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:

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


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 »

“Why are Maori so…” a month later

You may recall Whaleoil running this article on Waitangi Day


Here is how people take other people’s work and “build on it”

Steve Deane reports

The global internet search giant is looking into disabling the feature after a call from the Herald when Auckland University of Technology PhD scholar Steven Elers found derogatory terms associated with Maori.

Wow.  The Herald and Auckland University no less.   Read more »

How long before Shane Jones is kneecapped?

He is running a one man crusade to make Labour relevant.

How long will it be before he gets kneecapped?

The Herald reports on his latest sensible play:

Labour Maori Affairs spokesman Shane Jones has slammed a new rule requiring Auckland property owners to seek iwi approval to work on sites of cultural and heritage value to Maori, calling it dangerous and an extra compliance cost.

Mr Jones is opposed to the rule in Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan that requiring applicants carrying out work on 3600 sites of “value to mana whenua” to obtain a “cultural impact assessment” form one or more of 19 iwi groups.  Read more »

Look no further for evidence how pathetic we are

That cauldron of anarchy, the post office, has really done it now

New Zealand Post admits it has breached the guidelines for raising the Maori flag for Waitangi Day.

Yesterday the state-owned enterprise had the tino rangatiratanga flag flying from above the entrance to its Wellington headquarters, on a flagpole that usually flies the New Zealand flag.

Back in 2009 Prime Minister John Key said Cabinet had agreed that the Maori flag should be allowed to be raised on Waitangi Day on landmarks such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Premier House and other government buildings.

However, this could only be done with the New Zealand flag also raised.

‘‘The Maori flag will not replace the New Zealand flag, but fly alongside it, to recognise the partnership the Crown and Maori entered into when signing the Treaty of Waitangi,’’ Mr Key said.

How can you breach a “guideline”?  Seriously?  Since when was a guideline an absolute requirement?

Anyway, how does that stack up to breaching, say, a Code of Conduct?   Read more »

Clever stuff by John Key

John Key is a master politician.

Check this out from Waitangi:

Before the fish protest Key had attempted to convince local iwi leaders that fossil fuel exploration was in Maori interests. He invited the leaders of the hikoi to Wellington to spend a week with his ministers going over the facts around environmental risks and job creation.

“If I am wrong and you are right, I will walk out and join that protest,” he said.  Read more »

Do Maori have a PR problem?


You may think that the screenshot above is fake…it is not. What it is however is the world of maori according to Google, and Google knows everything, they have the wisdom of crowds and the cleverness of their algorithms…and like it or not that is what people think of maori.

It is truly sad that on Waitangi Day this is actually what the world thinks of maori…but really do they have anyone to blame other than themselves? Year after year nothing changes. Hui after hui all we have is talk. And billions upon billions have been spent for no discernible gain.

If money was what solved problems then maori are the proof that it actually doesn’t.

Shane Jones hit the nail on the head last week…he spoke the truth…an unpalatable truth, but the truth nonetheless.

Iwi leaders are too focused on “hustling resources out of the Government” and not doing enough to address the violence among young Maori men, Labour MP Shane Jones says.

Jones has hit out ahead of the Waitangi Day celebrations on Thursday and following a number of high-profile attacks on foreign visitors which he said was putting New Zealand’s reputation as a safe international destination at risk.  Read more »

A reader emails about Waitangi Day

What does Waitangi Day mean to you?

A reader emails his thoughts:

Dear WO,

Reasons why do I love Waitangi Day: I get the day off work & I get the day off work – that’s it.

I wish I had a day to celebrate NZ and being a NZer. Unfortunately the day supposedly set aside for such a celebration has never felt like a celebration.

Most of my generation (X/Y) don’t have a clue when it comes to Maori issues given the complexity in interpretation of the Treaty by the government & the ‘’Maori elite’’ & quite simply don’t care –much.

Put simply we know the Iwi’s get some land back and lots of money for their grievances but we all know it does not go where it is needed in regards to their ‘’own people’’. We assume the money has been squandered away somewhere giving little back to the Maori who could benefit from it. My Maori friends have never seen a cent or an ounce of support from their Iwi when they have hit tough times thus they simply don’t understand what all the drama is about around the treaty. Why should they vote for Hone or the Maori party to work for them and their Iwi to get something from the crown that they will never benefit from?  Read more »