Police admit to being tougher on Maori

via: The Guardian

via: The Guardian

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the police force has been influenced by unconscious bias in their relations with Maori.

But he says police have recognised the problem and have made positive steps to address it.

“I think like any good organisation, you have to recognise that there can be some unconscious bias in your organisation. We’ve recently started some training with the executive, which will filter through the rest of the organisation, because the first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it exists.” Read more »


Speaking out against dodgy Auckland Council and their Maori pandering

David Rankin speaks out against the council’s mana whenua sites policies:

Aucklander and Ngapuhi cultural expert, David Rankin, who will be standing for the Auckland Council in 2016 election, has lashed out at the latest Council moves affecting ‘sites of cultural value’ in the city.

Mr Rankin says that the Council’s recent decision to remove 1373 locations from the list of supposedly culturally significant sites shows that the process has been what he describes as “a farce from the outset”.

Mr Rankin, who relocated the bones of his ancestor, Hone Heke, says that the process of claiming these “sites of value” reflected a snatch and grab mentality, and was culturally ignorant.

“Traditionally, tapu [sacred] sites were made tapu only for a specific reason, such as being the site of a battle.  Afterwards, they were made noa [ordinary] so everyone could return to using the site as required.”There is a brief karakia and ritual involved in returning a region to its noa status, says Mr Rankin, and he intends to perform this ceremony sometime next year.  As he explains.

“Once the tapu has been lifted, these sites will no longer have any sacred significance, and can be used as any other land in the city.”

It was essentially brownmail…and Stephen Franks points that out in a  recent blog post, although he doesn’t use my rather crude term.

We have advised a public spirited group called Democracy Action on the unlawfulness of Auckland Council’s ‘Mana Whenua’ provisions.

We have lately been investigating the prospects for a class action against the Council. In our opinion there are strong grounds for liability, but so far there may not have been enough evidence of realised loss to justify the costs of action. Today’s Herald reports that the Council will shortly vote on a proposal to remove 1,373 of the 3,600 ‘sites of value’:

That removal could delay the time when it would be economic to launch a class action.    Read more »

Maori and Pasifika embrace Charter schools, the unions must be having kittens

Maori and Pasifika are embracing charter schools with 18 of the 25 applicants for new charter schools coming from those communities.

Clearly there is massive dissatisfaction with current education models.

The authorisation board said 25 organisations had applied to set up more of the publicly funded private schools to open in 2017.

It said much of the interest was from educators and community groups representing Māori and Pasifika people, and most of the applications were from the North Island.

The board’s chair, Catherine Isaac, said the level of interest reflected confidence in the charter school system and showed it worked well.

“We do see it as a vote of confidence in a policy that is connecting innovators with disadvantaged students whose needs are not being met by the existing state school system.”

Ms Isaac said the board would evaluate the proposals over the next two months and announce its decisions by next year.

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Applications for new Charter Schools Mainly from Maori and Pasifika

Vanguard Military School students doing PT PHOTO-Facebook

Vanguard Military School students doing PT

Four of the original five Charter Schools have been successful and this success has resulted in a significant level of interest from mainly Maori And Pasifika community groups. While Education unions opposed to Charter Schools continue to focus on Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, in Northland that now has reduced funding for 40 students because of ongoing problems, the four successful schools have shown what can be achieved.

The board that vets applications for new charter schools says it is not surprised at seeing so many applications.

…It said much of the interest was from educators and community groups representing Māori and Pasifika people, and most of the applications were from the North Island.

The board’s chair, Catherine Isaac, said the level of interest reflected confidence in the charter school system and showed it worked well.

“We do see it as a vote of confidence in a policy that is connecting innovators with disadvantaged students whose needs are not being met by the existing state school system.”

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“Happy, smiley, adventurous”…and dead


Maori killing their kids continues.

The family of a 2-year-old boy who died after being assaulted in his Hastings home have described him as a “happy, smiley, adventurous boy”.

Matiu Wereta, of Flaxmere, died last night in the intensive care unit at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

A 17-year-old Rotorua youth has been charged with assaulting a child.

Matiu’s family paid tribute to him in a statement this evening.

“Matiu was a happy, smiley, adventurous boy who loved being active and getting involved in a lot of activities. He loved kapa haka, which his family has been involved in for some time.

“Matiu attended Te Tirahou daycare at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga and was a popular little boy there. He loved to sing, dance and play with all his friends and teachers.

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80% of Maori believe the Government (that’s you and me) isn’t helping them enough

Bludgers be bludgers.

Four out of five Maori believe the New Zealand Government is not doing enough to combat poverty in the community.

Around 17 percent of New Zealand’s population, or 622,000 people, are assessed to be in poverty with Maori and Pacific Islanders considered to be some of the highest risk groups.

Motu Economic and Public Policy research revealed that 82 percent of Maori surveyed believe the government is not adequately addressing the issue.

It compares with 51 percent of non-Maori.

Maori tend to have more “leftist” beliefs than non-Maori, the report released today says, with the majority of responses believing that many live in need because society is unfair.

But Motu affiliate and Auckland University’s Professor Robert MacCulloch says how Maori have formed these beliefs is unclear.

“It’s impossible to say whether these differences in economic beliefs are due to long-standing cultural differences or perceptions of historical injustices,” he said.

“Or more recent experiences of discrimination amongst Maori.”

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Auckland Maori: They’ve got the need, the need for greed


GREEDY MAORI HAVE been accused of trying to extort nearly $500 out of an Auckland mother who wanted to host a baby shower and barbecue at one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.

This latest case comes just months after the “forced imprisonment of dozens of taxpaying citizens and tourists” who were told to cough up $40 each after the gates were locked on them early at Auckland’s Mt Eden Domain.

The Auckland Council governs the Domain in conjunction with the Tamaki Collective of Maori iwi who charge an ‘event permit fee” for anyone wishing to use the area.

Jimmie [surname redacted] believes the fees are an absolute outrage.

His sister-in-law lives in central Auckland in a shared apartment with her husband and the couple is expecting their first child in November.

Jimmie said the couple weren’t rich so thought they might hold a baby shower and barbecue for a maximum of 50 people at Auckland’s Mt Eden Domain.

To ensure there was no issue with hosting the event there, the couple emailed the Auckland Council only to be told that because the Domain was governed by the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makarau Authority there would be an “event permit fee” of somewhere in the region of $450…or more.    Read more »

And Labour doesn’t want people with Chinky sounding names despite them being better parents than those with Maori sounding names

Labour’s race-baiting housing policy led to anger in the Asian community as they were unfairly singled out as the cause of Auckland’s housing crisis.

Labour was scaring away people with chinky sounding names but the reality is we should be welcoming them here if only for the fact that they are better parents than many of our own feral citizens.

Lindsay Mitchell reveals that of all the children in state care only 64 Asian children are in state care. If only the statistics for Maori were so rosy.

Talkback and news yesterday was dominated by the report from the Children’s Commissioner citing the inadequacies of state care and CYF.

It has inevitably been heavily politicised, for example by the DomPost this morning. They like to bitch at the current Minister.

A crucial failing: while 58 percent of the children in care are Maori, the system often fails to meet their needs. Some extra senior Maori staff have been appointed, the report notes, but many Maori staff are overworked. Major change is needed here. What is the Minister, a Pakeha with no obvious empathy or experience in Maori issues, doing about it?

So, the “system” often fails to meet the needs of Maori children.

First and foremost their parents and families failed to meet their needs.   Read more »


Winston is over National’s Maori pandering

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

In the process of not wanting to rock the boat, we now have an increasing divide between Maori and non-Maori.  

National’s indulgence for Maori separatism is leading to ever more ludicrous claims, this time Tainui for Auckland, which was announced by the Prime Minister himself, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Imagine how much taxpayer cash Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson will need to stump up the costs for a Crown negotiator for a settlement like this.

“In all seriousness National is keen to put iwi before Kiwi and that’s not something people voted for.

“Only last month Environment Minister Nick Smith confirmed National was negotiating with many iwi over demands for water ownership. This hitherto had been denied by National.   Read more »

Intervention? You want intervention?

Health troughers are calling for more money to investigate interventions for fat bastard Maori too useless to get off their ever-widening arses.

A report out today on Māori obesity levels ‘Challenges to addressing Obesity for Maori in Aotearoa-New Zealand’,published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, points to the need for more government intervention to help Māori make better and healthier food choices.

The 2008/9 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey found that nearly half of all Māori adults were obese.

The two leading causes of health inequality between Māori and non-Māori are diabetes and vascular disorders, which are often brought on by obesity.

The 2008/9 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey found that nearly half of all Māori adults were obese.

The report was co-authored by Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Dr Rachael McLean and Dr Reremoana Theodore, from Otago University’s Departments of Human Nutrition and Preventive and Social Medicine.

The survey showed that Māori are significantly more likely to experience obesity-related illnesses including pre-diabetes, high-blood pressure and heart attacks that non-Māori and non-Pacific Islanders.

The report out today said the issue of obesity as a health problem for tāngata whenua warranted urgent attention, and obesity and related illnesses looked to become an increasingly significant burden on New Zealand, with a greater burden on Māori communities.

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