Fear of a Brown Planet: Why co-Governance is our saving grace not our weakness


I don’t see co-governance as the apartheid some see it as.

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

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!

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.

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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.

Likewise with 3 Waters and the claim it’s Māori stealing the water.

We wouldn’t be having discussion over who owns the water of John Key hadn’t sold our hydro assets!

Māori are a break peddle on neoliberalism and their views can ensure privatisation and foreign ownership stops!

The Treaty of Waitangi, and a Māori worldview are taking a greater role in shaping how we interact with the world

For decades, the Treaty of Waitangi has formed a part of New Zealand’s approach to trade. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta is kicking it up a notch. National Correspondent Lucy Craymer explains.

When the epochal Uruguay Round of global trade talks was happening almost four decades ago, New Zealand’s chief negotiator had a premonition.

Tim Groser reckoned the global trade arrangements being formed might – in ways he could not anticipate – come into conflict with the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1986, with a Labour Government led by David Lange in office, and vast economic and social reforms sweeping change across the nation at a breakneck speed, the modern significance of Te Tiriti was only starting to come into view.

“We could see a potential political problem arising whereby people would want to do things that we couldn’t quite foresee, in respect to the treaty,” Groser says. “We needed to avoid trade agreements getting in the way of that.”

The negotiation brought about the biggest reform to global trade ever and led to the creation of the World Trade Organisation. A clause was included allowing New Zealand to meet its treaty obligations, even if this meant breaching the global agreement.

Groser says it went through with no controversy and little publicity, even in New Zealand.

“I don’t think a single country raised a question let alone an objection. It’s not surprising. Why would they? Countries have bigger fish to fry,” he says.

A version of this clause, which allows the government to deliver on Te Tiriti ahead of its free trade obligations, has been included in every agreement since.

Most Pakeha don’t know that the Treaty is our out clause in free trade deals.

We can side track the exploitation by global corporations using the Treaty!

For me, I love the Treaty because of the relationship of responsibility it immediately sets up between the Crown and its people. I believe the Treaty needs to be expanded to all NZers and not just Maori because it sets out the obligations of the Crown to protect the rights of its people. We deserve as a nation to entrench the Treaty as the basis of our constitution so we can force Governments to protect our rights rather than strip us of them.

Pakeha want to gloss over the theft and confiscation of indigenous lands because it’s a shameful denial of the promise of a Treaty between two peoples and when you consider the paltry compensation that has been paid back to Maori via the Waitangi Tribunal, it’s a mere $1.4 Billion.

$1.2 Billion for confiscating the majority of NZ??? What is most egregious is that some Pakeha have the audacity to claim that pathetic reparation is a ‘gravy train’.

One of the problems with NZ politics is that we have a unicameral Parliament, that means we just have one chamber with no upper house. This means NZs Parliament is one of the most powerful Parliaments in the world. It allows for legislation to be read straight into law and is one of the reasons why the neoliberal revolution was so ruthless and impossible to reverse.

I think one solution to the Waitangi Tribunal ruling is to consider a NZ Parliament Upper House that has 50-50 representation between Maori and Pakeha. If Sovereignty was never signed away, then the Government of today has a responsibility beyond paltry compensation for past injustices , it must provide real power sharing solutions.

Having a 50-50 Upper House with the power to delay legislation that was not in the best interests of the Nation when it comes to Treaty issues would stop Government’s from fire sales of national assets and prevent things like the Foreshore and Seabed legislation from becoming law.

An Upper House would be seen as a guardian of the Treaty for the maintenance of public well being over private gain, it would show real power sharing and for Pakeha, it would represent a political body that protect their public interests as much as Maori interests.

The Treaty saves us from neoliberalism you fools!



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    • Or on a more positive and practical view we all need better representation, which leads to better governance.

  1. “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.

    Likewise with 3 Waters and the claim it’s Māori stealing the water…………”

    Hopefully the likes of David George and all the other anti Ardern blue whinge trolls can take that on board have a cup of tea and a permanent lie down.

      • Well David clogging the blogging with your incessant conspiracy fear driven He Puapua dialogue has become more than tiresome.

    • Or a glass of Kool Aid. I can understand why Jacinda and Nania Mahuta have kept He Puapua secret form Winston Peters he would have gone full on native without even reading the Report ?

    • How does that to relate to the issue of having an upper house? You don’t vote on every piece of legislation now.

    • The quality of those we get to vote for is just as important as the right to vote. I wouldn’t cross the road to meet the majority of our politicians so the thought of having to choose to vote for them does not give me any pleasure.

  2. Find some backbone, take an explicit policy position to an election (rather than Jacinda’s cowardice over the marijuana legislation) and earn a mandate. Change of this scale and nature through the back door will only mean it will be repealed as soon as they inevitably (and deservedly) lose the election.

  3. I identify as a black disabled lesbian in a wheelchair, as martyn wants to hand out public office on a ‘box ticked’ basis, I’d like to be minister for ‘the dept of doing fuck all expensively..can you sort that for me? TA muchly’

  4. Race based power structures?

    No thanks. I am not a fan of racism in any form

    Let’s just all be kiwis

    • We had race based power structures its called colonisation and it benefitted the colonisers most or those who looked like the colonisers and what do you expect its a monocultural system for them and we have to fit in.

  5. What you don’t seem to get is:
    1. This this is about iwi, not Maori. Maori did not sign the Treaty, iwi did. Any rights are with iwi. Maori on the street see no benefit. It’s the self-appointed iwi elites that benefit from this.
    2. Iwi are a political and economic entity in one. In a democratic system, we maintain a line between those who make decisions on public resources and those who make a profit from them. This is impossible for iwi leaders as they must work for the social, cultural, economic benefit of their own kinship group.
    What’s the opposite of democracy? Because co-governance is anti-democratic.

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