What the bloody hell is Tāmati Coffey playing at???


Right at a time when the Government are trying to stop the Right from race baiting that Māori are gaining special rights in Labour’s attempt to actually fulfil the promise of the Treaty without breaching Westminster democratic values…

Indigenous peoples rights declaration moves to next stage

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson is urging like-minded New Zealanders to embrace – and not let scaremongering political rhetoric get in the way of – adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples blueprint.

Jackson said this was a special moment in our nationhood. The declaration adopted by John Key’s government in 2010 but implemented only now by Labour sets out a broad range of rights and freedoms, including improving Māori outcomes.

The draft plan moved a step closer this week after completing consultation with Māori.

…Tāmati Coffey is pulling this kind of stunt?

Rotorua council representation bill ‘cannot be justified’ – Attorney-General

A controversial bill that would increase Māori voting rights in Rotorua’s local elections cannot be justified and discriminates against general roll voters, the Attorney-General has found.

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The Rotorua District Council Representation Arrangements Bill aims to change the law to allow the council to have equal Māori ward and general ward seats, with three each. The other four council seats and the mayor would be elected at-large, plus two community boards.

The local bill has passed its first reading and been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee, which began hearing verbal submissions today.

In his Bill of Rights analysis presented today to the House of Representatives, Attorney-General David Parker concluded the bill appeared to limit the act’s right to be free from discrimination, and cannot be justified.

His analysis was based only on the text of the bill and publicly available information released by the council and the Local Government Commission.

The local bill to remove equal suffrage

The bill is aimed not at ensuring that there are three councillors elected from a Māori ward, but is aimed at ensurery that the general ward elects no more than three councillors, despite representing over 2.5 times as many people.

The Council seems to have asked for some haste with its bill, and only two weeks were allowed for written submissions (including Easter). Abolishing equal suffrage – even just at local council level – should not be something that is this rushed. This is especially so when, because the bill is a local bill, the Attorney-General’s report on the bill isn’t available at introduction, and the entire time for consideration of the bill has passed without it being made available.

I anticipate the bill will fail the Bill of Rights assessment process, not least because the Council’s rationale for the bill (.pdf) is non-sensical. The Bill also goes far further than is necessary to achieve any justifiable aim of advancing representation. In short, the bill is bad, and should not pass.

…this is a clusterfuck of political mismanagement.

To be pulling this type of stunt that genuinely plays into the very fears of critics of co-governance is just jaw dropping in its incompetence.

Look, I believe co-governance is a strength, not a weakness!

In my entire 48 years of life, I as a Pakeha male have never once been penalised in any way shape or form by any measure to help Maori!

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.

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.

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 brake pedal 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.

$1.4 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’.

That’s why this co-governance progress matters, but it can’t be done by stupid tactics like giving one group more voting power than others. That’s not co-governance, it’s an art installation called ‘Why National won’.


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  1. Look at Tamati background, media front person, parachuted into a safe Labour seat, loses it due to ignoring its voters, by not turning up to Marae across the district, and not helping to reduce the Maori homelessness rate in the area, gets voted back in, due to the other MP’s disinterest in the area.

  2. This exposes ‘co-governance as proposed’ for what it is and why Labour and Jacinda have avoided explaining it to masses. Because the masses simple wouldn’t get their heads around the disproportionate power allocation. How can 16% of the population wield so much power over the other 84%??? It just doesn’t stack up in most people’s heads? So maybe Labour’s own AG has done the debate a favour by calling this out. Hang on, maybe that’s the plan…to put a handbrake on the whole thing for now because it will cost Labour the election for sure.

    • Why not put the He Puapua wish list of hopes and aspirations out there for the public to view? Martyn says “it’s not a secret blueprint,” but it’s secret so far because nobody in the general public knows what’s in it. Jacinda does need to have a “conversation” with the public…….

        • Stephen
          Belittling Thomas like a real upper class politician, like a typical arrogant academic intellectual who knows where to find offical reports in archives, you simply expect him and every other citizen to read a 123-page report written in heavy fluffy ‘official’ language proposing a fairly simple concept, than could be pitched by an honest PM in 5 minutes from a podium of truth? Or explained in two or three questions or so in public referendum? That’s how these academic officials and political do it though, … as always they bury the real intentions in pages and pages and pages and pages of academic language which they learnt at uni, and then they say: ‘Hey, it’s there for all to read, we’ve done what we can, over to you, you ordinary dumbos.’
          Doesn’t work that way mate. You’ll see it soon. Start by asking yourself why that link to the report you posted is damn complex, instead of being simple. Go on Stephen, read it out loud as if in a radio advert and see what it sounds like…you clever academic! Here goes: To understand co-governance simply go to https://iwichairs.maori.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/He-Puapua-for-OIA-release.pdf.

          • Read it and its a proposal chump not a directive. We are in the 21st century chump with access to info is at the push of one’s fingertips so don’t understand your flawed logic ‘CHUMP’

    • Further – Willie Jackson is claiming that David Seymour is spreading misinformation. Unless the document is out there, how can we judge? And never answered – why did the Labour government withold the document from their coalition partner of the time prior to the 2020 election?

  3. Oh yay! More ammunition for ACT’s artillery…
    I’m really beginning to think it might be good if Nat/ACT get in. Three years under those repressive right wing shitheads might just be what these woke wankers need to wake up.
    For the rest of us poor sods it feels like we’re just running around in perpetual circles.

  4. “This meant those on the general, non-Māori roll were disadvantaged and discriminated against, as they could not change their roll”.

    Nice projection Parker, Non Maori are actually suffering the most in this country, we get it. And you are implying Maori are somehow getting more from being able to choose a roll aren’t you – the great Maori privilege trope from last century.

    • Give the Maori population and the Pakeha population what you have said is a load of bollocks. I wouldn’t want to be Maori, still on the margins of society much of the time.

  5. But Coffey’s embarrassing stupidity is the real Labour Government of the day Martyn. Arrogant, condescending , ignorant, thoroughly dishonest and disrespectful of the NZ electorate. Maori put Labour in Government and they want payback this is their one and only chance . Anyone who thinks they can remove universal suffrage by stealth does not deserve to be in Government. Wake up! this is not what we need. And the Waitangi Tribunal is only one avenue of redress Maori have had. Sealord deal??? where did the money go? Lands returned by direct negotiation with the Govt for example as achieved by Princess Te Puea. The list is endless.There is an enormous amount of History overlooked by you and most younger generations in NZ because they have never bothered to learn our History and so believe the revionist crap dished up by air heads like Ardern.

    • Its obvious that you never achieved much in core maths or Maori history – Maori 16% of NZ population, Labour won election with over 50% of votes. “Gaffey” Luxon and the rest of his stormtroopers would have no understanding of Te Tiriti and the colonial history that was imposed/forced on to Maori. Like the Russian/Ukraine situation, the right wingers believe the colonial forces had to destroy the homes and terrorise Maori to acquire the lands. One man one vote in local government elections unless you are rich and own properties in other local authority areas.

      Has the dirty politics team planned a day for you right wingers and the media to beat up Tamati Coffey’s Bill, he puapua, three waters? Last Tuesday’s MIQ beat up (and bringing Bellis in) across all media was a last ditch effort to milk the MIQ and to try and divert attention away from Jacinda’s successful visit to Asia. Both DPT efforts came a cropper and MIQ was a non-event exposing a lot of right wing losers.

    • Agreed Anker, it’s a relief (and frankly a surprise) to see one Labour MP still has a brain and a backbone. But this is only a temporary setback for the so-called co-governance agenda. Labour are so consumed by radical identity politics that it’s hard to imagine myself ever voting for them again.

  6. I like the concept of inclusiveness to afford the TOW to all NZers and no doubt Maori would be receptive to this Idea as history show’s that Maori were inclusive to settlers from day one of contact. If Pakeha could only get ova their insecurities when anything Maori is proposed IMO the race relations would be the best in the world and pakeha benevolence myth towards Maori would actually become a reality.

  7. “Māori are a brake pedal on neoliberalism and their views can ensure privatisation and foreign ownership stops!”


  8. The question is not what does Tamati Coffey do, the question is : What is Labour doing? This is Labour doing. the party, the government. He is just the messenger.

  9. Well, reading all the comments here, that Roturua thing and Labour’s co-governance plan is going down like a cup of cold sick. Election suicide material.


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