Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A PLEA FOR EQUALITY


Another circulating email:
New Zealand Declaration of Equality

Target: 50000
Number of people who have signed: 15819
We, New Zealanders, having founded our society in the equality of comradeship, and living here at home in the land we have made, utterly oppose any laws which establish or promote racial distinction or division.
There shall be one law for all:
  • We refuse to accept any reference to the Treaty of Waitangi or its principles in any constitutional document.
  • We require that such references be removed from all existing legislation.
  • We require that race-based Parliamentary seats be abolished.
  • We require that race-based representation on local bodies be abolished.
  • We require that the Waitangi Tribunal, which has outlived any usefulness it may have had, be abolished.
And we pledge ourselves to oppose and resist all those of whatever rank or degree who, whether by force or the devious processes of the law, attempt to impose the fetters of racial inequality on the free citizens of New Zealand.
The Declaration
The Government's constitutional review provides an opportunity to usher in a new era of democracy for New Zealand based on equality under the law.

Help us create a movement for change by signing the 
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY and calling on others to do the same. Our initial target is 20,000 signatures, but we hope to build to 50,000, 100,000 and more. We will deliver the Declaration to Government Ministers in September next year to coincide with the report back from the Maori Party's Constitutional Advisory Panel. We will keep you informed of progress...
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If you feel strongly about this issue then please ask
your family and friends to visit this website and sign the 

DECLARATION OF EQUALITY
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The time has come to take a stand. We are now fundraising
for a nation-wide public information campaign to promote the
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY. New Zealanders need to be warned of the huge threat to our future posed by the Maori Party's $4 million proposed re-write of our constitution.
We need to join together and fight for racial equality: all New Zealanders equal in the eyes of the law with all race-based preferment abolished. It's now or never - please support this campaign.


SIGN THE DECLARATION TO SEND GOVERNMENT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT THIS MESSAGE:
"We the undersigned are calling on Government Members of the House of Representatives to show true leadership by representing the views of the majority of New Zealanders - who believe that all people should be equal in the eyes of the law
- by implementing the
Declaration of Equality...
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY
There shall be one law for all:
1.     We refuse to accept any reference to the Treaty of Waitangi or its principles in any constitutional document.
2.     We require that such references be removed from all existing legislation.
3.     We require that race-based Parliamentary seats be abolished.
4.     We require that race-based representation on local bodies be abolished.
5.     We require that the Waitangi Tribunal, which has outlived any usefulness it may have had, be abolished.


Peter’s Piece

The pleadings of the Independent Constitutional Review sound quite appealing until one looks behind the hype.

The Independent Constitutional Review is the brainchild of former Act MP, Muriel Newman.
Act is an extreme right-wing political party that seems to believe that the rich should be richer than the poor and that the poor have only themselves to blame for their poverty. It matters not that most poor people were born poor and many of the rich were born, if not rich, then privileged.

As a former MP Mrs Newman should understandthat Parliament, and for very sound reasons, does not recognize email petitions. That leaves me wondering if the plea for donations is more important that acquiring signatures on a wacky petition.

I agree that racially based seats should go. I agree that the Treaty of Waitangi should be replaced by a modern written constitution. What I’m not convinced about is the validity of this particular petition or the organization behind it.

Behind this petition may be an even more undesirable, hidden political agenda.