So it is encouraging that some tribal elders are speaking out against tribal privilege.
Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats.
“These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that we somehow have failed to integrate into modern society.”
Mr Rankin also cites history, pointing out that the seats were only ever meant to be temporary, and that the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform recommended that the seats be abolished if MMP was introduced.
“Maori are already moving in the direction of abolition,” says Mr Rankin. “Less than half of Maori are now on the Maori roll, and the number is falling. And to make matters worse, the turn-out in the Maori electorates is the lowest of all the electorates in the country. “
Mr Rankin describes the continued existence of the Maori electorates as “an embarrassment”, and plans to start circulating the petition within the next three months.
New Zealand meanwhile is in the grip of cultural correctness and instead of moving with the times is going backwards by writing ever more race based privilege into legislation. And no party has done more to create such privilege than National. I guess it’s because they understand so well the world of Trusts and hiding wealth.
But they might just be over-stepping the mark. There is a growing resentment at the vast transfer of wealth to a few, who then use their power to extort money just like the feudal barons of old. Cross my palm with silver or you won’t get a resource consent. Cross my palm with silver or you won’t get a hunting licence. Cross my palm with silver or you won’t be allowed on this beach and so on. All supposed hurts, all ‘wrongs’ of the past can be soothed by the balm of money it seems.
The PAUP ‘mana whenua’ provisions are a step too far. They have provoked a backlash. The outcome of the Democracy Action movement meeting last weekend resulted in three resolutions
- That the Government pass legislation to end Mana Whenua provisions and restore the proper application of the existing law, in particular the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
- That Auckland Council suspend the application of the Mana Whenua provisions
- That Council undertake to vary the Plan by removing the requirement for cultural impact assessments, 3,600 sites and places of value to Mana Whenua and other provisions not properly approved by Councillors.