The New Hard Right Government of National, ACT and NZ First intend to whitewash and erase the promise of the Treaty in a short sighted spiteful knee jerk collection of policies that feeds their voters bigotry rather than builds us as a people.
On one level the spite is petty, Removing Māori names from Government Ministries hardly seems pressing when we have 600 000 using Food Banks monthly, but on other levels, the spite is manifestly malicious.
Disestablishing the Māori Health Authority will intentionally doom more Māori for early deaths.
Dumping smoke free targets will see more Māori die from tobacco related disease.
Removing Treaty Obligations will see Māori going backwards.
Pushing through a new definition of the Treaty Principles while promising a referendum is simply inflammatory and will spark a level of civil disobedience this country hasn’t seen before.
The new Hard Right Government of National, ACT and NZ First argue this is democratic, but democracy is merely a process, it isn’t a moral arbiter!
True moral leadership, true political courage requires leaders who look above the bigotry of their supporters to do what is right.
Living up to the promise of the Treaty is the obligation of every Kiwi, not simply because it protects Māori rights, but because it protects Pakeha rights and stipulates the relationship between the Government and the People is one where the Crown has a responsibility to protect the agency, sovereignty and rights of us all!
The Treaty is a thing of simplicity and beauty yet all National, ACT and NZ First seem interested in is cementing into place 19th Century white settler privilege rather than promoting and enabling a living growing document that is at the heart of our country.
Treaty’s are to be honoured, not settled!
The anger and frustration at Labour for saving us from a Covid mass death event has created a bitter Government of seething resentment and right wing conspiracy theory.
We are all a lesser people as a result of this new Hard Right Coalition Government.