Eastern Courier : February 16th 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 NEWS Open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th and 20th February, 10am to 2pm 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by visiting an open day this Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 2pm. We can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas priced from just $320,000. If you have a SuperGold Card or have an ARTA approved Senior Citizen ID Card you can travel for FREE on Fullers' ferries. And if you let us know before you travel we can arrange for someone to pick you up from the ferry terminal on Waiheke Island. energi _11610F FEB CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Experience coastal retirement living for yourself this weekend Great North Rd and Meola Rd Western Springs Auckland 0800 MOTATNZ (0800 668 286) www.motat.org.nz Watch where you're looking! So now we know. Once that shores and sand bill gets through it will become a model for a new version -- the Mountains and Hills Preser- vation as Taonga (and Koha Collection) Act 2011. Well that s one inter- pretation as some Maori group is blocking Sir Peter Jackson again using Mt Ngauruhoe as a backdrop in his latest multi-million dollar Middle Earth production. What s next, all relevant car windows on the Desert Rd masked to prevent glimpses of the so-sacred peak? Airlines adding to their half-heard instructions about seatbelts and masks so the no-peeping rule in flight can be applied as some previously unknown clause 101B of the treaty apparently makes clear? But how to shroud No Tree Hill or the ever-present Rangitoto? Will the revised treaty clause allow immediate cam- era seizure if ill-advised tourists snap away with a Mt Eden background? Returned after payment of the inevi- table handling and camera preservation fee stipulated in the aforesaid act (Mountains and Hills Preser- vation as Taonga (and Koha Collection). Hongi during the return ceremony will involve additional koha, yet to be decided. (See subclause 101A). In the mailbag: That first decision by the new Auckland Council to push through a budget of $3.43 million to fund an unelected Maori Statutory Board for Auckland was a disgrace. Len Brown and his council should hang their heads in shame. So should Rodney Hide and John Key who let it happen despite earlier protestations that there would not be separate racial represen- tation on the council. I m not surprised it was ordered back for a second opinion. The new council s allocation of ratepayers money to unelected people to play games with, engaging and reporting to the Maori community , researching the well-being of Maori when 101 other publicly-funded agencies are doing the same and with nearly $1m allo- cated for staff costs that aren t explained brought shame on every councillor who was party to the rushed decision. The Auckland Transition Agency estimated the costs of a Maori statutory committee would be $400,000. How did this grow to $3.43m? Rodney Hide and John Key must immediately consider legislating a satisfactory arrangement for Maori advis- ory services to the new coun- cil. Any form of parallel gov- ernment by Maori -- the fourth largest ethnic group in the Auckland area with an overwhelming number of them hailing from outside of the council s area and there- fore unable to claim tangata whenua status -- cannot be tolerated by sane people. Even if the majority were tangata whenua, no credible case can be made for what was agreed to. This National-led govern- ment seems bent on pushing separatism within a country that has always thrown its small but significant strength in world forums against any form of apartheid. Tens of thousands of New Zealanders marched in the streets 30 years ago against apartheid and the visit of a racially selected Springbok team. Many of those marchers must be cringing in corners as Len Brown, elected by a majority of them, marches onwards toward par- allel forms of local govern- ment -- one elected and the other seemingly with a right to mail invoices for rate- payers money without any proper public scrutiny. This process must be stopped in its tracks. If Len Brown lacks the common- sense to understand that he had gone too far then his council must rethink these issues. Failing that, the res- ponsibility lies with central government. Three days after we cel- ebrated how the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi guaranteed Maori the same rights and duties of citizen- ship as the rest of us, we must pull back from any arrangement by the Auck- land Council which clearly bestows special privileges on Maori and goes way beyond any reasonable interpretation of any treaty obligations. It is also at odds with this country s record in inter- national forums. -- Michael Bassett Michael Bassett was an Auckland city councillor, minister of local government 1984-90 and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal 1994- 2004. I was very interested to read our MPs should follow Obama. As a Tibetan and one of the organisers of His Holi- ness the Dalai Lama s visit to New Zealand, I was very dis- appointed that for the first time the government kow- towed to China over meeting him, although during the election campaign John Key promised that they would meet if he became the prime minister. But when the time came he went back on his word, which would have pleased the Chinese. I have organised the visit of His Holiness five times and in four visits the government met him -- twice Jim Bolger as prime minister, Jim Anderton as deputy prime minister as Helen Clark was away overseas. Then Helen Clark met him at the Brisbane Airport on his way to New Zealand. So 2009 was the first time that the government didn t meet him. To add to the insult, the prime minister gave orders that no ministers will be allowed to meet him (this is dictatorship in action). Your column kept the Tibet issue in front of people. -- Thuten Kesang QSM, Friends of Tibet (NZ) national chairman, Auck- land Tibetan Association chairman, Dalai Lama Visit Trust NZ chairman What you said about Hone Harawira s involvement is true, I am a little puzzled at your description of me as the self-appointed welcomer. No one from the government was prepared to meet the Dalai Lama. Despite that, as a min- ister, I agreed to host an offic- ial National Press Club wel- come function at Parliament, to the chagrin of the hier- archy of the time. What puzzles me is how Hone s casual and incidental involvement made him a hero, while my more deliber- ate determination to give a distinguished international visitor an appropriate wel- come to Parliament (and dis- play some of the public cour- age you refer to), the protests of the Chinese government and the diffidence of our own notwithstanding, leaves me dismissed as incidental. Per- haps you could explain this distinction to me? Plus reply. -- Peter Dunne I plead only half guilty. I didn t personally use self- appointed . It was in a para- graph quoted from -- and sourced to -- Jane Clifton. I didn t recognise it as a put- down, I guess because I admired the way you had done your own thing. On why Hone and not you, he is so much in the headlines that him arriving hot and sweaty to perform a solo haka seemed incongruous but not heroic.
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