July 26, 2022

Reconciliation and Treaty Issues in Aotearoa

Should we be worried? I think so; it's more than mere tokenism, the proposed lease would exist in perpetuity. Try cancelling or changing it at some time in the future!

Alistair Reece is the historian and theologist who told the council that the Church Mission "took" the now CBD land from Maori in 1833 on the "understanding" that it was to be held "in trust." If you want to challenge these statements/assumptions you will have to hire another historian to do the work. In the meantime, the commissioners have swallowed the story, with Wasley saying "...it sent a signal as to how the council could address issues from now on."  That's a worrying statement, isn't it.
 
Should we be worried? I think so; it's more than mere tokenism, the proposed lease would exist in perpetuity. Try cancelling or changing it at some time in the future!
The council has said that the "usual" public consultation process will be followed. That's another worry, isn't it? Try making an OI request for the documents that exist so far. You will probably encounter the "usual" obfuscation.
To begin with, Reece's proposition needs to be closely examined by qualified people. Is anyone going to take up that challenge?
Barry Scott, TRA member