Chris Trotter, Treatygate

Trotter: Treatygate could have 'huge ramifications'

‘Treatygate could have huge ramifications’ says commentator Chris Trotter in yesterday’s Dominion Post, Otago Daily Times, Waikato Times, Taranaki Daily News, Timaru Herald, and Greymouth Star.

And on his own blog, where he helpfully includes my eye-patched photo of Che Guevara impersonator and Exaggerator-General Tariana Turia.

Those who read Chris regularly will know that he can be quite schizophrenic in his views.

With Don Brash, he could praise him to the heavens one week, and lash him the next.

But on racial favouritism, I’ve found him to be consistently opposed. He supported the goals of the Coastal Coalition in fighting to keep our coastline in Crown ownership.

He has always treated me respectfully in his columns, despite occasionally damning me as dangerous.

I was impressed that he once had the courage to stand up for ‘Mr Ansell’ on the blog of particularly vicious lefty Scott Hamilton, when I dared to suggest that Maori were now more a religion than a race.

I thought this current article was fair, except for the ending.

I have written to assure Chris that I will not be accepting any money from the current incarnation of the National Party.

(And I think if he checks with Mr Key — and especially with Mr Finlayson! — he’ll find that there’s little appetite in the party to offer me any. :-))

I do agree with Chris that it’s possible the Constitutional Review will assist National — if its biased Constitutional Advisory Panel is left to proceed unchecked.

Unless they are forced to obey their stated aim, they are bound to produce a report claiming that a majority of New Zealanders want a Treaty-based written Constitution, and to retain the Maori seats.

That’ because they intend to break their founding promise and not go anywhere near the majority of New Zealanders.

A lady from their secretariat (located in the Justice Ministry, of all places) told me that they had no plans to hold any public meetings because “some people might cause trouble”.

(As if they’re not causing enough by promoting separatism.)

My spies inform me that the Panel has already conducted dozens of clandestine meetings with groups that share their separatist agenda, and are studiously ignoring those who don’t.

Like, for example, me.

I asked to speak to co-chair Dr John Burrows — the only one I thought we, the people, might be able to trust — and he said he would try to get back to me in a couple of weeks (note the ‘try’).

That was many weeks ago. He doesn’t appear to be trying very hard.

I will therefore soon be exposing him as a Treatygater.

Chris doesn’t agree with me, but I think the currently anonymous leader of the Labour Party might consider taking advantage of the groundswell of support that will be engendered by the Treatygate/Colourblind State campaign.

(If not David Shearer then maybe David Parker, who was very strong in the Marine and Coastal Areas debate.)

Labour since the days of the dangerous Geoffrey Palmer has been the lesser of two evils in the appeasement of Griever Maori.

Their Foreshore and Seabed Act was far less damaging to this country than National’s Marine and Coastal Areas Act will be.

Helen Clark rightly refused to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

John Key, on the other hand, was happy to appease his separatist mate Pita Sharples with an airfare to New York, so he could sign the DRIP before we found out.

The apparition that is David Shearer could actually become visible and popular if he were to stand with 80% of New Zealanders against racial favouritism.

It would differentiate him from Key over an issue that is going to snowball into an avalanche come the next election.

It would be one issue where the public would be solidly behind him.

Chris Trotter thinks he should, but won’t, citing Labour’s hatcheting of Phil Goff after his ‘Nationhood’ speech.

But that was back when race relations was not the hot potato issue that it soon will be again.

If Shearer did stand with the 80% (the number who consistently vote against Maori wards), would Key then be forced to flipflop to match him?

Might John Key ditch the Maori separatists and promote a Colourblind State, even before my referendum at the 2014 election?

What do you think?

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It has not been an easy year working full-time on this unpaid, but I am greatly encouraged by the level of support now.

Particularly heartwarming have been the many emails and blog comments from Achiever Maori.

You guys ‘get’ that I want the best for all New Zealanders, very much including Maori, and I appreciate that more than you know.

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12 thoughts on “Trotter: Treatygate could have 'huge ramifications'

  1. I’m so heartened by all of this and just hope it all comes to pass – that we all join together, halt all the divisive racist separatist nonsense especially since Geoffery Palmer invented 5 new Principles and inserted them into legislation. We must all be New Zealanders – together – everyone, with no racial bias.

  2. Gosh ah 80% of New Zealanders? haha, your figure might not be quite correct John, again I have to wonder why if 80% of New Zealanders opposing, why the Govts of the day, including Labour, pander to 18% of the population. The Govt certainly doesnt need them – so why ?

  3. Anakereiti: The Labour and National Parties have been pandering to a fraction of the 14.9% of the population who have a fraction or more of Maori blood.

    (Not 18% as you chronic exaggerators would have it – I still await your evidence of the raping of all women and girls at Parihaka, by the way.)

    They’ve been doing this pandering ever since they established their two-party duopoly in 1935.

    They’ve been doing it for political reasons, because of the Maori seats.

    I intend to give them a political reason to stop doing it.

  4. How Maori seats were there in 1935 John.have Maori ever had the political clout to sway a govt in power? For 14.9 % of the populationm that argument makes no sense at all

  5. I just can’t understand your reasoning, Anakereiti. There have been MPs of Maori descent for over a century – probably longer and all the political parties have such people on their team. There are many people of Maori descent who vote and have done for a very long time. So what’s the problem? Everyone who wants to stand for Parliament or cast a vote, can do, and has a voice. Why can’t we all join together as the Treaty said, and just be New Zealanders? We need an end to this them and us, separate needs and desires mentality. We are New Zealanders. Let’s be proud of it and pull together. We all have the same needs to enable us to exist.

  6. Yes Helen. How many Maori seats were there in 1935. John a is telling me that the pandering to 14.9% his figure not mine is due to the Maori seats. My question is why. We hold no political sway.our numbers have never beenbig enough. There has never been a political reason to pander to us

  7. Anakereiti, why should maori have a need for enough political clout to sway a govt? Govt. is there to run the country for ALL the people, regardless of race, colour or creed. They are elected by majority vote and are supposed to do what the majority of people want.

    If the majority of people in a country do not want what some other people want, that is just too bad. That’s the way a democracy, which we are supposed to be, works.

  8. oh john dont side step my query. Why are we being pandered too. Again your word not mine . Because legally the crown was found to have broken its contract and they are now required to reparate. That very statement you made has just proven my point. There would be no reparation if they could legally stop it. But theycant stop it because they breached a contract.

  9. Anakereiti, you can’t seem to shake off the ‘them and us’ mentality. We are supposed to be one. Why do you continually talk about ‘maori’ in the context that they are somehow separate? We are one people (New Zealanders) with the compliments of the Treaty. We are never going to be one if the grievers keep wanting separatism. There are plenty of achievers very happy indeed to be New Zealanders first and foremost and they deplore this divisive separatism as much as I do. We have many cultures in this country and we should be happy to be a blend of them all.

    As for pandering to ‘maori’, there has been special treatment and funding for people of maori descent ever since I can remember, my mother can remember and the year dot as far as I can tell. If that’s not pandering, I don’t know what is. Those who aren’t achieving don’t need special assistance, they need a good education and then the world will be their oyster. Money will never fix the problem – personal effort is the answer. And please don’t tell me our education system isn’t suitable for people of maori descent. I won’t believe you. The achievers have done it, so can the rest.

  10. John Congratulations on your paper. It seems to cover every major point and will give your supporters much ammunition. I rang the Press this morning and they said that Chris Trotter’s article should appear tomorrow Tuesday, I’ll keep you informed keep it up! I think the tide will turn.

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