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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The protesters have gone for now – but why weren’t the Popatas jailed after their run-in with the PM?

November 12, 2010

Excuse me, sir, but do you have time for an interview?

Oops. Alf failed to record his admiration for the way a patch of land in the Far North has been restored to public ownership.

He refers, of course, to the removal of a bunch of Naughty Kahu land protesters from a Far North sailing club on a District Council reserve.

The Herald reported on Wednesday –

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Trespass orders be buggered – send in the Army to kick out the pesky Popata brothers

October 29, 2010

Welcome for coffee and a chat, folks - we recommend the flat white.

Chris Finlayson’s blather gives Alf a serious dose of the shits, on occasions.

Question Time in Parliament yesterday was yet another occasion.

Questioned in his role as Attorney-General about some Maori howz-your-father in the Far North, the bugger did his damndest to avoid denouncing the ratbags involved.

But denunciation was especially in order on this occasion, because two of the ratbags should have been in jail (for a considerable time) for roughing up our Prime Minister at Waitangi.

Alf would have jailed them for a few decades, then deported them to the land of their ancestors, which he believes is Hawaiki.

But the justice system let us down badly on that score, and now the Popata brothers are up to their tricks again.

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Yep, it’s duplicity sure enough when the stroppy Popatas win the approval of a vulpine professor

January 16, 2010

Dunno what fishing has to with it.

The Popatas should be picked up by the police and dragged from the plot they are occupying at Taipa in the Far North. Full stop.

But it’s the prospect of a bloody fishing competition that has galvanised Shane Jones to think about the matter and indulge in a bit of tub-thumping.

According to the Herald

Labour MP Shane Jones says John Key should intervene in a Far North land occupation before thousands attend a fishing competition at the end of the month.

Land at Taipa which is up for sale is being occupied by two brothers, John and Wikatana Popata, who assaulted the Prime Minister at Waitangi last year.

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