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11 January 2009
Queen of the Realm of New Zealand
United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Wales.
At the opening of the 49th New Zealand Parliament all elected members were required to swear an oath of allegiance to “Queen Elizabeth, and her heirs and successors according to law”. As has been the case with previous New Zealand parliaments, some of the new members of New Zealand’s purportedly democratic legislature baulked at being required to swear allegiance to your person. Their reluctance is understandable, given that the law of succession to which they are required to assent is racist, sexist, sectarian and in conflict with the principles of democratic government.
A report in the “New Zealand Herald” states that when Green Party Member of Parliament Kevin Hague “tried to slip allegiance to the Treaty of Waitangi into his [oath] he was made to read the oath proper again”. Maori Party Member of Parliament Hone Harawira swore “allegiance to everything but the Queen, including the Treaty of Waitangi, the good people of Tai Tokerau, their whanau, iwi and hapu, and then to all Maori of this great nation of ours” but “escaped a scolding by tagging the oath proper to the end of his own effort”.
It is evident from these reports that those of your subjects who have been elected to political office within your regime have only given you their allegiance under compulsion.. As I remarked in a previous communication to your Governor-General, Anand Satyanand, “an obligatory oath is worthless to you. It serves only to obscure the distinction between genuine and feigned loyalty, to corrupt the souls of those who acquiesce in the oath without conviction, and to disenfranchise those who refuse to utter a false oath”. Your New Zealand subjects have been deprived of their human dignity, and compelled to abjure their true beliefs in order to satisfy the requirements of a law which has as its sole purpose the maintenance of your rule over the Realm of New Zealand.
I address you now as the Queen of the Realm of New Zealand, as a fellow human being, and a person of conscience. The New Zealand Oaths and Declarations Act is an evil which has been designed to prolong your unpopular rule. Therefore it is your moral duty to advise your government in New Zealand that you no longer wish to compel the loyalty of your New Zealand subjects. Failure to do so will mean that it is only a matter of time before you are forcefully removed from your present position of sovereign authority in the Realm of New Zealand, and any government constituted under your authority is declared to be illegitimate.
I urge you to give this matter your early and serious consideration.
(signed) Geoff Fischer