I bet Dunne and Seymour feel like right nancies about now

Peter Dunne and David Seymour thought they’d help out Nick Smith with RMA reform.

Unfortunately for them he spat in their faces and preferred a solution that caves?in to brownmail.

The Government and the Maori Party have struck a deal to back?Resource Management Act reforms, despite a last-ditch bid from other parties to provide a better offer.

The announcement ensures the controversial Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, intended to speed up planning and consent laws, will pass into law after years of delays.

In a statement on Thursday, Maori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell announced they had reached agreement to support the final stages of the legislation.

“We’ve worked hard on the outcomes to reach an agreement that we are satisfied with,” Flavell said.

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Could we have our brownmail payments back please?

Democracy Action raises a very good point about brownmail payments to the Maori Statutory Board after their case was tossed out of the High Court:

Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action, says the High Court’s dismissal this week of the appeal by?the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision by Auckland Councillors to accept the Independent Hearings Panel?s recommendation to remove the ?Sites and Places of value to Mana Whenua? from the Unitary Plan, gives every reason for the Council to refund amounts paid for the unnecessary and costly cultural assessments.

Since September 2013 Auckland property owners with one of these purportedly sites of value on or near their properties have had to seek cultural impact assessments (CIAs) from iwi when undertaking more than minor earthworks.

?Money paid to iwi for CIAs must be refunded?, says Democracy Action spokesperson, Lee Short. ? Read more »

More apartheid on the way as only Maori can veto the name of a wine or spirit

This is the sort of stuff that costs governments support.

Maori are being given full control over the names of wines and spirits, says New Zealand First.

“This is utter lunacy. It is race-based decision making that could inhibit New Zealand producers? ability to use their preferred branding,” says Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Maori are being handed special rights under new legislation that will allow them to object to proposed names associated with geographical features.

“New Zealand First decided to vote against the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Amendment Bill because of this clause which required a newly set up Registrar of Geographical Indicators to consult a Maori advisory committee over wine and spirit labels that might cause offence.

“This clause turned the Bill which is otherwise non-controversial, into something untenable.? Read more »

Taniwha rejoice! National yields to brown-mail to get neutered RMA reform through

It looks like National has caved to brownmail and given taniwha hope everywhere that they will be able to make extra vast amounts of cash around the country.

The government has reached an agreement with the M?ori party, which gave it the numbers to pass the Resource Management Act (RMA) through its final stages in Parliament.

The M?ori Party is satisfied iwi will be thoroughly consulted and economic benefits have not trumped environmental protection.

Earlier this year the M?ori Party warned it would withdraw its support if iwi was not given more say over how resources were managed. ? Read more »

Brownmail letter enrages locals

We know that Auckland Council has turned simple planning into a minefield of nonsense. The Proposed Unitary Plan couldn’t be more complicated and draconian if it tried.

But now the Council has peeved off the Paritai Drive jet-set with some tricky underhanded Maori sites of significance listings.

Gilda Kirkpatrick is the socialite married to Property mogul James. She calls it like it is, has rallied the local troops – smoking out the bulldust, asking why a past event should warrant Council’s actions.

The form letter posted to numbers “68 to 110a Paritai Drive” was not well-received by Gilda Kirkpatrick at No. 90, nor most of her well-heeled neighbours.

The April 9 letter from Ngati Whatua Orakei advised some of Auckland’s most envied property owners they were sitting on a “Site of Significance to Mana Whenua”, to be listed in the unitary plan. The plan “requires consultation with affected iwi to ensure any development respects the cultural values and associations with that site”. What rankled Kirkpatrick, and others, was that they’d missed the opportunity to lodge opposing submissions – that deadline had passed 14 months earlier. Any neighbours (or their lawyers) who’d studied the daunting draft of the unitary plan had not recognised the name: Onepu Whakatakataka. No maps pinpointed the site.

Residents of 30 to 40 years’ standing had never heard the name used for the point at the street’s western end (some knew it as Hobson Pt), where views stretch across Hobson Bay to Mt Eden, to the city, and out to the harbour and gulf.? Read more »

No surprises here as Ngati Whatua go to court

The brownmail starts. Ngati Whatua are going to court.

I wonder when the taniwha is going to turn up?

Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua has confirmed it will seek a judicial review of Government’s plan to sell off Crown land to private developers.

The iwi said this afternoon it had filed a statement of claim in the High Court in Auckland to seek a ruling on its right of first refusal on surplus land in Auckland.

“Ngati Whatua is working closely with the government to get more houses built,” iwi spokesman Ngarimu Blair said in a statement. ? Read more »

Of course they do

No surprises in this story about maori with their hand out?in another case of brown-mail:

The iwi that owns Lake Taupo is looking to charge Ironman New Zealand competitors about $56,000 for use of the lake during the swim leg of the endurance triathlon.

The proposed levy by Ngati Tuwharetoa would be about $40 a head for competitors, who have already paid at least $785 each to enter this year’s event, in which about 1450 people will take part next month.? Read more »

The Air we breathe will be next

As predicted Ngaphui are trying on brownmail over the wind…the air we breathe will be next along with the rays of the sun for solar power:

Ngaphui have formally lodged a claim at the Waitangi Tribunal for commercial use of the wind.

Spokesperson David Rankin says the tribe is making a pre-emptive move before any wind farms are set up in Northland.

He says the wind can be classified as a protected ‘taonga’ ? or treasure ? and Maori should have a say in how it is used in commercial power generation.

“Like fish in the 1980s, and water more recently, wind will become a property right and its commercial use will be a tradable commodity,” says Mr Rankin.

He says non-commercial use of the wind will not be affected, and that any criticism of the claim is “flatulence”.

Last week?Mr Rankin told Firstline?that Maori had claim to the wind under Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Everything is rolling on because of the privatisation of our power companies? When there’s a commercial value placed on the wind, then we have to question who owns it.

“We can actually prove we’ve had a connection with wind since the beginning of time.”