Opinion: Government hides real issues by flying ‘false flag’


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Pukekohe flag john keyNewstalk ZB’s morning talkback host, Leighton Smith, said the other day: “The Government thinks the New Zealand public is stupid.”

He was referring to Prime Minister, John Key’s attempt to persuade a change of flag, a move that will allow New Zealanders to say whether they actually want a new flag through a referendum.

Making the flag an issue is a diversionary tactic by Government. It is a nonsense, a red herring that Americans term a ‘false flag’ (excuse the pun).

This exercise is expected to cost taxpayers $26 million or more over the course of two years. It is very expensive way of attempting to hide from New Zealanders, issues that really matter

And the Government has hidden major issues over the past 20 years. They have cost the taxpayer billions. Trying to persuade us that the flag is our most pressing subject should be considered with the contempt it deserves.

John Key: “flag is our most pressing subject”

I laughed at our Prime Minister when I read what he said in Parliament last week: “In the end you have to say, what price do you put on democracy where people can genuinely have their say on a matter that is actually important?”

Also, “… this is a cost essentially of one of the values that New Zealanders would want to test…”


Leighton Smith made the point that John Key thinks we’re stupid.

I’m not sure about that but the Prime Minister knows the public is apathetic.

He has been quoted also as saying: “They are more interested in rugby”.

I agree with John Key. Many I talk to have no idea of what is taking place and it saddens me.

We are now in the Information Age so there really is no excuse for ignorance. All the information I’m providing is easily accessed.

Private property rights threatened

This $26 million flag charade, I believe, has been designed to take peoples’ minds off the real issues, two of which, were highlighted last week by Leighton Smith who outlined spoke at length on the Government’s latest rorts i.e. the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and Climate Change (aka Global Warming).

These issues have not just come about in last couple of years. You need to go back 20 years, starting with the introduction of the United Nations initiative, Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 is a huge programme, too large to discuss in one or two articles, but it would be fair to say that it is the final push to establish Global Government.
Most New Zealanders have never heard of it but I’m sure they have had an uneasy feeling about some of the things that have been implemented bit-by-bit at Local Government level.

This programme is draconian and threatens to take away our democratic rights, particularly private property rights in the future.
So let’s look at the United Nations push for control of our sovereign rights: In 1994, the New Zealand Local Government monthly magazine stated that the United Nations decided that Local Authorities now come under their umbrella and that all costs from Central Government will be transferred to ratepayers.

“The UN now directs the councils”, it clearly said. “The programme, called Agenda 21, is workable but to make it work it needs the facilitating skills of Local Government”.

Indigenous peoples’ rights and councils

Readers may remember the amalgamation of our councils in 1989.

Locally, the five councils, Pukekohe, Waiuku, and Tuakau boroughs, and the Franklin County and Northern Raglan councils were merged to become the Franklin District Council and it was soon after that Central Government began unloading its traditional responsibilities and functions on to the new body.

Since the amalgamations, local government has brought in a whole raft laws that have created exhorbitant fees for the ratepayers and developers and four years ago, Auckland’s so-called “Super City” was established, over riding the will of the residents of Franklin and Rodney districts who were overwhelmingly against being included.

New Zealand’ role of ‘re-inventing Government globally’ under Agenda 21, began and with the establishment of Auckland Council, Government legislated to have an independent Maori committee as part of its new council. This committee was appointed, not elected therefore eliminating the demcratic process of Local Government.

Coming up: Part 2 of this article.

It will outline the Independent Maori Statutory Board’s goals and the ramifications it poses to Local Government throughout New Zealand.

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About the Author
Rex Warwood is a well-known local with a passion for Franklin and its people. He has been spreading the news in our area since 1979 and has held various journalism and Editor positions. Contact Rex at rex.warwood@welovepukekohe.com.

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