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Opinion: This week I have had the misfortune to interview the mayor of Taupo Rick Cooper and John Ansell, the front man for the Treaty Gate campaign and former PR man for Don Brash and the National Party.

Mr Cooper was furious with the Tuwharetoa tribe for daring to charge competitors of the Ironman New Zealand event $40 to use Lake Taupo.

That's despite the fact that the Ironman organisers were charging $800.

According to Mr Cooper, Maori would be to blame if Taupo lost the event to another city.

I told him that stance was unacceptable and said to him "So, it's fine for the Pakeha Ironman organisers to pocket well over a million dollars but Maori, who are only asking for $56,000, are expected to give their asset - Lake Taupo - for nothing?"

That attitude is becoming too common.

Maori are expected to always share their resources for free yet there are different rules for Pakeha owners.

Tuwharetoa have been a generous tribe.

They gifted the Tongariro National Park to the nation and anyone can swim or fish for leisure on the lake.

However, if commercial operators come in they must pay a fee and just because the government pays Tuwharetoa an annual fee means absolutely nothing.

That fee is covered in their deed of settlement which is minimal.

The deed is clear that Tuwharetoa have opportunities to make money from commercial ventures on the lake.

That's not greed or separatism but just good business which clearly their mayor Mr Cooper has no idea about.

Mr Cooper's views are similar to John Ansell's. He's running the Treaty Gate project where he accuses all and sundry of telling lies over New Zealand's history and relationship with Maori.

He clearly puts little value on Maori culture and his main financial backer has been Invercargill millionaire Louis Crimp, who last year claimed most Pakeha despise Maori.

Mr Ansell constantly peddles misinformation about the Treaty of Waitangi and history. His arguments are ridiculous.

Apparently John Key, Helen Clark, Judge Sian Elias, Professor Michael King, Professor David Williams, Dr Claudia Orange, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Sir Douglas Graeme, the National, Labour, NZ First, Greens, United, ACT, Maori and Mana parties, the New Zealand judicial system, the Privy Council and the United Nations are all wrong about Maori history and there's a lie going on that Maori have been swindled. And he will expose it.

He doesn't have a chance - the more Kiwis ignore him the better this country will be.


derek Mar 18 @ 12:14 PM
Why do you think race based HANDOUTS are OK to part maori? The treaty only guaranteed maori rights as british subjects, not airwaves, and $37 billion in handouts. You Willie are the racist and you want to keep this obscene racism going. Shame on you and your greedy racist friends.

Helen Mar 18 @ 12:15 PM
I have been delving into what John Ansell has been saying and he is totally correct. There is so much fraudulent information being peddled about the simple Treaty that achieved its aim long ago to bring everyone equally under the same laws under the British Crown. It should now be consigned to history because there is nothing left to tease out of it. It's time the divisive separatist nonsense was ended and we all once again come under the same laws equally. At the moment we are heading towards apartheid and no country has ever survived under such a system. Willie and others should do their own research and find out how wrong they are. All the factual information is out there and easily obtained now that we have computers.

Moananui Mar 19 @ 08:38 PM
How's about we kindly ask or rather insist under threat of being barbecued Mr John Ansell staunch Act Nazity Party supporter to explain in clear plain English how its fair and right that today after a presence of a mere 180 years the pale dermal layered settlers supported by their Royal Armed British Militia...AKA....NZ... Aggressive Oppressive Police State own 98% of the land and Maori's a mere 2%. Also ask if he would be able to locate if possible a few land rich pale guys who would be willing to donate an acre or two of land for Maori housing or at the very least for it to be used as a modified container park for semi-permanent accommodation for the many homeless Maori. From recent data squeezed out of unwilling government stoolies this is running at around 50% of the population. Rather odd considering we are not on a post war environment or are we? From all accounts using government data Maori are again suffering very high unemployment, extreme levels of imposed poverty, incarceration in new private prisons, and worse of all only a mere 4% making it to retirement age to qualify to collect a pension. Oh and lets not forget the cream on the cake of having to endure if possible rapid climate change. So please Mr J. Ansell have the kindness to explain how you and your corrupt blind colleagues and supporters politcal or otherwise came up with the idea Maori are on to a good wicket and do extremely well under the anally retentive apartheid regime. Cheers and enjoy the drought, the great leveller of humanity with not a racist element to be seem.

Hona Wikeepa Jul 03 @ 09:08 AM
This the corrupt Taupo council that's under investigation. Go home to England racist white boy, Tuwharetoa aren't hungry.

andy clive Jan 24 @ 03:51 AM
Its time that the media started telling the truth about people like Willie Jackson whose main goal is to divide NZ into Maori & Non - Maori. The Key government is already well underway with the co-governance agenda , the media unfortunately are not giving balance and publishing views against Willie Jackson's apartheid vision. The Treaty was NOT about partnership it was about UNITY of one people under ONE LAW & ORDER system. Unfortunately the silent majority are not speaking out. So lies that serve the separatist agenda repeated over & over again become the truth for the gullible. Willie's idea of co-governance will hurt Maori & all of New Zealand. He is an ultimate perpetrator of re-written distorted history that paints Maori as noble warriors & all European colonialists as denigrators . Again , people like Jackson have only got a voice because brainwashed media are backing them to the hilt at the expense of the beautiful country we once had.

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