Saturday, 10 March 2018

Wheeler's Corner 10 11th March 2018

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10 11th March 2018

Marama Davidson.
1. On Thursday the 8th of March at 7.30pm 2018 Julie Ann Genter and Marama Davidson addressed a crowd of Green members and supporters to convince them of their abilities to become a Green Co-Leader. Green Party rules require that there will be two Co-Leaders one female and the other male. This of course is revolutionary for the political parties here in New Zealand and even worldwide.

Julie Ann Genter.

As I listened to each of the candidates the realization of just how amazing this process was in this day and age. How democratic, how open and honest. It was and is democracy in action, for real people by real people with real people outcomes.

In the last three plus months all the major parties have replaced their leader or deputy leader, so let’s look in turn at each party processes used to achieve this leadership change:

Bridges, the man who fails to build them.
Firstly National…Do they have co-leadership, the answer is no because in reality it would offend their more conservative supporters. 
In practice it would seem to get a male / female balance they [the caucus] opted under pressure from Green copy cats among its caucus, for Paula Bennett to fill this role. Bill English resigned and a new leader was needed: Their process was to call for nominations and then to discuss within their caucus and decide on a winner. The winner only needed 29 votes for victory and Simon Bridges won after at least one or possibly two ballots. There was little time for the wider membership to get involved or to evaluate their so-called quality for the role of leader. It would appear that Nationals interest in its actual members or supporters only extends to Election Day [time]. Maybe this is the reason for their lack of friends in the political world. And as we are all aware once NZ First opted for Labour, National stood alone, its supporters Act almost completely wiped out, the United and Maori Parties actually in a political sense wiped out. If National finds it unnecessary to offer democracy to its paying members think of how they treat their supporting parties.

Next on my list is New Zealand First it has just appointed a yet another unknown as its Deputy, Fletcher Tabuteau is the new one, he replaces Ron Mark who had only just replaced Tracy Martin.
WP latest pick.
According to Winston Peters the NZF management board selected Tabuteau. But the political media as well as most observers considered that Winston said who he wanted and the NZF Board simply complied.

I have not been able to find a single NZF member who knew that a change was in the wind. So if democracy played any part it was so deep that it was unrecognized by not only the party but also by the public.

I left Labour till last, because it seems to have drifted from democracy into autocratic mode and are now attempting in install an inkling of democracy, Roger Douglas assisted by weak union leadership saw Labour bit by bit destroy the processes that had served them well since the 1930’s. An annual conference that once was politically active and creative was replaced by leadership addresses with canned clapping.

When the ex PSA leader becomes leader of the FOL you realise just how beaten down the once proud union movement has become. Coming back to electing a leader, using the three legged process, Membership, unions, and caucus consensuses is somehow achieved, but this time around Labour claimed that because of time factors it was left to the caucus alone, so much for democracy.

The TPPA is yet another example of saying one thing and doing another.
The government has "bamboozled" voters over plans to sign the revised Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, a Wellington solicitor says.

"They are laying the foundations for exactly the same deal they said was so terrible for New Zealand; they said was so anti-democratic," he said.
"It's funny how now they're in government they've changed their tune."
Trade minister David Parker had "bamboozled" voters by failing to honestly discuss what the TPP would mean for New Zealand, Mr Hailes said.
"He has made such a big deal about the 22 [items suspended from the original agreement] as if they're absolute carve-outs, whereas they're not.
"Any school teacher knows a suspension is not an expulsion."
The decision to sign the new TPP meant people were beginning to lose "their blind faith in the shiny new government", he said.
PN Its Our Future well represented in Wellington.
So the Labour caucus ignore their membership over TPPA and they did the same over the leadership selection…but they were lucky, National had no friends and the Greens and NZF gave Labour a free ride into government, such is fate with a little manipulation.

The neoliberalist core of Labour still rules in favour of the rich few. But their contribution to long term democratic change for their hard pressed members is still a long way off. We shall see in 2020.

2. Preston is located in England, they hit rock bottom and needed to lift themselves out of their deep hole; this item is absolutely worth a read…here is but a small taste:

“Small cities trailing big histories rank among the flotsam of 21st-century capitalism. With a big enough dowry (some subsidies, perhaps, or free roads and cheap labour), they might catch the eye of a passing multinational bearing some dubious inward investment; A distribution warehouse, say, with poverty-pay jobs, or a high-street killer of a retail park. That was Preston at the start of this decade – and it’s several other places still.

“There is much talk of a “Preston model”, of this place being Corbynism on Earth. But what’s most remarkable is how somewhere so beaten-up – with its streets a mix of empty shops and rough sleepers, and having the highest suicide rate in England – got itself off the floor. How a council that only a few years back hugged multinational Lendlease now espouses localism. How a place that has been on the wrong end of the past 40 years mustered the confidence to strike out on its own? The answer each time has something to do with Matthew Brown.”

To see more go to:

3. What makes our neoliberal Trade Minister believe that trickle down will work this time around, it has never worked in the past, and the people effected most are those at the bottom of the heap and our pensioners. 
Roger Douglas fed that bullshit and Ruth Richardson continued to shove it down our throats…John Key dressed it up with a bit of hair pulling and now David Parker dribbles rubbish words, how much of the so-called three hundred billion gained in theory by this so-called trade deal will trickle down to those in greatest need. 
Remember he won’t even look at income tax increases for the top ten percent until after the next election [2020] and they are the ones who always gain always have and always will! Till you and I stop them...

Peter J Wheeler

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Wheelers Corner 09 4th March 2018

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09 4th March 2018


Over one hundred people attended the launch of ‘Together Kia kotahi mai’ on Tuesday at the All Saints Hall. Nobody was hiding behind anyone else; they were open and honest in their wonderful support. They listened and then shared. They were not all one age, they were a fair representation of our community.

This was an enlightened and intelligent community and many of them; the majority by far eager to assist, in the campaign ahead. There won’t be any need for Together-Kia-Kotahi-mai to pay people from Wellington to knock on doors here in the Manawatu, as does Hobson’s Pledge and its mysterious and dark supporters. Because of my natural bias read first what the Manawatu Standard reported:
At about 7pm Don Esslemont appeared on his trusty cycle, tie and all, and parked outside and I supposed counted the crowd as they departed the scene, I don’t doubt that he was shocked because he is used to holding his Hobson’s Pledge meetings in telephone boxes.

But enough of wee Donald and his negativity towards all things Maori let’s instead put our energy into the positive hence the word ‘Together’. In contrast: The brave and intelligent Councillor’s who showed up were displaying absolute courage in deciding to assist in practical ways to achieve in gaining a yes vote.

This same statement applies to the Mayor as well.

We can only hope that those opposing a Maori Ward can restrain themselves and play the ball rather than the man or woman. Because we inform you who the players are, while the opposition never reveals them-selves, they couldn’t show up at a council meeting to press their case. That, I would suggest says it all, it could be said that they are ashamed, all except Don E he is proud of his association with Don Brash and his invisible followers.

Noticeable was the huge number of women ranging from the young to the elderly and I’m sure they will play a enormous part in the campaign during the coming weeks. I felt proud but humble as I listened to their ideas and concepts as they shared amongst each other.

Looking back: If you have the time have a look back to the turn of the twenty-first century and read just a little about the debate of that time when National Party MP’s like Don Brash commenced stirring the pot by the misuse of terms like ‘Race based politics’: It’s a long read but make the effort for the knowledge it imparts most valuable: You may need to copy this to search then click.

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It is now 2018 eight years on from that report: Have we made progress in the inclusion of Maori in our local decision making, some people still talk about Maori standing committees, the Maori involved simply don’t accept charity and prefer Ward style representation as we use for Parliament. Here is what one Maori Ward Councillor had to say:

Councillor Tipene Marr says: “Mäori standing Committees don't work, they are just decorations to make it look like the Council is listening to Mäori. We have to be at the table. We the Mäori Councillor’s at eBop have earned the respect of most of the päkehä Councillor’s. We inform them about the Mäori perspectives, what Mäori are thinking, not what the papers and tv try to screw around to sell papers, the biased view.”

In Palmerston North among the four Councillor’s who voted against having Maori Wards two held the view that Maori Standing committees were the way to go. In NZ we created a partnership between Maori and Päkehä, note I used the word partnership, it’s that word and what it implies that leads some very insecure individuals to shiver and shake in fear of losing their self-styled belief in their own [and I might add race based] superiority.

But as you and I understand when one enters a partnership, one can be treated as a junior Partner, an equal-partner or a senior partner.

The Treaty of Waitangi made Maori an equal partner. That has been our law for almost a century.

The only problem is that some of our citizens retain the belief that Maori should be called a race rather than a partner. By lumping Maori into the same [race] basket as say Chinese, Blacks, and Pacific Islanders etc.  Only Maori signed a treaty with Päkehä here in NZ. To show how shallow some peoples thoughts are, take this unsigned text from the Manawatu Standard:

“Good idea to give preferential treatment to anyone needing help with social issues but should be based on need not race. A lot of non-Maori suffering same problems”

The only thing wrong with the unsigned statement is that it is wrong in fact and reality.

When anyone goes into the Social Welfare Department they are treated just the same.
Their entitlements [if any] are based on the same evidence criteria. If someone like the Text writer or Hobson’s Pledge fans make such idiotic claims they should produce the evidence of preferential treatment because of race.

Using the race card is a easy way to avoid actually learning to accept the stupidity of the statement.

I agree that New Zealanders [including all human beings] be treated in the same way, and as I have found out the criteria is the same for all and no benefits are issued based on race and that Maori are not treated more favorably. Just as they are not treated differently in regard to voting in an general election, they get one electoral vote and one party just as we all do.

There are rules relating to citizenship and time spent in the country but even these are not based on race, but for deciding entitlement and assistance liability of the State. Maori do not have a special benefit rate, higher pensions or sickness benefits, they don’t get any more or less than the rest of us if we find ourselves in need.

Based on Hobson’s Pledge twisted logic I don’t doubt that they will declare the unemployed as a ‘RACE’ and will oppose benefits…
Guest Blog by Peter Grove

Peter Grove contributed this letter to the present Australian PM. It's hard to disagree with Peters evaluation of the strange fellow:
"Dear Prime Minister,

As a former resident of Australia, and the fact I have two sons and Grandchildren residing in your country I take an interest in Australian affairs. I have to say I am becoming increasingly concerned at what I see you letting happen in your country.

First is the seeming capture of your Government by the Coal Industry leading  to the widespread desolation of Australian Icons. The Great Barrier Reef, being probably the most important. This is quite likely Australia’s most conspicuous natural asset, which in my view should be preserved in pristine condition for the rest of time. Once it’s gone it will be gone for good. What a dreadful thing for you to have on your record as Prime Minister, that you colluded with overseas coal interests to secure the Reef’s total destruction.

I noticed Australia. like New Zealand sent Government Delegations to COP21 held in Paris 2016. Which most likely, like New Zealand promised to assist world-wide efforts to take action to ameliorate the dreadful effects that Climate Change is likely to bring. Your subsequent actions show our respective Governments, considered the entire COP21 Conference a side show, and something not to be taken seriously.

Even China, formerly one of the largest consumers of Australian coal, has woken up to the dire effects Climate Change is already showing in China with dreadful Smogs, which have disabled Beijing this past year. Do you want to be remembered for your part in all of this, as a result of your support for the Coal Barons of the world? It seems not to have dawned on you that the age of coal is dying, before our eyes, as is the age of oil. I notice also the numbers of protests in your country over the laying bare of thousands of hectares of farmland as a result of the insane search for oil.

More recently our Prime Minister Ardern visited you and expressed her disgust at Australia’s inhumane treatment of the dreaded ‘Boat People’, Are you and Prime Ministers preceding you unable to recognise the dire circumstances those people are trying to escape from, or have the humanity to try to help them?

Rather than treating them as outcasts, and confining them to what can rightfully called ‘Concentration Camps’ Every bit on par with those of WWII in Hitler’s Germany. I noticed Prime Minister Ardern offered to help by offering a place of quietness and peace to a number of those unfortunate refugees. Which you spurned, much to the disgust of New Zealanders. It seems in New Zealand that you wish to be known as the principal persecutor of these unfortunate people, with your obvious desire  to keep them in misery in your country.

As if this wasn’t enough comes the outrageous treatment of people of New Zealand descent you have seen fit to incarcerate in yet another concentration camp on a remote island. O K they may have transgressed Australian laws and must be punished, but surely not in this fashion. Doesn’t Australia have normal prison facilities where prisoners are treated with a degree of respect? As ordained by laws pertaining to the treatment of people in custody.

I also notice your moves in the Parliament to close down lawful protest in your country. How does that comply with the common ideals, which we are told are the cornerstones of democracy? I have also noticed the Australian penchant to win at all costs, which brings to mind the infamous underarm bowling incident in a game of cricket years ago. Am I to believe that in the event of victory likely to be to an opponent, the only ready answer is to cheat. The incessant wailing and upset that follows in the wake of an Australian team losing to its opponents, is not an isolated spectacle. Is it a worthy stance for a Government to take when it appears it could lose to one of its opponents?

In conclusion may I remind you of the words of the bible: ‘As Ye Sew, so shall Ye Reap’.
Thanks Peter you are spot on!
Peter J Wheeler

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Wheeler's Corner 08 25th February 2018

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 08 25th February 2018
 1.Where was Donald Brash? Where were his mob? Why was it left to elderly Esslemont alone?
I'm not racist, I just don't believe Maori exist.

The steps in front of the PNCC were not crowded by tens or hundreds of supporters for the Hobson’s Pledge presentation of their three thousand plus signatures demand for a poll on the Maori Ward question. But by one lonely Scottish / English / imported and now New Zealand Citizen [I think]

After riding his trusty bike and wearing his best University tie along with his cycle clips poor persistent anti Donald [pictured] alone presented his signatures based on propaganda riddled half-baked false-hoods and misrepresentations. 

After spending over a half a million dollars on ads and such like, Don Brash and his tiny shadow Don Esslemont have forced the council to spend over one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars it can ill afford.

This absence of actual support is evidence of how shameful this bunch are in reality and are feeling. It’s been  a well-used and practiced systematically lie to boost their so-called support, yet on the eve of a hollow victory their supporters once again disappeared into the dark recesses and shady past from which they evolved.

Hobson’s Pledge which really is a ‘Hobson's Choice’ construct, offer little in the way of enlightenment. They were forced to reveal themselves once exposed by the local media, and we have just recently become aware of the massive and huge amounts of cash shipped in from outside of the local region.

As we are all aware the presentation of signatures is normally accompanied by a spirited and joyful crowd of supporters, so why did these overjoyed people prefer to stay hidden and out of sight? Is it because, they actually feel guilty as they use a embedded race based law to hold back those who claim to be Maori. Why don’t they step into the bright light of today? Breathe in some fresh air and caress the budding twenty-first century.

2. An important change of venue: This vital meeting was to be held at the City Central Library but alas the council for reasons unknown to me has withdrawn permission so we have had to find new venue:
Unlike Hobson’s Pledge we don’t have a half million dollar bribe via the rich old white men who are their secret bankers. We are community and locally based, made up of real live human beings…so here is the update:
Kia kotahi mai

If you feel that you would like to assist in moving down the enlightened path to togetherness be at the All Saints Hall on Church St / Square. There is plenty of parking space just drive down the space between Square Edge and the All Saints Church on Tuesday of next week at 5.30pm and be a part of the launch of “together, Kia Kotahi Mai. Please pass this on to those who can assist in getting the message out there. 

“Kia ora whanau
The launch of the coalition to support Maori Wards will be held next week.

5.30 TO 7.PM

Please make every effort to attend and bring friends and whanau. It will be attended by the media so we need to show the strength of support in the community.

Our launch will be addressed by Mayor Grant Smith and also have group work around key messages and taqs.

3. The changing face of our enlightened communities:

Who is a racist? What is a racist? Can we be racist without practicing racism? It is generally thought, as individuals that we are not racist, at least not in our view. And that it's those who disagree with us who are racist.
Take the question of Maori Wards for example. If Maori Wards are created who are most directly affected? If looked at rationally the answer naturally is Maori themselves, because only people on the Maori Roll can vote in a Maori Ward.

So why would you ask the majority [the others] to decide what the minority want?

Let’s move to the natural next step and picture a time when Palmerston North finally takes the intelligent plunge and introduces a Maori Ward. Only people on the Maori Roll can vote come election time if they live in the Ward. Will this mean that Maori will take control of the Council? No way there are 15 elected Councillor’s allowed in Palmerston North, Let’s assume that two were elected via a Maori Ward the remaining Councillor’s would number thirteen…there is no way two can out vote thirteen. So why this irrational fear of Maori?

So for those on the General roll there is no change. You still have your vote, Maori have not taken away your right to vote for whom you wish, if those Maori on the General role wish to vote for someone standing on the Maori roll then they must change to that roll because you can’t vote on both. So as I said only Maori are affected if we had taken the enlightened step and agree to a Maori Ward as a great majority of our Councillor’s did, the only people affected would Maori.

Some will suggest that that having Maori Wards is separatism, that I would suggest to the logical thinkers among us is that exact opposite, let’s say two Maori elected [by Maori] enter the chamber and join the thirteen other Councillor’s, that behaviour creates togetherness not separatism. We don’t live in South Africa of the 1960’s.

I’m sure that within your household if you want to be inclusive you invite others to join you for a meal in your dining room, and I believe you would consider it extremely rude, to invite someone for a meal and then make them eat alone in the kitchen!.

We have more Women for example in Council today than ever before, why because we got over a insane and stupid phobia about absolute male dominance over all things political. Even today some still spout past stupid beliefs such as ‘a women’s place is it the kitchen’. Tell that to our new Prime Minister.

Women, it would seem, are simply so much smarter than men, they understand the futility of war and the stupidity of racism way ahead of the male gender. And we all know how long it took for those who controlled the power to share their male vote to give fifty percent of the adult population the right to share in the governance of so-called civilized society.

Finally, being racist is not a crime in its self, but to practice racism in certain circumstances is, for example; in the workplace, on the sports field and no doubt you can think of others. But it appears not to be crime in regard to asking those most affected when deciding the makeup of wards, we have no right to call for a poll regarding wards so long as the word Maori is left off, leave off that word and you cannot question the Councillor’s vote. But when the Maori word is used you can…if that’s not racist I don’t know what is.

Asking to share some small elements of political operational power [Like Woman did] is not separatism, the key in the Maori Ward case, is that we ask the right people or persons, we don’t ask Maori what’s best for Pakeha, so why are we asking Pakeha what’s best for Maori.

Women voters and our young people have the wonderful chance to vote for change, women have to consider just how revolutionary it was for a majority of male Parliamentarians to share their power way back then.

Are woman the majority in Parliament, no they are not even after all this time. We shouldn’t be scared of change; we should grasp it, test it, adapt it and run with it. It’s a great and rewarding feeling to feel the wind in your hair.

If you would like break free and reach new heights… then go to All Saints Church Hall this coming Tuesday [27th Feb] maybe just maybe this could become your starting or change point, regardless of your age and gender, in a new and thrilling period of adventure. 

Don Esslemont of Hobson's Pledge plans to express his opposition to Together Kia kotahi mai he said in a email to me:

"The meeting...has been organised by a pressure group formed to campaign for a "yes" vote in
the coming poll on "Maori" wards. I personally believe racially separate elections are divisive and immoral, and I intend if possible to attend the pressure group meeting to express my opposition..."

So much for wee Don's sense of democracy and free association...did he invite the general public to any of his secret meetings with Don Brash and his wealthy backers, if he did I didn't get one!

The following w/c blog received over 5000 reads it explains the back ground of Hobson’s Pledge:

Peter J Wheeler