Kiwi Frontline wishes to express sincere condolences to everyone impacted by the extremist terrorist attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch yesterday.

Kiwi Frontline has and will continue to advocate for racial equality, democracy and one law for all to maintain peace and security in our country. Extremism, violence and hate are condemned and not the way to achieve this.


The Auckland Plan 2050 is currently open for feedback from the public. But time is running out - THE DEADLINE IS 28th March.

Of particular concern for us at Democracy Action is one of the six objectives of the Auckland Plan, (the Plan), which provides one class of citizens, defined as ‘Mana Whenua’, with substantial powers over Auckland’s resources. One of the key directions of the Plan is to enhance the authority of Mana whenua and Mataawaka, as Treaty partners, with Māori actively involved in decision-making and management of natural resources. This includes an increase in the number of co-governance arrangements.

The strategic use of the Treaty is being used to undermine democracy.

As Auckland Council’s commitment to honouring the Treaty, the citizens of Auckland are being required to recognise mana whenua as rangatira* in Tāmaki Makaurau. In effect the council is surrendering council authority, and our democracy, by giving a non-elected group of citizens political power over and above others. This is the exact opposite of what the Treaty promised, i.e. that all are to be entitled to the same rights - no more, and no less.

(*Rangatira: chief, chieftain, master, mistress, boss, supervisor, employer, landlord, owner, proprietor).

The Plan’s ‘Māori identity and wellbeing outcome’ strategy promotes “the advancement of mana whenua leadership and decision-making, in partnership with council, and seeks to increase the number of co governance arrangements”.

Here are some examples of current mechanisms in the Plan that will contribute towards implementing the Māori identity and wellbeing outcome:

* “Co-governance arrangements between Māori and the council, or iwi and the Crown, allow for a more direct influence and greater exercise of authority by mana whenua over the taiao (natural resources). In 2017 there were eight co-governance and co-management arrangements between Auckland Council and Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. The number of sites that involve Māori in governance roles will grow”.

(The Auckland Plan Evidence Report - Māori Identity and Wellbeing  reveals that the council has a target of 16 shared-governance-with-iwi arrangements to be in place by 2040. [See Target 2, Figure 4]).

* “Auckland Council works with mana whenua and mataawaka, with guidance and support from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, to enable Māori to be involved in decision-making processes. Mana whenua are involved in the consenting process and input into a range of other resource management activities”.

The section ‘Recognising and providing for Te Tiriti o Waitangi outcomes’ includes the following policies:

* Recognising mana whenua as rangatira in Tāmaki Makaurau honours our commitment to the Treaty and provides a pathway towards a future-focused dynamic, successful Auckland.

* “Te Tiriti outcomes for hapū and iwi also mean acknowledging and recognising them as rangatira in Tāmaki Makaurau, and their important relationship to the whenua”.

* “Treaty principles provide guidance for decision-making, partnership, and collaboration between mana whenua and government. They also create opportunities for partnerships with the private and third sectors.”

And further, to advance mana whenua leadership and decision-making and provide for customary rights the Plan states:

“Mana whenua as kaitiaki are strengthened through successful Treaty partnerships such as those that use co-governance and co-management models.”

Click here for a link to the ‘Maori Identity and Well-being’ section of the Plan.


The Auckland Plan 2050 is the region’s long-term vision and spatial plan. It will guide Auckland's future over the next 30 years. The first version was created in 2012 following amalgamation and it is required to be reviewed every six years

The public have been given just 30 days to have their say - the deadline is 8pm on 28th March.



* By post. If you want to provide feedback via mail, call the council on 09 301 0101 and request a free-post feedback form.

* Consultation documents and feedback forms are available at libraries, local board offices and service centres across the region.

* In person. The council is holding events across Auckland throughout March. They’re your chance to talk to council staff, and in some cases elected representatives. Schedules are available here 

You can also tell the council what you think via Twitter and Facebook:

* Tweet @AklCouncil and include the hashtag #akhaveyoursay and your comments will be recorded as feedback.

* Posts on Auckland Council's Facebook page using the #akhaveyoursay hashtag will also be counted as feedback.

Need help with what to say in your feedback to Auckland Council? Please click here  for a list of ideas.


Auckland Plan 2050 - Evidence Report, Māori Identity and Wellbeing - February 2018. The purpose of this paper is to inform, support and provide background material for the Māori Identity and Wellbeing Outcome in the Auckland Plan 2050. Available to view by clicking here 

The Maori Plan for Tamaki Makaurau. A thirty-year plan based on Māori objectives, produced by the Independent Maori Statutory Board, states:

“We are committed to leading in the development of a successful democratic partnership model in Local Government. This is why the Māori Plan* is so important to us. It is a tool that we will use to assist us to prioritise and make the most of the opportunities to advocate to council for partnership and resourcing of Māori outcomes”.

*Available by clicking here 

You can also send a message directly to Auckland councillors. They will be voting in June on whether to approve the Plan. Their email addresses are available here  > 

If you need more help, or have any queries, please contact us at

Kind regards,

Lee Short
Democracy Action


The following is a template letter/email that New Zealand citizens can use to oppose the forcing of race-based wards, please take the opportunity (Copy & Paste) and send it to MPs.


Date & Address if appropriate

Dear (insert MP’s name),

The Green Party’s Marama Davidson is calling for the Government to facilitate the forcing of race-based wards on New Zealanders. This concerns me greatly because:

1] It is born out of a dictatorial and racist ideology.

2] It ignores the egalitarian wishes of “the people”.

3] It is condescending towards all those of Maori descent.

4] It disregards healthy human psychology.

5] It ignores the facts.

As MP Ron Mark said in his speech in Parliament (28/6/17), this approach presupposes that all those with any Maori blood are the same and think alike. It also presupposes they are incapable of achieving on their own merits or abilities.

Well, we all know that that is simply not true. We are surrounded by people of Maori descent who have shown they have the attitude, ability and fortitude to have a good and successful life without race-based laws greasing their paths. None of them have relied on racist policies.

Ron Mark rightly says that any discussion about Maori representation would need to start with the question “which Maori”? As a New Zealander with Maori blood, the ex-mayor of Carterton (2 terms) and a long-standing MP, he is living proof that we don’t need apartheid in local government or anywhere else.

Marama Davidson is very good at twisting semantics to imply she is doing God’s work, but her ideology only serves a power-hungry elite. It does nothing to help ordinary people struggling with everyday challenges.

So please think of all New Zealanders and ignore the calls for legalising racism. Ensuring equal rights is the job of government. It is then up to us, our families and society to work for good outcomes.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name)



As you may be aware the NZCPR has been fundraising to enable CORANZ to file Notices of Appearance for all 200 High Court claims. This has now been done.

But in the interest of having as many groups as possible opposing all of the claims, I (Muriel Newman) have just managed to convince a landowners’ advocacy group to expand their appeal from the 14 or so claims that cover their district, to the 200 claims that cover the whole country.

I have also made a commitment to them that the NZCPR will try to raise the $20,000 extra that they will need to cover the extra cost of filing.

So, I would now like to ask anyone who is concerned about the claims process, but is not in a position to lodge a Notice of Appearance themselves, to consider contributing to our new fundraiser to assist the landowners’ group in lodging Notices of Appearance on all 200 claims – you can help by clicking here >



Info on the Auckland Council’s procurement processes below. Unfortunately you have to register to get to the form filling stage but the question 5 is imaged below

Council’s Website Procurement Intro page:

Our procurement principles
Ā mātou mātāpono ā-whiwhinga
Our procurement principles support our shared vision to create better value for money for Aucklanders.

Work together
We are committed to making our size work by group sourcing procurement with council-controlled organisations (CCOs), and doing more with less while creating better value for ratepayers.

Value te Ao Māori
It is important that our processes: 

* support and consider our Maori Responsiveness Framework (Te Toa Takitini) in all procurement activity 

* are aligned with The Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) in both spirit and form.
Etc, etc. Then there’s the - Registration pages (wherein the question 5 came from):

Our tendering process
Ā mātou tikanga whakahaere tono hoko

Tendering process steps​

1. Register to SAP Ariba and Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS)

Create an account in SAP Ariba and complete the online profile.

This is required to be completed by all companies/businesses seeking to engage with Auckland Council’s new procurement plan, and review and respond to Auckland Council tenders. It requests standard information regarding compliance certification, insurance information, details of services provided, annual turnover, number of employees etc AND WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A “MAORI BUSINESS”. 



  1. Racism
    Do you support the democratic principle that government should treat all citizens equally in law, irrespective of ethnicity? A yes or no answer would be appreciated.

  2. Race-based Government
    We are regularly told that race-based appointments at governance level are necessary for “Maori” to have a voice. Can you please explain what particular aspects of being Maori are so unique or beyond reproach that democracy’s principles of equal citizenship should be subverted?

  3. Fresh Water
    Do you support tribal elite claims to own, control, allocate or tax fresh water?

  4. Taxation:

    1. Do you support tax exemptions for tribal businesses? 

    2. Do you think it’s fair that tax-paying businesses are competing with tribal businesses which don’t pay any tax?

  5. Foreshore & Seabed:

    1. Do you support Maori groups making customary claims to New Zealand’s entire coastline? 

    2. National’s 2011 legislation has resulted in approximately 580 claims this year, covering every centimetre of New Zealand’s coastline, including the very busy Waitemata and Manukau Harbours and the Hauraki Gulf.
      The process alone will cost taxpayers millions, before any settlements. Do you support this process?

  6. Co-governance of Harbours
    Where do you stand on co-governance (50% elected representatives and 50% tribal appointees) of New Zealand’s commercial and recreational harbours such as Tauranga (which is happening) and the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours (which is in the pipeline)?

  7. Local Government

    1. Do you support unelected/unaccountable tribal appointees voting on local government committees? 

    2. Do you support unelected/unaccountable tribal elite having preferential influence on planning & resource management consents?

    3. Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board has resulted in significant expense and mismanagement, while doing nothing to improve the lot of Maori Aucklanders. Do you support its dissolution?

    4. Do you support or oppose Māori wards and Māori seats in local government? 

  1. Education
    The government-appointed Education Council now requires Teachers to “demonstrate and model their commitment to a bicultural partnership”, “affirm Maori learners as tangata whenua, “practice and develop the use of te reo”, “design and plan approaches which reflect the bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand”, demonstrate respect for Maori beliefs, language, culture and customary protocols and affirm the “Maori world view”.

    1. Can you please explain how forcing teachers to do all this will ensure our children’s education will be of world standard?

    2. Can you explain how a maths teacher complying with this will ensure our children are competent in maths?

    3. Can you please explain what the “Maori world view” is?

    4. Can you please explain what specific “Maori beliefs, language, culture and customary protocols” teachers are required to demonstrate respect for?

  2. Separatism
    The National/Maori Government has implemented significant race-based legislation.

    1. Can you name one country in the world that has enjoyed peace and prosperity under race-based or tribal-based government or laws?

    2. Can you name one ethnicity in the world that has generally progressed in terms of health, education and ability under race-based or tribal-based government or laws?

  3. No Improvement to Maori Statistics
    The Maori economy is now estimated to be worth $50 billion and getting bigger by the day. Many tribal businesses have been structured as charities to avoid paying tax, and many tribal appointees are enjoying big paying, race-based jobs - consulting, giving approvals and co-governing us.
    How is it then that there’s been no trickle down to everyday Maori and no improvement in all the often-quoted social statistics?

  4. Maori Electoral Roll
    There are currently 25 Members of Parliament with Māori blood. 18 were elected on the General Roll and adequately represent the Maori portion of the population. So do you support or oppose the extra, race-based Māori seats and the Māori electoral roll?

Prepared by Fiona Mackenzie

Please feel free to use asking candidates or to share with your contacts.



....We have been looking into Marine and Coastal Area claims and found that THE ONLY ONE TO BE RESOLVED IN THE HIGH COURT HAD NO GROUPS OPPOSING IT – only the Attorney General.


As a result, we have been working hard to ensure that all of the 100-plus High Court claims that have been advertised in newspapers will be opposed by fishing and recreation groups.

However, while claimants have access to millions of dollars of financial assistance, those objecting to the claims have to pay $110 for each one they oppose.

Accordingly, WE ARE NOW LAUNCHING A FUNDRAISER to help these fishing and recreation groups cover the tens of thousands of dollars in Court application fees and other costs that they are incurring on behalf of the New Zealand public.


And please be generous, because the task these groups have taken on - in the public interest - is not an easy one.

Thank you for your interest - and support.

Kindest regards,

Dr Muriel Newman
NZCPR Founding Director.


Dear Supporter,


More than five hundred and fifty claims lodged, and still counting

The six-year window for lodging marine and coastal area claims closed on April 3rd, with a flood of last-minute applications pouring in. Audrey Young, writing in the NZ Herald, said that that “With perhaps still some more to be counted, there have been 381 claims counted so far for direct negotiations with the Government and 170 to go through the High Court”. You can read the full article here:

Applicants for Customary Marine Title and/or Protected Customary Rights can choose to either negotiate their claim with the Crown, OR file the claim in court. A list of claims which have registered for direct engagement with the Crown is viewable online here: We understand this list will be added to once details of further applications have been confirmed.

The High Court process is a little more complex. It is explained on this flow chart here > however, information regarding specific applications in the High Court must be requested from the Court by writing to the Court registry or using this form here: (no one said it would be easy!).

Applicants are required to notify the relevant local bodies, the solicitor general, and the public, (commonly through the public notice columns in newspapers). Finding out what is claimed is difficult, requiring noticing every notice of claims in newspapers, and/or contacting the Ministry of Justice. Both the New Zealand Centre for Political Research (NZCPR) and Kiwi Frontline have been doing their best to collate these public notices. The NZCPR list is available here: and will be updated as more information comes to hand. The Kiwi Frontline’s list is here:

Neither is an exhaustive list, but contain information available at the time of their publication. Please keep a watch for further claims published in the public notices columns of your local newspapers.

Dr Hugh Barr, the Secretary of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ) – an organisation which has registered as an interested party in opposing some of the applications through the High Court - explains what is being claimed in an opinion piece published here: Dr Barr writes:

“In the Marine and Coastal Area Act, the main type of privatised title is called a Customary Marine Title. To qualify, a tribal group must show that it has “exclusively used and occupied the coastal area from 1840 to the present day, without substantial interruption”.

“There is also a second type of tribal right, a Protected Customary Right. This also has to have been exercised since 1840 and continue to be exercised in accordance with tikanga (Maori customary practices). An applicant group does not need to have an interest in land - as is normally required for Customary Marine Title.”

While there is no opportunity for the general public to become directly involved in negotiations between the Crown and the applicant groups, we can be involved as interested parties in any application filed in the High Court.

Our courts depend on an adversarial process – they are very poorly equipped to test claims and evidence when there is no adversary. Democracy Action has considered filing notices of appearance on each claim, initially as placeholders. This would preserve a right to challenge or to test. However, this process, on such a large scale, is far beyond our financial resources.

You may want to file an individual objection to a claim in your local area though. Anyone who plans to object to any claims needs to register their intention with the Court without delay.

Any interested person may appear and be heard on an application for a recognition order if that person has, by the due date, filed a notice of appearance. We suggest you single out an application (or applications), particularly the coastal areas you know from experience have not been exclusively used and occupied by the applicant from 1840 to the present day, and register as an interested party in the case. Each public notice will tell you what the final date for filing a notice of appearance is.

There is a fee of $110 on the notice of intention to appear. Should you be unable to pay the fee you can apply for a fee waiver. Fee waiver forms can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. For individuals see the form here: if the objection is on behalf of an organization, see here:

We have been advised by the Court Manager and Registrar of the High Court in Wellington (where the applications to the High Court have been filed), that interested parties will not have to travel to Wellington. Although they are currently managing all of the files there, substantive hearings will be held in the High Court closest to the land subject to the claim.

In addition to encouraging family, friends, and colleagues to take action by forwarding this email, you may want to approach other potential interested parties. For example, you could target a specific claim, and approach organisations which have an interest in that particular marine and coastal area, suggesting they register as an interested party.

For instance, regarding the HAURAKI GULF, there are at least 8 claims for west Hauraki Gulf alone, (CIV -404-537; CIV-2017-485-378; CIV-404-538; CIV-485-276; CIV-404-563; CIV-2017-404-545; CIV-2017-404-524), and more for the northern Gulf (Kawau Is etc), plus others in Coromandel and Firth of Thames areas. There are many organisations in this area who would be affected, e.g. fishing and boating clubs, port companies, marinas etc. You could make sure the groups in your local area have a heads-up on the claims.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNCIL OF OUTDOOR RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND (CORANZ) FIGHTING FUND. If they have enough funds, their goal is to take the most important claims from a recreational point of view, and community point of view, and try to win cases. A link to the CORANZ website is here.

Donations can be made to the CORANZ account no. 03 0566 0207094 26

Or send a cheque to PO Box 1876, Wellington 6140, made out to CORANZ 26 Account.

PHONE, WRITE OR EMAIL the Prime Minister, and your local MP, demanding the Crown defend the rights and interests of all the citizens of New Zealand by vigorously challenging and testing the claims.

WRITE LETTERS to local newspapers, call talkback.

DESPITE THE SOOTHING WORDS OF THE PRIME MINISTER THAT “only a handful of claims would meet the criteria”, and from Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, that “most of the claims were likely to fade away”, and as if the glittering prize of title to and control of our marine and coastal area was not enough inducement, the Government is further incentivising the claims process. The Office of Treaty settlements is providing substantial funding to claimant groups - funding for costs related to legal, historian and project management tasks that contribute to determining whether the application meets the tests under the Act. According to Government guidelines ( here: ) funding this is expected to range from $162,000 - $412,000 for each claimant group who chooses to engage with the Crown.

And for those choosing to file their applications in the High Court the expectation for funding is likely to be in the range of $157,000 - $317,000 per applicant group (see here: )

An added incentive for making a claim is that, whether the applicant group has any likelihood of success or not, while the process is taking place those seeking resource consents, permits or approvals in the common marine and coastal area must notify and consult any group that has applied for recognition of customary marine title in the area.

This whole fiasco was created by the National Government in cahoots with the Maori Party. Concessions made to the Maori Party by the Government are being abused by those who have adopted the extremist position that Maori have a permanent underlying ownership of the marine and coastal area. This is having a corrosive effect on race relations, and is creating a situation many who opposed the Marine and Coastal Area Act feared would happen.

We must call our politicians to account for this disastrous law. Later this year we have the opportunity to vote for a party that promises to bring about the repeal of the Act.

Kind regards,

Lee Short
Democracy Action