Major policy announcements were made this weekend via the party’s website and at a speech by leader Winston Peters today in Pukekohe.
‘New Zealand First will not return Labour to power, whether in coalition or in confidence and supply’.
Speaking at a public event today in Pukekohe, Peters told supporters that he will withdraw New Zealand from UNDRIP – the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. New Zealand initially voted against it but changed it’s stance three years later.
In 2019 the Minister for Maori Development established a technical advisory group tasked with providing advice on a ‘Declaration plan’. The group’s final report He Puapua was submitted to the Minister in November of that year.
Peters said if he had seen that report he would have ‘rejected it, as I did in 2007.’
‘He Puapua is about race-based preference… It threatens our constitution and democracy. We must deal to this racism, which is why I am announcing today that our policy is for New Zealand to formally withdraw from UNDRIP and it’s imposed race-based obligations, and restore our country’s constitutional sovereignty and democracy.’
**Winston Peters drops the BOMB today
NZFirst has announced a full scale attack on Marxism Globalism and Racism
NZFirst policy is to WITHDRAW from
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In a later press released a party spokesperson said, ‘The National/Act/Māori Party signed up to UNDRIP in 2010 – that obligated a response from government in 2019 – the starting point and origin of the He Puapua report – which was deceitfully hidden from New Zealand First by Labour, and released publicly a month after the 2020 election.
‘If New Zealand First had seen that final report then we would have rejected UNDRIP, as we did in 2007.
‘UNDRIP and He Puapua are race-based preference, imposed on us not by the UN, but by New Zealand politicians from every other party continuing to agree to it. It threatens our constitution and democracy.
‘New Zealand First will formally withdraw New Zealand from UNDRIP, and its imposed race-based obligations, and restore our country’s constitutional sovereignty and democracy.
‘Pulling out of UNDRIP will consign He Puapua to the rubbish bin of racism.’
English as an Official Language
‘New Zealand First will introduce in parliament’s first sitting week, legislation to make English an official language of New Zealand.
‘Amazingly, few people know that English is not even an official language of New Zealand. There are currently only two official languages. Māori, and Sign Language.
Being that we are an English-speaking country, it is bizarre, but this is how far this extremism has taken our country.’