Colourblind State, Constitutional Advisory Panel, Treatygate

2013 — the year we force the Constitutional Advisory Panel to tell the truth

Welcome to the New Year.

Sorry I was offline for the last part of the old one, and thanks for your patience.

I’m now fully restored, and determined to achieve the following goals:

  • 2013 — make the Constitutional Advisory Panel report to the government that 80%+ of New Zealanders want a colourblind state.
  • 2014 — make Treatygate and racial equality an election issue.
  • 2015 — make the new government repeal all racist laws and create a colourblind state.

A flurry of posts will soon follow, which I hope will get you excited about wanting to help. 🙂

Colourblind State, Together New Zealand, Treatygate

Together New Zealand: an inclusive identity

This is my idea of a brand identity which would unite New Zealanders under one multiracial banner.

My inspiration for the design (rendered by Rachel Cunliffe to a suggestion from my friend Perry) was the team huddle of the Silver Ferns netball team.

Inspiration for the logo: the Silver Ferns team huddle.

Now there’s no doubt our similarly multiracial All Blacks are the ultimate world model of excellent sporting performance.

But the Silver Ferns have always been the ultimate in excellent sportsmanship and behaviour, both on and off the court — the perfect ambassadors for our country.

(When was the last time you opened a newspaper to a story about ‘Former Silver Fern hits husband’ or ‘Ex-Silver Fern found drunk in gutter’? I don’t think it’s ever happened.)

This year’s squad list includes Maori names Tutaia and Te Huinga Reo (Selby-Rickit), Pacific names (correct me if I’m wrong, girls) Latu and Naoupu, Europeans Grant, Harrison and Williams, and our pet South African giraffes van Dyk and de Bruin.

And of course coach Waimarama Taumanu is Maori.

All Blacks all races

Same on the rugby field, where a Maori halfback (Aaron Smith or Piri Weepu) passes to British New Zealander Dan Carter, who passes to Samoan New Zealander Ma’a Nonu, who passes to British New Zealander Conrad (and sometimes Ben) Smith, who flicks it on to Samoan New Zealander Julian Savea, or to Israel Dagg (what’s he: Jewish? Maori? Who cares!)

And how can we forget those wonderful Tongan and Fijian wingers Johah Lomu and Josefata Rokocoko?

Race is irrelevant in our star sports teams. Should it not also be so in our nation as a whole?

I’m off to Toast Martinborough to relax after a busy week, and to think about my next move.

Potential party

My inclination is to form an organisation called Together New Zealand, and do it in such a way that it could quickly be converted into a political party.

I am quite relaxed about who leads the organisation, and whether I am simply the catalyst or something more.

That, I imagine, will be determined by the calibre of people who step forward.

My next priority will be to appeal to serious funders, now that we have a few runs on the board.

This week’s four meetings were a testing of the water, to see what level of support I could get just from this blog and my email network.

(I also ran one small ad on the letters page in Tauranga.)

Blog booming

Blog traffic has grown tenfold in recent months, from around 200 visits a day to over 2000.

I’m certainly not at Kiwiblog or Whaleoil levels, but I’m pleased that interest is clearly on the rise.

Now: what are your thoughts about the Together New Zealand identity?

For my part, I see Treatygate as a strong short-term brand for clearing the road block that is the Treaty industry, and Together New Zealand as the positive long-term brand for focusing on the road.

Colourblind State, Treatygate

Kapiti meeting encouraging, roll on Wellington tonight

For a meeting that had no advertising and no local media stoking it along, I was very pleased to see 35 people at my Kapiti meeting last night.

(Especially since only 8 had pre-registered.)

After the 200 in Tauranga, I thought this turnout at Lindale was a good sign of what is possible when we really get organised.

People came last night from Wanganui, Palmerston North, Levin and Lower Hutt, just as they came to Tauranga from Hamilton and Rotorua.

And then there was the one and only Robbie, who I call ‘my stalker’.

Robbie was not only a big part of the Tauranga success, but also drove to the Auckland and Kapiti meetings, and will be at the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington tonight.

Thanks Robbie for all your help yesterday, especially after it became apparent that intruding daylight was going to make it impossible for people to see my slides on the screen.

Robbie refused to take no for an answer, and suffice it to say before too long the Lindale handyman was up on the roof covering the big skylights with panels and a big tarpaulin was installed over the double doorway.

It was a great relief to me that, thanks to the initiative of Robbie and Dion (the handyman), my audience was actually able to see my evidence!

I trust such things will not be a problem tonight at the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington. We kick off at 6.30pm.

These are exploratory meetings at the moment, to gauge the public mood, to harvest ideas, and to see who wants to take the concept further.

It’s apparent that many do, and some good people are putting their names forward.

I do hope we see you tonight.

(If you don’t come, you almost certainly won’t read about it in the Dominion Post — whose editor banned my ACT ad headlined ‘Fed up with pandering to Maori radicals?’)

Hawkes Bay meeting planned

I heard last night that someone is keen to organise a meeting in Napier or Hastings.

I have many keen supporters in Hawkes Bay, so I look forward to hearing more about that.

Colourblind State, Treatygate

Kapiti this evening, Wellington tomorrow

About to head up the line to prepare for tonight’s meeting at Lindale Auditorium at 7pm.

If you can’t make it tonight, I hope to see you tomorrow at the Museum Art Hotel, Wellington at 6.30pm.

I’m not expecting a big turnout in Kapiti in this exploratory phase of the campaign, where I’ve been relying on word of mouth and enthusiasts beating the tom-toms.

So if you know anyone between Paekakariki and Levin, why not drop them a line?

Tell them the talk is called From Treatygate to a Colourblind State — Let’s Be Worldbeaters Together!

Tell them the pushback has started!

My Tauranga experience showed me that there are many New Zealanders who are keen for the other side of the Treaty story to be told.

Now it’s Wellingtonians’ turn to show their support for a New Zealand where all citizens have equal rights, live under the one law, vote on the one roll, and have their taxes spent according to need, not race.

I’m not expecting any support from the Dominion Post, given its track record to date.

Last year our local rag showed itself to be averse to racial equality by banning my ACT ad headlined “Fed up with pandering to Maori radicals?” So you’re unlikely to read anything about the meeting there.

If you do, it will be like the equally racist NZ Herald, whose journalist turned up to my Auckland meeting just long enough to report the turnout, then left almost as soon as I started presenting my Treatygate evidence.

C’mon Wellington, if you want to show the various elites that the game’s up on the Treaty rort, it’s time for you to stand up and be part of the pushback.

See you tonight or tomorrow.

Oh, and that anthem I’m using: Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down.

 

Colourblind State, Treatygate

Auckland meeting confirmed: next Saturday 10 November, 3.15pm

After much delay, I’m pleased to be able to confirm details of my first public meeting:

Date: Saturday 10 November

Time: 3.15pm

Place: Greenlane Christian Centre

Address: 17 Marewa Road, Greenlane, Auckland.

It’s a big room — 650 seats — so please spread the word.

If each of you phone or email five Aucklanders, and get them to contact five Aucklanders, we’ll get a good crowd.

Yes Rudi, I’ll get you my Auckland database just as soon as I’ve transferred the latest tide of emails!

My Auckland guy is keen, really keen. And he’s not inclined to muck about keeping the location secret. I’m happy with that, and hope you are too.

We’ll have security, and notify the police in case of trouble.

To the GCC, thank you for allowing your auditorium to be used for a meeting about racial equality. I like to think your founder would have approved. 🙂

I’m going to leave Sunday the 11th free to meet with potential funders and other interested people.

If you’d like to meet while I’m in Auckland, email me at john@johnansell.co.nz.

After all the fuss, I must say it’s great to finally have a launch date to focus on.

Precisely what I’m launching is still evolving. 🙂

If you can’t make the Auckland meeting, hopefully we’ll see you in Tauranga two days later on Monday 12 November at 6.30pm.

Haven’t yet decided when to announce that venue, as Bay of Plenty people seem to be pretty scared of — or keen to appease — their local Griever Maori.

For now, keep those Tauranga registrations coming on the above email address.

If we don’t have the courage to show our faces at a meeting to defend such a basic human right as racial equality, do we deserve our country?

I say yes, we do — and we should stand up for it, and be seen to be standing up for it.

What do you say?

UPDATE: I have an offer to organise a meeting on the Kapiti Coast. Let’s know if you could be a starter.

Colourblind State, Media poll challenge, Treatygate

My challenge to all New Zealand media: POLL YOUR PUBLIC ON RACIAL EQUALITY

I challenge all of you — every TV channel, every radio station, every newspaper and magazine in New Zealand — to ask your viewers, listeners and readers this simple question:

Do you want a New Zealand where all citizens have equal rights, live under the one law, vote on the one roll, and have our taxes spent according to need, not race?

This is a question that your viewers, listeners or readers would dearly love to have answered.

You can do it simply and quickly. You don’t have to hire a polling company. It won’t cost you a bean.

So you have no excuse.

Thank you for your cooperation.

John Ansell

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I predict 80% of New Zealanders will answer Yes.

(Probably now. Certainly after they’ve seen my tsunami of Treatygate evidence.)

Your friendly TV channel, radio station or newspaper have probably already asked this question more than once.

But do they want you to know what they found out?

Are they in on the con?

Here’s how you find out.

If a TV channel, radio station or newspaper is not in on the con, it will have no trouble accepting my challenge to poll the public.

As I say, it won’t cost them a bean, so they’ve got no excuse.

If they are in on the con, they’ll first try to ignore me.

Then they’ll try to minimise me. They’ll say “Why should we listen to that [insert insult of choice]?”.

Then, when that fails, they’ll make up any number of excuses as to why they’re just too busy to conduct this simple poll.

But it won’t work, will it viewers/listeners/readers?

Because we’re going to keep on asking, aren’t we?

We’re going to keep on demanding that they POLL THE PUBLIC until they actually do.

Or until they prove beyond doubt that they’re in on the con.

So your job, next time you write a letter to the paper, or phone TVNZ or TV3, or ring talkback, is to ask them when they’re going to conduct their racial equality poll with the above question.

And yes, of course they could rig the results.

But if a range of media ask the same question, any cheating by the odd one will be swiftly exposed.

OK, go to it!

Before long, with your help, I should be able to publish a list of media are Treatygaters and which ones think truth matters.

Brian Turner, Colourblind State, Ranginui Walker

Who loves New Zealand more: poet Brian Turner or Prof. Ranginui Walker?

I met Brian Turner about the time he wrote this.

We were both appearing at a poetry festival called Poems on the Vine (which we called Poets on the Wine) at Gladstone Vineyard in the Wairarapa.

At the time, Brian was Te Mata Poet Laureate. New Zealand’s poet of poets.

(I was tacked on to the programme to provide some light relief for the less cerebral punters.)

Brother of sportsmen Glenn and Greg, Brian struck me as a most thoughtful, passionate, and down-to-earth New Zealander. A Southern Man with brains.

Here’s what he thought of (Constitutional Advisory Panel member) Ranginui Walker’s claim that Maori love his country more than he does.

(Subheadings mine.)

Mine or ours?

by Brian Turner

NZ Listener, November 29, 2003

A response to the recent open letter from Ranginui Walker.

Ranginui Walker, communist,
Treatygater, and now on the Panel charged
with Maorifying the Constitution by stealth

No one would doubt or challenge Ranginui Walker when he asserts that his sense of attachment and belonging to the place where he was born and brought up runs deep.

But when he says, “I have been here a thousand years. You arrived only yesterday”, he very clearly denies a similar depth of feeling to almost everyone else.

Are Maori feelings
more authentic?

Walker’s empathy with his surroundings, he implies, is more authentic and valuable than that of, say, farming families of the Maniototo, or the people of the Waitaki Valley, or the townsfolk of Dunedin or Timaru.

In New Zealand today, there is a relentless presumptuousness about the way in which non-Maori feelings for land and water are dismissed as less heartfelt, less sensitive, less spiritual.

In this regard, Walker, and those like him, leads the way.

I am indigenous

Living here, one often hears tiresome, incessant talk from Maori, and non-Maori urban-liberals especially, saying that if you are of European extraction, you can’t possibly truly belong here, in the way that those with even the most attenuated Maori ancestry do.

I vehemently disagree.

Try telling that to the people I live among, and others, who go back generations here.

I am indigenous.

Stop the bigotry

I say, stop the bigotry whereby one culture or another claims greater moral virtue and/or spiritual sensitivity.

Recognise the worth and strength – and the reality – of hybridisation.

Isn’t this what just about all of us are, hybrids?

This will continue to the point whereby, in less than 50 years’ time, it’s likely that more than half of the population will be able to claim some Maori connection.

Then what?

Who is a minority?

Who is a “minority”?

Recently, a friend drew my attention to a marvellous address by Susan Sontag, when she received the Friedenspreis (Peace Prize) from the German Book Trade Association.

At one point, she said:

“A good deal of my life has been spent trying to demystify ways of thinking that polarise or oppose.

Translated into politics, this means supporting whatever is pluralistic and secular.”

I hope that Ranginui Walker and anyone like him might reflect on that, in this country where a sanctimonious culture of reprimand is rife.

To disagree with Maori
is to be racist?

I have found that, for many years now, to disagree or take issue with almost anything that Maori assert guarantees that you will be attacked and deemed anti-Maori, Eurocentric and racist, among other pejoratives.

Some of those attackers, oddly, include a number of strange birds, predominantly of European ancestry, who insist that, in order to live here, we have to atone for the sins of some of our fathers and be prepared to keep on atoning until Maori say “enough”.

All nations, all societies, all families, all individuals know and accept that their pasts are murky, that, at one time or another, they have transgressed, often badly.

So, contrary to the remorseless line that we are fed by various, mainly government agencies, it is not ignorance of the past that makes most people unwilling to forever make amends, it is a belief that little of benefit is to be gained from it.

Shouldn’t assistance
be based on need, not race?

We all know that many people here live in, by New Zealand standards, impoverished circumstances.

Would it not be best to provide assistance on the basis of need, and remove the racial component?

For years now, I have heard people express resentment that goes something like this:

If Maori are down and out, the cry is, “It’s Pakehas’ fault.”

If non-Maori are in strife, “It’s their fault.”

It might be better if, instead of alleging that New Zealand’s social problems are racially based, we accepted that they are, principally and more accurately, related to ideology and the changes wrought as a consequence since the early 1980s.

All races can be racist

I hasten to add, before the ranting begins, that I am not saying there isn’t racism in New Zealand.

Human beings are often racist, and to varying degrees, wherever one goes.

In this country, there are racist Maori and racist non-Maori.

There is also a high degree of preciousness and a scary, sometimes farcical eagerness to take umbrage.

With respect to the issue as to who owns the foreshores and seabed around New Zealand, Walker in effect says that although he and his tribesfolk are happy, in the main, to share the seas and beaches with other recreational users, he reserves the right to exercise control.

He expects the rest of us to defer, which is patronising and unacceptable.

Tribal arrogance

He often seems to advocate a kind of latter-day tribalism, a society based upon a wish to replicate conditions and a world that no longer exists.

And what Walker is really saying is:

“What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine, too.”

It’s cake-and-eat-it country.

He reminds me, again, of how proselytisers, when referring to rights conferred by article three of the Treaty, seldom acknowledge their corresponding responsibilities.

Maori signed up to be British

Whether anyone likes it or not, they signed up 163 years ago to being British (read New Zealand) citizens.

As such, that means a responsibility to work to improve and safeguard this society for the social, cultural and economic benefit of all.

I can’t see any point in us reverting to a system that boils down to pitting tribe against tribe.

To me, the seas and rivers and coastlines and lakes are part of our common heritage.

It is time for us to confirm that recreational activities involving access to those parts of the outdoors are the customary right of all.

That is what the overwhelming majority of people who appreciate them want, and expect their democratically elected government to protect.

Not only Maori
have customary rights

A great many people would be happy to define a customary right as a practice that citizens who live here are accustomed to engaging in.

Walker insists on ownership, but it would be good to reconsider what it is that we have a right to own.

Our own property and personal possessions, but little else, in my view.

Ownership of things we have created or, possibly, had a hand in making: but who among us made birds, fish, native forests, land and water?

Give permits to use, in some cases, but more than that, no.

The vision to say “our”

And when it comes to recreational use, make the same regulations apply to all.

The date of arrival of one’s ancestors (or, often, a selected few of them) should be no excuse for the awarding of preferential rights.

Walker writes repeatedly “my coastline”, “my shores”.

This country will remain divided until he, and others like him, acquires the vision to say “our”, until he will say that not only “some … Pakeha intermarried” with him, but “some Maori intermarried” with Pakeha.

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Thanks to Trina for alerting me to Brian’s article.

I’ll now contact him down there in his remote piece of Otago paradise and see if he wants to be part of our campaign.

Colourblind State

How does the name Colourblind State grab you?

I’ve heard various points of view on this, and I’d like to hear yours.

If you support this concept, would you tell me:

  • Is Colourblind State a good name to describe a New Zealand with equal rights and representation for all citizens, and all government policies based on needs, not race?
  • Is Colourblind State the name we should use to inspire people about the concept, and when asking them to sign the referendum petition?
  • Or isn’t it?
  • If not, why not?
  • Can you think of a better name?

Give me your views, either in the comments section, or in an email to john@johnansell.co.nz.

I need to finalise my referendum petition question, so I’d appreciate your feedback ASAP.

Colourblind State, Referendum

Would you unwind the tentacles or shoot the squid?

Why a Colourblind State referendum will succeed where others haven’t

Think of the Treaty Grievance industry as a Colossal Squid trying to overturn our ship of state.

How do you stop it?

Do you wrestle with it one tentacle at a time?

Or do you kill the whole squid?

We’ve already had a petition for a single-issue referendum on claiming back the beaches.

It didn’t get the numbers.

I hear there’s going to be another petition to try and prevent a Treatyfied constitution.

I can’t see that working either.

That’s because these single issues are boring old tentacles. Lop one off, and the squid can still throttle you with plenty more.

No. We need to rouse the passionless people with a bigger, bolder, bunker-buster of a referendum.

Its question has to be an explosive-tipped, high-powered harpoon, guaranteed to blow the whole squid out of the water once and for all.

Instant calamari.

One vote, fix all.

And that’s what a referendum on a Colourblind State will do. It’ll derail the whole gravy train. Send Wai-tangi to Tangi-wai.

No more corrupt Waitangi Tribunal telling us Maori own the sun, the moon and the stars.

No more Maori seat MPs telling us Parihaka (death toll: zero) was a holocaust, while ignoring the atrocities committed against innocent settlers and Moriori.

No more Maori seats, full stop.

No more Hone Harawira behaving like a boorish teenage thug.

No more appeaser prime ministers surrender our sovereignty for votes.

No more bloated Te Puni Kokiri bureaucrats rorting the taxpayer.

No more Apartheid Aotearoa.

Just one country. One law. One class of citizenship. Equal right, in other words.

Here’s the question I believe will deliver a Colourblind State:

Should New Zealanders have equal rights, with all state funding based on need, not race?

What do you think?

I’ve been thinking about it for months, but I’m happy if you can improve upon it.

I was going to include the words Colourblind State, but a few people seem to think it means “blind to people of colour”.

(They forget that white is a colour too.)

What do you think about Colourblind State? Does it inspire you or confuse you?

This may not be an easy victory. (But then again it just might!)

There are three hurdles to clear:

  1. Persuade over 300,000 New Zealanders to sign the referendum petition.
  2. Persuade over 50% of those who vote in the referendum to vote Yes.
  3. Persuade the government to obey the will of the people and abolish all race-based policies and programmes.

But there are six reasons why it will work:

  1. A Colourblind State is a Big Idea that 80% of the public probably already support.
  2. It will be very hard for honest Kiwis to argue against funding based on need, not race.
  3. We’ll be running Treatygate ads showing people how their history has been twisted.
  4. Our Colourblind State ads will explain the plan to sneak in a Treatyfied constitution by stealth, and why people must stand up for their country if they don’t want to lose it.
  5. We’ll time the referendum for election year. So the media will be asking Key and Shearer whether they intend to obey the will of the people. With the public wise to the Treatygate con, they’ll be in no mood to indulge any leader who doesn’t respond with a very quick Yes.
  6. Both the Conservatives and NZ First will support the Yes position, putting more pressure on National and Labour.

To collect the 300,000-odd signatures needed to force the referendum, we’ll need to build a network of patriotic collectors. In some areas, they’ll need real courage.

If 100 people will commit to collecting 10 signatures a day for a year, we’ll get there.

Or 200 to 5 a day.

Whatever.

How about you? Will you help?

If not you, then who? 🙂

Please email me at john@johnansell.co.nz if you’d like to collect signatures.

If you can’t spare any time, maybe you can spare some money…

A big thank you to all those supporters who’ve already given so much.

Colourblind State, Constitutional Advisory Panel, Maorification

OIA EXCLUSIVE: Minutes confirm bias of Constitutional Advisory Panel

Here, courtesy of the Official Information Act, are the minutes of the first six meetings of the Constitutional Advisory Panel.

(My comments in red.)

The Griever Maori agenda could hardly be more obvious…

The staggering bias of this panel is now confirmed. 

To paraphrase the tenets of democracy, its goal is clearly to give New Zealand a government of the people, by Maori, for Maori.

That is ludicrously unfair on the rest of us.

So what can you do?

You can donate money to my campaign to end state racism and entrench a Colourblind State.

This campaign will have both positive and negative phases.

(Yes, it would be nice if we could do it by being relentlessly positive, but without pressure from an angry public John Key won’t listen.)

The positive phase is a referendum on a Colourblind State. 

The results of local body Maori ward referenda tell us that a referendum on doing away with race-based seats, agencies and funding would win the support of around 80 percent of voters.

But that, of course, won’t be enough.

Key showed us with his contemptuous dismissal of the anti-smacking referendum that a mere 80 percent-plus mandate is not enough to make your PM obey the will of his people.

He’ll only do that if he knows those people are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more!

If we’re going to stop this parliamentary dictator surrendering more and more of New Zealand to his Maori allies, we’re going to have to make race relations one of his voters’ top 3 concerns.

And what can we do to make race relations one of voters’ top 3 concerns?

Simple: we expose the full extent of the appeasement and brainwashing that’s been going on for the last forty years.

We shock the public with hard-hitting ads about how the New Zealand elites — political, bureaucratic, academic, judicial, legal, media and iwi — have been defrauding them of the truth about the Treaty.

And if media, like the cowardly Dominion Post who banned my fact-packed ACT ad, won’t run our ads, then we’ll go straight into the letterboxes and expose those media as part of the problem.

Hell, we’ll drop leaflets from planes if we need to.

Of course, the elites will fight like mad to stop us, so we’ll need to be well-funded. 

Only with a major advertising blitz will we be able to scare the Nats into halting the surrender of New Zealand to Griever Maori.

If you can donate money, please click this button. (Note: if it’s for more than $100, please email me at the address below — no point losing the 3 percent Paypal commission.)

 

If you can offer any other kind of support (including moral), please email me at john@johnansell.co.nz.

Colourblind State, Maorification

Time for a Colourblind State

Last night’s Close Up piece on Hone Harawira’s militant nephew shows what happens when a government pursues a policy of endless appeasement.

It’s time this chamber of Chamberlains started running New Zealand as though it were a democracy.

I propose to ensure it does this by launching a petition for a referendum on a colourblind state – a referendum that it can ill afford to ignore.

To ensure that the government listens to the will of the people, I’m fundraising for a major public education campaign to expose the 40-year brainwashing campaign that has denied New Zealanders their right to know the truth about Crown-Maori history.

I’ve spent the past year doing little else but studying this history, and believe me it is a very different history from the one we’ve been forcefed by our schools, universities, politicians and media.

Helping me prepare for this campaign have been nine authors who between them have written over 30 books on this subject.

Very soon I’ll be setting up a site where you can read the documents I have read. Prepare to be amazed – and enraged.

One of these documents is Governor Hobson’s final English draft of the Treaty, missing for 149 years and found in 1989 – but covered up by an embarrassed government and minimised by its tame historians.

Why?

Because, like the Maori ‘Tiriti’ into which it was translated, it makes no mention of Maori owning forest and fisheries, and makes it clear that the Treaty was with all the people of New Zealand, including settlers.

Tonight it’s my turn to appear on Close Up — with Hone Harawira and another Maori, Morgan Godfery.

(I’m getting used to these two-on-one ambushes, but will do my best to get a word in edgeways.)

More on the campaign when I return from Auckland.

If you’d like to donate to the very considerable costs of a high-profile advertising campaign, please do so here.

Before long, there will be a trust, Facebook page and website. But the first step is fundraising.