Bugger me with a wire brush: TPP doesn’t breach Treaty – Waitangi Tribunal

Well lookee here, that’s another TPPA myth busted:

The Waitangi Tribunal have ruled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has not breached Treaty obligations.

However, the report raised a number of concerns, such as misjudging Maori interests and a lack of transparency on Maori advice.

New Zealand is one of 12 countries party to the free trade deal, which the Government claims will benefit the country by $2.7 billion a year by 2030.

The Treaty of Waitangi clause in the agreement should “provide a reasonable degree of protection to Maori interests”, the Tribunal said.    Read more »

Chris Hipkins wants to close down these two highly successful schools

Amateur photoshopping effort by Spanishbride

Amateur photoshopping effort by Spanishbride

Chris Hipkins and the Labour party want to close down every single charter school in New Zealand. This includes Auckland’s Vanguard Military school and South Auckland Middle school. These schools are not just bricks and mortar. This cold-blooded threat from Chris Hipkins’ bill is an attack on real people. For the students of these schools this threat of closure is frighteningly personal.

Chris Hipkins and Labour are not talking about closing down non-performing Charter schools. They are trying to shut down successful and popular Charter schools with waiting lists. These schools are wanted, appreciated and supported by the students and their families. Chris Hipkins’ bill is pure political point scoring; it has nothing to do with what is best for the students. The very students who are failing inside our State schools are being focused on by our Charter schools.

Read more »

National goes Green and everyone gets upset


One doesn’t normally associate the National Party with forward-thinking conservationist policy. That’s more the territory of the Greens, who battle valiantly for the protection and sustainability of the environment and its biodiversity in these dark planetary days. It’s the Greens who normally fight the good fight against the chop ’em down (trees) and fish-till-you-drop brigade whose numbers are legion.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to recently read that the government has proposed to set a marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands, which would raise our marine quota from 0.4 per cent to 15 per cent, 5 per centage points above the target set by the United Nations, to which New Zealand is a signatory.

You’d think everyone would applaud. But no. Read more »

Marlborough Maori are rolling the DNA dice

The Wairau Bar, 10 kilometres east of Blenheim, is the birthplace of New Zealand and one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, its kaitiaki says.

Rangitane member and guardian of the site Wayne Abbott lived on the Wairau Bar for decades and is working with University of Otago researchers to understand its history.

Speaking at a repatriation ceremony on Saturday, he said the evidence of early human settlement was everywhere.

“You’ll see shell and bits of adze and other artefacts, it’s just oozing out of the ground if you know what to look for,” he said.

The Wairau Bar was one of two sites in New Zealand where researchers had discovered evidence of remains and artefacts that could be traced back to tropical Eastern Polynesia.

This link was discovered as a result of the agreement between Rangitane and the Canterbury Museum to return the bones of their tupuna that were taken from Wairau Bar by archaeologists.

As a condition of their return, the museum asked that the remains be examined by researchers at the University of Otago, who found the bones of several tupuna were not born in New Zealand, but in Eastern Polynesia.

The discovery had huge ramifications, as it meant the Wairau Bar was potentially the first point of colonisation in New Zealand, dating back to around 1280.

“It’s the birthplace of New Zealand and one of the top 100 archeological sites in the world,” Abbott said. Read more »


Scribble-face making a comeback?

Most cultures advance as we learn more. After all Scots no longer paint their faces with woad, Vikings ceased raiding and the Danes eventually went home from England.

Here in NZ Maori continue to hanker for and wish for a return to the old ways…you know when the average life expectancy was around 30 and people scribbled on their faces.

For generations it seemed to have vanished, but journalist Mihingarangi Forbes believes the ta moko and moko kauae (female chin tattoos) are making a comeback.

More and more she spots the tattoo upon the faces and chins of younger people.   Read more »


Flag panel member navel gazes over unexpected Maori support for the status quo

It has been suggested that Maori simply didn’t care enough about the process, and that’s a blame to be sheeted home to the Consideration Panel.

One of the Maori members of the Flag Consideration Panel, Malcolm Mulholland, believes the panel engaged with Maori adequately during the process and is at a loss to know why turnout in the Maori electorates was low in the flag referendum.

The seven Maori electorates were among the 10 with the lowest turn-out – and those who voted had a much higher preference for the current flag than the general result.

Nationwide the turnout was 67.3 per cent and 56.6 per cent voted to keep the flag featuring Britain’s Union Jack, versus 43.2 per cent who favoured the alternative, featuring an indigenous silver fern.

In the Maori electorates, the average turnout was 48.2 per cent and the average vote to keep the current flag was 74.9 per cent.

Te Tai Tokerau in the north had the highest preference for the status quo of all electorates with 78.5 per cent. Manukau East, a general electorate, had the lowest turn-out overall at 41.1 per cent.

First, this reflects the general disinterest of Maori, not just in the flag referendum.  Next, it goes to show that Maori didn’t feel the Consideration Panel spat up anything worth voting for.  Read more »

What the New Zealand charter school debate boils down to



It is always interesting to distill down the arguments for and against charter schools in New Zealand. After watching a New Zealand debate on the topic I have now summarised for Whaleoil readers the key points raised by people from both sides of the debate.

These are not direct quotes but are accurate summaries of what was said.



  • We want to see ALL New Zealanders succeed but we don’t think that charter schools are the answer.
  • Charter schools are an answer to a problem that doesn’t exist.
  • It is a solution for a problem we don’t have.
  • Poor schools and bad teachers and bad principals failing Maori students is not the reality.
  • The rise of charter schools is directly connected to the Maori failure rates.

Read more »

What’s the exact cost of Davis’s so-called non-existent ‘special treatment” for Maori?

Yesterday Kelvin Davis claimed that there was no such thing as ‘special treatment’ for Maori.

Of course, he forget he was the MP for Te Tai Tokerau…a special seat established just for Maori, along with six others.

I was emailed a link to a post where Mike Butler has compiled just how much Maori ‘special treatment’ is costing us…even though it doesn’t exist. It is from 2013 so I imagine is it far higher now.

So how much is it costing, exactly?

I sent in requests under the Official Information Act to the Ministers of Health, Education, Social Development, Housing, and Maori Affairs asking for the full list of Maori service providers (tribal, urban, and other authority) contracted by each respective ministry in the 2012-13 financial year, and full details of funding that those providers had received in that year.

Tariana Turia as Associate Health Minister replied with a note to define a Maori health provider as “owned and governed by Maori and is providing health and disability services primarily but not exclusively for Maori” and listed 177 such providers in the 2012-13 year which received funding that totalled $95.23-million in that year.

But direct fund of the type Turia had listed is not the only government money that these providers receive and she did not provide details of how much government agencies paid Maori health providers for the various contracts for services through that year.

As an example of the annual revenue of these providers, the Hastings-based Taiwhenua O Heretaunga recorded a revenue of $11.05-million in the previous year (no current financial report could be found) and in 2012-13 received funding of $366,505. The balance presumable derived from contracts with government departments.    Read more »

One law for all? Not so much if you are a Maori

Out they come…after pandering to ‘whanau’ in the Kawerau siege the Police have now opened up a big can of worms.

Yesterday Taupo police area commander Inspector Warwick Morehu, a Maori police officer, was instrumental in extracting Rhys Warren from a property near Kawerau.

Warren appeared in court yesterday, accused of shooting four police officers over a cannabis operation. He was remanded without plea.

Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast today, Steve Elers said he wouldn’t be comfortable talking with non-Maori police officers.

“If a cop knocks on the door, he’d better be Maori or I’m shutting the door and asking for an iwi liaison officer,” he said.

Massey University communications lecturer Mr Elers, who has studied Maori policy, says New Zealand Police have only 30 iwi liaison officers to serve a population of 668,000 Maori.

“For Maori people we engage better with each other than with anyone else,” he said.

Read more »


The Human Rights Commission is essentially poked


Let me explain. First, read this:

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission is taking issue with a questionnaire on New Zealand beliefs which has been compiled by state broadcaster TVNZ.

The questionnaire accuses the broadcaster of using loaded questions in its so-called “KiwiMeter” study of New Zealand values.

One of the questions says: “Māori should not receive any special treatment.” Read more »