ACT ad man launches 'Treatygate' campaign
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 5:42a.m.
By Laura McQuillan
The controversial ad man behind race-based election campaigns for the National and ACT parties is launching a new "racial equality" campaign about what he calls "the Treatygate con".
Advertising guru John Ansell designed National's 2005 "Iwi/Kiwi" billboards, and worked with ACT early in its election campaign last year, creating its newspaper ad, "Fed up with pandering to Maori radicals?", but split from the party when it refused to take a polarising position on Maori issues.
He is now seeking backers for a $2 million "Colourblind New Zealand" campaign, which he describes as "a major campaign to expose and expunge the corrupt Treaty Industry".
He told NZ Newswire that "elites" in Parliament, the judiciary, academia and the media are guilty of covering up New Zealand's true history and helping "Griever Maori" extort money from the taxpayer.
"We should be saying ‘Look, show a bit more gratitude and get your hands back in your pockets, stop expecting money from other people, look to yourselves'," Mr Ansell said.
On his blog, Mr Ansell says the "Treatygate con" includes branding anyone who questions Maori entitlement as a racist, "pretend[ing] that Maori are indigenous to New Zealand, when they sailed here just before the Europeans", and pretending Maori are a separate race, "even though they're all part-Pakeha".
Mr Ansell says he has spent the past year studying the history of relations between Maori and the Crown - which he calls "basically a lot of lies (that) have been told for the last 40 years", or "Treatygate".
"What else do you call a sustained state indoctrination programme that basically twists our history in order to make one set of people feel guilty enough to shovel billions of dollars at another set?" he said.
"We've been fed the idea that those of us of British descent need to feel guilty for the supposed crimes of our forebears, and we've just sort of taken that unquestioningly as the facts, but when you look into it, you find that that is actually a lot of nonsense.
"We put fraudsters in prison. Now, this is one of the most massive frauds that has ever been perpetrated on the New Zealand people."
Mr Ansell believes 80 percent will support his cause.
"Although I am pilloried and called a racist and all this sort of stuff, it's only a minority who think that. Just about everybody I talk to says `oh, well done'."
He has also contacted multimillionaire ACT Party backer Louis Crimp - who has publicly expressed his own views on Maori - and says he is "right behind" the campaign idea.
"He's one of a number of people that say `good on you, this is exactly what we need'," Mr Ansell said.
He is hoping to take the campaign to a level "that will terrify the government".
"I'm certainly not there yet but a lot of people have to give a little and a few people will have to give a lot if I'm to reach that target."
Mr Ansell also plans to petition for a referendum at the 2014 election, asking voters the question, "Do you want New Zealand to be a Colourblind State, with one law for all, and no racial favouritism of any kind?".
He plans to lodge the petition with Parliament's clerk later this month.
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6/02/2013 3:41:49 p.m.
trish stewart wrote:
I have just written a letter to Mr Shearer today re Waitangi and Maori.Many elders that I have known would turn in their graves if they could see their so called whanau's now.Would like to email you the letter as I was sent your link after I read the letter to someone and got quite a suprise to see you were saying the same thing.Not sure if it will help you get the message across but maybe you could work with Labour on it?? There are still some good ones out there but they are getting fewer with the greed and want plus they are the biggest racists in NZ.At least some people have the gutz to tell it like it is and I think alot of people who are doing the winging will suprised to find they are a minority.Thanks for finally putting it out there.As to Matthew ? no comment.
9/10/2012 9:52:31 a.m.
sweet as, rip up the treaty and then all you people asking for equality who I assume a white (like me) and not maori will have to pack your bags and leave as you have no legal right to be here without the treaty. How come people don't learn our basic history in this country? Most high schools teach it.
6/10/2012 10:21:50 a.m.
The DR wrote:
Ill give 20 bucks a week and go fund raisung on the weekend at last some one has grown a pair
5/10/2012 11:33:37 a.m.
Maori Comment wrote:
John Ansell playing the 'race card' again. Instead of bleating on about Treaty issues, under which Maori have every right to seek redress given that nearly all their land was confiscated under colonial rule for European settlement. Anseell needs to address real Maori/Pacifica issues such us unemployment, bad health, bad housing, and so forth. Then I might take some notice. Until then, give it a rest.
19/08/2012 6:07:12 p.m.
M. Brooks wrote:
I wish I had a couple of million dollars to give you John At last someone with the guts to say it like it is. We are all fed up with Maori wingwers.
19/08/2012 12:34:04 a.m.
Ngati Kiwi wrote:
The truth behind this campaign
17/08/2012 7:49:10 p.m.
I endorse what I believe you are saying. I wish I had $2 million to spare,I would invest it in the same way.I have been pushing similar ideas for many years.
Equal Human Rights.
15/08/2012 3:59:27 p.m.
Well done, John.Im all for a colourblind state - you got my support!
15/08/2012 3:55:29 p.m.
Bravo John! I'll support you to stop that awful key from giving away our country.
15/08/2012 3:50:54 p.m.
Act are in terminal decline and the best their supporters can do is come up with more anti-treaty anti-Maori rubbish? Playing the race card may have worked for Brash but that was almost ten years ago and it hasn't worked since. Even the Maori Party are waking up to the fact that playing the race card gets you no where. And don't think we're fooled into believing the rubbish that everyone he's seen has agreed with him. Remind me what Act got in the last election. Was it something like 1.1%??
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