November 23, 2023
How a right wing referendum on Treaty Principles could generate conflict in NZ
Posted On November 23, 2023
Defenders for ACT’s referendum on the Treaty Principles claim those suggesting ACT are race baiting or creating conflict are in fact the racists because all those wanting a referendum want is one law for all.
It is a disingenuous argument.
The partnership, participation and protection principles are the enduring legal legacy of attempting to dismantle 19th century European systems of colonialism and control.
By holding a referendum to redefine a legal right is not democratic, it is majoritarianism, the tyranny of the majority.
Māori either have these legal rights or they don’t, it can’t be decided at a whim by the majority!
The audacity and abuse of using a referendum to extinguish the legal rights of the indigenous minority is NOT what New Zealand wants to be about!
A Horizon Research survey conducted for Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission earlier this month showed that Seventy per cent of New Zealanders believe it is important for Māori and non-Māori to decide together on an equal footing how te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured and that 80% of New Zealanders think respectful discussion of racial issues is important.
To allow a fringe political party to attempt such a radical and disrespectful attack on the core values of our collective Treaty would inspire a political and cultural backlash the likes of which this country has not seen before.
Vast numbers of Kiwis across the racial and cultural spectrum of this nation would immediately join with Māori to protest against this.
We are a better people than ACT’s referendum dog whistles us to be.