National Party MP
Judith Collins has called the Auckland Council's Maori advisory board an "unaccountable monster" that thinks it's "outside the law".
Ms Collins made the remarks in a speech to the ACT Party's Auckland South annual regional conference on Saturday afternoon.
In her address as guest speaker at the conference, the Papakura MP said the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) was neither elected nor accountable, and should be dumped.
"The Maori statutory board is an unaccountable monster. It believes it is outside the law," she said in her speech.
"I recall my experience trying to get some basic information about its members. The IMSB ignored the request and ultimately I had to get the Office of the Ombudsman involved."
Even under instruction from the Ombudsman, the board still refused to comply, she said.
"Despite the Ombudsman finding the IMSB had no grounds under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act to withhold the information, the IMSB thumbed its nose at the Ombudsman.
"The board actually passed a resolution not to comply with the ombudsman's recommendation."
Its refusal to release documentation that should be publicly available showed a lack of respect for the law and Auckland ratepayers, Ms Collins said.
The board was set up after the "supercity" was created, to advise Auckland Council on Maori matters and promote issues important to Māori. Its role is to ensure the council takes those issues into account when making decisions.
I’m not so sure. Collins is a threat to John Key because she is far more in tune with National voters than a leader who is taking the party further and further into Socialist and race based territory.
During his third term Key has demonstrated over and over again that his only ‘policy’ is to steal the clothes off the opposition. In so doing he has dragged the Party away from the centre right towards centre left.
He was captured by the Maori Party long ago and has spent his time increasing race-based corporate welfare, enriching tribal leaders at the expense of tribal poor. At the same time he has undermined democracy by entrenching race based control in local government.
The latest Treaty of Waitangi rort is to is hand over control of vital assets such as fresh water to tribes through the Resource Management Act, an Act that needs scrapping in its entirety as it undermines private property rights, one of the bedrocks of our freedoms.
Collins understands the simmering rage throughout New Zealand as local government is handed on a platter to tribal leaders through the mechanism of controlling resource consents and handing decision making on Councils to unelected tribal leaders.
National has done more than any other party since 1975, when the Treaty of Waitangi process started, to undermine democracy and replace it with tribalism. Collins understands this, as so do Aucklanders who have been denied access to many of their treasures handed to tribal elites, have to cross tribal palms with silver to get resource consents, and have many vital matters decided by the casting votes of unelected tribal representatives who, as Collins demonstrates above, couldn’t care less about democracy and accountability.
The country is entering dangerous waters through the handing over of power to unelected tribal elites. A new model of government is being forged by National that does not sit well with the fundamental principle of ‘one law for all’. The Maori Party tail has been wagging the government dog for years.
Collins is more in tune with National voters and the fundamental values of Kiwis than Key. She is a threat, but a very able threat to the Key hegemony. She is right to challenge the shift to tribalism. It is a blot on the democratic landscape of New Zealand.