It happened because of the Mayor’s desperate need to hold onto power after Whaleoil exposed his affair with his mistress, carried on in the Ngati Whatua room of the Town Hall. I’m sure you, like me, wondered at the subdued response from tribal elites. Given the shouts of indignation and racism from any tribal elite when there is a real or imaginary slight to their ‘mana’ this was very odd indeed.
As any bully knows, when you’ve got someone by the short and curlies their hearts and minds will surely follow. Why make a fuss when you have the power of the blackmailer to get everything you want? Brown needs the tribal and church vote in South Auckland to make sure he continues as Mayor, rather in the same way that Andrew Little needs the race based Maori seats in parliament to stand any chance of ever being elected again.
Publicly there may have been little or nothing said, but the price has been extracted in the form of a loss of democracy for the people of Auckland and rise in power and influence of corporate iwi and their tribal barons.
Whatever the tribal elites ask for they get. Take for example the ‘mana whenua’ provisions in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). These have already come into effect. For no better reason than a member of the tribal elite says it’s so, 3600 sites have been identified by the elites as ‘potentially’ having some significance to their ‘culture’. If a property owner needs a resource consent for their own property and it’s within cooey of one of these ‘potential’ sites it’s the property owner who must cross the tribal palm with silver to find out.
Yes this is immoral, but so was the Mayor, and he’s still there.
The only group fighting for the rights of individual property owners, but by extension the democratic rights of all Aucklanders, is Democracy Action. In furtherance of their mission to make sure the race based ‘mana whenua’ provisions are withdrawn for the PAUP hundreds of volunteers have been mapping the ‘mana whenua sites’. Of course, this is exactly what tribal elites with the multi million dollar resources available to them through Council officers should have been doing as the necessary first step to identifying which sites, if any, actually have any cultural significance.
Here is Democracy Action’s latest media release
DEMOCRACY ACTION LAUNCH VOLUNTEER MAP
WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2015
Democracy Action has today launched a map detailing Auckland Council’s controversial 'sites of value' to mana whenua. A rule in the council's notified Unitary Plan requires applicants carrying out work on 3661 sites of significance and value to mana whenua to obtain cultural impact assessments from one or more of 19 iwi groups.
Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:
“We've had dozens of volunteers photographing and documenting sites to ensure that the public are informed. The fact that some of the supposed sites appear to be located in former rubbish dumps, on the seabed or under buildings does not seem to have prevented the Council from implementing these controversial provisions.”
"The mana whenua provisions have the potential to pose a significant regulatory and financial burden on property owners in the vicinity of any of the 3,600 sites throughout Auckland, and the 2,000 properties within or near designated Special Ecological Areas”
"Democracy Action does not question the need to protect the archaeology of historical and cultural sites. What we do question is the process by which the Council has come to include these sites in the Unitary Plan. Officials have not investigated them, verified their locations or even checked that they still exist."
"Democracy Action is calling for the removal of the 3,600 sites of value to mana whenua from the Unitary Plan until each site has been properly assessed and audited. At the moment it is patently obvious that this has not been the case."
Auckland land owners are encouraged to check the map here.
027 493 7695
We have embedded our map of the sites we’ve catalogued to date on our website here, but as a taste of what we have found we will be highlighting sites on a weekly basis.
Site of the Week
ID#205, East Tamaki
Our volunteer documents:
“The site is on top of the hill that is the former Greenmount municipal landfill that is being remediated by Auc ofkland Council and will become a park with sweeping views. The area is a huge 54ha, bounded by Harris, Smales and Springs Rds. It was bequeathed by the late Mrs SJ Lushington, to be set aside for public recreation purposes. But Manukau City Council used it as a scoria quarry and then a dump instead. It was taken over by an entity of the former Auckland Regional Council. Dumping stopped in 2005. Remediation deposits of up to 1.5million cubic metres of fill are being laid to meet “a final contour level”.
According to a council hearing report (under the RMA, dated July 23, 2014), it has two sites of Maori archaeological origin (sites 206 and 3056), being the former Matanginui Pa site, and a midden near the northern boundary. Judging by the enormous filling activities over decades, it seems unlikely there is any surviving physical signs or features of the pa.”
Remember that thanks to the mana whenua provisions, any earthworks in proximity to a site of significance or value to mana whenua will now need to be checked off with iwi! (For more information click here)
Apparently the Council consider a rubbish dump worthy of protecting!
If we want to get rid of Tammany Hall in our own Town Hall we have to get rid of Len Brown and with him all those Councillors and Council Officers who have backed this unnecessary and morally indefensible racist provision in the Auckland Plan. In the meantime support Democracy Action, a grass roots community led initiative that is fighting for the rights of Auckland property owners.