- David Clark (Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hāua) has been appointed as a District Court Judge. He will be sworn in on 16 August 2021.
- The National Party has launched a campaign called, ‘have the debate’ questioning whether the Government is implementing policy by stealth. The current focus remains centred on whether Māori are receiving special rights without the consent of the general populous, and the key target (shown on a large billboard) is a report called He Puapua, (Pānui 14/2021 provides our review of the report and associated politics).
- We consider such political debates are part and parcel of a healthy democracy, but note on this occasion it does seem to us that it is the leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, who is the one playing the shadows, by not confirming whether she is engaging with Don Brash to raise funds for this campaign. From a policy perspective, and in the context of the wider shenanigans this political party has put itself through recently, presently we find it hard to take this campaign more seriously than a letter of concern from the Harper Valley P.T.A.
- We also note, in regard to He Puapua, that the report was prepared for the former Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, but the present Minister, Willie Jackson, indicated two weeks ago that it would not be progressed, his words being, “He Puapua is not Government policy … from a Government perspective we are not advancing that report”. Rather he has decided to start a new round of consultation on how New Zealand might uphold the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as per our United Nations commitment (the origin of He Puapua). That’s great. But why not start with the Māori Community Development Act 1962 – which Minister Jackson has delegated oversight of – and perhaps consider whether the present law that establishes an organisation tasked with preventing ‘undesirable forms of conduct amongst the Māori people’ and promoting ‘sanitation amongst Māori people’ is a special privilege aligned with United Nation commitments, or not?
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