Race based advantages exist throughout New Zealand society. Many will even deny their European or other heritage by putting themselves on the Maori electoral roll solely because they and their children get access to a set of additional benefits denied to all Kiwis. This abandonment of the concept of universality is undermining the very foundation of the rule of law. It encourages the widening of the racial divide and is causing justifiable resentment. It helps the rich tribal elites get rich at the expense of its tribal poor.
A good example of race based advantage that has been institutionalised in New Zealand is corporate welfare and ‘charitable’ status. This was highlighted last week by the Taxpayers’ Union in a media release.
This week it was announced that Tainui and Ngai Tahu-owned Go Bus had picked up four South Auckland public transport contracts. Initial media reports suggested that this was not a sign of the best man (or company) winning, but rather the result of a quirk in New Zealand tax law that sees Maori Authorities pay only 17.5% company tax rather than the usual 28%.
In fact, it was worse than that. An article today by the National Business Review reveals that the two owners of Go Bus, Ngai Tahu Go Bus and TGH Direct Investments (owned in turn by Ngai Tahu Charitable Group and Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust) are charitable trusts, therefore paying no company tax at all.
Amid today's revelations, Go Bus Chief Executive, Calum Haslop, sought to downplay the significance of his business not being subject to company tax:
“It’s really only the last two years or 18 months really that we’ve been an iwi subsidiary. Nothing has changed in terms of our competitiveness. The tax or otherwise question is not something we turn our minds to, and it is not an element in terms of our competitiveness or any reason we’ve been able to win these Auckland contracts.”
The CEO can do all he can to downplay the fact that Go Bus has a significant tax advantage, but for its competitors, paying the usual 28% corporate tax rate, the remarks are fanciful.
Many New Zealanders will be shocked to learn that New Zealand is unique in the Commonwealth in allowing organisations whose membership is defined by blood to qualify as "charitable".
We believe that companies should be required to pay taxes, no matter what the racial or ethnic background of their ultimate shareholders.
The only silver lining out of this is that it has once again ignited the debate about tax advantages and ways we can lower the tax burden for businesses. Our research shows that abolishing corporate welfare alone would allow the corporate tax rate to be reduced from 28% to 22.5%. Such a move would significantly improve New Zealand's competitiveness, encourage investment and create more jobs for Kiwis.
All this favouritism towards one race is ‘justified’ in the eyes of successive governments by something they call ‘capacity building’. This means giving taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ money to race based entities to assist them build their businesses, their power over their tribes, and achieve their political goals. In reality it means handing money, power and influence to a tribal elite with no strings attached.
To date an eye watering $50 billion worth of assets has been transferred into the hands of race based entities. There is now an effective Tuhoe Homeland in the north east of the country that is a no-go area for all Kiwis, including the police.
The government is exploring “New initiatives that include exploring a trial where iwi administered welfare payments to young people, similar to the Youth Service, helping young people get driver's licences and investigating a regional Work Skills scheme to get young people on benefit working in the community.” Another report quoted on Kiwiblog says “The Tuhoe iwi is negotiating to take over social services for its people in an ambitious bid to end welfare “dependency”.
It is the thin end of the wedge. If the government is negotiating handing over the payment of welfare to tribal elites, it wont be long before favouritism deprives even the poorest tribal member of their benefits.
Abandoning the principle of universality is just one more step on the road to a separate state envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi movement and fostered through our universities. Race based apartheid was has been prevalent in Auckland University for decades, where are rooms set aside for some purely on the basis of race. They might as well hang a notice on the door saying ‘Whites Out’ in a parody of South African and American white supremacy movements.
All this and yet political correctness decrees only ‘whites’ can be ‘racist’. Go figure.
Unless the principles that underpin the rule of law are reinforced rather than undermined then the racial divide in New Zealand will only get wider and that is very sad indeed for a country that used to pride itself on its equitable treatment of all its citizens.