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Te Whanau a Apanui have found an unlikely ally:

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing Te Whanau a Apanaui’s protest against oil exploration off the East Coast.

Mr Peters says New Zealanders have no confidence the government has properly weighted the environmental and social risks.

The key issue is, have we been asked or consulted on this issue and the answer is no. It just went ahead like what Gerry Brownlee tried to do on the national parks, when they got rolled. Thats what they tried to do, he says.

Mr Peters says the royalty rates are so low that that New Zealanders stand to make very little if Petrobras does discover oil.

Prima facie, Winston is an unlikely source of support. However, this issue touches our nationalist sentiment, naturally it is core New Zealand First policy.
I wonder when the Maori Party will follow suit. No time soon judging by this comment From Tariana Turia:

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says it’s up to individual iwi whether they want to oppose mining and oil exploration.

Of course it is. But when iwi chose to oppose, and oppose vehemently, then the Maori Party should support iwi.

Those who dont want to have either oil exploration or sand mining, thats their business. Were not in Parliament to speak for the hapu and iwi. Thats their job to uphold their rangatiratanga and thats what theyve chose to do and thats their right, Mrs Turia says.

This is an odd comment. Lets think back to the ETS. The Maori Party were speaking/acting on behalf of iwi (at their request apparently). The Maori Party acted as a medium between government and the self proclaimed iwi leaders. The same thing happened with regard to mining Maori land. However, different rules seem to apply to Te Whanau a Apanui. The Maori Party has refused to back Te Whanau a Apanui.

Te Whanau a Apanui cannot uphold their rangatiratanga against the might of the New Zealand state. No iwi can, has or ever will. The Maori Party, as the strongest Maori political entity, is obligated to act in the best interests of Te Whanau a Apanui. A failure to act, or a remission of responsibility, is a cop out.

The Maori Party claim to act on behalf of Maori. Maori, as in the collective. The party quite often speaks of iwi katoa. It is now becoming apparent that this was just fanciful rhetoric. If faced with a choice between political expediency and principle, the Maori Party will side with expediency.

Sad. That is the only way to describe the Maori Partys position on this issue. Sad.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What would the Maori party be saying now as the ship Rena lies submerged on a reef and gushing oil into the Tauranga Harbour?? people have watched in dismay as the Govt sits back and does nothing, but point the finger! meanwhile birds and sea life are dieing! is this what we want to happen in NZ?

    My father grew up where the Govt wants to drill for oil we are Te Whanau Apanui. I have been there on numerous occasions with my dad fishing and gathering shell fish to eat. It is a main staple of their diet the sea has fed my people there for over a thousand years!

    If drilling goes wrong as history shows it does! whats going to happen to the Flora and Fauna? or the the sealife that is central to the survival of the people there? judging by the clean up thats not going on in Tauranga, absolutely nothing!!

  2. Bevan take a look at the date it is 2011 Maori will never be independant ..the notion is dumn all you are breading is hate from Maori but as well towards Maori ..and very much towards Maori and people like Honi are so full of hate they cannot see past their nose. This land was settled by pacific Islanders who were conqured by others sorry that is the way of the world. The seabed and foreshore issue is so stupid it makes Maori a laughing stock around the world show me another country where this has been allowed ..learn some history

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