This plan to give the Treaty of Waitangi constitutional status is being driven by the Maori Party representing the tribal elite. After the 2008 election, they not only demanded ownership rights to New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed - in return for supporting a National-led government - but they set in train a constitutional review as well.
With the review process already captured by those who seek to entrench corporate iwi in a position of unassailable racial, legal, cultural and economic superiority over all other New Zealanders, we must fight back and strongly reject any proposal for a new written constitution.
Accordingly, we have set up an alternative Independent Constitutional Review on the web at www.ConstitutionalReview.org, with our own Panel of experts led by Canterbury University law lecturer David Round, along with Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata from Auckland University, Professor Martin Devlin from Massey University, Professor James Allan from Queensland University, NZCPR Research Associate Mike Butler, and NZCPR Founder Dr Muriel Newman. We have launched a “Declaration of Equality” to demand one law for all New Zealanders with no special treatment based on race. The objective of our “people’s review” is to reject the race-based takeover of our constitution. The biculturalism agenda being advanced by the separatists is backwards looking and divisive. It is time the country moved on.
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY
One law for all New Zealanders:
- no references to the Treaty of Waitangi in any
constitutional document or legislation
- no race-based Parliamentary seats
- no race-based local body seats
- no Waitangi Tribunal
Dr Muriel Newman is a former Member of Parliament who now runs the public policy think tank the New Zealand Centre for Political Research. This article was first published in The Grey Power Magazine.