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Letter to the Editor: How anti-democratic is an un-elected leadership?




This recent event in New Plymouth caught my attention and I couldn’t but help notice the strange contradictions it presented…


Dismay as iwi voting rights denied


So I put words-to-screen and sent off this email to the editor of the Taranaki Daily News,


FROM: "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT: Letters to the editor
DATE: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:59:45 +1200
TO: "Taranaki Daily News" <editor@dailynews.co.nz>


The Editor
Taranaki Daily News


Kia Ora,

I was disappointed to learn that on 15 April the New
Plymouth City Council voted  against a proposal for Iwi
representation on the NPCC.

The most common rationale (if it could be called "rational")
given was that Iwi representation by appointment would be
"un-elected" and therefore "un-democratic". 

I was intrigued by that. 

I wonder how many of the Councillors and citizens of New
Plymouth who oppose Iwi representation on the Council
realise that our Head of State - Queen Elizabeth II - is
also un-elected.

This does not seem to bother a fair number of New

How bizarre that so many people seem to view an un-elected
Head of State; living on the other side of the planet; with
marginal connection to our nation - as some kind of

But a Treaty partner; our fellow countrymen and women; who
live alongside us, are kept well away from the council table
because they were "not elected". How convenient, also, that
being a minority,  Iwi is denied having elected
representation on Council. So sayeth the tyranny of the

Skin colour wouldn't have anything to do with this clear
example of double standards, by any chance?

-Frank Macskasy
[address & phone number supplied]





Taranaki Daily Mail:  Dismay as iwi voting rights denied



The sacking of the national govt

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes



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  1. frederik
    30 April 2014 at 1:03 am

    Well it is like this if iwi is to lazy to engage by means of the ballot box why should they be given dispensation and sit around the table with the elected members who put in time effort and money to be elected and represent the rate payers.Why should iwi be allowed to free load? Are they really interested to contribute on behalf of all rate payers or are they just want to strike up some cash as elected members do? I am inclined to think the latter is the motivater.Like so many other issues it has to be easy peasy.

    • 30 April 2014 at 8:13 am

      You’ve missed the point, Frederik. The Royal Family could also be seen to be “free-loading” but this does not seem to bother you, nor the rest of the country.

      Why is that, I wonder?

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