Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 08/09/2000

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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday September 8, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit & excellence against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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At some point during the life of the Politically Incorrect Show, during one of its many incarnations - I don't remember precisely which - someone - I don't remember precisely who - said or wrote of me, "Why is he bothering? Political Correctness is dead & discredited." It's not. It's alive & running amok, here in the Sheeple's Republic of Aotearoa.

In a case that has attracted international attention & ridicule, a state kindergarten refuses to allow children to play gun games with sticks without first acquiring a mock license. The phony reinvented version of the Treaty of Waitangi is being written in to everything. A Minister of the Crown invents Post-Colonial Stress Disorder Syndrome. The apartheid gravy-train is turning into a veritable juggernaut. A listener calls me on behalf of a friend who is being ordered to pay $5000 just to BEGIN the process by which he might ultimately be granted permission - MIGHT - to cut down a tree on his own property. And much, much more.

The last-mentioned type of lunacy occurs, of course, under District Plans mandated by the Resource Management Act. I call it the ACT Act, because ACT supporters were instrumental in drafting the thing, ACT supporters milk the thing as "consultants," & ACT refuses to advocate the repeal of the thing in the face of overwhelming evidence of its vileness.

Case in point: the latest weekly opinion piece by ACT MP Muriel Newman, on this very subject. Under the heading, LANDOWNER AND IWI CONSULTATION IN THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT NEEDS CLARIFICATION, Muriel writes in part:

"The Act lacks clarity and definition in the area of consultation, not only with landowners but also with Iwi. As local authorities interpreted the Act in drawing up their district plans, dozens of different interpretations of consultation emerged. The best councils talked to each and every landowner affected by proposed designations on their property. The worst used aerial maps, often years out of date, to designate significant natural areas and outstanding landscape areas which in reality turned out be scrub and gorse.

"Such councils, by failing in their duty to adequately consult their ratepayers, forced some into action to protect their private property rights - district plans were thrown out and re-written, mayors and councillors lost their seats, and landowners suffered the cost and stress of extended litigation.

"In 1996 I drafted a Private Members Bill to address the issue - that landowners had to be fully consulted about designations on private property. The bill, the Resource Management (Consultation with Landowners) Amendment Bill 2000, drawn out of the ballot in the name of my colleague Owen Jennings, is due to be debated in Parliament within the next few weeks. It is now clear that the Bill needs to be extended to cover not only consultations with landowners, but with Iwi as well..."

Muriel cites the case of a Whangarei builder halted in the middle of a development because local Iwi suddenly insisted that the site was of cultural significance to them, then says,

" ... councils drafting district plans would help ratepayers if they not only consulted with those whose properties will be affected by designations, but also if they insisted on sites of significance to Maori being identified on district plans so costly surprises of the sort encountered by Whangarei builder and his client would not recur."

If this be Muriel's thinking, her bill is a waste of time. Where is the stake through the heart of the Iwi AND the busybody bureaucrats, the robust exhortation to these creatures to get stuffed, the proud proclamation that private property rights are sacrosanct - not subject to arbitrary, unilateral bureaucratic "designations" or tribal superstitions - & that what people do on their own property is their own business? Actually, this bill is worse than a waste of time - it will positively reinforce the fascist features & assumptions of the RMA as it already is.

And this is called "opposition"?!

Political Correctness dead? Tell me another!

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