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Peter Dunne’s “racist” outrage

Leaflets distributed around Wellington’s northern suburbs are full of “disgraceful, despicable racist bigotry”, and should be thrown in the bin, MP Peter Dunne says.

Pamphlets promoting a campaign named Rolling Thunder were distributed to homes in Dunne’s Ohariu electorate this week, bearing the slogans “no special representation of part-Maoris in local government” and “end the stranglehold that one minority group has over the culture and life of the nation”.

Dunne said it was the second pamphlet about Treaty of Waitangi issues that had been dropped in letterboxes in his electorate in recent days.

“I acknowledge the right to free speech,” he said. “But I am nonetheless outraged that this type of nasty, racist drivel is being circulated by some anonymous group.

Here we go again. ?It is not racist to want one law to apply to all citizens. ? We have an apartheid system in New Zealand with separate parliamentary rules, separate education and the dawn of separate law enforcement. ? It is valid to want that to be removed and have one law to apply to a New Zealand citizen without taking into account if their race is Maori or not.

Similarly, it is a valid position to feel that too many of a certain kind of immigrant is being allowed to settle here. ?To take it to the extreme, how about we let in four million Syrians? ?Would it be “racist” to want New Zealand to have a more balanced immigration policy? ?Of course not.

These are valid issues of concern to people in New Zealand, and for Peter Dunne to label these people as racists is intellectually lazy.

 

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Home D for aggravated robbery? Are the prisons really full?

Two 18-year-olds have been sentenced to home detention after one of them bashed Mr Lal in the head with an iron bar.

Mr Lal owns the Kingsland Dairy in Hikurangi, a small village just north of Whang?rei.

The shop is immaculate, with sparkling windows, grocery shelves stacked with military precision and an old-style display of sweets behind glass on the counter.

It was here that Eruera Wharerau, 18, whacked him on the head with a tyre iron and demanded cash last July.

Mr Lal ran from the shop and smashed the windscreen of the robbers’ car in a bid to foil their escape.

It did not work. He spent three days in hospital and suffered crippling headaches for months.

“In the head I was really badly hurt, at the back of my head it was all swollen.

So whacking someone in the head with a tyre iron doesn’t even get you a prison sentence anymore. ? Read more »

Hide on the “Wellington consensus”

The Wellington consensus is held by academics, judges, journalists and bureaucrats. They are the insiders. The politicians are carried along. The rest of us are outsiders.

The members self-select, self-reinforce and self-police each other.

The Wellington consensus is never discussed, debated or voted on. The views are so nutty they wouldn?t survive (for example, Maori-Crown partnership, smacking is child abuse, burning fossil fuels is cooking the planet).

The one recent vote that was held on ?partnership? was in New Plymouth where 83% of residents voted against having a council seat only for Maori.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy immediately declared New Plymouth voters ?not on the right side of history.? The consensus is dismissive of everyday people and democracy.

The consensus includes a self-righteous moral superiority.

Indeed. ?Democracy is subservient to The Consensus. ? Read more »

Don Brash attracts near-universal derision just suggesting One Law for All

Karl du Fresne is somewhat taken aback by the cross spectrum venom on display

It?s hard to recall a more concerted gang-up against a public figure than the one that followed last week?s launch of former National Party leader Don Brash?s Hobson?s Pledge movement, which wants an end to race-based preference.

The mild-mannered Brash is no stranger to public kickings, but even he must have been taken aback by the sheer venom of the backlash.

Maori broadcaster Willie Jackson said he was crazy. Labour leader Andrew Little called him racist (now that?s original). Prime minister John Key, Brash?s successor as National leader, belittled him by saying he sounded like a broken record.

Almost without exception, the media reaction was contemptuous. One political editor dismissed Brash as a jack-in-the-box ? ?wind him up and out he pops, shouting ?boo? over race relations?.

Columnist Toby Manhire suggested Brash and his supporters should start a colony on Mars. Hone Harawira labelled him a redneck ? the default option for Maori activists stumped for a proper argument.

Media interviewers, including Radio New Zealand?s Mihingarangi Forbes and TV3?s Lisa Owen, were openly hostile. There was no pretence of the journalistic neutrality once required of broadcasters. No surprises there.

It is remarkable that wanting a non-apartheid solution to New Zealand legislation can produce that much upset. ? Read more »

Brash v Fox

Newshub via NBR

Newshub via NBR

 

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. Read more »

Maori Party grasps racist law recall idea with both hands

Is anyone surprised?

The Maori Party has thrown its support behind calls for legislation which discriminates against Maori to be changed.

The 1962 Maori Community Development Act deems it an offence to provide alcohol at a gathering of Maori people, and also gives Maori wardens the power to kick Maori out of bars or confiscate their car keys, Radio New Zealand reports.

A lawyer in Wellington, told RNZ he was concerned about the provisions and said they were racist and outdated.

Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell agreed with the sentiment and said that it pays to acknowledge how long ago the legislation was written, but it is in need of review. Read more »

Internet Lawyer wants racist Maori law repealed

An [self described] electoral law expert is highlighting what he says are racist provisions in a New Zealand law that should be repealed.

It is an offence under the 1962 Maori Community Development Act to serve alcohol at a gathering of Maori people, and the act also gives Maori wardens the right to take car keys off or throw Maori out of bars.

Graeme Edgeler said while the provisions were probably not being enforced, they should not be on the lawbooks.

“I think the fact that the provisions exist is a problem in itself.

“I was particularly concerned that there were criminal offences still in New Zealand that only applied to Maori.”

All that sounds?great. ? With one exception. ? Read more »

One law for all? Not in the UK

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Everyone is equal under the law but some are more equal than others in the UK. Islam already has so much influence that UK law in some cases has one law for muslims and one for non-muslims.

Do you think that I am?exaggerating? What if I was to tell you that when muslims actually committed crime (A) in front of the media and multiple witnesses they were not charged let alone punished. In contrast when a non-muslim threatened to do crime (A) on Facebook and then did not do it that they were not only charged but are now ?facing seven long years in prison? Want to learn more?

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Eating kereru ‘appropriate…’ – Hone Harawira

via ODT

via ODT

Now he would say that. ?He’s the epitome of one law for all, and one law for Maori.

The leader of the Mana Movement Hone Harawira says it is appropriate for kereru to be eaten on special occasions.

The native pigeon was served at an iwi leaders’ hui on an Ohakune marae in 2013 and Government ministers were among the guests. Read more »

Sonny Tau, “the pigeon murderer”, charged

Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau has been charged with killing and smuggling native kereru.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has laid charges in the Invercargill District Court against the 61-year-old under the Wildlife Act.

A court date has been set for later this month.

Tau faces two charges in relation to the killing and possession of the wood pigeon after he was found with five of the dead birds at Invercargill Airport on June 16 on his way to Northland.

The bird is a fully protected species and can’t be taken or held without authorisation under the Act. Read more »

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