Over the past decade, no party has shown more courage in standing up for the freedoms of New Zealanders than Act.
There’s been the freedom of parents to choose a school that suits their children, charter schools. Our party has stood for the legal rights of licensed firearm owners, freedom of speech, the freedom of vulnerable people suffering at the end of their life to choose assisted dying, and the freedom of people to go about their business in the face of heavy-handed Covid measures.
Now in Government, we continue to stand up for New Zealanders’ rights. We are reintroducing choice in education, beating back the thickets of red tape and regulation so deadly to innovation and development, and ensuring Oranga Tamariki has the rights of each vulnerable child as its unconditional focus, among other initiatives.
In these and other examples, Act stands for the mana of the individual, the right to live life as you choose so long as you are not harming others. Put another way, Act has championed tino rangatiratanga, or self-determination.
What a load of codswallop!
If this is the best ACT have as to explain as to why they are pushing a race war baiting Treaty Principles Referendum, they are in for a world of hurt!
David’s argument that ACT stand for tino rangatiratanga is so misplaced I wonder if David has ever met any Māori.
Firstly – everything he is saying here is open for challenge.
If we funded public schools better we wouldn’t need Charter Schools!
His Party is influenced by gun nuts who want to bring back the sub machine gun choice of sociopaths as if owning sub machine guns by the populace is a good thing to do.
He does stand for free speech up until he wants to take offence at something and then it is easily triggered woke snowflake time like it is with Peeni right now.
He is righteous regarding the euthanasia policy, I won’t take that away from him, but his position on Covid seemed to be more focused on the interests of death cult capitalists than public health measures.
As for repealing the measures that force Oranga Tamariki to hand Māori children directly to Iwi Community Groups, his desire to play to the redneck vote over this highlights how much of a bad faith actor ACT really are.
At a time when the Mining Industry and Trans National Corporations want to buy up NZ land and the privatisation thugs are looking to rob us blind, we need more safeguards to our sovereignty than David Seymour’s limp and brittle definition of tino rangatiratanga.
All he is doing here is reducing the concept of tino rangatiratanga into the shallow individualism of the Western tradition.
Individualism über alles is a petty trade in for what Māori already have.
David wants to downgrade Māori from citizens to consumers.
Māori communalism is as close to Kiwi socialism as we are going to get! David’s attempt to reduce tino rangatiratanga into individualism misses the Māori values where sharing and communalism is central.
All David is doing is forcing a Western Philosophical definition of the self onto Māori and then telling them to accept it!
How does replacing Māori communalism for a shallow western definition of the individual, justify dumping the Treaty Principles?
If anything, wouldn’t further atomisation of Māori culture help fray the unity and allow ACT to legislate it away?
Māori tino rangatiratanga is the sovereignty of the people, not the self interest of the individual, if this is all ACT is rolling up to Waitangi with as a justification for their race baiting referendum, good luck.
This is surprisingly weak sauce from Seymour, he’s usually much better than this.
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