Giving the wahine the bash still a national sport for Maori

Maori women are more likely to become assault victims than other New Zealanders, police data shows.

Recorded crime victim statistics, recently released by police, showed about one in five assault victims in the last four months was a Maori woman. Yet they make up just 7 per cent of the population.

A family member, such as a partner, ex-partner, parent or sibling, was the most likely person to carry out the assault.

The figures, previously only available to police and some policy makers, show the various permutations of crime and its victims.

For Europeans, Asians and Indians, men were more likely to be assaulted than women, but for Pacific Islanders and Maori, women were more likely to be victims.

Family violence rates for Pacific Islanders were almost double those of Europeans and Asians. Maori were not far behind.

That Maori women were over-represented in crime victimhood statistics was not surprising, Victim Support chief executive Kevin Tso said.

“It’s very indicative of the stats we’ve seen and the work we actually engage in,” he said.

Trends were not always easy to determine, but the victimisation of Maori women had emerged in other research, including the recently released Glenn Inquiry.

It was something Victim Support dealt with every day.

“This topic . . . goes to the core of our New Zealand demographic and cultural issues in our society,” Tso said.

Regional figures showed race-based victimisation was widespread.

Once were Warriors.


It remains pointless to look at these statistics without actually delving into the causes.

Is most of this drug and alcohol fueled?  Or is it down to genetic or cultural inheritance?


– Charlie Mitchell, The Press


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  • HtD

    The way it’s worded, the 7% figure looks dishonest – unless it’s pointed out that the wule female population is 48% (51% of the population being male). Female Maori victimhood is still disproportionate, but this overemphasises it.

    • Evan

      Don’t know where you got your %’s from but they are wrong, NZ has slightly more females than males so the ratio is around 51% Female to 49% Male overall.
      There are more males than females until you hit the 25 age band then it reverses significantly (NZ Census Demographic Stats 2014)

      • Albert Lane

        When I worked for Corrections some years ago, the majority of Maori inmates were young. They had commenced their offending at a very early age, with the seriousness of offences increasing as they got older, eventually culminating in prison sentences when in their late teens. They would serve a number of jail terms over the next ten to 15 years, but from their early to mid-30’s their rate of imprisonment dropped off to very low numbers. This has never been adequately explained, and I would suggest that anybody studying towards a higher university degree might be able to enlighten us as to what’s going on, and to advise what programs should be brought in to reduce the unacceptably-high rate of offending and imprisonment amongst young Maori males.

  • R2D2

    And because discrimination is illegal, then it has to be assumed that this rate applies to all men, not just polynesians. So all men must suffer because of political correctness, which bans blaming of just the groups that do the damage.

    • Citizen

      same as all men are discriminated on flights, in as such we’re seen as such a risk that no child travelling alone should be in a seat near us!

      • SkeptiK

        Every cloud has a silver lining though, doesn’t it!

  • Neil

    The Haka is an important cultural part of Maori life. Maybe it is not a good example for young Maoris….Being angry and out of control is, as with the haka, part of their heritage?

    • Albert Lane

      After all, isn’t the haka a challenge to fight? It’s not as if it’s used to invite your neighbours over for a cup of coffee.

  • Pluto

    Article about Maori smoking, which sadly goes on to blame colonisation, sigh.
    Same with violence,it’s always nobody’s fault, therein lies the problem.

    Come on Kelvin, Hone etc, stand up and tell your people to take responsibility.

    • Albert Lane

      Isn’t Hone’s mother Titiwai? I don’t think shes been a good role model over the years, so if Hone’s goes off the rails from time to time, you can blame his upbringing.

  • exactchange

    Whatever the contributing cause on the day, there seems to be an underlying simmer of anger in some people, whatever the gender or race, which busts out. Anger, however, does not come unbidden out of thin air. It is the manifestation of something else, which could be – and be triggered by – many different things. When we know what some of them are, there is some possibility of dealing to them.

    Whatever the reason for the anger, there is something very distressing about the low regard some people have for their family members, even those who have slept in their bed or borne their children. There is a lot more help now for women and children in violent relationships, but the victims need to ask.

    Men in violent relationships are seldom recognised, and even less often supported. They do exist, more often than many think.

  • Tom

    This is a surprise to no-one.

    Except maybe Titewhai Harawira

  • phronesis

    “Regional figures showed race-based victimisation was widespread.” The problem isn’t the “race” of the victim it’s the “race” of the attacker that’s the problem!

    There is in fact no such thing as “race” and it would be much more accurate to say that it is the culture that the attacker identifies with that is the problem. But of course that will never happen. Ironically because that would be “racist”. Whatever that means these days.

  • BlitzkriegNZ

    I’m white, my fault, sorry.
    I wonder if little andy pandy will do a Cunliffe and say sorry for being a descendant of dirty white invaders of Maori lands causing them to be all angry like him and give their partners the bash because of what happened over 100 years ago.

  • Jimmie

    Alcohol abuse is a big factor. Cannabis and other drug abuse is another. A lack of morals and minimal life skills is another. Poor decision making is another. Put all of these together and you end up with domestic violence and many other crimes as a result.

    And then the offspring of these folk see this in practice and think that it is normal and carry it on.

    I know this as I have been to many domestic incidents and most of the time you could write the same report – just change dates and names.

    • Albert Lane

      And that’s why around 50% of all prison inmates are Maori. They represent about 15% of the population of NZ, so there must be something going wrong. When will their so-called leaders realise this and divert some of their treaty money and assets into education and training programs for their people. The leaders must all have flash houses and cars by now, so now they should start doing something positive for their communities.

      • Hoani Toa

        …..and you obviously do not know ANYTHING about what iwi and hapu have been doing for maori so you can stop with you random untrue comments.

  • dgrogan

    Not sure about the reasons why. But I’ll put money on the fact that, when Maori get around to analysing the cause, it will not be their fault.

  • coltheman

    Someone stole their land.

    • Hoani Toa

      Correction, that “someone” stole every land and culture they ever came accross.

  • R2D2

    The cause? Well how could it be more obvious? She didn’t cook him some eggs!

  • Nige.

    i wonder how this compares with Maori in Australia? There are plenty over there, and I will would bet that the Maori statistics there show that Maori who have “moved on/let go” of Land Grievances are far more settled/less likely to be violent.

    I will bet it has more to do with the “poor oppressed me” mentality than anything to do with race.

    • Dumrse

      Outstanding question and I’ve got a hundy that says you are spot on.

      • Hoani Toa


    • Albert Lane

      When I was living in Aust, I met a number of Maori people who were permanent residents over there, and during our conversations I usually asked if they ever intend returning to NZ. Almost without exception, they look quite startled, and usually say things like “No, people who still live in New Zealand are bludgers and wasters. I’m never going back”. It would be a very interesting exercise for a journalist to go to Australia, seek out these people, interview them and find out what makes them tick. They’d soon find out why the Aussie Maoris are so dismissive of the Kiwi Maoris. On the whole, Maori people living in Australia are hard working, they have good jobs, they’re ambitious, and they are successful.

      • Hoani Toa

        They leave because they hate the stereo types we get slammed with by people who generalize about anything maori. And there are plenty of hard working, ambitious, successful, working maori with excellent jobs in NZ. Only we stay here to carry on traditions and let our children be born and bred in our own country.

        • Dumrse

          I guess you feel good now having stated the absolute obvious. I don’t see that the post was talking about the “plenty of hard working, ambitious, successful, working maori with excellent jobs in NZ”. Write such a post and I will support you 100%.

    • Hoani Toa

      You are wrong, its the daily slamming of stereo types that are never ending considering they only report every bad thing associated with maori but never report the successful, high achievers etc. Considering my mother who is in her late 60s was beaten at school for speaking maori from the teachers its not the “poor me mentality” but more “this is our reality”. Im in my late 30s and fully understand what our last generation went through. So to answer your question you are completely wrong.

      • Nige.

        your making excuse for why maori are over represented in our criminal statistic. clearly you have some personal issues which you are working through but i do know that the maori people who I know who lived in australia who i have talked to genuinly just want to be treated as human beings and not victims. the story you tell about your mum…fair enough that you would want to use that as some sort of ammunition for your cause..having not been there it might be possible that your mun was not beaten for BEING maori but for SPEAKING maori just like a chinese student of the day would have.

        long and short of it is that maori have had Billions of dollars paid out to the iwi and had special legislation put in place and a tv station given to them etc etc…enough yet?

        on a personal note my wife is maori and she is a human being first and a maori second. if you can understand that.

        lastly, upvoting yourself is not cool. its weird.

  • Rachael Membery

    Is there a statistical breakdown re Maori women married to non-Maori men, Maori men and non-Maori women and levels of violence?

  • Billythekid

    Does anyone have the true answer as to why Maori are violent ?

    • Hoani Toa

      We are not violent. Read the never ending ignorant comments anywhere about Maori then you will understand how misunderstood we are. When your history is taught wrong in schools then you end up with a divided country full of false history.

      • Billythekid

        Life is a momentary thing. The past and the future do not exist, thus it’s plain sailing. History is exactly that………. history.

  • OneTrack

    Those damn colonists.

  • sin-ic

    Whu do I get the feeling that every time these sorts of statistics are released, that is fvramed that Pakeha are to blame? The grievance industry working overtime.