It is a fundamental principle of the Rule of Law that a person cannot be judge and jury in his own case. The undemocratic, unelected Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) members who sit on Auckland Council Committees and have voting rights there were warned that if they made submissions to the Independent Hearings Panel considering the Auckland Unitary Plan could not sit in judgement of the Panel's recommendations.
Despite the warning, the IMSB is being allowed to do just that by the spineless majority of politically correct Auckland Councillors, all of whom should be thrown out in two months time if there were any justice left in the world. They have handed the IMSB voting rights on the Unitary Plan. The move has been described by one Councillor, Sharon Stewart, as ‘a form of economic and social apartheid.’
Several Auckland councillors have unsuccessfully tried to exclude Māori representatives from the final debates on the city's Unitary Plan.
At a council meeting today, Dick Quax, Cameron Brewer and Mike Lee used research material provided by lobby group Democracy Action to suggest the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) might be compromised because of its involvement in the hearings on the plan.
Today's debate was whether next month's final deliberations on the Unitary Plan should be before the full council's governing body or its Auckland Development Committee.
All councillors sit on both - but appointed members of the Māori statutory board sit only on committees, and not the full council.
Mr Quax continued the line against Māori participation in the debate next month.
"The problem I have, apart from the conflicted position that the Independent Māori Statutory Board has, is that it defies democracy to have people who are unelected, and who are not accountable, sitting in judgement of a plan which is of huge importance to Auckland," he told today's meeting.
Mr Lee also questioned the appropriateness of statutory board members voting.
The material used to question the statutory board's right to vote was supplied by Democracy Action.
Its founder, Lee Short, told RNZ News he had shared research with a group of councillors he was working with, and would continue lobbying against the board's inclusion.
"Well, we're writing to every councillor and we're going to be writing to the council through our legal representatives pointing out these conflicts of interest and pointing out the IMSB shouldn't be participating in decision-making at any level, when they have these conflicts of interest."
Councillor Cathy Casey was one of the majority who argued it was proper for next month's consideration of the plan to include the Māori representatives, saying their voice was important.
"If you say no to the IMSB you're effectively saying no to the Māori perspective being heard. Of course there'll be rules around conflicts of interest. I actually think it's insulting to be having this debate," she said
RNZ News this week published a submission made to the independent hearings panel by Councillor Sharon Stewart, in which she described possible requirements to consult with Māori as a form of economic and social apartheid.
The council voted 13-8 to keep deliberations on the plan with the development committee. The formal sign-off will be taken by the governing body, after the committee's deliberations.
Tribal leaders just laugh at the rule of law, which means nothing to them. They know that all they have to do make the craven and cowardly politically correct kowtow to their demands is to call them ‘racist’.
Lee Short, leader of Democracy Action, is one of the few brave souls prepared to fight for freedom and democracy under the Rule of Law.
Democracy Action was successful in its bid to have the Taniwha Tax thrown out by the Independent Hearings Panel. No doubt unelected, unaccountable tribal elites on the IMSB will try and get it reinstated through the back door. They’ll have a fight on their hands if they do.