Queenwood, Hamilton

24 days ago

WANTED WANTED WANTED

Goldco

GOLD•COINS•WATCHES•PAINTINGS•ANTIQUES •COLLECTABLES

Family not interested? | Have you stopped collecting? | Downsizing or moving? | Lying in a cupboard unused? | Unwanted jewellery? | Would cash be more useful?

If yes to any of these questions, then please see our buyers this … View more
GOLD•COINS•WATCHES•PAINTINGS•ANTIQUES •COLLECTABLES

Family not interested? | Have you stopped collecting? | Downsizing or moving? | Lying in a cupboard unused? | Unwanted jewellery? | Would cash be more useful?

If yes to any of these questions, then please see our buyers this week. We will buy single items or complete collections.

The recent lockdown has seen many of us take the time to sort items we no longer require or simply want to turn into cash.

We are currently very short of stock and keen to buy any of these or similar items.

Please see us at any of the 30 venues throughout Auckland, Waikato or the Coromandel.

Buying now at a venue near you deal with the specialists.

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24 days ago

Poll: Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?

Prospa

Small businesses need our support. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 regional 2021 Prospa Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by … View more
Small businesses need our support. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 regional 2021 Prospa Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!

This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!

Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2021 Prospa Local Business Hero.
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NORTHLAND: Wayne and Kate - Engraving Systems
"Wayne and Kate have been trying to support all the local sports clubs and businesses with great service and going that extra mile to help. They really have brought some life back into the community and should be acknowledged and rewarded for all the hard work."

AUCKLAND: Lynnae Palu - F45 Training Takapuna
"With no ability to trade in Level 3 or above, they still keep their members engaged and motivated with online workouts and daily challenges even though memberships are on hold and the gym is closed. They really are more like a family than a gym ❤️."

WAIKATO: Team at Incredible India - Incredible India Restaurant
"Not only do they make the most authentic, delicious Indian food. Their service is thoughtful and kind. We always feel appreciated for using their establishment, either by the warm greeting we get, the offer of a drink if we are waiting for take-out and their cute handwritten messages on the carry bag of dinner. They put the effort into the whole package not just making money."

BAY OF PLENTY: Team at Benny and Brew - Benny and Brew
"Our neighbourhood was missing a great cafe and meeting place. Since Benny and Brew have opened they have given our neighbourhood a massive lift. It's a place where you go for the people and the food and drink are delicious which is icing on the cake. For a bit, they were operating as a French bistro and the food was to die for! These guys have worked so hard and brought such joy to our neighbourhood"

HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Jazz and his family - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store
"Every member of this family who serves in the shop are very friendly, helpful and always smiling. They get to know all their customers and I have never walked into a shop that makes you feel so welcome. During our first lockdown for Covid, they put food such as milk, bread, out for people who may need it free of charge."

TARANAKI: Reece and family - Valentine's Valet
"Reece the owner of Valentine’s Valet, often helped by his Dad, mainly deals with lawns and gardens but he runs both a Carpet Cleaning and a Car Buffing business also. He is extremely hard-working, helpful and friendly and is happy to do the odd job that doesn’t fall into one of his usual categories. He comes to us fortnightly and we could not do without him. If anyone deserves an award it is — Reece Valentine!"

MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Jamie - JD Hair Design
"Jamie is amazing - not only does he offer incredible haircuts at an affordable price he is a genuinely caring man. With a heart of gold, everyone is whānau to him and he treats you like it. I always leave his salon looking fabulous but also feeling fabulous. He is the type of man that fills your inner well of good feelings while he makes you feel and look special."

WELLINGTON: Meredith and Craig - Avalon Service Centre
"Meredith and Craig Butland and their team do a wonderful job and go the extra mile to make sure every job is to the customer's satisfaction. They drop people at their workplaces and pick them up when work on the car is finished. They take the time to talk to customers about anything and are great neighbours to the local residents. Avalon Service Centre are definitely our local heroes in Avalon."

NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Mary Jane and Colin - Lemon Tree Lane
"Lemon Tree Lane is a great big little gift shop. I am so grateful for Mary Jane and Colin's 'You are very welcome' and 'it's no trouble at all' attitude. Their prices are very reasonable, they always happily gift wrap with beautiful papers and ribbons as a part of their service. I truly can't speak highly enough of this community-minded couple and their classy, extensive range of items that never leave us disappointed."

CANTERBURY - WEST: Troy Cameron - ATC Accounting Services
"Troy Cameron is a local accountant. He is an awesome family man and it is not unusual to see Matilda, his Kune Kune pig, snuggled up with his dog and daughter in his lounge. It was the flying pig on his flyer that made me call him 2 years ago and as we had just gone into business which was scary in itself, let alone dealing with an accountant, we have never looked back. Troy goes the extra mile and his fees are more than reasonable"

OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: Richard Smith - CJ Sinclair
"The owner is Richard Smith whose family have been in the motor trade in the Ranfurly Naseby area for over 100 years. During the last years lock down our car broke down leaving us feeling quite uncomfortable as we live some distance from medical & other services. Richard came to our rescue. We need such companies and people in our rural areas. Richard demonstrates such excellent attributes required in our area."

Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?
  • 5.6% NORTHLAND: Wayne and Kate - Engraving Systems
    5.6% Complete
  • 13.9% AUCKLAND: Lynnae Palu - F45 Training Takapuna
    13.9% Complete
  • 7.8% WAIKATO: Team at Incredible India - Incredible India Restaurant
    7.8% Complete
  • 5.9% BAY OF PLENTY: Team at Benny and Brew - Benny and Brew
    5.9% Complete
  • 15.1% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Jazz and his family - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store
    15.1% Complete
  • 5.2% TARANAKI: Reece and family - Valentine's Valet
    5.2% Complete
  • 9.7% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Jamie - JD Hair Design
    9.7% Complete
  • 14% WELLINGTON: Meredith and Craig - Avalon Service Centre
    14% Complete
  • 11.8% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Mary Jane and Colin - Lemon Tree Lane
    11.8% Complete
  • 7.3% CANTERBURY - WEST: Troy Cameron - ATC Accounting Services
    7.3% Complete
  • 3.8% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: Richard Smith - CJ Sinclair
    3.8% Complete
1032 votes
25 days ago

Easter Weekend – Seeds of Renewal

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum

Celebrating the 30-year restoration project of a former quarry.

Come along with family and friends to enjoy the park’s 2km Art-in-Nature trail and take the opportunity to join a workshop.

Seeds of Renewal highlights ways of renewing, renovating, and restoring land, soil, vegetation and … View more
Celebrating the 30-year restoration project of a former quarry.

Come along with family and friends to enjoy the park’s 2km Art-in-Nature trail and take the opportunity to join a workshop.

Seeds of Renewal highlights ways of renewing, renovating, and restoring land, soil, vegetation and outdoor art. Learn how to -
• use natural materials for creative ideas,
• collect seeds, and
• propagate your own trees.

Choose from the workshops and demonstrations that interest you most and book ahead so you don’t miss out!
Book online

25 days ago

❤️Weight Clinics with Vet Nurse Angel ❤️

Michelle from Hamilton Small Animal Veterinary Centre

Our Weight Clinics are run by Angel a Registered Veterinary Nurse and a fantastic member of our team. Angel has a passion for pet diet and weight management and offers a fantastic programme to get your furry companions health back on track.

At a Weight Clinic with Angel, your cat or dog will … View more
Our Weight Clinics are run by Angel a Registered Veterinary Nurse and a fantastic member of our team. Angel has a passion for pet diet and weight management and offers a fantastic programme to get your furry companions health back on track.

At a Weight Clinic with Angel, your cat or dog will receive:
🐕A one on one consult
🐈‍⬛Weigh in and measurements are taken
🐩An individual programme is set up for your pet
🐈Diet advice and recommended feeding programme
🐕Monthly weigh in
🐈‍⬛Exercise programmes
🐩Advice, information and encouragement!

If you would like to start your puss or pooch on the program or require any further information please give the clinic a call on 07 8492963.

Our reception team can book you in to see Angel, or you can organise a time to see Angel in conjunction with another appointment you have at the clinic.

www.hamiltonvets.co.nz...

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25 days ago

Free Pet Dental Checks and 15% Off Dentistry

Craig from Companion Vets

Has your cat or dog got a smelly breath?
Are your pets teeth discoloured brown?
Does your pet seem to be eating less?
Dental infections, fractures and cavities can cause your pet alot of pain and sufffering without your knowledge.
Keeping teeth free of tartar helps avoid tooth extractions and … View more
Has your cat or dog got a smelly breath?
Are your pets teeth discoloured brown?
Does your pet seem to be eating less?
Dental infections, fractures and cavities can cause your pet alot of pain and sufffering without your knowledge.
Keeping teeth free of tartar helps avoid tooth extractions and decay.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your pets dental health then we are offering free dental checks to evaluate your pets dental status as well as reduced dentistry if needed.
Call the clinic on 07 222 3337 or book online.

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25 days ago

NZ Red Cross Pop-Up Book Fair

Community Activator from Red Cross - Waikato Service Centre

Two days to go!! Please join us on 27th March at our Pop Up Book Fair.
The categories of books we will be selling are CHILDREN, FICTION, JIGSAWS, COOKING, GARDEN, MAGAZINES & DVD'S. Please join us and spread word among your friends and families.

Payment accepted: Eftpos & Cash

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26 days ago

NZ Red Cross Pop-Up Book Fair

Community Activator from Red Cross - Waikato Service Centre

On Saturday 27th March 2021 we are hosting a Pop-Up Book fair at Red Cross Service Centre on 422 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton. The categories of books we will be selling are CHILDREN, FICTION, JIGSAWS, COOKING, GARDEN, MAGAZINES & DVD'S. Please join us and spread word among your friends and … View moreOn Saturday 27th March 2021 we are hosting a Pop-Up Book fair at Red Cross Service Centre on 422 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton. The categories of books we will be selling are CHILDREN, FICTION, JIGSAWS, COOKING, GARDEN, MAGAZINES & DVD'S. Please join us and spread word among your friends and families.

We are planning to organize few more Pop-Up Book Fair this year with different categories of books at each event.


We will keep you posted :-)

Payment accepted: Eftpos & Cash

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28 days ago

Accept the truth facts not emotion

Paul from Pukete

Former Police Ten 7 host Graham Bell has spoken out in defence of the show after calls were made for it to be scrapped and argued that critics should examine the causes of crime instead. Efeso  Collins says it feeds on racial stereotypes of young brown men being brutish and described it as a … View moreFormer Police Ten 7 host Graham Bell has spoken out in defence of the show after calls were made for it to be scrapped and argued that critics should examine the causes of crime instead. Efeso  Collins says it feeds on racial stereotypes of young brown men being brutish and described it as a "chewing gum TV show".

"Crime and all its uncomfortable and unfortunate truths are not going to disappear if they get rid of Ten 7, are they?" Bell told McIvor.

Bell replied: "The police don't select who they are looking for. The people who commit the crimes are the ones that select themselves to be sought." "There is no bias towards any colour, race, creed or any other type of person. It's whoever is wanted today is who goes on the show. It's as simple as that. Asked, whether there was an inherent mistrust towards Māori and Pasifika, Bell replied: "It's very difficult not to develop a slight attitude to a group of people that are constantly offending." "It's an unfortunate fact that certain sectors of our society are grossly over-represented in the crime statistics," he added. Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon added his voice to calls to end Police Ten 7, saying that the show reflects racist policing in New Zealand.“Does he want police to ignore crime if it is committed by brown people?” Bell said New Zealand needs to focus on the social drivers of crime and ignoring the over-representation of Māori and Pasifika in crime statistics is "just ignoring cold, hard uncomfortable truths". "There have been generations of familial inadequacies by sectors of our society that have created a lack of aspiration, a lack of self-worth, a lack of self-respect and we see it everywhere," Bell said."It's not only in crime, we see it right through society. There are sectors of our society who are over-represented in our statistics and everybody in society would be better off if that were not the case".

i personally struggle to understand when Maori who have 86 billion in assets that poverty is allowed to exist within their people


"There have been generations of familial inadequacies by sectors of our society that have created a lack of aspiration, a lack of self-worth, a lack of self-respect and we see it everywhere," Bell said."

that statement i find inherently honest what i don't understand is why generations allow it to continue, where are the attempts to break the cycle

the oft stated quote" te whenua" te whenua 'te whenua 'the people" "the people" "the people" is lost among those who most quote it
there is an inherent irony when the place you see it most is on the walls of the local welfare office

25 days ago

Weekend Specials 25/03-28/03

Jian Li from The Honest Butcher Rototuna

Weekend Specials 25/03-28/03
(Fresh Pig's Blood available Now)
01 Fresh Shop Made Dry-cure Rindless Streaky Bacon (300g) $7.99/each
02 Fresh Shop Made Gluten-Free Beef Sausages $10.99/kg
03 Fresh Shop Made Gluten-Free Pork Sausages … View more
Weekend Specials 25/03-28/03
(Fresh Pig's Blood available Now)
01 Fresh Shop Made Dry-cure Rindless Streaky Bacon (300g) $7.99/each
02 Fresh Shop Made Gluten-Free Beef Sausages $10.99/kg
03 Fresh Shop Made Gluten-Free Pork Sausages $10.99/kg
04 Fresh Chicken Breast Fillet Skinless Boneless
$9.99/kg
05 Fresh Chicken Nibbles
$7.99/kg
06 Fresh Beef Eye Fillet ( Whole Piece )
$29.99/kg
07 Fresh Beef Sirloin Steak & Roast
$19.99/kg
08 Fresh Beef Rump Steak
$15.99/kg
09 Fresh Lamb Shanks
$4.99/each
10 Fresh Lamb French Racks
$29.99/kg
11 Fresh Pork Loin Rolled Roast
$12.99/kg
12 Fresh Lean Pork Mince
$9.99/kg

Negotiable

27 days ago

Houseplants looking sick? The plant doctor answers your questions

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Hi neighbours,
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about their sickly plant babies. Houseplants might be fashionable, but they can be tricky to get right. Whether it’s the wrong light, too much or too little water, or a pesky draft, it doesn’t take much for your prize peace lily to … View more
Hi neighbours,
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about their sickly plant babies. Houseplants might be fashionable, but they can be tricky to get right. Whether it’s the wrong light, too much or too little water, or a pesky draft, it doesn’t take much for your prize peace lily to turn yellow or an infestation of bugs to set in.

We put some of your houseplant questions to the plant doctors from Kings Plant Barn to diagnose. Find their answers here.

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26 days ago

It's easier to get fibre!

Ultrafast Fibre

If you live down a right-of-way or in a building shared with others, great news!

It is now easier than ever to connect to the fibre network.

If you wanted to connect before, but weren’t able to get everyone’s consent, it may now be very simple. There are now many cases when all you need … View more
If you live down a right-of-way or in a building shared with others, great news!

It is now easier than ever to connect to the fibre network.

If you wanted to connect before, but weren’t able to get everyone’s consent, it may now be very simple. There are now many cases when all you need to do is tell your neighbours that you plan to connect, and in cases when consent is still required, Ultrafast Fibre makes it even easier with a team of people who can help you with the consent process.

Find out more about the four easy steps to get your connection to ultra fast, reliable fibre broadband.
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26 days ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

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26 days ago

interesting point of view

Paul from Pukete

Maori Lore


By Anthony Willy

On the 9th of January Stuff published an article in the “Press” entitled: “Maori academics say law students should also study tikanga Aotearoa’s first law” accompanied by a photograph of six rather smug non Maori looking law students attending a ceremony for… View more
Maori Lore


By Anthony Willy

On the 9th of January Stuff published an article in the “Press” entitled: “Maori academics say law students should also study tikanga Aotearoa’s first law” accompanied by a photograph of six rather smug non Maori looking law students attending a ceremony for admission to the bar wearing 17th century periwigs, gowns, and bands. The “Maori academics” are Professor Jacinta Ruru of Otago law school, and M/s Ruru. They cite a position paper (whose position it is not clear) which contends that the Bachelor of Laws degree needs to be rewritten to make it appropriately bijural, bicultural, and bilingual. M/s Ruru is described as a “lead author” of this paper. She says: “law schools are a production line for legal actors who serve as a continuing, if unwitting, site of colonisation.” She adds that “all law schools in Aotearoa New Zealand ….entirely privilege Pakeha teaching and leadership.” She demands “radical reforms “like making a competence in te reo basic for any budding lawyer as a bridge created between the two founding cultures. She laments that the current university training privileges the settlers printed word over the oral tradition of tikanga Maori. She dreams of Otago having a second library where instead of dry statute books, Maori methods of learning will be employed “such as art, tukutuku, (Maori designs) weavings, carvings and photos of our maunga (mountain) our awa our tipuna.” A second proponent of this proposal to introduce Maori law into the LLB syllabus. Adrienne Paul a lecturer in Maori land law at Canterbury University says, “that the mechanics of how decolonisation should work is a part of what is now up for discussion.” In promoting these ideas to student’s M/s Paul accepts that “the reason for resistance to change is the negative view that the spirituality and social order at the core of te ao Maori is a problem if the law is meant to be something rational and dispassionate.” She is optimistic that this fusion of Maori spiritual beliefs and the existing colonial law is possible because the common law is partly made by judges in test cases which set new precedents.



Before attempting some analysis of these ideas, it is helpful to understand what is the “common law” of New Zealand. These commentators are correct in thinking it is a legal system imposed on New Zealand by the “colonial oppressors” following the agreement between Captain Hobson on behalf of the Crown and some Maori chiefs made at Waitangi in 1840. The legal system which came with the acceptance of British Sovereignty has its roots in the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066. Before that time there were codes in place in areas occupied variously by Angles, Saxons, Celts, Vikings, and Picts. The Normans swept these away and imposed a single legal system on the country. Hence the term “common law” and it embodies the “Rule of Law:” that is a legal code which applies equally to all citizens. It took the next eight hundred years for the common law to develop into the highly complex legal system which Hobson, on the instructions of the Foreign and Colonial Office brought to these shores, and it has changed exponentially since that time. Fundamental to this initiative was the need for the existence of a nation state to which all citizens belong. Without that it is simply not possible to have one law applicable to all because it requires a single political entity to make the laws and enforce compliance. It has been long accepted that there are necessary preconditions to the existence of the sovereign state as codified by article one of the 1933 Montevideo Convention. They are: a permanent population, a defined territory, a central government, and capacity to enter into relations with other states. Early Maori tribal society fails all of these tests.



The content and reach of the common law mutated over the intervening centuries to meet the requirements of society at any given time. It proceeded from a rather primitive system of writs which the courts would recognise and enforce and written down in the rolls, something reflected to this day in the status of the Master of the Rolls the Judge who ranks second behind the Lord Chief Justice in the judicial hierarchy. Because England was and is governed by Monarchs all law flowed from the person of the King or Queen as the head of state, originally in their personal capacity and later, following the unwise usurpation of Divine right by Charles the first, through the agency of Parliament. That is why the primary place for the resolution of disputes was the Court of Kings Bench. The legal system was therefor and remains an indissoluble component of the notion of sovereignty and statehood, and it was so in 1840 when Captain Hobson arrived in New Zealand waters.



As mentioned, the law reflected the society in which it existed. From the time of the Norman conquest as social interaction became more complex so the common law adapted to meet changing needs. This involved the recognition and protection of private ownership of property and the passing of that property by way of sale or succession. It provided redress for wrongs against the person (Tort law) and recognised personal property rights such as leases patents and trade marks. The law adapted to provide remedies for the enforcement of contracts, and parallel with this it developed a system of equity which allowed relief from any injustice flowing from a strict and unjust application of the law. It provided increasingly for the protection of the rights of married couples and the property which they acquired and in addition to these civil law components the law developed a criminal code regulating those activities deemed to be violent or fraudulent incursions into the property or person of others and providing for punishments intended to deter such conduct. These notions are at the heart of the common law and around which many of the later refinements that we know today coalesced. If the success of a legal system is its utility and ready social acceptance the common law has been an outstanding success. It has found its way into every corner of the globe where the British went to trade and in most of those locations it remains the primary legal system to this day. These include The United States of America, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, parts of Africa, Singapore, a number of Pacific Islands and some Caribbean countries. The places where the common law exists are among the most successful, settled, prosperous societies on earth enjoying the greatest degree of personal freedoms. Almost without exception they also enjoy democratic government which is protected by the Rule of Law. There have been other successful legal systems such as The Code of Justinian which was at the heart of Roman law and currently, the Scandinavian legal systems and the French Code Napoleon, but no other competing legal system has enjoyed such universal acceptance or endured so long. This was the gift which Captain Hobson brought to the tribal chiefs gathered at Waitangi in 1840 and the quid pro quo for that gift was the acceptance of the British monarch as their head of state. All of which is recorded in the document which became known (erroneously) as the “Treaty” of Waitangi. Erroneous because the British government assumed that it would be dealing with an homogeneous nation state capable of entering into foreign treaties only to find that the inhabitants of these islands comprised a disparate collection of warring tribes none of whom recognised a head of state to which allegiance was owed. Without that recognition of British sovereignty there would have been no “Treaty” and the British would have sailed home leaving these islands to the tender mercies of the French who were waiting in the wings. Happily the consensus on the day was for acceptance of the British offer resulting in the peaceful and prosperous nation and the protected liberties which we all, Maori and non-Maori alike enjoy today.



It is this long-settled compact which some few, Maori academics and radicals now wish to disrupt aided and abetted by a biased and largely ignorant sensation seeking media. They do so by demonising the common law as a tool of colonial oppression and romanticise the life and practices of ancient Maori society into some sort of legal system. No doubt Maori peoples like any early society developed beliefs and customs in an attempt to understand the world in which they lived, but like any peoples on the long journey to civilisation as we know it some practices were violent and repugnant to present generations. As Ron Crosby points out in his book “The Forgotten Wars”, the arrival of the Europeans bringing their laws, and the influence of Christianity; “started to have a major effect, even tempering the desire to continue traditional customary practices such as the pursuit of utu (revenge) for every slight, imagined or real, and curtailing the customary practices of, slavery, the killing of captives and cannibalism.” To represent pre–European Maori practices as having a place in the common law of twenty first century New Zealand is absurd, largely because life was regulated by tribal groups, none necessarily subscribing to the values and beliefs of others. The fact is that before sovereignty was ceded to the British monarch in 1840 there existed in These Islands no nation state capable of making laws of general application. That being so It is first necessary to establish with precision which of the pre-European customs and beliefs if any should be imported into the Common law. Cleary it cannot be the barbaric means of acquiring and holding the use of property by warfare, it cannot entail the wholesale murder of those defeated in battle and certainly not cannibalism and slavery (clearly “black lives” did not matter then.) Might it then be some of the more spiritual beliefs such as the wairua of a river as having a life of its own, or the notion of tapu, or the existence of taniwhas (something which has held up more than one planning decision), who knows? Those who argue for the adoption of Maori values and lore into the common law do not confront this problem. Instead, they argue for the vague notion of “Tikanga Maori” to become a part of the current laws of New Zealand. But as discussed in an earlier article this notion has so many, largely conflicting meanings none of which have anything to do with any system of law which might be applicable to all New Zealanders and capable of meeting contemporary life and changing circumstances. At best, the various iterations of Tikanga Maori represent local beliefs and are frozen in time.



Why then is there this media driven cry to incorporate these inchoate values of one minority segment of society into the common law? One can only suppose it is seen as a means of redressing an aspect of the disadvantage from which some (but by no means all) Maori people undoubtedly suffer. Presumably, it is thought that to include early Maori beliefs into the legal system even if incapable of precise definition would somehow give a sense of belonging and dignity to a disadvantaged minority. This is a hollow argument, which has no place in deciding the makeup of a state ordained common law. Leaving aside the 1840 acceptance of the sovereignty of the British crown and all that entailed, a law which embraces the components of the beliefs of the various peoples who currently make up New Zealand society cannot by definition be a law common to all. The law is not concerned with making people feel better about themselves, or valued, it is the dispensation of impartial justice to an external standard of universal application. Thus, if a Hindu is in litigation in the New Zealand courts with a Moslem unless the agreement between then specifies some other system of law there will be no recourse to the Koran or Hindu beliefs the applicable law will be the common law of New Zealand. One need only consider the chaos and resentment if the Hindu in litigation with a Maori finds that the Maori is to be judged by different standards.



What is so surprising is that these separatist notions are being peddled in our law schools. Thus it passes comprehension how requiring that the law be taught and practiced in the Maori language and embodying early tribal customs can advance its social acceptance or utility, or in any way promote the interests of Maori people given that with vanishing few exceptions all Maori speak English and resort to the common law courts with gusto when it suits them. The sole function of a law school is to educate students in the precepts of the common law comprising statute and case law. Leaving aside the futility of the massive task of translating the existing legal sources into Maori the simple fact is that the law does not exist to address historic grievances, or to prevent a language falling into desuetude. One would have thought that this is obvious beyond debate, but apparently not so to some of those who are charged with educating our young people in understanding the law. Those who promote mixing, undefined Maori values with the common law seem to forget what is the purpose of the teaching of law; it is to train those who would provide legal services to the public which in turn will assist in the peaceful and orderly resolution of disputes. For those who sit on the courts their sole function is to apply the law in resolving those disputes. To somehow confuse this crucial social necessity by mixing in the beliefs of an early tribal society with a universally applicable legal system is to display the most fundamental ignorance of why the common law exists at all and Judges of our superior courts who tinker with this populist nonsense are playing with fire: they do a grave disservice to the law, and the harmony of the society which it exists to serve. One does wonder whether some of our superior court judges who are keen to undertake these experiments have even a fleeting acquaintance with the; history, purpose and application of the common law as standing above these ephemeral media driven causes.



If Professor Ruru wants, in place of a law library a room hung with the portraits of her ancestors the walls of which are decorated with Maori weavings and carvings perhaps the Otago law faculty will oblige her, but it will not serve to replace a room (called by the “colonial oppressors” “a library”) which houses tens of thousands of pages of statute law and several hundred years of case law necessary for the lawyers to play their part in securing the peace and good order of society.

27 days ago

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27 days ago

Red Hot Autumn Sale

Firewood Factory

Hi Neighbours,

Our sale pricing is now on. We have a large range of (pine, macrocarpa, old man pine, oak and gum plus hotmix options) quality screened wood! We're also offering free delivery right to your door.
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