Co-governance: the Kiwi way of doing things increasingly by halves

January 27, 2012

As was foreshadowed here before the election, the Crown has buckled to give Maori another 50:50 co-governance deal.

The Maori who have come out of the negotiations triumphant will be popping the champagne corks or their indigenous equivalent to rejoice.

The NZ Herald tells the story –

Far North iwi Te Aupouri will celebrate a major milestone tomorrow when it signs a two-part deal which gives it a hand in governing 90 Mile Beach.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says he hopes it brings much-needed economic development to one of the most impoverished areas in the country, while a tribal negotiator said the iwi will work hard to move Te Aupouri to a brighter future.

If co-governance arrangements are the secret to boosting economic development, perhaps we should proliferate them around the country.

Come to think of it, bit by bit we are proliferating them around the country but it is being done somewhat insidiously and the Government does not brag too much about this path to brightening our future.

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Maori chalk up another milestone in their journey towards 50:50 governance arrangements

November 5, 2011

Alf hesitates to say he told you so, but the pace of craven Pakeha buckling to Maori pressure for more political power has quickened.

Two developments this week show what is happening.

First, Maori have been given another 50:50 partnership deal.

Second, they have been given a race-based seat on the Nelson City Council. They did it in a hurry without bothering to consult their citzens.

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