Brash v Fox

Newshub via NBR

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Outspoken former National Party leader Don Brash has gone head to head with M?ori MP Lousia Wall over his latest attack on perceived preferential treatment for M?ori.

He told The Nation M?ori chiefs signed away their right for sovereignty more than a century ago and it’s about time the Government realised it.

“There can be no basis for special privileges for any race, no basis for government funding based on race,” Dr Brash said back in 2004, when he was National Party leader.

“Why give a special preference, a special legal, constitutional status, to those who happen to have a M?ori ancestor?” he said on Saturday morning.

“It was a popular policy then and it’s still a popular policy.”

At least 14 people agree with Dr Brash; they make up the Hobson’s Pledge lobby group. Their aim is to pressure politicians into opposing what they call the preferential treatment of M?ori, to create a “colour-blind state”.

But Ms Wall says that’s anti-M?ori and regressive.

“It’s trying to negate history,” she says. “You’re actually in denial of our history.”

She argues M?ori people aren’t fighting for preferred status but appropriate recognition.

“We’re actually fighting for our rightful place as the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa. We are the mana whenua.”

Those are rights Dr Brash says were signed away with the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

As long as that “appropriate recognition” isn’t through legislation, then they can both agree. ?But sadly the Maori gravy train requires free taxpayer money to run.

One law for all makes sense to any clear thinking person.

To be called racist for wanting a law that applies to anyone, no matter what race surely ends the argument right there?


– Newshub