Saturday, April 24, 2021

Clive Bibby: Apartheid by another name


Although the Oxford dictionary specifically refers to the segregationist policies of former South African governments when describing the meaning of the word “apartheid”, that shouldn’t mean that those same policies should not fit the description when operated in counties like our own.

In fact, the worst aspect of the current tidal wave of legislation being rushed through the House is the attempt by our government to hoodwink all citizens into believing that we need to have separate development for some sections of society in order to achieve the aspirational goals of a minority.

It is plain bullshit and we should totally reject this “apartheid by stealth” before it becomes permanently cemented in the laws of our homeland.

My concerns are that the current political climate is such that we will only wake up to this disgraceful denial of majority rights when it is too late.

Already we see an emboldened administration riding roughshod over the civil liberties of the bulk of the populace in order to satisfy the needs of a few groups operating in an atmosphere that is a reflection of a sense of entitlement that can’t be justified.

In normal circumstances, I believe the government’s main responsibility is in safeguarding individual security and equal opportunity for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, political persuasion or position on society’s social ladder. We should all have equal access to and benefit from the nation’s natural resources but because some of us are more able to take advantage of our own circumstances than others, the system that re-distributes the basic necessities in a democracy like ours has to prioritise the services it delivers on a “needs” basis. And it can do that without the race-based segregationist policies this current mob is trying to foist on an, as yet, unsuspecting population.

However, that is not what we are being offered even though it damn well should be!

For our survival as a sovereign nation, we must ensure that whatever systems are developed to accommodate the needs of a modern society, they must fairly represent the aspirations of all groups whether they be crucial to our survival or not.

Obviously, some groups do play a more important role in the maintenance of orderly communities, but it shouldn’t be that one section of society is being constantly blamed for the poor performances of others. Sooner or later, the weaker or disadvantaged members have to take full responsibility for doing it themselves. The current system allows for us to help them do that. A “help up” is always better than a “hand out.” It allows the ones in need to retain their dignity.

While accepting that we are “our brother’s keeper”, it isn’t necessary to deny the aspirations of one group in order to help another achieve theirs.

If we truly believe that we are all equal under the law, then it follows that we each have responsibilities for those less fortunate, especially if their circumstances are of no fault of their own.


My experience suggest that this nation’s peoples are amongst the most generous, compassionate and humanitarian on the planet.

In most instances they are quick to recognise special needs and are happy to see the government allocate resources to meet those needs. But there are limits.

Our whole welfare system has developed on the back of individuals “who can” helping those “who can’t” and generally it has worked well over a long period of time.

But we will not make it better by segregating some with “special needs” from a system that should be made to work for all.

I suspect that the new framework for local government operations, whether it be healthcare or fresh water delivery, has its basis in the demand for a system that provides unlimited funds without accountability - at least that is what it looks like to me. Ironically, where that type of reallocation has been tried, it has failed dismally to achieve its objectives - simply because no one is held responsible when the taxpayers’ money is spent with nothing to show for it.  We can’t afford that type of “lolly scramble” yet it is too often accepted by those who should know better as being a necessary evil.

Surely it has been well proven that is the kernel that leads to separate development.

I’m sure most Kiwis don’t want a bar of that but unfortunately that is what we are about to get. More of the same!

Wake up New Zealand. Your birthright is being stolen.

Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.


DeeM said...

I'm sure most New Zealanders would agree with you Clive. Unfortunately, I suspect that only a tiny % of NZders view this website.
I've read many articles on Breaking Views over the past few months and they often end with the plaintive cry "Wake up New Zealand, before it's too late".
That is the key issue here. How do we wake NZ up by getting this crucial information to the population at large without a balanced MSM to rely on? If we can solve that problem quickly then we stand a chance of kicking this lot into touch in 2023. If we don't then I expect us to end up with another Labour-Greens government which would be even worse!!

Anonymous said...

As always, DeeM, you have hit the nail on the head with your comments. Are you able to get in touch with me through as we would love to hear your thoughts on the best way forward. Thanks Muriel Newman

boudicca said...

The old fashioned way - leaflet drop in letterboxes. The most direct way there is

Ray S said...

As usual, Clive has it right again, and DeeM as well. Getting the word out is a massive problem. As stated, only a small percentage of the population get to read NZCPR. The media are disgustingly remiss in ignoring what must be plain to see. By their ignorance they are party to what ever the current government does to further separatism or enact legislation that erodes civil liberties.
I suspect that if more people were to read these articles. there would be many who would not believe the content or the message.
Exposure is the key, how we do that will not be easy.
It wont be long before writing like this will be a crime.
Wake up New Zealand, oops, or should I say Aotearoa. Spare me.

Phil said...

Last week Nanaia Mahuta delivered an astonishing speech which would have come as no surprise to NZCPR readers. The NZ media initially didn't report or provided few details as knew it had the potential to reflect badly on the Government. Somehow this speech was splashed all over the media in the UK and discussed in the UK parliament. This then meant that the NZ media had to crank up the story to protect the Government and there followed days of articles attacking 5 Eyes, the UK and Australia. This has made me think that the only way to initiate discussion is through the international media. I don't know who got Nanaia's speech out there but a similar process is required with the Government's separatist agenda. If the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Mail are cranking up the pressure awareness will grow in New Zealand.

Charles said...

The problem we have in New Zealand is that the fourth estate now more accurately can be described as the fifth column. There is a willful reluctance to criticize the Adern regime and tell the truth. Unless a broader method of revealing the situation is found, excellent sites like this will simply continue to preach to the converted. I am at a loss to put forward any suggestions.

Don said...

The Roman method of"bread and circuses" is truly being applied to us in that the media obsession with Rugby and lesser sports while giving little or no coverage to important issues keeps us ignorant and powerless to disagree with directions in which we are being pushed. True most of us are not short of bread but some get bigger slices than others and it seems brown is more worthy than white. The "hate speech" syndrome is yet another method of quelling opinions contrary to accepted "woke" ideas. To mix a few metaphors it seems to be a case of grin and bear it while being careful not to rock the boat.