OUR INITIATIVE – STAKE IS IN THE GROUND – AIN’T NO TURNING BACK

INDIGENOUS TAX™ 

BRIEF:

The introduction of the first, First People’s Tax™ initiative, to be known as an Indigenous Tax™ that creates a solid accumulative economic base that is founded on principles of Tino Rangatiratanga and Kotahitanga. Tino Rangatiratanga because this initiative is all about self-determination and total autonomy. Kotahitanga because this initiative’s foundation is also about unification…an initiative of ‘ONE PEOPLE’.

THE INITIATIVE:

To levy international travelers on a foreign passport an Indigenous Tax™ at the points of entry to Aotearoa/New Zealand.

THE PURPOSE:

To raise capital on an annual basis to invest in people’s social and economic well being, Maori as a priority and others as communities of interest.

THE BENEFITS:

  • No cost to the taxpayer
  • New money into the economy
  • Crystalise Tino Rangatiratanga for others to gain an understanding
  • Kotahitanga, one people, will be demonstrated
  • Improving the Maori economic and social base will have direct economic benefits in the communities where they live and work, win-win for all
  • Enduring fiscal resource means enduring strategies – sustainability

THE CHALLENGES:

  • Getting buy in from the heavy weights in decision making positions
  • Businesses may see this as a threat to their livelihood
  • General public may see this as ‘Maori’ getting another hand out
  • There are no politicians who will support the initiative, therefore, legislation vital to enable this to work would be the deal breaker

THE WORK FOREWORD

25 years we have waited to bring this to the table.  Someone asked me the other day “why are we doing it now”.

  1. Timing is right. We have Maori politicians firmly based in their own political parties and that of mainstream political parties.  We even have a Maori Roll. 25 years ago Maori were on the journey to stabilise a political base for all of us.
  2. After all these years Maori are still being researched, measured against economic indicators, funding being provided and there has been no significant improvement in closing the gap. Research shows that the gap between Maori and others has not improved, we are talking about education, health, housing, employment, income.  We do have to ask ourselves why?

I am sure we all have a theory.  We have based bringing this initiative to life because we do have a theory and we believe we have a solution.

 A DRAFT ACTION PLAN

  • Get as many people talking about this initiative
  • Organise meetings with Maori and non-Maori stakeholders
  • Identify and or create a non-government entity to administer the funds
  • Work with an Academic Institution to support our initiative
  • Identify and work with politicians who will support our initiative

If our attempts to honestly work with government and their agencies or other interested parties, do not ‘whet our appetite’, as a last resort, we will establish our own political party to be known as the Karanga™ Party, to drive this initiative at a political level.

As you can see there is much work to do, challenges to overcome; we think the benefits far outweigh the challenges.  We are committed to making it happen.

We will reblog this post over the next week so you, the reader, can share with your friends and family to ask them to go to our Facebook Page Maki & Anita, like the page and refer them to this blog https://koreromai.wordpress.com

TRADEMARK

  1. Trademarks A trademark is a name, phrase, sound or symbol used in association with services or products. It often connects a brand with a level of quality on which companies build a reputation. Trademark protection lasts for 10 years after registration and can be renewed “in perpetuity”. But trademarks don’t have to be registered. If a company creates a symbol or name it wishes to use exclusively, it can simply attach the TM symbol. This effectively marks the territory and gives the company room to prosecute if other companies attempt to use the same symbol for their own purposes.

COPYRIGHT

  1. Copyrights Copyright laws protect written or artistic expressions fixed in a tangible medium – novels, poems, songs or movies. A copyright protects the expression of an idea, but not the idea itself. The owner of a copyrighted work has the right to reproduce it, to make derivative works from it (such as a movie based on a book), or to sell, perform or display the work to the public. You don’t need to register your material to hold a copyright, but registration is a prerequisite if you decide to sue for copyright infringement. A copyright lasts for the life of the author plus another 50 years.

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL – USEFUL OR USELESS INFORMATION

 

Intellectual capital is knowledge that can be used for a useful purpose. The term combines the idea of the intellect or brain-power with the economic concept of capital, the saving of entitled benefits so that they can be invested in producing more goods and services. Intellectual capital can include the skills and knowledge that a company has developed about how to make its goods or services; individual employees or groups of employees whose knowledge is deemed critical to a company’s continued success; and its aggregation of documents about processes, customers, research results, and other information that might have value for a competitor that is not common knowledge.

WHAT YOU KNOW SO FAR

MAKI MAIHI-TANIORA & ANITA STOWERS (nee Pehi)

Both whanau from the Hokianga (far north) have been sitting on this idea for 25 years.  During this time statistics show the Maori social and economic indicators have not improved even though  research over these years has given policy advice to inform strategies and action plans developed to work towards improving these statistics.  We believe that there is a fundamental flaw.  We aim to address that flaw.

WHEN WE ADDRESS THE FLAW

We believe the following will create a momentum for change, not only with indigenous people, but all who can see what is good for Maori will be good for the nation.  Therefore the future movement will be based on the following vision and mission statement.

VISION

“freedom to think freedom to dream freedom to be”

MISSION

to rejuvenate indigenous people of Aotearoa; to stimulate optimism and happiness

to inspire a nation to work together; to create value and make a difference

BEFORE WE DISCLOSE THE IDEA

People are asking how they can support the idea. At this early stage it is important to get as many people to have access to the blog https://koreromai.wordpress.com and to our facebook page Maki & Anita by sharing the blog page and ‘liking’ and sharing the facebook page Maki & Anita.  We are aiming for 5000 likes over the next two weeks.  That’s how you can all help and thank you in advance for your support.

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Maki raua ko Anita