Re: The Opportunities Party. One cannot deny the various philanthropies of Gareth Morgan but at times his reasoning seems to be overridden by enthusiasm and the need to control. He studied the Treaty of Waitangi and, without regard for the wording of its three articles, he wrote a book about it. In a media article he suggested that another House, comprised of Maori, be added to Parliament to look after their special needs. Australia, Canada and Great Britain, he said, had a second House but it is doubtful the Australian Senate is filled with Aboriginals, Canada's Senate with First Nation People or the House of Lords have no Anglo-Saxons at all. If his proposed Opportunities Party gains any traction in Parliament one may assume much of its time will be directed towards meeting the special needs of that small, elitist coterie of Treaty revisionists. They constitute but a small number of the 14 per cent of Maori in the population - but the average Maori gains no benefit at all from the settlements they have gained. Accountability by them seems not required and their businesses remain untaxed.
B Johnson, Omokoroa.