Mike Hosking on Maori wards

Mike Hosking says good riddance to the Maori wards issue after resounding defeats in referenda over the weekend: Quote:

My congratulations to Palmerston North, which has joined the other sensible areas of the country in stopping the creation of M?ori wards on local city councils.

The result was 69 per cent to 30 per cent – which tends to be about the average around the country when votes are held.

Turnout of course was low. It’s always low when it comes to local body politics, which in and of itself is a good reminder of just how irrelevant these people have become to most of us.??

Having said that of course they wield extraordinary power, and we really should pay more attention.

But 69 to 30 is what you would call a comprehensive result in the right direction. And I would hope a very, very loud message to those who still insist that M?ori wards, or indeed any race-based representation, is a good thing or a way forward.

It’s ironic this comes as the M?ori roll is open to be signed, you get to choose what roll you would like to be on. The madness being there is no real criteria, if you feel M?ori you can sign up.

Not just that, but the M?ori seats are, of course, currently held by Labour. And it’s a mainstream party that is no more or less representative of M?ori than any other. And when M?ori had a M?ori Party specifically geared up to represent their needs, hopes and aspirations they booted them out of office.

MMP has never given us a broader racial representation, our Parliament is full of every gender, age, race and political outlook. If you want diversity you have it right here, right now.

And because of that these tired old arguments about M?ori being under represented, not fairly heard, lacking in policy, are well and truly redundant.

Of course it has never been illegal for anyone including M?ori to stand, but that hasn’t stopped the political correctness and hand-wringers trying to line up a racially stacked argument in favour of special treatment.

And surely the ultimate irony has always been that if you flipped it, if you excluded M?ori or any race from representation, there would be outcry, fury, if not civil war.

And yet they stand here, in 2018, telling us that being able to single out a race and offer them something none of the rest of us can have is a good idea and a proactive way forward.

Well thank the good Lord for democracy. 69-30. That’s what the majority of us say to that sort of insanity. End quote.

Of course, the losers of the referenda think democracy failed. It didn’t. It succeeded and, unlike in Auckland where the Maori Statutory Board was foisted on ratepayers with no say in the matter, the ratepayers of those towns and districts who voted ‘No’ have shown the folly of Auckland.