Should your company be shut down? Let’s start by counting the numbers of Maori on your staff

Does Alf hear the sounds of Pakeha exasperation as racist Maori leaders increasingly threaten the well-being of anyone who is not Maori?

Nah. Most Pakeha are too bloody pathetic or apathetic or PC. Or something.

They will simply buckle to the latest Maori demands being made in the name of “partnership”.

And they will take it on the chin when their own leaders set up yet another 50:50 governance arrangement, or whatever, that is insidiously eroding their democracy.

As iwi become increasingly empowered, other governmental institutions became that much less empowered.

Sadly, few Pakeha see the threat to their rights or to their economic interests.

Today Alf raises the matter once again after being given a fresh example of what iwi leaders will do to the rest of us when (as is inevitable until someone says enough is enough) they are calling the shots for the whole country.

The lesson was provided by Maanu Paul, the same fellow who was in the forefront of the Maori Council’s efforts to take an ownership stake in the country’s water.

Now he is telling us that if no iwi members are working for a company – well, if that be so he wouldn’t give a shit if the company was closed.

His position is reported here.

A Ngati Rangitihi iwi member wants the Kawerau paper mill to pack up and leave the eastern Bay of Plenty – saying it employs few if any tribal members.

Norske Skog cut 110 jobs at its the site earlier this month due to falling demand for newsprint and a high dollar making exports uneconomic. About 170 employees remain.

Maanu Paul, who’s also head of the Mataatua District Maori Council, is against the mill being allowed to release waste into the Tarawera River.

Mr Paul said the loss of local employment wouldn’t affect tangata whenua.

He said that when the workforce was 400-strong, only six people were from Ngati Rangitihi – and he imagines they have now been made redundant.

Mr Paul said he thinks the plant is better off closed down so the Tarawera River can be returned to a pristine condition.

So he wants the river cleaned up?

Fair enough.

But to clean it up he would shut down the plant if it doesn’t employ enough iwi members.

We may suppose, on the other hand, that if it does employ lots of iwi members it would not be closed.

Those of you who are indifferent to co-governance arrangements with iwi would do well to think again.

Maanu Paul’s intentions are plain. Iwi good, non-iwi bad.

And non-iwi happens to embrace the vast majority of us.

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