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The loss of Shane Jones is real for all of us

  • April 24th, 2014

The gloating over Labour's discomfiture since Shane Jones' loss of patience with Damien O'Connor's "gaggle of gays and unionists" should not disguise New Zealand's loss.

Shane Jones was the Maori leader most likely to end the intelligentsia's disastrous experiment with Treaty separatism. Recall that he was not only showing Labour Party leadership credentials when he bluntly denounced Auckland's racist Unitary Plan requirements for "cultural impact assessments". When he did not back down, and instead elaborated, he was also putting in a claim to lead the country out of the constitutional swamp.

National's silence is consistent with its recent abandonment of respect for property rights and equality before the law.  Since ACT lost its mana, Parliament has had no champion of fundamental rule of law principles. Rt Hon Winston Peters fitfully emerges to remind the government that Treaty appeasement perverts core values, but no one there has even bothered to recall Sir Douglas Graham's reassurances that the Treaty was a matter between the Crown and iwi and would not affect a square inch of private property.

Crown negotiators continue to resist attempts to include provisions in settlements that would directly affect private property, but it is telling that it was left to Law Professor Ken Palmer to remind the Auckland Council of Labour's statutory reassurance to voters in 2005, that they would not be afflicted with ransom demands disguised as 'consultation'.

Even Shane Jones has not couched his objections in terms of principle. With the disclosure obtained by NBR it seems that Auckland Council considered the problems with its Plan as solely a question of political management, to slide it past objectors. For those outside the paywall an earlier NBR piece gives a reasonable flavour. So far there appears to have been no hint of appreciation that the Plan is hostile to the very core of the Treaty.

The Treaty's legally orthodox principles entitle iwi to compensation for breaches of classical property rights. Under the 'foundation constitutional document' theory those rights were secured for all of us when Maori and the Crown signed the Treaty.

Remember the words –

"Her Majesty the Queen of England confirms and guarantees to the Chiefs and Tribes of New Zealand and to the respective families and individuals thereof the full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their Lands and Estates Forests Fisheries and other properties which they may collectively or individually possess so long as it is their wish and desire to retain the same in their possession…"

Now think about how Auckland Council is trashing those principles in the draft unitary plan.

It is not excused by the Local Government Act 2002. That Act says
“In order to recognise and respect the Crown’s responsibility to take appropriate
account of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi …” two parts provide principles and
requirements for local authorities that are intended to help Māori participate in the
processes of local authorities to make decisions

Nor does The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 help the racists behind the Unitary Plan
“[Part 7] establishes a board whose purpose is to assist the Auckland Council to make
decisions, perform functions, and exercise powers by … ensuring that the Council acts
in accordance with statutory provisions referring to the Treaty of Waitangi”.

I've found no central government "principle of the Treaty" or any other excuse for their Unitary Plan provisions. The following is still Wellington orthodoxy
" With respect to local government, the dominant view is that local government owes no responsibilities under the Treaty, apart from specific statutory obligations (Department of Internal Affairs, 2006).

But when Shane Jones has gone who will have the courage and the wisdom to denounce the racists' seduction of Maori into trampling the property rights of their Auckland neighbours? They will be doing just what so many Treaty grievance processes have set out to redress.


  • Roger Strong
  • April 25th, 2014
  • 1:14 pm

The public that are concerned with what is happening find it very difficult to see what to do. Both major parties and some of the minor ones simply deny that there is a problem and use the ‘r’ word to put down any differing opinions. Winston merely uses it around election time but does little otherwise. I talked to my local MP (National) and could see that he was uncomfortable but the party line seemed to be that once all the historic settlements were done all would be peace and light. Obviously we are well beyond that. When I discuss what is happening with people I can see the shutters come down – truly there is a generation absolutely brainwashed. I really haven’t seem Shane Jones as being very effective or even having the opinions that you ascribe to him.


very sobering, I agree with Roger Strong above, and repeat his words :
” The public that are concerned with what is happening find it very difficult to see what to do “

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  • Stevie
  • November 17th, 2016
  • 3:53 pm

Apteociapirn for this information is over 9000-thank you!


¡¡Han salido 10 de milagro!! Simplemente me puse a escribir sobre los que creia que eran los mejores sitios donde había estado.Ya sabes cómo te puedo ayudar a solucionar fácilmente lo de esos 6 lugares que aún no conoces ¿no? jejejejeje


Vorrei sapere dove si tratta l’argomento sul vostro Podcast del 30 gennaio 2009. Sono iscritto al Podcast tramite iTunes Store e all’inizio della puntata ne parlate chiaramente. Tuttavia, alla fine della trasmissione non ne fate cenno. Dimenticati?! 🙂


Good thing you kept that last one short, based on the number of typos and spelling errors, I’d say you’ve all had a long week and short nights of rest. Sounds like counseling at Camp Barakel!:) You brought your Mom and Mommo to tears with the last posting about you and the kids at the Nature Center and the kids falling asleep on your shoulders on the way back. We’re praying for you daily and wishing you all well and that God will multiply your efforts and expand your boundaries.


Hi Caddo! Thanks much for swinging by. It’s encouraging that some found humor here… by the way, you wouldn’t have any extra jellie beans, would you? Blessings good friend!

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