Muriel Newman has written an Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. It includes the following:
“New Zealand has reached a defining moment in race relations.
On one hand, the aggressive demands of iwi for ownership rights to water, wind, and other natural elements that are public good resources, are not only without foundation, but are now preventing you from governing according to your electoral mandate.
And on the other hand, the promoters of Maori sovereignty – which includes members of the Maori Party – are pushing ahead with their plan to replace New Zealand’s constitution with one based on the Treaty of Waitangi as supreme law. As you will be aware, this move would give un-elected Judges superior powers over our elected Members of Parliament.
The approach they are using is cunning. A review of our constitutional arrangements was demanded by the Maori Party as a condition of their confidence and supply agreement with your Party – even though a recent Parliamentary Select Committee investigation had found there was no constitutional ‘crisis’ in New Zealand needing to be addressed. They then hand-picked the members of the review panel, in order to control the review process and ensure the final recommendations to be submitted to your Government in September of next year will include a new ‘written’ Treaty-based constitution.”
There rest is even better. Find it here.