or consideration of future ramifications.

This ignorance of our nation's history is so prevalent that we have a Prime Minister, presently lauded internationally and with suggestions of a Nobel prize nomination, who did not know the wording of the Treaty of Waitangi.

History records that the Muslim Jihadists began invading Europe in the 8th Century, and their violent mission of converting all to Islam continues to this day.
BRYAN JOHNSON Omokoroa

Nelson Mail 8/4/19
‘AFFRONT TO DEMOCRACY’
Very interested to read that the NZ First party opposed the introduction of an act of Parliament that would have given South Island iwi Nga¯ i Tahu exclusive rights to have two appointments made to Environment Canterbury.

NZ First spokesman Shane Jones claimed such appointments would have been an ‘‘affront to democracy’’.

We know that throughout our country a number of local bodies are considering similar exclusive right appointments and their national organisation, Local Government NZ, seems to be condoning such undemocratic moves.

My question is simply this. Will NZ First as the critical Government coalition partner now be taking steps to ensure local government legislation is amended so that no action can be taken at local government level that is an ‘‘affront to democracy’’? We will watch that space with interest.
PAUL BIELESKI, Nelson

Sunday Star Times 7/4/19
I read Hinemoa Elder’s article regarding the Christchurch terror attacks several times to make sure I understood her intent (‘‘We must not ignore cultural differences’’, Focus).

I agreed with some of it. But I found the underlying message to be very offensive and unnecessarily divisive at this time ‘‘. . . well-meaning Pakeha must get out of the way . . .’’

I live in Christchurch and in the time immediately after the terror attacks, I have noticed small but discernible acts of love and kindness.

The majority of our community, regardless of race or religion, have supported each other and the families of the victims.

Why, then, did Elder admonish just Pakeha for getting in the way?

Why not mention Asians, Pacific Islanders, Irish immigrants, South African immigrants, Hindu immigrants, gang members, Christian church groups? All of these groups have offered help and open kindness.

My only answer is that her comments were racially motivated and deliberately divisive.

We, the people who actually live in Christchurch, have had more than our share of grief. I know from talking to friends and colleagues of all races and religious beliefs that we want to build a more inclusive community where we all have a valuable contribution to make.

By the way, I’m a born and bred Aucklander. I love my home town but I deeply respect Christchurch!
GREG McNEILL, Christchurch

Hawkes Bay Today 4/4/19
MAORI REPRESENTATIVES
Councillor Jacoby Poulain says a public poll would not have supported the Hastings District Council proposal to appoint four Maori representatives to their four standing committees “because only 20 per cent of the population is Maori”. That may well have been the case, but at least a poll is democratic. And democracy is how councillor Poulain got elected.

Yes, Winston Churchill once said democracy was the worst form of government “except for all the others”. What does that say about “the others?” They are infinitely worse.
MARK TAYLOR Havelock North

NZ Herald 3/4/19
EUTHANASIA FOR MAORI
I am sorry Tariana Turia feels the way she does about assisted dying. In the Horizon Research Poll, May 2017, Maori were 71 per cent in favour of assistance to die being available in terminal illness as per the End of Life Choice Bill.

If a Maori person accesses assistance to die they will be able to respect their cultural values better than in many usual end of life situations. Before the assistance takes place they will be able to discuss with whanau and come to a consensus view of whether they should ask for assistance to die. They are encouraged to talk with family.

Obviously, the person concerned has to make the final request. If the patient wants it, the health practitioners concerned will talk to family. The person will be competent and awake when it happens, with family around them in support. Family will have immediate and continuing access to the patient afterwards. The disabled or old are not eligible unless they meet the criteria of terminal illness, major irremediable unbearable suffering, and be in an advanced stage of incapacity.

It is intended that the body who provide the second doctor will have cultural representation.
DR JACK HAVILL, Hamilton.

Bay of Plenty Times 3/4/19
CONSULTATION NEEDED
This may surprise you Tauranga City councillors say you are continually being consulted about proposals.

The local body law states that all citizens must be consulted on plans and proposals that affect them.

All of us know this is not happening and consequently, the TCC is not obeying the law.

I believe, many things are being actioned which would never be agreed to, if there was proper consultation operational.

Like the free gifting of a residential property. in Mission St. to a tribal (rust. Effective consultation of our community and action as directed must be done. as the law demands.
KEN EVANS Tauranga

Northland Age 2/4/19
HE AWI' TAHI TATOU? 
I was wondering, when our Prime Minister proclaims "We are one people," is she meaning the way immigrants and refugees, such as Muslims, assimilate into New Zealand society, accepting our traditions and values?

Or is she referring to the relationship of part-Maori and non-Maori?

If she's meaning that New Zealand's part-Maori and non-Maori are one people, why did Donald Brash get "de-platformed" at Massey University for saying and, in fact, preaching that?
LEO LEITCH, Benneydale


FAIR AND REASONABLE
To any reasonable people with a bit of natural pride in themselves, their way of life and their origins, asserting that their way is the best way is exactly what one would expect. Where those people are a large majority in their own country, of course that becomes the dominant culture, and by and large, all residents are expected to observe its norms.

At the same time, where there are minorities of any sort — of culture, religion, colour, political persuasion— all reasonable people will tolerate and accept them, as long as they do not attempt to impose their ways on anybody or attempt to upset the equilibrium of society.

A fine example in New Zealand since Hobson assured Bishop Pompallier at Waitangi is our religious tolerance — the persecution of Jews and the brutal conflicts of Catholic/Protestant or Christian/Muslim have been absent from ow shores. Of course, on rare occasiors when a religious group has chosen to defy social norms and the law of the land, vigorous steps have been necessary to deal with it.

The nasty cults of Parihaka and Rua Kenana, who stated his seditious position in the middle of a major war, are among the few examples. And in those cases, the authorities' response was fair and moderate.

So now, in the aftermath of the appalling tragedy in Christchurch, it surely comes as a considerable shock to find ourselves berated by prominent figures, of whom Person of the Year Anne Salmond would be one, telling us that we are "white supremacists" who belittle others with of ridicule, suppression and contempt. And many others are using distorted accounts of our recent colonial past to use this situation to advance their political position and bid for more power.

Confronted with such challenges, it is time, I suggest, for all New Zealanders of good faith to assert their belief in themselves and their values of fairness, truth and democracy on which our fine country was founded.
BRUCE MOON Nelson


WITH PRIVILEGE
As an 88-year-old pensioner of the group frequently vilified by some ethnic and pseudo-liberal groups as male, pale and stale, the only 'white privilege' that I have experienced in a working life engaged in naval service, teaching, an abundance of other jabs and raising five children, has been to be dully employed the whole time and so able to provide the taxes needed to support those less fortunate.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Waikato Times 2/4/19
COUNCILLOR CONDEMNED
Democracy and free speech is alive in Hamilton with one councillor happy to fly in the face of good science, medicine, sound history and sheer common sense. Cr Henry showed poor taste at the weekend when she defiantly wore an "Anti Vaxx" shirt at a time when NZ may be facing a measles epidemic. I suspect few parents in Christchurch would applaud her. 

She also opposes fluoridated water supply despite the opinions of almost all doctors and dentists.

I was born and grew up in Hamilton pre fluoride and by the time I was twenty had acquired the usual mouth full of fillings. Since 1967 my wife and I have always lived with fluoridated water and neither of us have had new fillings since about 1975. Our two daughters, in their forties, and four grandchildren are today filling free. Good enough proof for me.

Cr Henry also knows little of history if she equates Gov, Sir George Grey in the same light as Hitler. Five minutes of research would show her that Grey was the best friend Maori ever had. During his first term he was lauded by them and nowhere more so than at Rangiaowhia. He was brought back to serve a second term precisely because of his rapport with Maori.
MURRAY REID, Cambridge

Dominion Post 2/4/19
SLIPPERY SLOPE
It is shocking that Hastings District Council feels able to abandon democracy and appoint totally unelected Maori to council committees.

With 25 per cent of Hastings’ population being Maori, there is surely no reason why Maori cannot be elected to the HDC. Already four of the 14 elected members have Maori heritage.

It is an insult to the ratepayers of Hastings that the council has made this decision to appoint those who have not stood before the ratepayers to seek their endorsement. This is a very slippery slope for democracy.

The issue will not go away, and will no doubt be remembered when the local body elections take place later in the year.

At the very time the prime minister is stressing the fact that all New Zealanders should have equal rights, and that we should be one people, Hastings District Council votes to give voting rights to some citizens on purely racial grounds.

Time for a change, I think, because this has been a disgraceful example of what not to do in local government.
MARGARET MURRAY-BENGE, Tauranga

Hawkes Bay Today 1/4/19
COUNCIL'S SLIPPERY SLOPE
It is shocking that the Hastings District Council feels able to abandon democracy and appoint totally unelected Maori to council committees.

With 25 per cent of Hastings population Maori, there is surely no reason why Maori cannot be elected to the HDC. Four of the 14 elected members have Maori heritage.

It is an insult to the ratepayers of Hastings that the council has made this decision to appoint those who have not stood before the ratepayers to seek their endorsement. This is a very slippery slope for democracy.

The issue will not go away, and will no doubt be remembered when the local body elections take place later in the year.

At the very time the Prime Minister is stressing that all New Zealanders should have equal rights, and we should be one people, the Hastings District Council votes to give voting rights to some citizens on purely racial grounds.

Time for a change I think because this has been a disgraceful example of what not to do in local government
MARGARET MURRAY-BENGE, Tauranga


NOT SO PRIVILEGED
As an 88-year-old pensioner of the group frequently vilified by some ethnic and pseudo-liberal groups as: 'Male. Pale and Stale'. the only "White Privilege" that I experienced in a working life engaged in naval service, teaching an abundance of other jobs and raising five children, has been to be fully employed the whole time and so able to provide the taxes needed to support those less fortunate.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa