The aim of the early European settlers was to set up one nation, one lot of laws for all and one set of rights. That’s why fish and game laws say one lot of laws for all. Part of that is not being able to sell trout fishing and duck and pheasant shooting rights. But pheasant preserves sell shooting rights. What is Fish and Game sitting on its hands over this. Then we have sea fishing rules where rules do not apply to anyone with a penny weeny bit of Maori forebears. But non-Maori have to abide by fisheries regulations. Who were the fools who began this discrimination. It is racist.
Go to the 1980s Labour government led by one lily white liberal in Geoffrey Palmer which started the change. Other governments after the 1980s Labour mob followed the theme of dividing NZ into "Maori” and non-Maori. Thus was set up the treaty of Waitangi claim gravy train.Some of most vociferous are individuals who have more Europeanor non-Maori blood than Maori. They have no right to demand handouts. They are simply greedy opportunists who underneath don’t care about ancestry but just want the money.
The claimants would love to get exclusive rights to water and rivers. Where does that leave Fish and Game as water is used for trout habitat.
I blame the lily white liberals and their PC nonsense. They have nurtured it in their efforts to get Maori Party backing in the monthly Confidence & Supply votes in Parliament. Others have been so so brainwashed by the money-grubbers and PC brigade like Race Conciliator Susan Devoy (before her ex-DOC bureaucrat Joris De Bries upheld the discrimination) that people believe that “ we” are guilty and should cough up. Don’t forget schools and universities indoctrinating the false history into young minds too.
My dictionary defines indigenous as being born in the country. I regard myself as indigenous.
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