NZ Flag Change, Constitutional Change Through the Back Door, and the TPPA. Kiss Goodbye to the Treaty NZ

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John Key’s favoured design of a white fern, may be interpreted by the outside world as the white feather of acquiescence.

Our overseas readers may’ve heard something about Prime Minister Key’s push to change the NZ flag and to sign-up New Zealand to the very unpopular TPPA, effectively handing over his country’s weak democracy to overseas corporations.

Bear in mind John Key is the same man who seconded the All Black captain for Prime Minister, calling him a “freak” with a “good brand”, but told climate activist Keisha Castle Hughes to “stick to acting” and advised Eleanor Catton to stay out of politics:

Prime Minister John Key has dismissed Eleanor Catton’s criticisms of his government, saying they should not be given any more credence than those of the Mad Butcher or Richie McCaw” (Feb 2015)

Here’s what Key said about making McCaw Prime Minister:

“I saw a sign on Saturday night ‘Richie for Prime Minister’ and I thought well, not a bad option really,” Key laughed. “He has got a massive brand…”

Later on TV1’s Breakfast, Mr Key said, in his opinion, McCaw was the greatest ever All Black. “As an athlete, you’ve got to say this guy is a freak.”

Hey, here’s a Brand idea. Why not turn the All Black’s shirt into NZ’s flag?

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Doting Fan. John Key likes McCaw’s “brand” so much he’d like to turn it into the nation’s flag. Note the feather on the chest.

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John Key’s own flag design

Twitter comments

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Bronwyn Hayward tweets about misplaced priorities in NZ

According to Una Wndt, re-posted on Facebook, changing New Zealand’s flag opens up a constitutional can of worms, preparing the ground for the TPPA.

What if Key wants to change the flag to nullify the Treaty of Waitangi and our constituition?

Una Wendt

A COUNTRY’S FLAG REPRESENTS & VALIDATES IT’S CONSTITUTION – LEAVE THE NZ FLAG ALONE!
(Constitution definition: the system of beliefs and laws by which a country, state, or organization is governed).
Every nation has a Constitution and their national flag represents that nation’s Constitution (as opposed to a written document, a nation’s flag/constitution is identifiable to all the world at a glance) …

New Zealand’s Constitution is not in only one document … Our Constitution is made up of various legislation (Laws), rules and principles, and the following Acts are EMBEDDED IN THE CONSTITUTION….

Our Constitution covers the Magna Carta 1297; Treaty Act 1840; 1986 Constitution Act, 1989 Five Treaty Principles; The Bill of Rights Act 1990; Human RIghts Act 1993; Privacy Act 1993; other NZ Laws also relate to individual rights, particularly Laws relating to education, social security, health and disability services, the Public Works Act 1981.

NOTE: New Zealand’s 1840 Treaty, the 1986 Constitution Act and the 1989 Five Treaty Principles covers ALL New Zealanders regardless of ethnicity … New Zealand’s Constitution and New Zealand’s CURRENT FLAG has a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural representation attached to them, so if anyone thinks that the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi is all about Maori, they are WRONG… Principle 3 of the 5 Treaty Principles is The Principle of Equality – it covers ALL NEW ZEALANDERS regardless of ethnicity… The 1835 He Whakaputanga (1835 Declaration of Independance) and it’s Flag, covered the 1840 Treaty for the first of it’s 60 years (from 1840 to 1900) therefore the 1835 He Whakaputanga is attached to the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

What is it that Key hopes to gain with the changing of the flag? What is his incentive to spend $80million of taxpayer money at a time when our country is in debt – $80m should be set toward assisting Kiwis in need, not cloth on a pole. Why is he pushing so hard when polls show 77% of our country is against the change? He either has something big to gain, or something he wishes to ‘leave behind’ by changing it.

What Kiwis need to understand – because we’re NOT being told – is that changing New Zealand’s flag will make it possible for John Key to invalidate our nation’s Treaty of Waitangi and the 1986 Constitution which was signed under it … Okay, so why would John Key want to do that…?

… Mr Key wants to INVALIDATE OUR CONSTITUTION BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE TPPA CANNOT CO-EXIST!!

Changing flags is always symbolic of changing sovereignty, which is why Hone Heke cut down the Union Jack flag pole in 1845 -the Confederation Flag had been taken down, and new taxes and levies on ships in the Bay of Islands. This started the first NZ wars 170 years at Kororareka in Bay of Islands in 1845… TPPA is not new. Just like the Treaty of Waitangi english version 1840 contained hidden clauses and meanings that eroded Maori sovereignty in 1840… No different to TPPA eroding NZ sovereignty in 2015. This time its not just Maori being affected. It’s all Kiwi now. Connect the dots. Look at historical parallels. Learn from our collective past.

People need to know it’s not only the ‘cost’ of the flag that we need to be objecting to, but also to possible underhanded and deceitful measures to invalidate an honest and legally binding treaty and Constitution.

Whichever way this goes, if the Government signs the TPPA, their secretive back room deal that sells our people out to Corporate power, then our Treaty/Constitution will be open to being picked apart and overturned by lawsuits brought about by Corporate Greed. Ultimately the TPPA will likely end up replacing New Zealand’s 1986 Constitution, and Kiwis and our nation will be trapped by Foreign Corporate controls/domination.

So Kiwis please, let’s keep our flag and its colourful history, and please tell your family/friends that our flag needs to remain untouched and why … as long as we’re all on the same page re. our flag then Aotearoa is secure, except for one negative – our Prime Minister …

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11 thoughts on “NZ Flag Change, Constitutional Change Through the Back Door, and the TPPA. Kiss Goodbye to the Treaty NZ

  1. Key is using, Terrible flags and a back-ground in fiances to trick the people in to doing “THE WORST DEAL IN HISTORY”, Why on earth would we just give ALL of our power “AND THE LEGAL POWER TO FIGHT BACK!” to Outside “FINACIAL” CORPS. AND BUSINESSS!

    ITS ALL LINKED!

    KEY HAS BEEN “PUPPETED” or “CONTROLLED” TO COMMENCE ALL OF THESE EXTREMELLY STUPID ACTIONS!, OUT OF OUTSIDE FINACIAL INTERESTS, LOBBIEST FROM THE LAST ELECTION AND OUTSIDE FINACIAL DONNERS! (REMEMBER ALL THE SIGNS FOR KEY EVERYWHERE!)

    THE DEAL IS NOT DISCLOSED FOR A REASON, JOHN KEY WAS RE-ELECTED TO SIGN T.P.PA!, PETITIONS ANYONE! START ONE TODAY!

    SPREAD THE WORD AND LINK IT UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA! AND BECOME A MEMBER OF THE (U.P.P)
    https://www.facebook.com/Unified-Peoples-party-176459569360865/

    WE NEED ANOTHER 400 MEMBERS TO BE A REGISTERED PARTY!

    VOTE AGAINST FLAG CHANGE! STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN!

  2. From what I’ve heard, there is no “constitution” per se in NZ, just a series of documents that roughly outline governance, no single codified instrument. This leads to built in ambiguity and selective interpenetration. It doesn’t stand for much.
    A treaty that can be renegotiated periodically is not really a treaty, it is an open ended and blank check that can be cashed in. It should be quantified and settled and abided by.
    The “flag issue” is a distraction that can be trotted out to stir up and keep attention away from other things. It lets people think that they have a say in their self determination. A very insignificant and unnecessary issue that draws disproportionate attention. A red herring.

    • New Zealand has a constitution. The only problem is that it lapsed.

      The Constitution Act passed in 1986 and was due to be signed into law the following parliamentary session, however sometime between the close of business 1986 and reopening in 1987, it disappeared. It came into effect 1 January 1987, but has never been fully signed off.

      There are older acts: 1852 and 1846 – enacted by the british parliament to allow the NZ government to come into existence.

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1986/0114/latest/DLM94204.html

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Act_1986

      With regard to the flag fiasco: Whilst there is some merit in the idea of New Zealand selecting a new flag, the way that the entire process has been pushed follows historic trends of using the flag as a “foil” to distract media and public attention from more pressing issues which are inconvenient for the government of the day.

      IMO: All the proposed flag designs are bloody awful. This may well be deliberate.

  3. Hispanics voted for Arnold Swazeneger as the governor of California based on his role as the terminator in make believe Holywood ,after being voted in he screwed the working class and did the bidding of the Republican government,that Richie Mcaw bitch is a good puppet for Key hell do the same .

  4. Of all the things that need changing in N.Z the flag is the bottom of the list but let’s face it this tiny Island nation is corrupt to its core and being run by small good old boys network while the rest of the country shivers with cold houses unaffordable heating costs ridiculous food prices etc so that we can line the pockets of our masters,Rugby and its heroes is a great distraction for the sheeple and is now being used as a political tool by the king of corruption ,John Key.

  5. Richie has learned the way of succeeding “NZ style”. Be the most effective and least caught breaker of the rules. If you’ve ever watched rugby played, you’ll know that “playing the ball on the ground” is a penalty. Figuring out how to do that WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT is one of the ways that his career has been made, creating turnovers.
    The flag issue is a farce. NZ is giving up any sort of tradition that it might have had in its’ short history. Quick to turn its’ back on anything that might resemble historical roots. Instead of standing behind, recognising, and being proud of where it has come from and who it is, it is trying to “re brand” itself. This is an act of self loathing. An acceptable situation [imho] that might warrant such a change is if NZ declared itself a republic.

    • NZ hold him up as exemplary, obviously his brand of play [being known as a cheater] is something that NZ is not only comfortable with, they admire, revere, emulate…
      I think that this explains much.

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