Daniel’s Election 2011: Te Mana

This is part two of a nine part series leading up to Election 2011. Check out part one on the Green Party here. The other parts will be available in the comment section as trackbacks.

The Mana Party, or more officially, Te Mana, is a bit of a rebel group really. In fact, they’re a rebel break off group of a rebel break off group for the most part. If you remember back, the Maori Party was created because Tariana Turia was booted from the Labour Party. And now, the Mana Party has been created because Hone Harawira was booted from the Maori Party. But really, Mana has taken the extremists from the far left. Sue Bradford from the Greens, John Minto from God-knows-what, and-so-on. It’s a party of pointless protesters – particularly John Minto.

To be honest, I didn’t expect to be able to take the Mana Party seriously. My expectation was their only policy would be “We’re being taken advantage of by those white motherf**kers – honor Te Tiriti”. But to be fair, while they do have that element, they also have some very well written, logically argued policy.

Maori Parliament / Maori Language

Hone Harawira had previously discussed a Maori Parliament and while it isn’t exactly in their policy as such, they do have something very similar. They are calling it the Te Reo Maori Authority, which would be an authority that all persons enrolled on the Maori electorate roll would vote for. According to the Mana Party website:

The Authority will be responsible for the protection of Te Reo Māori and Matauranga Māori

I’m not too sure what to think about this. I certainly know this would be a massive change to our legal system. Effectively, it would be a revolution. I really don’t think you can do this.

The Treaty of Waitangi

Actually, the Mana Party is ignoring the Treaty of Waitangi, choosing to only refer to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. They want to remove all deadlines for treaty claims, and allow the entire settlement to be controlled by the Iwi.

Personally, I am against this. Look at what Tainui did with their original treaty settlement. They bought the then Auckland Warriors NRL team (I’m pretty sure that’s when they became the New Zealand Warriors, though I might be wrong). “Crown interference”, as the Mana Party puts it, is necessary. Treaty settlements should benefit the entire community. That is not what has previously happened, and that “crown interference” is the best way to ensure it does.

Health

I had to do their health policy, because it is one that, for the most part, I actually agree with. Having points like eradicating third world diseases in New Zealand is an excellent idea. It is shocking that New Zealand still has cases of these diseases and they should be eradicated, where possible from our country.  I can’t say I am opposed, in principal to banning the advertising of alcohol either, another of their policies here.

However, they want to entirely ban cigarettes. I don’t think you can do that. Personally, I would like to see something like dedicated smoking areas. That way, people who don’t want to be around cigarette smoke can avoid those areas. But I wouldn’t ever support banning cigarettes. What is even more weird though is that they want to, in the short term, have cigarettes as a prescription only substance. What would give a doctor the necessity to prescribe cigarettes? It makes no sense what-so-ever to say that.

Economy

The economy is something I really am quite passionate about, but the majority of this economic policy makes me wonder if the person who drafted it even studied high school economics.

Abolishing GST is the first thing Mana want to do in their economic policy. This is nonsensical. GST is the only tax that will have a relatively low rate of evasion, because it is on everything. If you abolish GST, tax rates will have to increase a whole lot, particularly considering the amount Mana wants to spend in other areas. Yet, at the same time, they want to remove tax on the first $27,000 you earn.

Then, they want to introduce a capital gains tax, on everything except the family home AND Maori land. That is the worst form of segregation. That is a case of taxing based on your ethnicity. It’s disgraceful.

There is a whole bunch more in there, but if I type about it, I will actually break my keyboard it makes me so mad.

If you want to look at Mana’s entire policy, check out http://mana.net.nz/policy.

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