INDEPENDENT NEWS

Don't Dishonour The Dead

Published: Mon 22 Dec 2003 08:56 AM
Don't Dishonour The Dead
"I hope some of the leaders at Tangiwai today have the courage to make it more than a commemoration," ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.
"I hope one or more of the local government leaders ignores Labour government shushing and pressure. I hope they honour the dead, and the living, by doing what every one of those who lost their lives at Tangiwai would have seen as elementary. The affected local government leaders should promise today to get a small bulldozer up to the crater rim in the next few months, to prevent the next Tangiwai disaster.
"It is no part of respect for the dead, or for those who lost them, to accept the hypocrisy of any government crocodile tears at Tangiwai. The Minister of Conservation is part of a government that is strangling our traditional culture with OSH liabilities. This year we have seen countless sports fixtures, lolly scrambles and trips for kids cancelled, because people fear the prosecutions awaiting anyone who accepts organiser's responsibility without the ability to guarantee that they can protect even fools from their own folly.
"Yet he has a totally different standard as soon as he hits a Maori claim that altering the summit, even where it could not be seen by more than a few climbers, is culturally unsafe. Spurious and undefined `spiritual and cultural values' and `national park values' weigh more than peoples' lives and the hard work and savings represented by the community's bridges, roads and other assets.
"New Zealand is getting good at ceremonies. We give increasing attention to ANZAC day. The Prime Minister will go anywhere to pay respects to dead soldiers. We seem to like speeches about not dying in vain. But it all seems to be in inverse proportion to the effort now made to make sure it doesn't happen again. And it shows no respect for the value our lost forebears placed on practical common sense. They would be shocked to rage by the political correctness ruling today," Mr Franks said.

Next in New Zealand politics

Fair Pay Agreements To Improve Pay And Conditions For Essential Workers
By: New Zealand Government
Government Sets Pay And Workforce Expectations For The Public Sector
By: New Zealand Government
Budget 2021 Reprioritises Nearly $1 Billion
By: New Zealand Government
Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate
By: New Zealand Government
Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer
By: New Zealand National Party
Independent Review To Explore Future For Local Government
By: New Zealand Government
PM Ardern And PM Morrison - Commencement Of Two-way Quarantine-free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand
By: New Zealand Government
Labour Stuck In 1970s With National Awards 2.0
By: New Zealand National Party
ACT Would Repeal Undemocratic Compulsory Unionism
By: ACT New Zealand
Bus Drivers And Supermarket Workers Will Welcome Fair Pay Agreements
By: First Union
E tū Welcomes Next Steps For Fair Pay Agreements
By: E tu
Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Terminated
By: Business NZ
FPAs Have No Place In Modern Workplace - Canterbury Chamber
By: Canterbury Employers' Chamber Of Commerce
No Positive Outcomes From FPA Proposal
By: EMA
Fair Pay Agreements Good News For Employees - Contractors Need Protection Too
By: Public Service Association
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media