Monday, July 23, 2012

Muriel Newman: Are we one or two?

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Masquerading as servants of their people, an elite group of tribal leaders have persuaded governments to give them public riches that they do not deserve. Today they are claiming the ownership of New Zealand’s water. Last year they were given the right to make secret deals for the ownership of our mineral-rich foreshore and seabed. Before that, the Clark Government gave them a slice of the electromagnetic spectrum – hardly something that tribal leaders could claim they “owned” at the time of the signing of the Treaty... Read More

1 comment:

Laurie Tuff said...

It seems to me that the real problem lies with our politicians, who are more interested in staying in power than truly representing the interests of all New Zealanders. Many people feel effectively disenfranchised - their views ignored. It isn't so much apathy as a feeling of helplessness.
Laurie