Thousands March Against New Government’s, Thousands of protestors have marched across New Zealand in opposition to the new government’s plans to overturn measures that improved Indigenous rights. Mori leaders have accused the coalition of being “anti-Mori.”
Thousands March Against New Government’s Reversal of Indigenous Policies
The right-wing government of Prime Minister Chris Luxon wants to reinterpret the nation’s Indigenous treaty and restrict the use of the Mori language.
However, the government has stated that it is committed to making reforms “for Mori and non-Mori alike.”
The leaders of the new governing coalition have stated that they do not want to split the country along racial lines and have called for a reassessment of affirmative action programs.
About 300 automobiles clogged Auckland roads on Tuesday, causing two people to be arrested.
Protesters also flocked to the streets in Wellington and other cities.
Protests were called for by Maori political party leaders on the first day of parliament’s sitting following the election in October.
The centre-right National Party received the most votes, but to form a government, it needed the backing of two minor right-wing parties, New Zealand First and Act.
After more than a month of policy negotiations, the government coalition was only sworn in last week, with commentators claiming that fringe parties pulled National to the right.
“People may project onto us a whole range of things, and me personally,” he remarked. “My job is to model out what I want to see in this country: more unity, everyone doing well, and improved outcomes.”
Many Mori people have been outraged by proposals to alter the values of New Zealand’s 180-year-old founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
The treaty, signed by British colonists and Maori chiefs, is the country’s primary document, outlining Maori rights, resource allocation, and political authority recognition.
Previous progressive governments’ interpretations of their values also pushed the country along a path of reckoning with the harms of colonization, an advance that some of the incoming governing leaders thought went too far during election campaigns.
The new government has already stated that it intends to close the Mori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora, which was established during Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government, as well as change the titles of some departments from Mori to English.
It also unveiled plans last week to repeal the country’s world-leading smoking ban to fund income tax cuts. Health experts have unanimously condemned the plan, claiming that it will be harmful to Mori, who have higher smoking rates than the general population.
Hpai Te Hauora, a national Mori health association, called it an “unconscionable blow to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.”
When compared to the general community, the Mor population continues to be disadvantaged in terms of health outcomes, household income, education levels, and incarceration and mortality rates. There is still a seven-year difference in life expectancy.
Rawiri Waititi, co-leader of New Zealand’s Te Pti Mori Party, warned on Tuesday that the new government’s plans push the country “back to the 1800s.” The Pti Mori presently has six of the 123 seats in Parliament.
“Our protest this morning was an activation of our people,” Mr Waititi remarked.
Former Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has also decried the reversals, stating Maori advancement is “certainly going backward by three or four decades.”
Critics have also expressed concern over the new government’s plan to repeal major environmental and safety measures implemented during Ms Ardern’s two periods in office. Thousands March Against New Government’s
The incoming administration says it aims to remove a prohibition on offshore gas and oil exploration, as well as revise weapons regulation, which was strengthened following the Christchurch terrorist incident in 2019, which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.