What's to hide Nick?

Not only is Nick Smith keeping his cabinet colleagues in the dark but he is also keeping the New Zealand public in the dark over his sell out of the Conservation estate to the maoritocracy.

1. JOHN BOSCAWEN (ACT) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he table the proposal presented to him yesterday by the iwi leadership group so that it can be open to parliamentary, media, and public scrutiny?

Hon Dr NICK SMITH (Minister for Climate Change Issues) : No. My discussions with the Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group and the M?ori Party are confidential, in the same way that our discussions with the ACT Party and other parties in Parliament are done on a confidential basis. No agreement has been reached yet; an appropriate announcement will be made when it is.

Hon Phil Goff: Why the secrecy?

Hon Dr NICK SMITH: I hear the Leader of the Opposition criticising that. I understand that that was exactly the arrangement when the Green Party came to an agreement with Labour on its amendments to the emissions trading scheme.

Nick Smith refused to let anyone know the detail because his excuse is that his “discussions with the Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group and the M?ori Party are confidential, in the same way that our discussions with the ACT Party and other parties in Parliament are done on a confidential basis.” Well excuse me Nick Smith. The Iwi Leadership Group, which includes the $100 billion woman Sacha McMeeking, is unelected to the parliament, unrepresentative of all maori, undemocratic in make up or selection and now negotiating for the financial future of New Zealand.

A select few, a Bro-minati, if you will, are making decisions on the future of our conservation estate in an undemocratic, secretive, back room deal to favour a select group of Maori over all other New Zealanders. It seems that the Maori party is the real party that has policy for sale.

They are starting to make Labour and all their cronyism and solicitation of funds for honours look very, very tame. They are essentially selling their position on any one policy plank each and everytime. In my book that makes them corrupt.

Labour and National are essentially honest when it comes to donations, they take donations from all comers but never would they tag it to a particular policy, no matter what the nutters at the The Standard would have you believe.

This particular deal needs the disinfectant of sunlight to clear up the very murky dealings that Nick Smith has appeared to embark us on. The poor Maori iwi like Ngati Porou, Tuhoe and Muriwhenua and Ngati Pakeha will simply miss not. While one cannot justify Hone Harawira’s troughing with his Paris it is easy to understand his anger of the betrayal of his iwi and mokopuna by the maoritocracy of his party. Tau Henare is likely to be likewise highly offended by these secret, undemocratic dealings. What appalls me is that Hekia Parata, of Ngati Porou, was put up to ask patsy questions for Nick Smith clearly without knowing that her iwi is not one of the favoured five iwi and so will get nothing from the Nick Smith organised manipulation of the democratic process.

This is worse than race based policy on the hoof, it is corporatised maoritocracy taking advantage and control of the Maori party.

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