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Northern Advocate 9/7/20
VOTING RIGHTS UNDEMOCRATIC
Susan Botting, Local Democracy Reporter reports (RNZ 29/6/20) that “Hapū on a Whangārei District Council Māori input governance group are working to strengthen local democracy participation by shifting from being a governance group that recommends on council matters of relevance to local Māori to one that instead has voting rights around the decision-making table”.

It is an oxymoron to state that democracy is being strengthened by ushering in unelected appointments onto Council with voting rights.

Maori appointments with voting rights to Council should only be approved through a referendum of voters since such an arrangement changes the balance of voting away from representatives elected by the community to take into accounting voting by self-appointed vested interests that do not have the benefit of the wider community at heart.

These race-based appointments cannot be validated or questioned by the community in any way, once appointed they cannot be overturned by a public referendum and they cannot be voted out and inherently support “the hand that feeds them” i.e. their tribal sponsors. This can lead to serious bias, rampant greed or even corruption.

Wake up Whangarei, giving aristos of iwidom voting rights equal to our elected Councillors is a blatant undermining of our tried and true democracy.
GEOFF PARKER, Kamo

Northland Age 2/7/20
DEMOCRACY IN PERIL
Susan Botting, Local Democracy Reporter reports (RNZ 29/6/20) that “Hapū on a Whangārei District Council Māori input governance group are working to strengthen local democracy participation by shifting from being a governance group that recommends on council matters of relevance to local Māori to one that instead has voting rights around the decision-making table”.

Maori appointments with voting rights to Council should only be approved through a referendum of voters since such an arrangement changes the balance of voting away from representatives elected by the community to take into accounting voting by self-appointed vested interests that do not have the benefit of the wider community at heart.

These race-based appointments cannot be validated or questioned by the community in any way, once appointed they cannot be overturned by a public referendum and they cannot be voted out and inherently support “the hand that feeds them” i.e. their tribal sponsors. This can lead to serious bias, rampant greed or even corruption.

Wake up Whangarei, giving aristos of iwidom voting rights equal to our elected Councillors is a blatant undermining of our tried and true democracy.
GEOFF PARKER, Kamo

Northern Advocate 29/6/20
EARN PRIVILEGE
What people like Cirran Payne (letters 20/6/20) insultingly and wrongly call ‘white privilege’, most Kiwis would call making the most of ones opportunities in life which results from making better life choices sacrifices and hard work. Anyone can achieve this successful outcome no matter what their upbringing or background or socio-economic status is.

So called “privilege” more correctly called achievement is not a birthright nor dependant on social standing, ethnicity or ancestry, it is earned, and it is not related to skin colour being in fact a quality of character.

Payne says “our systems and institutions have and are creating racial inequality”. Well I fully agree with that, because New Zealand through rampant racist and separatist legislative initiatives since the 1970s have given at least twenty special statutory race based rights to those who claim to be part Maori.

The negative part-Maori statistics that Payne quoted namely imprisonment, self-inflicted health issues, and generational unemployment will only improve when those involved actively address the problems themselves and that starts with accountability for their own actions, relinquishing their unreal sense of entitlements, sound parenting, and embracing education which is available to all Kiwis.

Malcontents blaming everyone else for their perceived woes is ludicrous.
GEOFF PARKER, Whangarei

Northland Age 25/6/20

SUPER RUGBY WHERE? 
Last time I looked we were living in New Zealand. This is typical of this socialist Government and one of its agendas based around race.

Not even Maori agree that New Zealand was ever called Aotearoa. Maybe some Maori referred to the North Island as Aotearoa, but never the whole country.

'New Zealand' Rugby look as though they have joined the separatists in the quest for an ascendancy over the general population. I wonder what the fans will think of this?

It is becoming increasingly obvious that over the last couple of decades under Labour and National our rights have been eroded as New Zealanders, down to a point where we are now just told what is going to happen. How it is going to be. And remember the rules, if you complain you are racist
REX ANDERSON, Lower Hutt


A HORRIBLE PICTURE
Looks like the self-isolation, personal testing and quarantine facilities are still as slack or non-existent as they were in February/March 2020 when the borders were closed late and ludicrous self-monitoring isolation was rampant with the police checks missing in action.

Unbelievable, inadequate, dangerous and inexcusable, and yet another Boy Scout hurriedly appointed to keep tabs on those who are supposed to (but often don’t) administer and check on the arrival ‘victims’ compliance and whereabouts. The illegal roadblocks and unlawful BLM protest gatherings have tainted just about everything else, so then strict compliance goes awol.

At the outset Clark and Bush, charged with policing policies, were evasive, unhelpful, and did not seem to answer media questions properly in an open and transparent manner to put it mildly, while Bloomfield was missing in action so his mooted New Year knighthood gong looks to have gone down the gurgler. Many heads should roll over this mess.

As for Ms Ardern, she came across like a possum in the car headlights. She is shallow and mealy-mouthed on a good day.

We have 14,000 police officers, all the army and other armed services, yet seemingly we cannot strictly monitor about 3500 people in compulsory isolation masquerading as quarantine in hotels. Two hundred personnel, four at each site working three shifts a day, could deal to the policing issues on their ear, you would think. In addition, all travellers to New Zealand must be given an information sheet at the departure airport and again by NZ Customs on arrival, setting out their strict obligations (signed and acknowledged by them) as to what the compulsory protocol is.

When they leave quarantine they must be tested and clear of the virus, signed out and the release form peer reviewed. How hard can that simple task be? Also, all arrivals should have tests and clearances before they board any plane for New Zealand.

All the official reports are critical, and you have to ask, do this lot ever get anything right? Frankly it’s a horrible picture, and an indictment on how to endanger Kiwi lives.

All other major projects attempted to date this by inept government since 2017 have turned to custard, proving this lot of misfits could not organise a booze-up in a brewery. That’s a fact, not supposition.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui

Gisborne Herald 18/6/20
HAMILTON CLAIM OUTLANDISH
In an article published on Tuesday, the claim was made that Capt. John Hamilton “killed Maori in the Waikato land war”. Where is the evidence of that?

Hamilton never set foot in the Waikato. The only military action he took part in was at Pukehinahina Pa, known colloquially as Gate Pa, under the command of Lieut-General Duncan Cameron.

The conditions that led to the Gate Pa conflict are complex and it cannot be shown that Capt. Hamilton had any part in the developments preceding that particular conflict. He was, after all, merely the commander of a lesser British warship, the HMS Esk, which only arrived in Tauranga a matter of days before the battle.

It is said that in the midst of the battle, Hamilton, ordered by Cameron to advance, leaped from the trenches and called “follow me, men”. With that he fell dead from a head shot.

Given that only 15 pa defenders were killed in the skirmish, mostly by artillery fire, it would be of considerable historical interest to discover that Capt. Hamilton had “murdered” anyone. Indeed, it is highly likely he never killed anyone at Gate Pa or anywhere else in New Zealand.

If activists are going to throw around claims that blackguard the name of a man who is not here to defend himself, they should give us the benefit of their knowledge of the matter and put the evidence into the public realm.
DAVID MORRIS, Auckland

Northland Age 16/6/20
STATUE BASHING
Well done and good on Winston Peters for speaking out about the statues issue and his assessment of the situation is both accurate and reasoned .

Take heart in my view 90 % of kiwis will fully endorse what he says and many are surprised and concerned that other politicians are not speaking out about the ratbags violent behavior that verges on and has all the hallmarks anarchy. If the rabble’s actions transcend peaceful protest and violate Kiwis or others normal code of conduct it is fair to call that anarchy by the mobs.

While I am ambivalent and find it hard to get emotional about public statues of the various personages around NZ I have no problem with the construction thereof as long as I and other taxpayers and ratepayers don’t have to fund them. On the other hand I do have a real problem with the village idiot woke tossers who seek to graffiti, destroy, deface, and topple the statues willy nilly or anything else that takes their fancy to fuel their hate fueled idiocy against anything normal. Where do these buffoons get the time/money to engage in this anti -social nonsense God only knows but we can all guess.

The statues solution is that if after full public consultation locals decide they do not want the statues then by all means remove them and store away or give them to someone who may be happy to display them on their property or in the front garden. The full cost of consultation , removal and storage must be met upfront by the ratbag malcontents not taxpayers nor ratepayers.

Once this PC issue is resolved it is night follows day stuff that this bunch of misfits will move on to slag something else.

Incidentally the question is do the Police condone public disorder, intimidation ,threats of and actual law breaking/ violence and the destruction of public property these days? It is looking that way.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui


TWO TRUTHS
Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarua-Packer, along with Tainui kaurnatua Taitimu Maipi is agitating for European monuments to be taken down and destroyed. I note that more and more Maori cultural carvings are appearing throughout New Zealand, and that most people do not find that offensive.

There are two sides to the historical coin, one that has written history and monuments, the other that has verbal history and cultural carvings, each depicting the “truth" as they believe it. Neither version of New Zealand history should be attempting to create supremacy or cultural power over the other.

Those who attempt to create racial division can only draw New Zealand as a nation closer to anarchy.
MAUREEN J ANDERSON, Pyes Pa

Northland Age 11/6/20
POISONING THE PRESENT
Thomas Sowell tells it like it is, scribing a perfect description of New Zealand Governance and a group of people with one agenda, to change everything about New Zealand, especially “our” history.

'Those who mine history for sins are not searching for truth but for opportunities to denigrate their own society, or for grievances that can be cashed in today, at the expense of people who were not even born when the sins of the past were committed.

An ancient adage says, Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

But apparently, that is not sufficient for many among our educators, the intelligentsia, or the media.

They are busy poisoning the present by the way they present the past.

The Treaty Of Waitangi is not even recognisable from when it was first written, and the reason for actually having a treaty has long been lost. Now we have a lolly scramble arranged by successive Labour and National Governments for a people who do not even have to prove who they are!

The Government and their minions are always talking about “stamping out racism” but our entire society revolves around that very subject, race-based politics and policies.

We have a treaty/grievance industry, set up by a lawyer for lawyers, and their industry “clients” all well serviced by Government paid revisionist historians and culturally hypnotised moles in the education, health, and every Government dept in New Zealand.

They are parasites that feed of New Zealand taxpayers under the guise of settling perceived historical grievances put together by the racist Waitangi Tribunal and it's in house team that prepares the lies and myths about a people who now only exist on paper!
REX ANDERSON, Lower Hutt


IT’S OFFICIAL
Further to my letter on illegal road blocks (Always unacceptable, June 2),

I have just received copy of the following letter sent to a complainant by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The complaint was lodged April 28 and only responded to by IPCA early June. Be that as it may, the IPCA letter although wishy washy confirms the vigilante roadblocks were unlawful and wrong under s21 and s22 Summary Offences Act 1981 provisions, ie blocking public roads and intimidation issues and also breaching the Covid 19 lockdown rules. The following is the text of IPCA letter/decision which surprisingly has not been publicised, I wonder why?

“Thank you for advising the Authority of your concerns about Police’s failure to close the civilian covid19 checkpoints in Katikati.

In the Authority’s view, all roadblocks/checkpoints established by civilians without Police permission and supervision are unlawful. Those conducting them have also been in breach of the section 70 notice from the Medical Officer of Health (MOOH) under Alert Level 4.

As a result of your complaint and those of others, we communicated our view to Police. Police then worked with local communities to ensure that the checkpoints were either supervised by Police officers at the location or closed.

Police have now advised the Authority that all checkpoints were closed by 14 May 2020.

The Authority is therefore satisfied that the issues you raised have been addressed by Police.” [Letter ends]

This IPCA letter completely vindicates my stance and the thrust of my letter confirming what occurred was wrong and unlawful no ifs and buts .Ms. Ardern and the top cops trying to fly under the radar were condoning this unlawful behaviour knowing it was wrong yet tried to bluff it out.

Well now let’s have a public apology and confirmation from them that the road blocks were wrong and unlawful and it will not be tolerated nor occur again in the future.

Encouraging the offending compromises the rule of law and preferential treatment was given here, while separatism and racial preferences are unacceptable in any form at any time having no place in New Zealand.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui

Northland Age 9/6/20
WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE?
Can Mike Shaw (No need for tension, letters June 4) provide any tangible irrefutable written proof, other than Ngati Kuri say so, that the public road leading to the Cape Reinga lighthouse at the northern tip of New Zealand was put through land without the appropriate consent? The onus of proof is on those alleging this and it’s my understanding the road is actually State Highway One. It looks like there are no dwellings/houses in the deserted area anyway between Te Werahi Gate and Cape Reinga a distance of about 5km, so any traffic on this stretch under lockdown should have been police responsibility.

Probably the land for this public road was purchased or acquired under the Public Works Act for which compensation is normally paid? Regardless of all this and despite Mr.Shaw’s pro-tribal rhetoric as it is still currently a public road it is illegal to block or prevent people travelling on it under Sections 21 and 22 Summary Offences Act.

One must be very careful in supporting/promoting tribal separatist agendas because those espousing these are very creative and plausible when justifying their disruptive actions or sovereignty agendas. Facts and truth seem to play no part in the delusions with the associated spiritual /cultural mumbo jumbo sucking in many ‘learned’ fools and ample evidence of this provided by our PC politicians, local government councillors and the gullible leftist media.

Further, Te Papa was closed by Covid-19 legislation and not some race based tribal vigilante group, and drawing a comparison between illegally blocking a public highway and statutory legislation closing Te Papa museum to the public is an absolute nonsense.
GEOFF PARKER, Kamo

Northland Age 2/6/20
ALWAYS UNACCEPTABLE
Plenty of unmitigated nonsense has been written defending this blatantly unlawful behaviour (roadblocks).

For example, the thrust of Professors Spoonley and Shaw of the Massey University's College School of Humanities and Social Sciences spiel on the roadblocks issue (NZ Herald May 25) defies belief, and is in my view incorrect and inflammatory. They should stick to their academic fairyland world devoid of reality, facts and common sense

Let me assist these types to understand not only were there very senous rule of law issues with illegal vigilante roadblocks, often manned by activists and gang members, in Northland. East Coast, Taranaki and parts of Bay of Plenty etc, but the failure to stamp out the illegal roadblocks led to this offending mushrooming elsewhere.

It is irrelevant what the personal and political PC views of top cops Haumaha and Coster might be the miscreants should have been shut down and prosecuted.

Ms Arden, when questioned about the illegality, was evasive, offhand, blase and ambivalent. Clearly she condoned the roadblocks.

All were illegal under S21 and S22 Summary Offences Act 1981 etc., because they blocked public roads, intimidated people, and clearly they breached many parts of the lockdown legislation.

In my view the public perception was that Ms Ardem effectively encouraged offenders to break the law while stating government were leaving it up to the police and would not interfere

Police could of course have set up road checkpoints, but the vigilantes could not do so. Nor could they be authorised by police. So-called working with the police is a complete nonsense, and breaches social distancing and privacy laws.

As there were reputed to be up to 80 roadblocks operating, if these were warranted or justified and manned 24/7 by eight police personnel each that is only 640 officers and 80 cars involved out of a total police force of 10,000 staff, and even the army could and should have been legally co-opted to assist.

This is the very thing the police were engaged to do anyway.- not supervise people breaking the law.

In a nutshell it was wrong and illegal, no ifs and buts about it, and dare I say it, reeked of race-based preferential treatment and should have been stopped immediately.

All Kiwis know that anyone else trying this trick on would be nailed and dealt too. The police and government were, in my view. complicit and parties to the offending.

Incidentally. David Parker. as the Attorney-General being New Zealand's No 1 law enforcement officer, should be fronting up to this problem. not Ms Arden who is shallow on a good day and clearly way out of her depth on rule of law issues.

This was not the only separatist race-based stuff thrown up over the Covid-I9 lockdown period.

First up we had the $56 million pandemic handout for Maori health (what was that for and where is the accountability?) then the illegal road blocks appeared, and now the massively increased GP subsidy payments announced for Maori patients over everyone else, plus we suddenly have preferential treatment for part-Maori and Pasifika on DHB waiting lists.

All have the politicising stench to them of trying to fly under the radar with critics sidelined during lockdown.

There was another $900 million in the Budget lolly scramble. Separatism and racial preferences are unacceptable in any form at any time.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui


GET USED TO IT,
Give someone alleging to be Maori a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and chips, then the rights to where the fish was caught and ownership of that part of the ocean plus funding for a new boat! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his 'basic rights.'

We want more! we want the water, the beaches, the lakes, the airwaves, local and central governance, everything!. and some politician who wants to "slip into bed" with people who 'allege' to be Maori will declare all these things to be among their 'basic rights.'

The word 'racism is like Tomato sauce. It can be poured on practically anything - and demanding any evidence or saying no to their demands makes you the 'racist!.If you have always believed that everyone is equal, should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, you would have been labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago but today you're a racist!.

It is amazing in NZ that cannot afford to pay our nurses properly, our ambulance and rescue helicopter along with surf rescue live on mostly donations, but somehow our government and their "minions think that we can afford to pay for "Maorified" bureaucracy to administer anything and everything, always with a little "koha" leftover for themselves.

Regarding the opposition to Maori wards, unelected seats on council and the councils and mayors that "we" elected who stabbed us in the back, it is clear that the people who were ''voted'' in and I use that term loosely as most people don't vote care nothing for democracy, and while constantly talking about transparency do most of their 'dealings' behind closed doors in closed groups and close off anyway to get access to what has been decided, what has been taken away from you or what else they've decided you will pay for.

In New Zealand, it is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of these people who pay no price for being wrong and use divisive race-baiting politics to keep them in power and push an ideology that will, in the end, split the country down the middle, into 'them' and 'us'.
REX ANDERSON, Lower Hutt


MUZZLED
The Bi-culturalism fostered by the Government is not fair at all Maoris can give vent to their spleen and say dreadful things like “pushing the Pakeha into the sea” and “all the land is ours” But Race Relations Act has muzzled the Non-Maori population of NZ by not allowing criticism of Maori to be published.

New Zealand was almost completely covered by bush except for the land around rivers and lakes and estuaries. Sir Apirana Ngata expressly mentions the “tracks through the bush”.

In the Maori land Courts by claimants of land, the Maoris couldn’t do much with the land, they needed steel axes. But who cleared the lands to make the farms, who built the boats to catch the fish; who brought the benefits of the Western world to share with our Maori brethren? It was not the Maori.

Apart from Captain Cook (1769) and his gift of pigs and goats little was added from outside influences until the arrival of USA whalers and 500 escaped convicts from Australia. “Kororarika” (Russell) became the hell-hole of the Pacific. Drunken orgies and murders were common and warring tribes made life hazardous in the early days. Most of the disputes were over land and power. These were the days of the Warriors. Chief Te Wherowhero ordered 256 prisoners of the Taranaki people before him, he slew them all by a “mere” this trophy was kept by his son Matu-taera,,, the late Maori King.
IAN BROUGHAM, Wanganui