Sunday, May 9, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 9.05.21

Sunday May 9, 2021 

Bay of Plenty iwi granted customary rights to several marine areas

In a landmark ruling, the High Court has granted a Bay of Plenty iwi customary rights to several marine areas which could set a precedent for iwi around the country.

The ruling involves several hapū, in an area between Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki and has effectively granted a new form of property right, known as customary marine title.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Derek Mackie: The environment - who cares?

It is estimated that there could be up to 1 trillion species on Earth. The environment is the myriad assemblage of all those species interacting and getting on with the job of life. Virtually all species use other species to survive - as a food source, as carriers to pollinate and spread seeds for reproduction, or to act as hosts or give shelter from the elements. Many species are in competition with each other….it’s a life and death struggle every day, all the time. 

 Successful species learn how to take what they need from the environment, survive and multiply. Really successful species learn how to modify and manage the environment to give them the food and resources they need, allowing them the freedom to learn and practice other skills which improve their survival chances. Simply subsisting is no longer the principal thought each morning. Only humans have managed to achieve that. 

 We all like to think we care about our environment. No right-minded person wants to live with polluted air or water, or have to look at an eyesore. Let’s not kid ourselves though - the environment most of us live in today is an urban one. Even our rural environments are much changed by farming, mining and forestry - all the things that are the foundations of our modern civilisation and that give us the amazing standard of living we enjoy today. There’s very little that’s original about our modern environment but I don’t hear anyone, save for Extinction Rebellion and similar end-of-the-world cults, suggesting we all go back to basics and sit around our carbon-neutral campfires discussing how great life used to be. 

Bob Edlin: Free speech in Parliament challenged - Maori Party MPs press the Speaker to bar questions they regard as “racist”

The Speaker was reprimanded by the PM yesterday, in the aftermath of the furore generated when he accused a former parliamentary staffer – to whom he had previously apologised for claiming he was a rapist – of sexual assault.

Then he was chided by Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer for failing to stop “racist” questions being asked in Parliament.

Other than Hansard, the only account of this attempt to curb MPs’ right to speak freely in Parliament was a Newshub report headed Rawiri Waititi lashes out at ‘Māori bashing’ in Parliament as Jacinda Ardern challenges Judith Collins to say ‘partnership’

But to whom – we wonder – is the Speaker accountable?

Louis Houlbrooke: There And Back Again - Taxpayers Shell Out For Epic Turtle Journey

Taxpayers shelled out thousands of dollars transporting a dead turtle from Banks Peninsula to Wellington, storing it in a freezer for 21 months, then sending it back down to where it washed up for a high-powered and fully-catered powhiri, complete with a helicopter ride and a handmade coffin constructed by public servants. No scientific research was performed at any stage.

Based on responses to several Official Information Act requests, plus earlier media reports, the Taxpayers' Union can set out the timeline:

Clive Bibby: A rare backing of government actions

As a self confessed (sometimes vehement) critic of this government, l find being a supporter of at least one of its major announcements all a bit challenging. 

I base my support in this instant purely on a belief that criticism is only effective when reserved for transgressions that are obvious to people with a reasonable sense of fair play but are balanced with complimentary comments that are equally potent when justified. Credit given where or when credit is due!

The governments announcement of pay freezes for a large section of the public service is, in my view, an opportunity for the latter.

Roger Childs: Having a Balanced History Curriculum

Most countries make learning about their past compulsory, so there was general approval when the prime minister announced in 2019 that our Year 1 to 10 students would study New Zealand history as a required part of the curriculum from 2022. The challenge for the developers would be in the detail – what would children from ages 5 to 14 actually learn about their country’s story, and what skills and understandings would they develop?

The coverage of our history over 10 years of schooling needs to be comprehensive, accurate and balanced. In looking at our past we New Zealanders have plenty to be proud of, but there have been darker times which students also need to know about.

Learners should study the Musket Wars as well as participation in United Nations peace-keeping missions; the extermination of the moa as well as establishing national parks; damaging the environment as well as building infrastructure; the Chinese poll tax as well as the Social Security Act; sweated labour as well as equal pay legislation.

Karl du Fresne: The He Puapua affair makes Labour look shifty

The cat is well and truly out of the bag over the hitherto secret report He Puapua – no thanks to the media, which seemed to be in no hurry to dig into it when ACT began asking awkward questions in Parliament last month (see the comment posted yesterday by Trev1 under Joyous hugs and kisses as democracy takes another hit). Even now, some in the press gallery are playing things down with a “nothing to see here, folks” line.

If He Puapua (translation: “a break”) were to be adopted as policy by the government that commissioned it, the creation of Maori council wards and provision of council seats for unelected iwi representatives would be just the first step in a revolution that would entrench racial separatism over broad areas of our constitutional arrangements and methods of governance. Needless to say, this is potential political dynamite.

GWPF Newsletter: UK manufacturers call for petrol and diesel car ban to be delayed


Jersey faces blackouts as France threatens to cut off electricity

In this newsletter:

1) UK manufacturers call for petrol and diesel car ban to be delayed
Daily Express, 5 May 2021
2) Jersey faces blackouts as France threatens to cut off electricity
GWPF Energy, 5 May 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 2.05.21

Saturday May 8, 2021 

Hundreds of Māori leaders gather to discuss iwi kaupapa, new health authority

Hundreds of Māori leaders have gathered in Porirua to discuss the big kaupapa for iwi and hapū, including how they will inform the design of the new Māori Health Authority.

A collective of 71 iwi entities, the National Iwi Chairs Forum (NICF) kicked off its two-day hui - hosted by Ngāti Toa - with a pōwhiri at Takapūwāhia marae.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Heather du Plessis-Allan: Is this government listening to itself?


Is this government listening to itself? 

In an unbelievable move, it has just announced that it’s going ahead with Fair Pay Agreements. 

Now I’ll run you through the details in a tick, but the main gist of it is that the government is re-introducing collective bargaining.

So that, if enough workers in one sector, let’s say cleaners, agree to a pay and conditions deal with their employers, then that will be binding on all employers of cleaners. 

Even if the employers weren’t part of negotiations and didn’t say yes to the pay increase, even if they can’t afford it.

Tony Sayers: He Puapua - the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing


The document ‘He Puapua’ is apparently, the roadmap for the implementation of ‘The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ (UNDRIP) into New Zealand Law by the Year 2040.

This implies that He Puapua should reflect the principles of UNDRIP. However, as I read both documents, it becomes apparent that this is not entirely the case. He Puapua, is using UNDRIP as a disguise, it is obviously a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

NZCPR Weekly: The Tide is Turning

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we examine the Government’s separatist health reforms and expose the deceit that underpins the He Puapua roadmap for the tribal control of New Zealand, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Mike Butler shares his critical analysis of the radical plan for a Maori sovereignty takeover, and our poll asks whether you agree with the Labour Government’s proposal for a separatist Maori Health Authority.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

GWPF Newsletter: The truth about Joe Biden’s climate summit


Unrealistic pledges revealed as grandstanding

In this newsletter:

1) The truth about Joe Biden’s climate summit: Unrealistic pledges revealed as grandstanding
GWPF, 3 May 2021
2) Japan's ambitious carbon target sparks bureaucratic panic
Financial Times, 3 May 2021

Kate Hawkesby: What to do about border workers refusing Covid jab?


Call me heartless, but I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the border workers losing their jobs for refusing the vaccine. I don’t mind the fact you have a choice, and if you choose not to vaccinate, so be it, that’s up to you, but not if you’re a border or MIQ worker.

Because the risk there is too great, there’s too much at stake, we've come too far.

Sure, if you’re squirreled away in some non-contact, non-customer interfacing role, somewhere in a warehouse, or you’re a farm worker, or you’re self-employed and you choose not to vaccinate, no problem. But if you’re at the border, or in MIQ, surely you know by now that’s par for the course.

Garrick Tremain: He Puapua

Here is Garrick Tremain's cartoon commentary on He Puapua! 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Mike Hosking: No jab, no job a bigger issue than we realise?


I suppose it’s fairly easy to sack a customs worker for not getting a Covid jab, as they have here, and despite that they’ve already got the unions and advocates exercised. 

But this is a bigger issue, I suspect than many of us have given thought to.

63 percent of American employers, according to a poll this week, are going to be demanding their workers are jabbed.

63 percent is a lot, and it will grow, given there will be some who will be sitting and waiting to see how it unfolds, and if it unfolds towards vaccination, they’ll pile on.

Now, the legals.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Graham Adams: Ardern in the gun over He Puapua

A covert 20-year plan to establish Maori sovereignty is political dynamite. Graham Adams argues it represents a real threat to the Prime Minister’s reputation as open and transparent.

Judith Collins made no effort to hide the cat-with-the-cream expression on her face when she answered journalists’ questions after a National Party meeting in Auckland on Saturday. She had just delivered a speech that rolled a grenade under Jacinda Ardern — with an apparent confidence that it would go off with an almighty bang and cause an awful lot of damage to the Labour government. She looked extremely pleased with herself.

Collins had already prepared the ground last week for the grenade to have maximum impact when she described the government’s proposal to establish a Maori Health Authority as “racist separation” and “segregation”.

Bruce Moon: Rangiaowhia – Setting the Record Straight

How gruesome is regime propaganda when directed at infants
- Christopher Hitchens, “Arguably”, 2011, p.659

It was reported in Stuff for 3rd April 2021 that Leah Bell spoke at a Fairfield College Assembly a few days earlier to commemorate the battle at Orakau Pa 157 years ago.  Well, well, anything wrong in that?  Yes actually there is  - quite a lot!

Leah Bell, it may be recalled, first had her mind poisoned by a teacher – or the teacher’s spouse – when a student at Otorohanga College. She mounted a petition based on a false version of New Zealand’s history and presented it to Nanaia Mahuta at Parliament.  So she has something of a record as a political activist. It is reported that she is a “Research Consultant” for Vincent O’Malley, author of dubious accounts of New Zealand history, notably about the events at Rangiaowhia during some Waikato tribes’  Kingite Rebellion, wrongly termed a “New Zealand War”.[1],[2]

As reported, the account stated that “Leah Bell won't forget the tears rolling down the elders’ cheeks as they stood at the green fields of Rangiaowhia. ‘We felt the immense grief and mamae there ... at the lack of justice given, the lack of apology for an atrocity where innocent women, children and elderly people were murdered’.”

“[O]n February 21, 1864, British forces unexpectedly attacked the flourishing agricultural centre of Rangiaowhia – burning homes and churches, killing women, children and elderly people.”

What is utterly appalling about this account is that there was never, simply never, any atrocity committed at Rangiaowhia by British forces.

Chris Trotter: Giving Effect To The UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

“Getting ahead of the story” is one of the most important aspects of crisis management. As the PR mavens are fond of reminding their clients: “Explaining is losing.” 

If Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government is not very careful, however, it will soon find itself having to explain why it has failed to reject out-of-hand an official document which calmly anticipates the end of democracy as most New Zealanders understand it.

The Report of the Working Group on a Plan to Realise the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand is one of the most remarkable documents ever submitted to a Minister of the Crown. Set forth on its pages is a twenty-year plan to transform New Zealand from one of the world’s oldest and most respected continuous democracies into what would effectively be a political condominium, presided over by co-equal Maori and Non-Maori rulers. A state in which the economic and cultural power of non-indigenous New Zealanders would be much diminished, and the authority, wealth and influence of its indigenous people greatly expanded.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

GWPF Newsletter: Europe’s heavy industry unlikely to survive Net Zero


While NASA goes green, China prepares to dominate Earth orbit

In this newsletter:

1) Europe’s heavy industry unlikely to survive Net Zero
GWPF, 30 April 2021

2) EU industry calls for urgent carbon border tax as prices soar
Financial Times, 29 April 2021