The Auditor-General has ruled the $29.9m the Government used to buy the land at Ihumātao was unlawfully spent.
The money from the Land For Housing Programme was incurred without proper legal appropriation in Parliament, Auditor-General John Ryan ruled.
The Government has blamed the error on a small mistake where two recommendations were left off a briefing paper, and say such errors are not unusual.
For the love of God!
Of course the confiscating Neoliberal Settler State found Ihumātao sale ‘unlawful’! Firstly, it’s the mission statement of the Neoliberal Settler State to steal Māori land and never pay for it back, it’s not there to actually buy it back for Māori, so the fact Labour managed to jump through all the hoops and tripped on some bullshit budget technicality is worthy of salute.
Secondly, what is most outrageous is National’s burning cross grandstanding on this.
Queen Wasp Nicola Willis is outraged, but you get the feeling any time Māori win back some basic rights she becomes incandescent with rage.
The screaming from National over a technicality in buying Ihumātao is funny because I don’t remember this level of outrage when National gave a $11.5m bribe to a Saudi Businessman, or blew $200 million on their PPP ideological mutation at Transmission Gully, or needlessly and spitefully pissed $100million against the wall on the meth contaminated state housing fiasco.
So fuck National and their selective outrage and fuck the confiscating Neoliberal Settler State, buying Ihumātao was the right thing to do and we should be grateful for Labour’s leadership in finding a solution, even if there was some technicality breached.
When Labour ‘break’ the rules it’s to return stolen Māori land. That cost $30m
When National ‘break’ the rules it’s to bribe Saudi Businessmen , make State Tenants Homeless and idealogical mutations like Transmission Gully. Those cost $311.5m
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