Silence adds noth­ing

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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Eng­land. In my hear­ing they fre­quently re­marked, ‘Let us be one peo­ple. We had the gospel from Eng­land, let us have the law from Eng­land.’ My im­pres­sion at the time was that the na­tives per­fectly un­der­stood that by sign­ing the Treaty they be­came Bri­tish sub­jects, and though I lived amongst them more than 15 years af­ter the event, and of­ten con­versed with them on the sub­ject, I never saw the slight­est rea­son to change my opin­ion.”

Those Nga­puhi who deny to­day that sovereignty was ever ceded dis­hon­our those honourable men, their kauma¯tua, their whaka­papa and the pledges that they made. BRUCE MOON

Nel­son sovereignty. This is clearly wrong, and the pub­lic need to be in­formed be­fore many more mil­lions of their dol­lars are paid out for these spu­ri­ous claims.

This can only be done if a re­cal­ci­trant me­dia per­mits pub­li­ca­tion. Is it too im­per­ti­nent to ask how much utu Nga­puhi in­tend to pay to south­ern tribes for the thou­sands of their iwi Hongi Hika slaugh­tered in his pre-Treaty depre­da­tions? BRYAN JOHN­SON

Omoko­roa I have no idea whether Pres­i­dent Trump re­ceived lots of money from his par­ents or whether there was tax fraud in re­la­tion to val­u­a­tions, and the state­ment from his lawyer, Charles Harder, has con­fused me even more. The state­ment was in re­la­tion to ma­te­rial pub­lished in the New York Times ,a pa­per that peo­ple gen­er­ally be­lieve to be com­pletely hon­est and ac­cu­rate.

His state­ment in­cluded “The facts upon which The Times bases its al­le­ga­tions are ex­tremely in­ac­cu­rate.” This, like many state­ments from the White House, is jum­bled, con­fus­ing, and per­haps self­con­tra­dic­tory. An ex­am­i­na­tion of the points is worth con­sid­er­ing start­ing with ‘the facts’, as facts are facts and there­fore cor­rect state­ments, or at least they used to be. Is it too sim­plis­tic to­day to say some­thing is in­ac­cu­rate rather than quan­tify how in­ac­cu­rate they are?

There is also some room to rein­ter­pret this, as its says that their ba­sis was wrong, but could the sug­ges­tions be con­firmed with fuller dis­clo­sures? If it’s wrong, and I re­peat, I don’t know, the Pres­i­dent should re­lease the old tax records and sue them for mil­lions and an apol­ogy. Lead­ers should be the most open peo­ple in their coun­tries and be will­ing to face their ac­cusers openly. Silence adds noth­ing to the dis­cus­sion.

DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD

Mel­bourne re­turn­ing New Zealand to the type of in­su­lar, ho­mo­ge­neous, con­form­ist so­ci­ety it was in the days when Rob’s Mob held sway.

The so-called waka jump­ing leg­is­la­tion came first. Os­ten­si­bly, this leg­is­la­tion is about up­hold­ing the elec­toral will of the peo­ple by pre­vent­ing MPs who leave their par­ties dur­ing the par­lia­men­tary term from re­main­ing in the House, and so pre­serv­ing the elec­toral sta­tus quo. In re­al­ity, the ini­tia­tive has two real ob­jec­tives: first, straight­jack­et­ing New Zealand

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