Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing on behalf of, what I believe to be, many, many thousands of concerned New Zealanders.
New Zealanders who now feel disenchanted, disenfranchised and apprehensive about where your government is leading New Zealand.
In New Zealand we are so fortunate to live in a country where we can enjoy not only quality of life but also equality of life.
Sadly, we now consider that quality of life and, most definitely, equality of life is under serious threat.
So many New Zealanders have parents and grandparents’ who went to war so our and future generations could live in a democracy, live in a country where free speech played an important role and live in a country free from ethnic and religious division.
The insidious agenda from your government to install a socio-political doctrine based on separatism has no place in New Zealand society.
To divide and separate the people of our country by race is by its own words racist and has no part in the future of New Zealand.
Since you formed a coalition government in 2017 with NZ First you have made a number statements that relate to equality in New Zealand.
· 2017- This will be a government of inclusion…
· 2017 - When our forebears signed the Treaty of Waitangi more than 170 years ago they did so in a spirit of cooperation…
· 2018 - We must be a government that is transparent, and open about the big challenges we must all tackle together…
· 2020 - I can promise you we will be a party which governs for every New Zealander.
Transparency, inclusion and governing for all now seems to be completely disregarded.
So much of government strategy seems to rely on subterfuge and obfuscation. It is as if your government feels we, the public, do not need to know what you want to achieve. The general public are seen as a nuisance. There is no transparency, no public discussions. It is in itself a hidden agenda.
We see respected members of the business community suggesting you seriously consider “going to the bench.”
We saw, back in July, thousands of rural residents, under the Groundswell banner, make their feelings clearly known where an estimated 60,000 individuals drove tractors, vans and utes in the “Howl of a Protest.”
It is noteworthy to see you, as Prime Minister, have refused to release information and ministerial communication you have regarding Groundswell NZ. Certainly no transparency there!
Surely, those two actions, just on their own, must be waving red flags for your caucus?
We accept that the plight of some New Zealanders, in a variety of economic and social areas, is at a level that is well below all of our expectations. But surely it is the task of your ministers to somehow address that without antagonising most of the rest of the country? Take the populace with you! Why is there a need to implement legislation based on race?
Prime Minister, it is time for you to listen and it is time for transparency and honesty.
Listen to the majority of New Zealanders who love New Zealand, New Zealanders who do not want to see the fabric of this great country torn apart by Identity Politics, the Politics of Race or an agenda of separatism. To continue on that path will surely dispatch race relations in New Zealand so far backwards, possibly to a situation beyond repair.
The time has come for transparency and honesty.
We need you to be transparent and totally honest about race relations.
We need you to be transparent and totally honest about how you and your Maori caucus want to progress further Māori development.
We need you to be transparent and totally honest about what further changes are envisioned for greater Iwi input and control of Crown Land and Crown Entities.
We need you to be totally honest and invalidate separatism.
John K. Porter.
John Porter is a citizen, deeply concerned about the loss of democracy and the insidious promotion of separatism by our current government.