Treaty of Waitangi
The Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal has taken 20 years to conclude that the New Zealand Government is in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi regarding intellectual property rights and tangata whenua (people of the land/afterbirth) connection and responsibilities to Taonga like rongoa (traditional medicine), awa (rivers), Maunga (mountains) and moana taiwhenua (foreshore and seabed).
John Key is making light of the need for action. Constitutional lawyer and international judge Moana Jackson believes its time for constitutional transformation – a legal model change.
WAI 626 highlights the illegal hegemonic status this and all previous governments have held since 1856. I remember in 1998, Moana speaking of tangata whenua and the Crown initially sitting side-by-side. Then tangata whenua being pushed off their chair and the Crown putting their feet on the chair. People from Britain and other nations queued up to join the Crown. Tangata whenua were moved to the back of the queue.
Moana described the Crown and tangata whenua both heading in the same direction together. However, tangata whenua were rowing facing forward and the Crown rowing facing backward. This metaphor of moving forward together each in its own way is a vision of co-operation between two iwi (people/tribes).
Several things need to happen first:
1 Queen Elizabeth II initiates utu (act of seeking equilibrium) and formally acknowledges that Rangatira chief signatories to Te Tiriti o Waitangi did not cede sovereignty on February 6, 1840.
2 The New Zealand Government ceases to exist.
3 Like Norway, Germany and New Zealand during MMP coalition negotiations, there will be no Government from three months up to two-five years. The world goes on as usual.
4 Tangata whenua decide on constitutional transformation during this period.
5 Some people may want to leave the country. Most will be middle to lower income workers.
Don’t panic. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I am calling for a citizen-initiated referendum to this effect. TIPENE TE MAKATEA,
Takapuwahia. the discussion occurred, PCC has contracted to purchase two Steyne Avenue properties.
The finalised Annual Plan has now been issued. An additional $100,000 is recorded on page 66 for Titahi Bay Beach Management but it is not one of the items documented either in the plan or in press as being in response to submissions. It therefore seems to be a late idea of PCC. How many more of these are there?
The prospective funding statement on page 67 now records a total of $7.7 million of property expense and $7m of capital funding, of which only $700,000 is explained in the plan itself. While we can guess that $1m of this relates to the Steyne Ave purchases the other $6m is still not discussed in any way.
Those who were at the Te Rauparaha meeting will recall that the mayor considered this transaction too secret to tell the community about.
He also considered that it was therefore acceptable to document in the plan the intent to borrow $4.5m in new debt when PCC fully intended to borrow another $6m for this secret purchase.
Given such blatant behaviour how can our council consider that it is conducting an open and consultative process in setting the Annual Plan?
BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Mayor Nick Leggett responds: Mr Collins may be confused in his understanding of how the council makes its budgetary and strategic purchase decisions.
Mr Collins would like people to think the council is spending many millions of dollars annually on purchasing random properties. That isn’t the case.
The figures that he throws around are actually limits – and they are rarely met.
The whole point of an annual plan is to seek an overall budget for the council’s work, not forecast every detail of spending as Mr Collins would like.
It’s like saying at the start of the year that you are going to spend up to $7000 on groceries but that you have to account for every single item purchased upfront!
Porirua residents, I think, appreciate that some purchase decisions can’t be discussed in public.
In addition, often the council has to take opportunities as they occur, and does so within an overall strategy such as the City Centre Revitalisation Project. Specific consultation would prejudice the outcome of the cost to the community.
When the council indicates an interest in a property the vendors’ price expectations usually rise and this is another reason why the council works in the community interest by not signalling a prior purchase interest in specific properties.
I can understand that Brian Collins is probably frustrated that he isn’t having a say on every decision the council makes.
The reason for that is because he wasn’t elected to the public office he sought last year.
Creating ‘red herrings’ from nothing won’t solve that problem for him though.