Opinion: UN influence appearing in local government


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David Taipari, chairman of the unelected Independent Maori Statutory Board .

 In a previous article in this Opinion section, I quoted Prime Minister John Key as stating that changing the design of New Zealand’s flag was one the country’s most important issues.

His comments were, I believe, a red herring designed to take our minds off the major issues facing this country, including the threat posed to our sovereignty

I am referring to the secret meetings taking place to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Climate Change (Global Warming) farce and very importantly, the race-based legislation that has been introduced to Local Government.

The last mentioned has its roots in a United Nations programme called Agenda 21 and all member countries, at all levels, are expected to comply, eventually giving the UN control of our councils.
Although most people have never heard of Agenda 21, it has been on the statutes for the past 20 years and seeing some what councils are doing currently, it is obvious why it has never been promoted.

UN does not want land to be controlled by individuals

According to the United Nations, “land now cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.

“Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice”.

So, economic prosperity for the individual, according to the UN, is a “social injustice” and this was defined as far back as 1976 in a report from the UN’s Habitat Conference that led to the Rio Summit in 1992 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) where the Agenda 21 programme was launched.

Readers will recognise the term, “Sustainable Development”, a term being used continuously by politicians and councils and its real purpose is to confiscate private ownership of land through measures introduced gradually, quietly that it becomes law almost without being noticed.

One example was the appointment of an Independent Statutory Maori Board to Auckland’s “Super Council” four years ago when Government bulldozed it through against public opinion. Furthermore, Government by-passed the democratic process by appointing unelected members to this body.

Last year when Auckland Council stated in its Unitary plan that it would give 19 Iwis the power to charge for “consulting” ratepayers wanting resource consents, I remembered I had read about this process previously. It had been suggested in the UN’s Agenda 21 programme that involved a “Treaty on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

This has, quite conveniently, been kept under the radar. Councillors cannot deny the existence of this programme because, in the July, 1994 issue of “New Zealand Local Government” magazine, it was stated: “Each local authority should enter into a dialogue with its citizens, local organisations and private enterprises and adopt a Local Agenda 21″.

To my knowledge this has never happened publicly. Had it been, there would have been an outcry. It has only come to the surface recently when Auckland Council announced there were 3,600 ‘areas of cultural significance’ and ratepayers would now require permission from the Iwis before they could make changes to their properties.

So, what is taking place in this Independent Maori Statutory Board?

In its first three years this unelected body was “riding on the seat of its pants” because it had no policies. They made them up as they went along.

At the end of its first term, board chairman, David Taipari, produced a report that took stock of “the board’s achievements” and, naturally, he acknowledged all the board members for their “massive contribution” over those first three years.

Board invents new rules

He stated that, due to the fact their were no templates or guidelines to work off, other than what the legislation provided to establish the board, he was “absolutely satisfied the Board has delivered on all fronts and has begun to pave the way with Auckland Council to provide more meaningful engagements and mechanisms for Maori….”

He went on to say, that there is still a long way to go but the platform has now been established by the Board.

Mr Taipari also noted that he had seen considerable changes of attitude from councillors as a whole when addressing Maori outcomes via council policies.

“The positive change by councillors can be attributed to the strong leadership of both the mayor, Len Brown and the deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, through their own recognition of the importance of Maori as contributors and decision-makers in their own right.”

Mr Taipari stated that it was also important to recognise the contribution of the ‘secretariat’ in enabling Board members to realise the targets that the Board has set through various strategies and “priority objectives”.

He acknowledged Parliament for establishing the Independent Maori Statutory Board and enabling such a vehicle to be created “to contribute to better participation for Maori in Local Government”

“It would be the Board’s strong position that this model be established in other parts of the country over the next few years,” he said.

In conclusion, Mr Taipari took the opportunity of of recognising the former Minister of Local Government, Hon Rodney Hide, for enabling the Department of Internal Affairs to initiate the concept of the Board.

“The Board is here to stay and we are now about to complete the first cycle of succession.”

Precedence for un-democratic local government

It is, in my view that if this type of governance is allowed to continue, there will be no room for people having a say in public affairs. By establishing a body that is not accountable to the ratepayers, the Government has set a precedence for undemocratic governance in the future and, not only that, local government now has seats that are based on race.

The wishes of the people have been over-ridden and the residents of Franklin and Rodney can vouch for that. Both districts were overwhelmingly against being included in the new Auckland Super City, and what’s more, the subject of an unelected Independent Maori Statutory Board was never discussed at any of the public meetings.

Board chairman, David Taipari, is now advocating: “…that this model be established in other parts of the country over the next few years.”

Well, that is Agenda 21 in action and down the track we can expect more legislation that has no public input. It will happen whether or not it is a National or Labour Government. They are one and the same because the United Nations is pulling the strings and our Government is jumping.


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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