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New Zealand political system

It was with dismay that I read Trevor Ammundsen’s muddled hypothesis about why one does not have to be Māori to stand in a Māori Ward (May 21). Trevor mightn’t have enough familiarity with New Zealand history to realise that this rule has always been standard. Even at a national level, one does not have to be Māori in order to stand for a Māori seat in Parliament – any citizen of any ethnicity can stand as a candidate in Māori electorates. Why? The most basic, universal principle of democracy: an elected representative, is there to represent the interests of the electorate voters – not to represent...

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QUESTION WHETHER THE EARTH HAS MOVED

Some ink has been spread across the written page since the correspondence between us and I had imagined, I would have an answer to my second question in the Letters to the Ed pages in the last two Informer issues  …but no. Considering the earth has moved concerning the article (front page The Informer, ‘Unified and Strong Message from residents and ratepayers” and changes have taken place, could there please be an update in print in 11 June 2024 issue that names the Ratepayers organisations that come under the umbrella of the Alliance which appears to primarily  be covering the eastern seaboard...

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Survey reveals concern over Fast-track Approvals Bill

A new Horizon Research survey (1000 respondents, margin of error +- 3%) has revealed serious concerns among National Party voters about the proposed Fast-Track Approvals Bill and its potential to undermine democracy and enable corruption. The poll shows that 76% of National voters are worried the Bill could permit currently prohibited activities (like mining within Thames Coromandel towns). 61% fear mining on (Coromandel) conservation land, while 53% are concerned it may allow developments previously stopped by the Supreme Court to proceed. A majority of 53% believe there is a risk that commercial...

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Accent the positives – negate the negative

I believe that as a country we must, as New Zealand citizens, work with the positives but first the negatives need to be called out for what they are. The negatives persist throughout the media at present. I have listed some negative issues that are currently circulating throughout the media channels and then I have countered these with views on accenting the positive. Negatives: Bullying at school Total Reliance on internet, smart phones, devices. Lack of discipline and self discipline Gang warfare Racial tension Lack of education Positives: Return to basic education Reduce use of...

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No to integration or blending

Kia ora. I sincerely hope that Trevor Ammundsen’s views, What we need is a great big melting pot, 21 May, does not reflect the views of our wider community. His suggestion that we need to do away with barriers of geography, ethnicity and class that prevent peaceful co-existence. He calls this process blending but once upon a time it was called integration. I am mindful of the words of former Prime Minister Norman Kirk: “The idea of one people grew out of the days when fashionable folk talked about integration…integration is precisely what cats do to mice. They integrate them. The majority swallows...

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Corruption with Fast Track Bill

I see Trevor Ammundsen did not take up the offer to expose potential corruption arising from the Coalition government’s Fast-Track law. Never mind, Trevor has a fresh Fast Track corruption scandal to take up in his column. This latest one involves a NZ First donor submitting amendments to directly benefit that donor in a legal dispute. J Swap Company wants to quarry land protected in perpetuity under QEII covenants. The company is locked in a long-running court battle to access this protected land and has lost at every stage. They donated $11,000 to NZ First after the election, $5,000 to NZ...

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