A bill is before the New Zealand parliament that proposes that the Rotorua district will have an ethnically divided electoral system. It will make every ethnicity except Maori second class citizens. It has passed the first reading but needs to be thrown out of parliament because it is racist and divisive.
New Zealanders all owe a debt of thanks to Kiwiblog for flagging that a truly appalling piece of legislation has just passed its first reading in the New Zealand parliament. The bill is called the Rotorua District Council (Representation Arrangements) Bill. It has passed its first reading with Labour, Maori and Green Party support. This is from Kiwiblog:
But what this bill does is legislate for 22,000 voters on the Māori roll to elect three ward Councillors and 56,000 voters on the general roll to elect three ward Councillors. This means the votes of people on the general roll will be worth 39% of the votes of those on the Māori roll – which is of course restricted to those who have had at least one Māori ancestor.
What we are seeing is a testing ground for further changes to the electoral arrangements in New Zealand, a setting of a precedent. If this bill passes, as is discussed on Kiwiblog, this will just be the start of a process of gradually shifting electoral weight away from all but Maori.
Unfortunately, this is all part of a wider agenda, which was made apparent in a secret report by the Labour government that was later leaked. The report was called He Puapua, and outlined a process in which Maori would be given ever more privileges within the New Zealand political system. Indeed, as one New Zealand academic expressed it, He Puapua means that the choice before New Zealand is whether to become an ethnostate or remain a Liberal Democracy.
Some recent examples of He Puapua in practice are the establishment of a separate Maori health system (this is ongoing), and an attempt to put all of New Zealand’s water assets into a new structure in which the controlling board will have 50% of members selected by Iwi (Maori tribes) leaders. If there is any doubt about the depth of the changes that are being proposed, there is even an ongoing review of the law to see how Maori customary practice can be integrated into common law.
And all of this is taking place with most of the media acting as cheerleaders for He Puapua. There is almost no coverage of contrary views and a deafening silence on the subject of the Rotorua bill. For people outside of New Zealand, this may all sound extraordinary. However, it is part of a long ongoing process that has accelerated under the ever-so-Woke New Zealand Labour Party. For those who may be shocked that New Zealand is travelling this road to Wokeism, it may be a timely warning. Once Wokeism takes hold in government, the Woke are content to attack the foundations of liberal democracy. This, however, should come as no surprise given the nature of the ideology.
As for our actions in New Zealand, Kiwis will need to make their voices heard on this bill and do so before their voices are made to count for less. However, with the media silent, many do not even know what is taking place. I have already provided my parliamentary submission, and you can see this below. This is an affront to liberal democracy and should not be allowed to stand. It is also a stark warning for all about the extremism that is Wokeism.
My submission to the New Zealand Parliament is as follows:
The bill that is being considered undermines the fundamental principles of liberal democracy and is a racist bill. In place of every individual having a single vote that carries the same weight as all other votes, the bill will allow for votes to carry different weights. The most disturbing part of this is that the bill will apportion the weight of the votes based on ethnicity. This is to say that the weight that your vote carries will be contingent on your ethnic origins and this is a fundamentally racist idea.
New Zealand comprises a country in which there are multiple different ethnicities, including from Europe, South-East Asia, South Asia, South America and Africa. This bill opens the door for all people from all of these ethnicities to have their vote devalued on the basis of their ethnicity. It is hard to imagine a bill that will do more to encourage division and resentment in New Zealand. In particular, all of the people of New Zealand have a stake in New Zealand and its future. This bill tells all the people from a multitude of ethnicities that their voice counts for less for no other reason than their ethnicity. The message of the bill is very clear; all but one ethnicity are second class citizens.
This is not a bill that has any place in a liberal democracy. It is, in fact, trampling on the principles of liberal democracy.
For the recommendations, I proposed the following:
The bill should be thrown out, and no such divisive bill should ever come before parliament again.
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