The biggest debate in Maoridom?

Fran O’Sullivan in her omnibus article in the Herald touches on a key point for me about Maori politics:

The Waitangi Treaty plays a role as the founding document for this nation. But grievances still dominate.

I agree with Shearer that we all need a break from the anger and dysfunction that has come to represent Waitangi Day.

But the Maori and Mana parties seem determined to leverage it as the fulcrum for their discontent over the Government’s plan to ensure that the partial sale of state assets is free of any encumbrance from the Treaty of Waitangi clauses in the existing state-owned enterprises legislation. That plan may already have come a cropper. But is it really the biggest debate in Maoridom?

If we gave ourselves a break from the tensions that Waitangi Day provides, we might just find Maori concentrate on the long overdue debate they need to have.

The debate about why a two-tiered Maori society has developed: The major iwi leadership groups keen to invest in the state-owned assets when they go up for sale, and the ordinary Maori who have waited for far too long for tribal aristocrats to invest a major portion of the proceeds of the settlements in developing their prospects.

Former Labour Cabinet minister John Tamihere is starting to beat a drum on this issue. He walked the Bastion Point heights and lamented the dreadful living standards many urban Maori live in while the elites build their intergenerational wealth. He wants them to fund today’s generations – not just tomorrow’s.

I’ll start listening to Maori carping about some clauses in legislation regarding asset sales when they stop killing their kids with alarming frequency. These are the issues that Maori politicians should be focussing on not featherbedding the Maori elites and bro-racracy. John Tamihere is right in focusing the issues of that are actually affecting Maori.

Maori are the top of all the wrong statistics, but we see their “leaders” focus on tiny insignificant clauses in legislation. It is bizarre that the Treaty can affect a modern construct such as Mixed Ownership Model.

The treaty has no bearing, influence or control over private companies or private citizens, it is high time we all moved on from looking backwards to 1840 and started focussing on the New Zealand we want in 2040.


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  • Paulus

    The whole purpose of the insistance of the Maori clause inclusion is to detract from the partial sale of the particular SOE’s. This clause will put off people like me from seriously considerating moving from bank term deposits back to a decent NZ share.
    By knocking the price will enable the rich Maori upper class IWIs from purchasing these shares at a knockdown price. Clever move.

  • Luke
  • Jimmie

    To me the biggest debate in Maoridom should be how to stop Maori killing their young & how to wean their young folk off being addicted to the DPB and Dole – much more relevant.

    • Apolonia

      But we have an anti-smacking law, and it’s working as parliament intended according to the P.M.

  • kehua

    You surprise me Fran, you have got it in one!

  • David Shearer issued a Kumbaya press release today:

  • Thorn

    Maoridom is a cult inviting membership from the descendants of Pakeha that went bush.

  • i’m hoping this issue will bring down this govt..

    for one thing every maori mp..whatever party..knows that if they vote to sell off our energy-assets..

    ..they will be pariahs within maoridom for the rest of their lives…

    ..and that is one heavy burden/imperative..

    ..i am really surprised key/nact have such a tin-ear on this issue..

    ..did/do they really think the 87% opposed to this economic-lunacy would just lie down and take it..?

    ..if it gets to hikoi stage.. will be the biggest ever…

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    • Stevo

      It will be the largest ever dole queue!

      •  no stevo…87% oppose this..

        it’ll be huge..

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      • Greg M

        It would be a huge hikoi Phil, but don’t worry, only five people will have to take the day off work.

    • Thorn

      What is four kilometers long with an IQ of 40?

      •  royalists waiting to wave at the queen..?

        ..national party economic-agendas laid end to end..?

        ..national party conference attendees exiting/departing..?

        ..national party conference attendees queueing on arrival..?

        ..ayn rand devotees doing a cross-country..?

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