Willie claims more support than his rival but he goes to court – not the polls – to prove it

November 25, 2014
I'm more popular  than that Kake feller, and I'll sue if you disagree.

I’m more popular than that Kake feller, and I’ll sue if you disagree.

Far from Auckland, hunkered down in the Eketahuna Club, Alf’s mates couldn’t give a toss about whether broadcaster Willie Jackson should be sitting on Auckland’s  Independent Maori Statutory Board.

They do give a toss about process.

They observe that Willie took a legal route on his rocky passage towards a seat on the board, which provides advice to Auckland Council on Maori issues.

The High Court has ruled in his favour and found the board’s selection processes were flawed.

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What happens when public funds are earmarked for special people? Councils are pressed to spend it all

May 22, 2014

It might be thought that not spending ratepayers’ money would be welcomed as a good thing and there would be much rejoicing.

Auckland Council accordingly should be applauded for having managed to save much of the budget earmarked for certain purposes.

Nah. Not when one of those special purposes is positive discrimination (the PC way of talking about giving an ethnic group funding privileges).

Radio NZ says the council has managed to spend only a fraction of the budget earmarked for Maori initiatives. according to the board representing Maori in Auckland.

The board is one of those unelected outfits that now adorn our local government structures and governance arrangements.

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So you want to enhance your property? Don’t forget to get the cultural okay from your local iwi

March 1, 2014
"Of course I've got an iwi permit..."

“Of course I’ve got an iwi permit…but only for a wee-wee”

Hard on the heels of his political triumph with the supermarkets, Labour Maori Affairs spokesman Shane Jones will have chalked up more political points with his criticisms of a new rule that will affect Auckland property owners.

The city’s leaders – fasten your seat-belts, folks – are requiring property owners to seek iwi approval to work on sites of cultural and heritage value to Maori.

As if living in Auckland isn’t penalty enough for any individual of sound mind, this is a lulu of an idea.

Jones actually calls it dangerous as well (obviously) as an extra compliance cost.

His views are reported today in the NZ Herald:

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Official information stand-off: defiant Maori could transform Crusher into Shredder Collins

July 28, 2012

Uh, oh. Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board has bought itself a fight with Crusher Collins.

The buggers are playing the race card, claiming entitlement to special treatment when it comes to compliance with the requirements of the Official Information Act.

Dunno how the Treaty of Waitangi lets them off the hook, exactly, but you can be sure they can bewilder us with a profundity of fancy arguments on the matter.

Accordingly they are refusing to cough up some simple bits of information lawfully and reasonably sought by Crusher in her capacity as MP for Papakura.

This is in defiance of a recommendation of the Chief Ombudsman.

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Racial privilege is upheld by audit which fortifies Maori claims to more money for their trough

March 15, 2012

Further evidence of New Zealand’s peculiar willingness to spawn and nurture racially divisive governance arrangements is dished up by the NZ Herald today.

It reports on a funding row over Maori initiatives in Auckland.

And it quotes a source as saying the matter could end up in court, citing a draft report showing the Auckland Council is largely failing to meet statutory obligations to Maori.

These are statutory obligations to “Maori”, it should be noted. Not statutory obligations to New Zealanders, or citizens, or all of us.

This affirms that the Government must meet some obligations to one ethnic community that it does not have to meet for others.

It all stems – we don’t have to guess – from the ill-considered incorporation of so-called Treaty principles into various bits of legislation.

And it is all about who gets how much money.

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