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Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Marine Wildlife frolicking and beach liberty bill is confiscation by another name



Now I realize and appreciate that every time the words foreshore and seabed get mentioned, you automatically fall to sleep.

Who knows what it all means other than Maori's getting angry again right? The only time European NZers wake up in this debate is when ACT creeps into the room and whispers into our ear, 'dem Maori's want's to steal our beaches'. Then it's all, 'the beach is everyone's, stop stealing my ill-defined vision of a NZ beach'. Blah, blah, blah.

The Marine Wildlife frolicking and beach liberty bill represents however one of the largest land confiscations in NZ history. Remember all those old confiscations, the ones from the 1800's when our forefathers stole land Maori weren't prepared to sell to them and we shat all over the treaty of Waitangi, remember those? Remember how Maori haven't forgotten any of them and that they have slowly and painfully worked their way through the legal system, yeah well, all National have done with this Marine wildlife frolicking and beach liberty bill, is doom our grand children to the very same shit we've spent over a century trying to rectify.

European NZers, Let me, right now, explain why Maori are pissed off in a way you will understand. Gather your children, bring in the neighbors, call mum and dad in that cheap retirement village you've left them to rot in, this will be the one moment on television that anyone takes the time to explain the Foreshore and Seabed issue to you in a way you'll finally understand. Then you'll get why so many Maori are righteously fucked off.

You own your house right. whether you've paid it off completely or you are paying your mortgage, you own it. Imagine the Government walked up one day and said to you, 'Hey, you know how you think you own your house, well, we are passing a law that will take it off you, but don't worry, if you think you've got some claim to your house, we are going to let you go to Court to argue your case. Isn't that magnanimous of us?

How many European NZers would accept that prospect of defining your precious property rights in such a manner? Seeing as most European NZers go into some type of rage at the mere concept of being told what tree they can or can't chop down on their own property, how many would put up with the Government passing law to remove their rights altogether but allow you to go to Court as a means of redress?

None. Not one European NZer would put up with that , yet that is exactly what the Government have told Maori to put up with, the salt in the wound being that to extinguish any customary right, all the Crown has to show is that a white person touched the land Maori are claiming at anytime since 1840.

It is outrageous, it is racist, it is a breach of the spirit of the law and it is a breach of human rights. It's land confiscation, and while it bores the nuts off most European NZers, let me make this clear to your apathy right now, all we are sowing are the seeds of division that our grand children will have to harvest.

You will be asked what you did, and you will answer that you weren't really aware of any of it because you kept changing channels to watch Deal or no Deal, and to use a cultural reference you might understand, the majority of Maori this election will tell the Maori Party, 'No Deal'.

If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.


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3 Comments:

At 3/4/11 10:40 am, Blogger Rich said...

Perhaps people who are getting their business premises in Christchurch confiscated by Brownlee might start to get it.

 
At 3/4/11 1:41 pm, Blogger James said...

"You own your house right. whether you've paid it off completely or you are paying your mortgage, you own it. Imagine the Government walked up one day and said to you, 'Hey, you know how you think you own your house, well, we are passing a law that will take it off you, but don't worry, if you think you've got some claim to your house, we are going to let you go to Court to argue your case. Isn't that magnanimous of us? "

Does this analogy betray your (somewhat surprising) ignorance or willingness to deceive? You do understand that Labour's bill enacted the confiscation while National's allows for court-cases to be made, don't you? While the joint effect of the two is somewhat like your analogy, National's legislation on it's own is not.

 
At 4/4/11 4:47 pm, Blogger jane said...

Does the U.N. have anything to say about this?

 

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