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    [b:1960b4abfa]Maori tell UN envoy of 'apartheid in NZ' [/b:1960b4abfa]
    23 November 2005
    By YVONNE TAHANA

    The picture Maori are painting for UN envoy Rodolfo Stavenhagen is not a pretty one. Yesterday, the UN special rapporteur visited Hauraki's Ngahutoitoi Marae for his third hui as part of a fact-finding mission for the UN Commission on Human Rights. He will report back to the UN on the human rights situation of Maori.

    About 80 Hauraki, Tainui and Tauranga Maori at yesterday's hui told him about raupatu and land confiscations "by the pen", the Tohunga Suppression Act, decisions of the Native Land Court, which moved land from hapu to individual ownerships, language discrimination, local government decisions which affected Maori and the Public Works Act, which compensated non-Maori for land, but not Maori.

    Ngati Ranginui chairman Colin Bidois said "one law for all" was a joke given past legislation. "New Zealand has been built on apartheid laws."

    The foreshore and seabed legislation discriminated against his iwi because Ngati Ranginui had to prove continual use since the 1840s to get recognition of their customary rights. That was going to be hard to prove when the land had been confiscated. Tainui's Angeline Greensill said the Resource Management Act was holding up Maori building on Maori land which pakeha had already built on. It was a double standard, she said.

    "The whanau just want to build a house but because the biodiversity is so good people are saying it needs protecting. It's only like that because we've looked after it."

    Prof Stavenhagen asked the Government to invite him to New Zealand after the UN found that the Foreshore and Seabed Act discriminated against Maori. His report can only offer recommendations to improve the situation of indigenous communities but governments are not bound by them.

    Hauraki spokesman John McEnteer believed the visit was important. "The value is in the findings that we hope to get - that New Zealand is in breach of human rights."

    Prof Stavenhagen heads to Wellington today to meet Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen.
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    It looks like the Treaty still has some creases to iron out. Unfortunately there appear to be some Catch 22s from the past. I hope the right and just solution (whatever it may be) prevails.
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    They should scrap the old Treaty of Waitangi. I can't see why they are still arguing over it. It was, after all, one of the reasons Maori lost so much in the first place!!

    They should just come to some kind of new agreement, get all the settlements done and dusted and move on with their lives so everyone can live without the tensions.

    I know it's probably not that simple, but it should be!
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    Taffy, you're probably making sense, but that's not allowed when dealing with people and politics.
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    Sorry Selchie, I was forgetting myself!

    I think when enough of us from this forum are in NZ, we should launch a political party called 'Sorry we make sense party'

    Landslide victory :icon_biggrin:
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    I wonder what the world would be like if all political parties ran on good sense. We wouldn?t know what to do with ourselves with nothing much else to moan about, debate and rant over. It seems so simple to just put sensible politicians in power (having first found some, of course) but, then again, people being people, some still wouldn?t be satisfied and would want to change things. You can?t please all the folks all of the time. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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    As Billy Connolly once said..

    The desire to want to be a politician, should ban you forever from ever becoming one.

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