Silence adds nothing
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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.
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