Kelvin Davis is chasing another passing bus and at the same time tying Labour into the whinging bludging Maori class.
MPs are calling for TVNZ to pull “racist” questions from its KiwiMeter survey.
Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said parts of the survey – designed to find out how “Kiwi” we are – aimed at inciting racial intolerance.
The KiwiMeter survey asks New Zealanders questions about nationhood and, in the values section, touches on Māori culture.
One of the questions asks whether Māori should not have special treatment.
Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said the question was “out and out racism” and it needed to be removed from the survey.
“It just evokes images of Don Brash 2004: implying that Maori have special treatment, I’d like to know what special treatment they’re talking about.
Oh, so we aren’t allowed to ask people’s opinions any more in case they get upset?
That sounds like a challenge…let’s list the special treatment for Maori shall we?
Let’s start with Vote Maori Affairs. Total annual and permanent appropriations are $223,544,000. That is $223.5 million dollars specifically for Maori. On top of welfare, health and every other budget appropriation that also cover Maori. That is $223.5 million of special treatment right there.
Included in that is $40 million for Maori Television, a special television station specifically for Maori.
Whanau Ora, which is an additional funding mechanism based purely on race.
The total amount spent was $137.6 million, which was made up of:
- $20.8 million (15% of the total) spent through the WIIE fund;
- $67.9 million (49% of the total) spent through the Service Delivery Capability fund;
- $6.6 million (5% of the total) spent through the funds for commissioning agencies; and
- $42.3 million (31% of the total) spent on administration (including research and evaluation).
5.8 An extra $10 million has been transferred to Vote Health to pay for a Whānau Ora information system
That certainly looks like special treatment for Maori to me.
How about the Maori Statutory Authority in Auckland? Unelected, accountable to god knows whom and certainly not the ratepayers. They hold sway on every vote, and have now also created the Maunga Authority which has taken control of public assets like Mt Eden and One tree Hill and the other maunga in Auckland. What was once enjoyed by all is now fenced, gated off and controlled by Maori.
I haven’t even delved into treaty settlements. They just seem to be one-way traffic as well.
How about the Maori Liaison Officers of the Police? We have seen recent media coverage of Maori ratbags insisting that they can only be handled by Maori police officers. Is that not special treatment?
Every time an infrastructure project gets underway or nears completion we seem to get the emergence of a previously unknown taniwha that requires some really special treatment, usually in the form of cash, to make it go away. No other group in New Zealand gets to stand over organisations like that.
Once again Kelvin Davis has opened himself and his party up to ridicule by saying no special treatment exists for Maori…he is, of course, the Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau…a Maori-only electorate: another special treatment of Maori.
If Labour bothered to pay their bills to UMR they’d know this approach isn’t a vote winner for them.
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