Maori

Alan Duff is right, real men don’t beat up kids

Alan Duff has another ripper in the Herald:

We can’t let Moko Rangitoheriri’s death be forgotten – or be a vengeful mob storming the Taupo police cells to lynch Moko’s evil killers.

One of many marches around the country took place in Lower Hutt and there were some brave men who spoke out. I quote Anaru Moke: “I was bashed myself. Who wasn’t?” He says he’s breaking the cycle with his own 11 children. He’s a Mob member. Good on him for speaking out. Here’s Star Olsen: “I knew I had to say something that was at the pit of my stomach. The hardest word for some Maori males to say is sorry.” Including when they just helped torture and murder a child.

It’s a waste of breath to scream that vile punishments should be inflicted on Tania Shailer, 26, and David Haerewa, 46. We’d just be drawn into an endless cycle of violence begetting more violence. But we Maori have to ask why we totally dominate statistics in the killing of more than 200 infants in the past two decades. Why us? The leaders – I mean the cowardly ones staying silent and not joining any of the marches, the ones flying business class to dubious “conferences” overseas – will never do anything to help change the significant percentage of Maori at the bottom of the heap from falling further down into the abyss.

Some Maori have no moral values because they’re not taught them. Violence is perfectly acceptable behaviour, indeed admired; whether it’s king-hitting a stranger in a pub, beating up the wife or partner, thrashing their children.

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Yes John, Mike is right – middle New Zealand has had a gutsful

It’s been a long time since my heart dropped to the floor as heavily as it did the night Mike Hosking declared middle New Zealand was opposed to Maori seats on local bodies. I’m blessed, or cursed, with boundless optimism for this country.

A small population, well educated and politically engaged, can do things that are much harder in a big democracy where even people of the dominant culture can feel powerless and excluded from the country’s decisions.

It is 25 years since Jim Bolger and Sir Doug Graham brought the National Party in behind Treaty settlements, nearly eight years since John Key formed an enduring partnership with the Maori Party. I have dared to think that conservative opinion has come around to accepting Maori have a distinctive place in our affairs and that we are better for it.

That’s Key’s view. Though strictly he didn’t need the Maori Party’s parliamentary votes, he wanted them in his ministry because, he said, “I just thought it would make us a better government.”

So I watched Seven Sharp’s item on the resigning Mayor of New Plymouth with a certain sadness. The poor fellow has had enough of the isolation and abuse he has received since he attempted to set up seats on his council for a Maori electorate. I don’t know Taranaki well but it appeared the country’s post-colonial project has yet to reach at least one of its extremities. Read more »

Maori whingers cry racism and ignore facts of child abuse

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After Maori Television ran a balanced article about our cartoon (above) some fools have rushed off to the Human Rights Commission having a whinge that it was racist. The Human Rights Commission has issued a press statement but not bothered to inform me as the publisher of their investigation. Looks like another kangaroo court style approach.

The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act.

“We are constrained in what we can say about the cartoon as we have received complaints and are considering our response in accordance with processes defined by the Human Rights Act,” said Human Rights Commission Chief Mediator, Pele Walker.

On top of that the Maori Party’s Marama Davidson Fox is also having a whinge.

Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says: “the recent publication by right wing blogger Cameron Slater of a severely racist cartoon is another strong example of why we need these important roles”.

“Using the issue of child abuse to convey racist commentary is both repulsive and hateful. Child abuse is a whole of population issue that affects people of all backgrounds,” she says.

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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

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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.

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National goes Green and everyone gets upset

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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 »

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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 »

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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

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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.

 

AGAINST CHARTER SCHOOLS:

  • 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.

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