He Puapua – Fear of a Brown Planet


There are times in politics that my eyes roll so far back in my head that I am staring at the world behind me upside down.

Calling He Puapua ‘a secret agenda’ is disingenuous to the words ‘agenda’, ‘secret’ and ‘a’.

The feral Cameron Slater level paranoia that has erupted on the Right in NZ over He Puapua is one such moment of eye rolling absurdity.

The idea that a barely read wish list of indigenous hopes and aspirations that could live up to the promise of the Treaty would ever get fully implemented is Trump like in its delusion of imaginary white fears.

An upper house 50-50 split between Pakeha and Māori to decide Treaty Legislation has been an idea I’ve been arguing for years now!

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For a majority MMP Government that can barely build houses to suddenly transform into a super hero for Indigenous rights who manages to overnight re-write the entire constitutional framework of NZ by stealth is so farcical in its possible threat delivery that  you may as well imagine a child with a water pistol up against a laser guided Jet fighter.

He Puapua is a wish list of hopes and aspirations, it is not a secret blueprint for the takeover of a country by radical Māori, to attempt to frame it as such is bordering on QAnon conspiracy fantasy.

This is a fight between National and ACT over who gets to blow this dog whistle loudest.


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  1. It’s a constitutional issue. The fact that He PuaPua was ever even written (with taxpayer funding) is concerning to much of the 85% of the population who do not have Maori DNA and fall into any of the other 170+ ethnicities living in NZ. It’s not a race-based thing to most people at all, it is a question of democracy and representation. If someone wanted any other non-elected group (say a church membership consisting of 15% of the population) to take up 50% of NZ Governance it would be resisted very strongly. This is how the He Puapua concept and related Maori soverignty issues appear to much of our working people who just want to get on with life and don’t feel they have personal responsibility for things that happened 200 years ago. Certainly our ever-increasing communities from places such as China, India etc may not feel they should lose their percevied democratic rights due to the 200 year ToW.

    If He Puapua is not in any way a constitutional change by stealth as suggested by ACT and National our PM should come out and fully reject every part of it very clearly. But instead the Ardern Govt is passing legislation (Maori wards etc) that give every indication that they are in fact installing the concepts in He Puapua paper. The longer this goes on the worse it will be for Labour, they need to firmly commit to either implementing or rejecting this constitutional change. At the moment they are playing into the anti-democratic constitutional change fear being expressed by ACT and National and Labour will not come out a winner.

  2. It has a flaw in it that appears to be contradictory to a maori world view, and unbelievably, contradictory to The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It does this a couple of times. It’s difficult to say why without alerting the wild dogs. These people are neither harmless or stupid, but some of them might’ve had to have been practical. Let’s say that they know about it, and it’s there as a temporary and pragmatic patch, not a deliberate move. If it’s still there post draft then conflict will start again. Other than that, it would be unreasonable to not support the intent of this document. It reads like a methodology to bring the spirit of the Treaty into real life. It doesn’t build houses or fill stomachs but it does mostly provide a way forward for pakeha to be the best version of themselves in a political partnership, and reinforces current pakeha systems of governance over former colonies in transition.

  3. And that is why many Maori like myself are against mass immigration. Our (Maori) issues become irrelevant and watered down despite us once being the majority and the land owners. And them we get tramped on, assimilated and our rights as the tangata whenua and the Treaty partner get continually used as a political football. And we have now become a so called minority group in our own country. Unlike the Chinese and Indians and many others we don’t have a mother country to go home to, where our language and cultural practices thrive and are valued, this is our home. And now we have all these immigrants with a deep sense of entitlement demanding things like repatriation and decent health services we are yet to receive. Because of Covid policies we haven’t been able to attend or hold tangihanga or see our deceased love ones or practice our culture. Yet we now have all these people travelling to Indian and other places now expecting our government to spend thousand to get them back home. This in my view is not right nor is your opinion that we as a mere 15% have a right to be who we are or ask for anything we believe we are entitled to.

    • Worlds a small place, and will get progressively smaller. Your argument though reminds me of the English who I’d have arguments with when they started ranting on about the effect that the Indians and Pakistanis were having in their country. Pointed out then they were racist, xenophobes, I’ll point it out again.

      Xenophobia (from Ancient Greek: ξένος, romanized: xénos, meaning “stranger” or “foreigner”, and phóbos, meaning “fear”[1]) is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.[2][3][4] It is an expression of perceived conflict between an ingroup and an outgroup and may manifest in suspicion by the one of the other’s activities, a desire to eliminate their presence, and fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity.[5][6]

      • Xenophobia is a fear, precisely because it is irrational and the out group hostility is not founded in reality. In NZ loss of indigenous rights through colonisation happened, it is real, it happened, it persists.

  4. Here’s a thought:
    Perhaps when the present governor-general retires she should be replaced by a pair of co-governors, one championing the tangata whenua, the other the rest of us, like the two figures supporting the New Zealand Coat of Arms.

  5. Feeling trump facts.

    And the feeling that white people do it better, can’t ever be questioned. Oh that ideology has a name, what was it again – oh that’s right, liberalism.

    Time to move on folks, Time to give democratic socialism a real crack.

  6. Loved water pistol bit.
    Really does describe the Ardern government’s effectiveness in dealing with the critical issues.
    Everything they promised in 2 elections they’ve failed to deliver?


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