NATIONAL’S RMA CHANGES – A MAJOR VICTORY FOR IWI LEADERS Apr 2, 2017 5:55:05 GMT 12
Post by Kiwi Frontline on Apr 2, 2017 5:55:05 GMT 12
NATIONAL’S RMA CHANGES – A MAJOR CONSTITUTIONAL VICTORY FOR IWI LEADERS
As could be expected, Iwi leaders agree. With an ultimate goal of local authority co-governance, they want to be at council tables, but believe they “should not have to rely on voters’ whims to get there”. As a result, they are pursuing alternative means of gaining council representation, including through Treaty settlements, through pressuring local councils to appoint tribal delegates with voting rights, and, more insidiously, through the extortionary demands of the Maori Party, which threatens to withdraw Parliamentary support if they don’t get their way.
Some tribal leaders are now calling the principle that only elected representatives should have the right to vote on councils, “old world thinking”. They apparently believe that Treaty settlement money and resources gives them a privileged status and a right to rule. Like Mr Judd, they think that democracy has no place when it comes to things Maori.
But we say it’s tribalism that’s “old world thinking”, not democracy.........
Read Dr Muriel Newman’s latest NZCPR NEWSLETTER here > www.nzcpr.com/nationals-rma-changes-a-major-constitutional-victory-for-iwi-leaders/#more-21640
Read NZCPR’s OPEN LETTER to the Prime Minister (as published in the Sunday Star Times & Herald on Sunday 2/4/17) here > www.nzcpr.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/LetterToThePrimeMinister.pdf