It’s a silly idea and no, we don’t need an associate Minister specifically for Maori housing

December 2, 2011

More bloody separatism…

Alf has just caught up with news of a group representing not-for-profit housing providers.

He knows of lots of property developers who have gone bankrupt in recent years, which somewhat puts them in the category of not-for-profit housing providers.

But in this instance we are talking about do-gooders involved in an outfit which wants the Government to appoint an associate minister specifically for Maori housing.

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Tuhoe , the treaty and the politics of separatism – principles be buggered, it’s winning power and holding it that matters

May 11, 2010

Good one, Boss.

Yep. Alf approves of Prime Minister John Key drawing a line in the sand – at long bloody last – on iwi treaty demands.

He has ruled out Tuhoe owning the Te Urewera National Park as part of its treaty settlement.

Treaty settlement? The buggers didn’t sign the treaty and were proud of it.

It is astonishing, therefore, that Tuhoe’s outlandish request for negotiations wasn’t laughed out of the Beehive from the outset.

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TV3, Tuhoe and a teasing item about Treaty negotiations – but why weren’t they keeping tabs on Pita?

April 20, 2010

It’s a bloody good thing Alf started his round-up of the blogs this morning by checking out what the Busted Blonde had to say at Roarprawn. He had been limbering up to take a whack at Chris Finlayson, our Minister of Treaty Negotiations, after being incensed by a TV3 news item last night.

According to TV3 –

The Government is on the verge of offering the Tuhoe tribe a treaty settlement that could be as groundbreaking as it is controversial.

Tuhoe is hoping it will mean total control of the Urewera National Park, and start the tribe on the way to self-rule and becoming a separate nation.

Well, bugger me, Alf thundered.

A treaty settlement with Tuhoe? Didn’t Tuhoe take great pride in refusing to sign the bloody document?

And what’s all this bollocks about self-rule?

Before we know it, we will be needing a bloody passport to get into the national park, and probably we will have to pay hefty fees to drive on the roads, walks on the tracks and swim in the lakes.
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