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My First Te Reo – Pono

It is Maori Language week again.

The Herald has changed their masthead. Here at WOBH we give far more appropriate coverage to Te Reo.

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PONO

1. (stative) be true, valid, honest.
2. (noun) truth, non-fiction.

Modern usage:   Read more »

More apartheid money for our increasingly unequal society

Labour bangs on about inequality.

And it is true, the government continues to encourage widening of the gaps between the haves and the have nots. It’s just that the inequality is in areas you never knew.

If you have Maori heritage you get showered with cash and if not you get what everyone else gets….three fifths of five eighths of stuff all.

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate strategic Māori housing policy across government.

The Māori Housing Unit will also support the implementation of He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata – The Māori Housing Strategy which was announced recently. This strategy sets out six directions for improvement in Māori housing over the next 10 years.

“The establishment of the Māori Housing Unit is another step in the Government’s plan to improve housing for Māori, who more than other New Zealanders are affected by overcrowding, substandard housing and low levels of home ownership,” says Minister Turia.

The Māori Housing Unit will in turn be supported by a Māori Housing Reference Group made up of Māori business and housing practitioner experts.

Brown troughers are the best at it…troughing that is. If there was a troughing Olympics Maori would win hands down…followed closely by farmers…and health academics in third place.

And even better from their perspective absolutely no one can complain about it because if you do you are a white oppressor racist pig.

But wait there is more cash that needs laundering through the brown wash machine. Read more »

Human Wrongs Commission makes a mess of it again

RNZ reports:

The Sunday Star Times is being accused of sensationalising and impeding race relations.

Its reporting of of an Asia New Zealand Foundation survey has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission.

The Foundation’s research showed 44 percent of Maori polled thought New Zealanders felt less warm towards people from Asia. But the newspaper’s headline for the story read: ‘Maori dislike of Asian immigration deepens’.

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen said a complaint has been sent to the Sunday Star Times, and a meeting had been sought with the editor. She said when she saw the article, she could not believe what she was reading.

Karen Johansen said she read it three times and was left with the impression it was inaccurate.

The Human Rights Commission pointed out that some of New Zealand’s first pioneers came from China. It said Asian New Zealanders did not arrive yesterday, and they have been an integral part of the nation since its birth.

So let me get this right.  The Sunday Star Times reports a poll that shows that  more Maori feel badly about Asians now than during a previous period, and the Human Wrongs Commission wants a paper not to report the actual results?

What did the article actually say? Read more »

Maori kids getting the bash isn’t Maori’s fault

Radio New Zealand reported last night

An inquiry has found that the cause behind the high rate of child abuse and domestic violence amongst Maori is rooted in colonisation.

The first report of the $3 million Glenn Inquiry called the ‘People’s Report’ into social problems was released on Monday and a blueprint for change would be released later in the year.

The report points to widespread dysfunction in the courts, particularly the Family Court, and broken, poorly resourced and disconnected social services as barriers to dealing with the problem of abuse.

The testimony of 500 survivors, frontline workers and offenders was recorded to highlight the depth of the problem and calls for a national strategy.

The report says Maori culture holds tamariki and wahine in high esteem. However, European colonisation taught tangata whenua new ways of privileging men – rendering women and children as possessions and contributing to male violence against them.

To be honest I went to bed mulling this over.   Mostly because of the fact that Owen Glenn has paid $3 million dollars to come to the conclusion that Maori families killing their kids is not their fault.

$3 million dollars to validate and propagate the victim mentality and lack of responsibility of a people that kill children.

Not to worry ma’am, you couldn’t help stick your baby in the drier and turn it on, it was dem white colonists that told your great great great granddaddy lies about being better than wahine that’s done this. Read more »

Great news! Free Ukelele and hip hop lessons are back under Labour!

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This is just what the country needed. Taxpayers will be so delighted they are bound to stop deserting Labour and sweep them into power.

The infamous ACE funding, shockingly cut by Anne Tolley, is to be reinstated. Hurrah!

Yes folks, you’ll soon be able to sign up for FREE* Moroccan cooking and ukelele lessons. Or how about belly dancing? Or basket weaving? Or hip hop lessons?  Read more »

Stop killing your children!

Other voices are joining ours highlighting the ridiculous amount of children we kill in our own driveways

Safety groups are urging parents to separate play areas from driveways after a spate of child deaths.

Four children have been killed in private driveways this year, and five in the past six months.

Before this year, on average five Kiwi children were killed in private driveways a year, Safekids Aotearoa said.

Plunket national child-safety adviser Sue Campbell said a child needed hospital treatment every fortnight for serious injuries suffered from vehicles on private driveways.

She said physical separation was the best protection for children.

“With the best intentions in the world, you can’t supervise toddlers 24/7,” she said.

“People need to recognise the risk. Whether it’s a shared or long driveway, children’s play areas must be totally separated. That’s the best protection.

“There are problems with all sizes of vehicles, and the blind spots are huge.

“If people can afford reversing cameras, that’s useful, but it’s not the sole answer.”

The NZ Transport Agency agreed.

“While technology like reversing cameras and alarms can help to reduce the risk, even vehicles equipped with these cameras can still have blind spots,” NZTA spokesman Andrew Knackstedt said.

The real answer is that either the driveway isn’t played on, or the driveway isn’t parked on.  Simple, eh?   Read more »

Former colleagues on Brash: NZ dodged a bullet

Deborah Coddington attempts to destroy what is left of the political zombie corpse that is Don Brash

New Zealand dodged a bullet in terms of its prime minister when National lost the election under Don Brash.

When Kim Hill interviewed him last Saturday about his self-published autobiography, Luck, he said that in 1840 Maori were “a stone-age people” and “all cultures are not of equal value”.

But he frequently disdains tangata whenua culture as “animism”.

Now I’ve formed the opinion, from his statements and writings, that behind that mask of politeness which prompted one reviewer to call him a “likeable duffer”, he’s also supremely chauvinistic. Brash’s dismissal of women is breathtakingly arrogant.

I don’t just refer to his philandering – many people have affairs but grown-ups take responsibility. Brash blames his infidelity on “the male biological urge”. Not his fault then.

There’s also a certain decorum one should adopt when it comes to former lovers: Don’t talk about it in public. In short, shut up. Brash didn’t have to publish what he calls “the salacious bits”.

That he did is appalling bad manners, and I suspect he enjoys a kind of “Aren’t I naughty?” frisson from telling us about his sex life. Little wonder, as he himself says, he has few friends.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Brash is somewhere along the autism spectrum.  His talents with numbers are undeniable.  The destruction of people he has left in his wake on the other hand is an omnishambles.   Read more »

Royals. Should we bother? [ POLL ]

And we wanna be ROOOOOOOOOYALS (roooooooyals), you wanna be Royals toooooooooo?

official christening photo of Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. (Jason Bell / Camera Press) Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/prince-george-s-first-royal-tour-4-things-to-know-1.1763739#ixzz2y9ZijjlP

official christening photo of Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. (Jason Bell / Camera Press)

Personally, I could care less (or more – let’s not have that debate again).  It is a pretty cynical way to distract us all from the daily grind of the OUTRAGE news cycle surrounding our politicians.

The ones that want to save us from ourselves by buying the whole NZ power system so they can save us $1.25 a week (on average).   Read more »

Can’t blame this on the whitey, but they’ll try

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New evidence suggests, conclusively, that Maori slaughtered the moa to extinction, in stark contrast to the modern myth that they were the original conservationists.

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, they abruptly went extinct. Their die-off coincided with the arrival of the first humans on the islands in the late 13th century, and scientists have long wondered what role hunting by Homo sapiens played in the moas’ decline. Did we alone drive the giant birds over the brink, or were they already on their way out thanks to disease and volcanic eruptions? Now, a new genetic study of moa fossils points to humankind as the sole perpetrator of the birds’ extinction. The study adds to an ongoing debate about whether past peoples lived and hunted animals in a sustainable manner or were largely to blame for the extermination of numerous species.

“The paper presents a very convincing case of extinction due to humans,” says Carles Lalueza-Fox, an evolutionary biologist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, who was not involved in the research. “It’s not because of a long, natural decline.”

When they say humankind they are avoiding upsetting the real culprits, the tangata whenua.

Archaeologists know that the Polynesians who first settled New Zealand ate moas of all ages, as well as the birds’ eggs. With moa species ranging in size from 12 to 250 kilograms, the birds—which had never seen a terrestrial mammal before people arrived—offered sizable meals. “You see heaps and heaps of the birds’ bones in archaeological sites,” Allentoft says. “If you hunt animals at all their life stages, they will never have a chance.”  Read more »

Simon Collins Pimps More Special Interests

Simon Collins has been the subject of prior examination by this blog in his pimping stories of the poor.  Those framed as victims in these stories are actually investigated with a simple google search by Whaleoil and never seem to stack up.  The WOBH blog will always call him on this until he gets his facts right and behaves as a journalist trained and skilled should.

In today’s expose a group of Maori wish to set up a Maori Innovation Fund.  Good on them if they fund it with Treaty settlements and risk their own cash for Maori to succeed.

Collins though gets right into his own political agenda

Eight Maori tribes have come together to set up a venture capital fund of $50 million to $70 million aimed at lifting Maori out of their long post-colonial status as the nation’s labourers.

Say what?

According to the article “$26 billion of wealth is owned by individual Maori employers and self-employed people”.  Immigrants, Asian and Pacific Islanders have long taken over as New Zealand’s labourers.

Maori are not as pathetic as Collins has framed them to be.  Indeed middle class Maori (MCM’s) now even join the National Party and stand as candidates in safe general seats.   Read more »