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Monday, May 30, 2005

National Billboard - Iwis or Kiwis

[UPDATE5: It's a hoax - See DPF's post for more info]
Iwi Kiwi

(hat-tip Aaron Bhatnagar)

UPDATE: Billboards will be up on June 1st.

UPDATE2: Supposedly one is located at cnr of Nelson and Hobson Streets in Auckland (haven't seen it myself).

UPDATE3: Yes, it's real. Aaron Bhatnagar comments: "The jpg was forwarded to me by National Northern Chairman Scott Simpson and he gave me permission to blog it."

UPDATE4: More commentary.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 5/30/2005 02:42:00 pm


Blogger t selwyn said...

Labour: Honkies
National: Honkies
Vote Maori Party!

In the context of the ad of course.

5/30/2005 02:50:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

What racial slur is appropriate for a party which defines its candidates by race?

5/30/2005 02:53:00 pm  
Blogger Jordan said...

Apart from the small fact that it is a blatant lie, it's quite clever.

5/30/2005 03:20:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Jordan, it's not such a lie if you ask Ngati Porou.

5/30/2005 03:26:00 pm  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Jordan said the same on my blog too.

5/30/2005 03:27:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Was this the legislation that Winston and Dunny voted into law?

5/30/2005 03:33:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Pretty resigned to defeat if he can't think up original comments.

5/30/2005 03:45:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Tim, if the Maori party pledged to reduce the size of govt and an end to socialism, even I'd vote for them.

5/30/2005 03:48:00 pm  
Blogger Davros said...

Is this a real billboard or one of those fake internet ones doing the rounds? Someone should tell Turia that Iwi's own the beaches - she didn't think so last time I watched Eye to Eye...

5/30/2005 04:00:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Aaron said its real.

5/30/2005 04:06:00 pm  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

Its real. The jpg was forwarded to me by National Northern Chairman Scott Simpson and he gave me permission to blog it.

5/30/2005 04:11:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

McCully had a piece on his site a few months ago about serious negtiations betweem the Great Rangitoto and Ngati Porou on methods for the iwi to lodge a claim for customary rights over the whole of the Eas' Coas' using the Foreskins and Seaweed Act. MAybe this is what the bill board is alluding to.

5/30/2005 04:18:00 pm  
Blogger t selwyn said...

I think the Maori Party would be inclined to a smaller role for central government and a larger role for iwi/local bodies, meaning the interface between people and the services they receive will be at ground level rather than the resources being sucked into Wellington. Sue Kedgly (I think it was) was on the radio today saying that 25% of Vote: Health was spent on admin. So even socialists have concerns about how the system is wasteful.

The Maori Party have very little policy at this stage - and parties like Act that have been around a decade still have alarmingly little detail on the big issues - but they have an opportunity to make some bold stands and push some radical ideas that might appeal to the liberatarian types (though not intentionally) who are looking for a new way to de-fang the government and recognise property rights and devolved power and decision-making etc. The last thing they should do is make Labour policy their default policy as National have done.

Whilst some would say that Ngati Porou have a rather sad history of co-operating with governments that screw over their neighbours I would say that they have more to lose by obliging the oppressors because their hand is so strong. By playing musical chairs when the government controls the music they will find that at the end, even if they are the only ones left, they will have the last chair pulled from under them too. The territorial customary rights and reserve status are a joke. The F&S Act says that even a government policy statement has a higher order of precedence than their rights! ie. the govt. can say what they like and do what they like in a reserve area and there is no recourse. It is at the opposite end of the spectrum to ownership. And because of Cullen & Jones' "White Man's Touch" rule (sec.34 esp. subsection 4) they will have problems even getting that far. Talking with the Govt. is only that - talk.

The whole exercise seems like one Apartheid party trying to convince the white electorate that the the other Apartheid party didn't go far enough with the Group Areas Act, Population Registration Act etc.

5/30/2005 08:32:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

That sounds good so far, Tim. I hope they do well. It will be interesting to see what direction their policies take.

5/30/2005 09:14:00 pm  

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