It’s been a funny old month! A covert plan by Labour to completely alter New Zealand’s constitution and award a 50% share of power and veto rights to Maori is exposed in parliament...and then, the government’s popularity in the polls INCREASES by almost 3%. Surely that can’t be right! I know many people who comment on this website are upset and angry at how this could happen.
Living in NZ these days is a bit like poor old Alice in Wonderland, nothing makes sense, everything is the opposite of what it should be - “curiouser and curiouser”. For Alice it was a bizarre dream but for NZ it is a cold, stark reality. To those of us who have read He Puapua and know this government’s attempts to hide it from the public, to the extent that it was never mentioned in Labour’s 2020 election manifesto, it seems inconceivable that their support could actually grow.
This should be our Watergate moment! In many ways it’s far more important. After all, Watergate exposed a president willing to authorise illegal spying on political opponents - bad enough. He Puapua proposes to “gift” half the parliament and all Crown land and water to one minority race and then for good measure change our culture, legal system, education system and health system to favour Maori ahead of everyone else, with no public consultation, debate or referenda. The final nail in the coffin is to give preference and tax breaks to the iwi conglomerates that will be created from our national wealth, driving other companies out of business.
In any other democracy that would be earth-shattering and almost certainly result in the resignation of the Prime Minister and demands for an immediate election. But not in New Zealand. Why is that? The mainstream media (MSM) hold the answer to that question.
For at least the last few years, they have relinquished their traditional role as the standard bearers of fair and balanced news reporting, in favour of cheerleading the Labour Party. Give me an L….give me an I….give me an E! The TV “news” is a carefully edited selection of stories which typically paint the government in a positive light, with occasional half-hearted criticism to uphold the impression of independent coverage. Anything potentially embarrassing is simply not reported or is used to cast racist assertions on those raising it. The vast majority of the public probably use the media as their principal, if not only, source of information and analysis. Now we’re starting to see how this article’s opening paragraph can be explained.
The Labour leadership are also clearly to blame and it shows how far they are prepared to go to enact their separatist, racist agenda. But with something this big and potentially damaging I don’t believe they would have considered it unless they knew they had the media in their pockets.
With a duplicitous government and MSM, all traditional channels of protest are ineffective. The Maori wards legislation process demonstrated that loud and clear. The government and media did everything in their power to ensure support for the bill, while stifling any dissension and negative submissions. It was a disgrace! Expect the same result on the Climate Change Commission recommendations and the proposed NZ history curriculum.
Our opposition has attempted to hold the government to account and publicise He Puapua but it’s a hard road. All the media have to do is report the calls of racism from the Left, then stir up talk of leadership challenges and poor popularity ratings until National self-implode, pick another leader then figure out what went wrong. There has to be a surge in support from the public to sustain the opposition parties and give them momentum to drive this home.
As this week’s NZCPR newsletter states, we need to take action and fight back. Quite right, but the question is HOW? In my view, we need a cohesive, coordinated plan. Encouraging small numbers of people to protest at meetings or events is commendable but unlikely to succeed. They are easy pickings for the media, activists and the internet woke brigade. Branded as racists, white supremacists, and worse, individuals or small groups will be abused from all sides until they run for cover - I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Then you can start demanding tougher hate speech legislation to keep them in line. These tactics have been employed by the Left for the last 20 years. ...and very effective they are too. Ask any climate sceptic!
For protests to have a chance of working against an unsympathetic Establishment they have to be big...really big. Ideally, the protest happens at the ballot box but it is likely that actual mass protests will be needed to achieve this. I don’t think we have anywhere near enough people who know, care or understand what He Puapua is about yet and we certainly don’t have a plan to mobilise them. We first have to inform the public about the intentions and consequences of He Puapua and what it will mean to them, their children and this country.
That, to me, is the first step on the road to turning the tide against this divisive government. How do we get the message across to the public without the media? I confess that I don’t know the answers but enough sharp minds working together can at least have a crack at it. One thing is certain though, as the latest poll shows, if the public are not informed it’s a racing certainty that Labour will be re-elected.
Derek Mackie is a geologist with a keen interest in current affairs.