Jerry Mateparae has the ability to stop John Key’s government corruption, but doesn’t because Key appointed him. The feudal system of largesse by which “crony capitalism” grinds on is alive and unwell in Aotearoa New Zealand – at grievous expense to the general public and tax-payer. That the Governor-General is unelected and unaccountable to the New Zealand public forms the greatest injustice in this post-colonial, semi-isolated country. Some law exists, is under threat, and more democracy is the order of the day.. debate themes 2013 debate themes 2013

Consultation is open for a few more weeks on how New Zealand should frame its state. Will we take this rare opportunity to stem crooked corporate excess? The Constitution Conversation closes at the end of July, and citizens must SPEAK UP FOR JUSTICE or see it continue to decline – eroded by dictatorship of an elite electoral minority with self-interest and sectoral harm firmly in mind.

For the elected head-of-state issue, read here. For a comprehensive repair of the national constitution, read on..

New Zealand has the Bill of Rights Act, which ensures – under the Magna Carta – a fair hearing to any accused, before judgement. But John Key’s administration showed total contempt for this early in 2010, when sweeping Canterbury democracy away on fictitious grounds – for unethically gaining ready access to more farm irrigation water for National Party members.

Of a low, intentionally uneducated, celebrity-orientated culture, widespread Kiwi complaint was growing but thwarted. Because then came the Canterbury earthquakes with immediate, very practical concerns. But the lack of fast solutions, after the first home-grown flush of responses, still comes back to people being removed from the decision-making that rightly belongs to them.

Another example is the criminal sell-off of public assets into private hands, at a discount rate and causing even the investors loss, as with the Mighty River Power share float. Released at $2.50, market hype pushed these past $2.70 but quickly they have languished at $2.20 per share. This dodgy NZX debacle shows the extreme danger of letting Key’s clandestine rorters get hold of the much bigger Meridian Energy generator as they plan. An electoral mandate for the policy is claimed by Key & Co., but steals from the disenfranchised many who struggle to vote. So how can threatened Kiwi, the struggling majority, stop the unjust play?

Mighty River Power share value to June 2013

Mighty River Power share value to June 2013

The first stop is the Treaty of Waitangi, which enshrined equity of resource and governance between peoples original and settler. The extent to which economic and legal justice have been made is the barometer for what needs to change. Creation of Iwi corporates to match other market identities is not a solution: where might equals right then downtrodden Maaori are little better off than before, except for the ‘suited warrior’ tribal minorities. Cash settlements have never proven final, and we need to look again.

“A co-chair of the Constitutional Advisory Panel says many Maori do not want the Treaty of Waitangi to be formally written into New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements for fear it could be undermined. Sir Tipene O’Regan says feedback by Maori and non-Maori received by the panel so far shows opinion has been divided on the role of the Treaty. He says some want the principles of the Treaty to be entrenched in a formal written constitution, while others are concerned that doing so will damage it.” – Opinion divided on role of Treaty in constitution, 24 June 2013.

A simple reform that could increase political equity easily, and honour while not changing the spirit of the Treaty, is to require all local and regional authorities to include proportional representation for Maaori at their next elections. Currently this separate enfranchisement is just an option, that the authorities can consult on occasionally then decide whether or not to give effect to. It should be made compulsory, securing more equity, through the Constitutional Review. It would increase utility of the Maaori roll and thus resolve that in relation to parliament, which is otherwise treading water in its current promotional campaign, as well.

Meridian Energy value CANNOT be stripped from New Zealanders, in the way that Mighty River Power has, no matter which Iwi corporation gets what share from the monetisation of water. That would be a corruption of democratic process, rights and guarantees, and of the Treaty itself.

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