A completely new New Zealand?
'New Zealand' doesn't have a future. NZ is the past and New Zealanders are living in that past; happily, securely, in self-assured ignorance. We are in the last stretch of the European crony capitalist colonial project started by Britain. The regime they established, that was allowed to wage war and pass laws against the indigenous people and their institutions in abrogation of the founding Treaty is slowly coming to an end.
The economic basis of this colony, like any other of its class, is premised on the colonial entity having defeated the indigenous powers and having the unconditional ability to determine immigration and the occupation and exploitation of land by the migrants.
Making NZ new, "a completely new New Zealand", as the Labour leader has exclaimed in his speech today is an epic fallacy - a fruitless rhetorical tautology.
David Shearer says:
If I had to sum up what we need to do in one sentence I'd say this: we need to make a new New Zealand.
That's what the next Labour government will be about.
That means looking at everything through a whole new lens.
It means questioning the comfortable assumptions we make.
Everything? The most comfortable of all - that Maori are defeated, surrendered, that the Treaty is a mere token, that Britain will always do what the NZ government tells it to in regards to the Treaty and Maori and that Maori will never be permitted to get their stolen and occupied land back - is not in this speech, nor would it have been contemplated. This is a bedrock assumption by the Pakeha population and the Labour leader, despite the claim he has made, will never go there.
Will the Labour leader question why there has never been a Maori Prime Mininster of NZ? There never will be either: it is incompatible with the NZ colonial project he and everyone else is busy pursuing. There is a chance a Maori PM would not sign off on the routine confiscations and injustices and inequality against Maori that Pakeha leaders countenance. There have been English, Irish, Australian, Jewish and women Prime Ministers of New Zealand, but never a Maori. Deputy on occasion, but never leader. Mr Shearer can jump from No. 31 on the list to be leader of his party, but there has never been a Maori leader of the party - has he ever asked himself why this is so?
In the Labour leader's speech there is no mention of Aotearoa and none either of Maori or of the Treaty of Waitangi. A gaping blind spot in Mr Shearer's vision.
His speech could be described as many things, although visionary is not one of them. It could be seen as an attempt to back the Labour Party SUV of white middle class entitlement up the steep and winding driveway of Maori nationalist ambitions on one track and international economic aspirations on the other. By staying silent on the former and promising vaguely on the latter he hopes the working class engine will hold out and he can make the journey without anyone in the car bailing. But the blind spot remains.
The simple fact is that as long as the regime can suppress the indigenous population to a minority position through immigration then the illusion of NZ can continue, but once it reaches 20% or more (as the Jewish state of Israel well understands with the Arab population) some concessions become inevitable, at a third or more compromise and negotiation will be necessary and at 40% or more, approaching a majority, the regime will become highly unstable and the writing will be on the wall.
To prevent the day of reckoning the regime will continue to pump in as many immigrants as possible. The Labour leader implicitly defines success in these terms, he repeats in his conclusion:
This new New Zealand will be the kind of place the rest of world would like to live.
Having the rest of the world live here means perpetuating this country as a foreign place where Maori cannot live as Maori, where Maori cannot obtain redress - that is the effect of immigration: the political and economic marginalisation and diminution of the indigenous people. New Zealand is a foreign creation and both major parties mean to keep it populated by foreigners.
If the Labour leader did have any vision he would have advocated for Aotearoa rather than a continuation of the unsustainable, unjust and corrupted regime known as New Zealand.