Alan Duff gives Ngapuhi a ticking off


Alan Duff gets stuck into Ngapuhi:

I’ve also previously written that even if we had a Prime Minister I personally detested, I’d still give him or her the respect the office demands.

Not deserves, as sometimes we’ll have a PM who doesn’t earn that. It is our highest political office. (Putting aside the Governor-General, an office I don’t necessarily care for. Too old-fashioned, too many British Empire trappings and traditions, increasingly irrelevant in this modern age. Time for radical changes.)

Now, if Maori at Waitangi promise our Prime Minister a hostile welcome, why should he go? It’s mass bullying, at its worst. Let’s put the boot on the other foot and Parliament promises a hostile welcome to a Ngapuhi delegation wanting to visit.

There would be an uproar. And rightly so.

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Indigenous Intellectual Property?

I love how this always goes just one way.

Of course there is outrage…outrage I say, on Facebook too; it must be serious.

A car dealer has fired back at critics who questioned the wisdom of it using Maori culture in an advertisement to promote its Waitangi Day sale.

2 Cheap Cars brand manager Jared Donkin admitted its advert, which shows a Pakeha girl dressed in a kapa haka costume and swinging a poi, was “a bit tacky”.

But he said the firm wasn’t trying to cause controversy and questioned why it was wrong for a Pakeha girl to “join in with Maori culture”.

Donkin said 2 Cheap Cars had sought out the views of “Maori staff, family and outsiders” and they believed it was the girl’s “skin colour that people are getting tied up about”.

The video post on Facebook has sparked some criticism from viewers.

Cushla Tangaere-Manuel posted: “This is sooooo WTF…tokenism much” while Rose Posie said: “Taking the piss and clearly uneducated”.

Ann-Marie Kennedy a senior lecturer in marketing at Auckland University of Technology’s business school, said the company was obviously using indigenous intellectual property – from the costume to the poi – to make money without necessarily giving anything back to the culture it took it from.   Read more »

Should we spread the Waitangi love?

David Seymour thinks Waitangi celebrations should move around the country rather than constantly be based at Waitangi.

But first a bit of history.

Like almost all Kiwis I have always avoided Waitangi on the big day. Images of protesters, crying prime ministers, and actual mud-slinging are enough to put most people off.  If you’ve ever been in Sydney for Australia Day, you’ll know how much better our national day could be.

But Parliament obliges me to be here, so I’m writing this from an old Paihia motel (my parliamentary colleagues had booked out the Waitangi Copthorne, but that’s another story).

The trouble this time is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPPA. People oppose it for the same reason people used to have mullets – fashion, not logic. Being of Ngāpuhi descent myself, it’s been a real struggle to understand why local Maori are protesting a trade agreement.

The fact is, many colonial-era Maori were very entrepreneurial, and took ready advantage of the more secure property rights provided by the Treaty – more secure than being invaded by nearby tribes as happened through the musket war period around 1820 to 1840. One of the many important rights the Treaty gave was access to sea lanes protected by the most powerful navy on the planet.

I’ve been reading Hazel Petrie’s Chiefs of Industry. It tells the story of colonial-era Maori such as Te Hemara Tauhia. In the 1850s he built a sawmill in the north and charged Pakeha to mill their timber.

Then he realised they were making money off the shipping so he commissioned a 20-tonne ship to move it, too. That guy would have favoured signing the TPPA.

He was not unusual. As another author summed up, colonial Maori “were able to leverage European technologies to build remarkable trading relationships around the world as well as forcing the world’s most powerful empire into a stalemate.”

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Welcome to Waitangi Day


A lot of the problems we’re seeing over the last few days, and in weeks and months to come, will be due to ignorance and willfully telling people who don’t know any better lots of lies. Read more »


Where are Maori and Pasifika students achieving 20% above the National average?

Maori and Pasifika students are excelling at Vanguard Military School, one of the three Charter schools that I visited last year and did a series of investigative articles on.

Press Release:

Vanguard Military School is pleased to be able to release its provisional NCEA results for 2015 as confirmed by NZQA.  The school achieved a 93% pass rate at NCEA Level 1, a 100% pass rate at Level 2 and a 93% pass rate at Level 3.  All of these results are well above the national average for NCEA and, in the case of Maori and Pasifika students, they are 20% higher than the national average.

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Te Tii Marae: If Key goes, does he lose or win?

There is no win for John Key by going now. He’s got a free pass and can make the best of it. If he attends and nothing goes wrong but they don’t let him speak, he runs the risk of looking stupid.


If he does go and Maori show disrespect to New Zealand’s most popular Prime Minister he could score a massive win with the rest of New Zealand. Don Brash went up in the polls after Maori ratbags plastered him with mud.

Either way it seems Ngapuhi couldn’t organise a root in a brothel.

Te Tii Marae elders say there is a risk of deliberate attempts by protesters to block the Prime Minister John Key going on to the marae on Friday and there was little they could do to stop it.

Trustee Emma Gibbs also warned Mr Key not to inflame the protesters with a highly political speech or “really it is coercing them into more blimmin’ riot”. The Prime Minister said today he would travel to Te Tii after being invited onto the marae with the usual speaking rights. However, he warned that he would not go on if the expected anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) protests were so large he could not physically get to the marae gates or if police advised they were not confident they could control the situation.

He said it was not a warning to the protesters, but he was worried about endangering others with him. He was not concerned about his own physical safety because he had a high level of protection from police and his Diplomatic Protection Squad bodyguard.   Read more »


Media Party beat up over TPPA powhiri

The Media Party reported breathlessly last week that Maori were planning to boycott performing a powhiri for the TPPA signing.

Fairfax posts a video on every single one of their TPPA articles and it has a doomsday style audio track. The NZ Herald labels business representatives as lobbyists while Jane Kelsey is an international trade expert.

The Media Party are trying to manipulate you…and they are doing it again over the powhiri issue.

The truth has now been revealed however; only 1 out of 32 marae moaned about the TPPA and the Media Party beat it up into a storm.

The iwi organisation performing the powhiri at the signing of the TPPA say they are happy to welcome guests but does not mean they support the trade deal.

Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua will conduct the formalities of the powhiri in Auckland on Thursday, amid reports that other iwi have declined to do it.   Read more »

A tale of two treaties

We’re hearing a lot from the left-wing on how the TPPA is a bad deal for Maori and how it clashes with the Treaty of Waitangi.

Activists like this one in Rotorua are particularly livid.

We hear less about the NZ-China FTA that Labour negotiated with China. So what is the difference between the treatment of Maori in the NZ-China FTA and the TPPA? Let’s look for ourselves. Spot the difference and guess which agreement is which:

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Smart move: Key won’t go to Waitangi if he’s not wanted

John Key needs to stop pandering to rowdies, and he is at last making the right sort of noises.

The Prime Minister says he’ll respect the decision of Ngapuhi leaders if they stop him from going on to Te Tii Marae on Waitangi Day.

Iwi leaders will meet next week to make a choice on whether the Government will be blocked from entering the lower marae, with kaumatua Kingi Taurua threatening to stop them if it signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

However, opinion is divided.

“The idea is we need to talk to the tribe, bring the tribe together, and see if we can come to some common agreement,” he says. “There are some who think the Prime Minister should come on and there are some who say no. The whole idea of the hui is I want to get a consensus,” he told RadioLIVE   Read more »


$110,000 trough to research why Maori women are thought inferior

Where there is a trough there is someone wanting to swill about in it.

The way early settlers documented Māori women is disturbing and has had a damaging impact on how wahine are viewed today, an emerging health researcher says.

Ngahuia Murphy has received $110,000 from the Health Research Council to complete her PhD studies into Māori beliefs of the womb or whare tangata.

“I am looking at some of the pre-colonial ceremonies and ritual knowledge traditions around the whare tangata and I’m going to be tracing those ceremonial practices into the context of today.”

In order to complete her masters Ngahuia Murphy read texts from colonial ethnographers, who studied Māori in the early days.

“What they have written about Māori women and particularly Māori women’s reproductive body is that it is a source of inferiority in our culture, which completely contradicts our cultural paradigms about the significance of the whare tangata as the house of humanity.”   Read more »