Our unsuccessful democracy
Racist gatekeepers. In the past they were primarily English.
Deferrence to the views of newly arrived Englishmen because of their percieved closeness, immediacy to the "Home" to which they assumed we belong exclusively and the assumption of automatic superior standards by the colonial locals of these people gave them an air of authority in all matters. If they wanted a colour bar or to initiate some sort of racial preference or privilege then it was accepted.
When the English-accented leader of the Liberterianz Party says he wants to abolish the Treaty of Waitangi, when Michael Cullen and Dale Jones - both originally English nationals (and maybe still are) - write the Foreshore and Seabed Act so that it implicitly imputes that if a Pakeha has touched Maori property it becomes the property of the government and thence can be leased off in perpituity to Pakeha, when we have both major parties trumpeting the sale of Crown land to Pakeha farmers as policy but make it tourtuous for Maori to regain property taken unjustly from them, we have to wonder if we have really made any progress at all in liberating ourselves from such a disgraceful situation. When we have members of Parliament who are also citizens of other countries what credibility do they have in forging our future when they are fundamentally conflicted?
John Stuart Mill, amongst many other liberal-type political philosphers, wondered if democracy can operate successfully where ignorance and prejudice subsumes most of the voting population. In this country, where our own history is only now being taught in any serious manner and the legacy of unchallenged public bigotry is compounded annually with tens of thousands of immigrants who bring with them their own prejudices and whom cannot know anything of us, we have an unsuccessful democracy. If our system rewards bigotry, enables non-citizens to vote, encourages people who cannot communicate in either of the official languages to vote, then is it any wonder we have neither respect for locals and their customs or any constitutional protections for our rights and property.
Citizens must constitute the exclusive group that decides how we rule ourselves, ie. voters.
Citizens who have no other nationality must constitute the legislative and executive, ie. parliament.