Maori whingers cry racism and ignore facts of child abuse


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.

Well, it appears that Marama Davidson Fox is not in command of the facts on child abuse.

The Ministry of Justice has facts:

  1. In 2011/12, there were 6,750 substantiated cases of child abuse for children aged zero to four years old, equivalent to 215 cases per 10,000 children of that age: a. the rate for Māori children remains consistently higher than the rate for Pacific and other children. In 2011/12, there were 3,618 substantiated cases of child abuse of Māori children aged zero to four years, equivalent to almost 400 cases per 10,000 Māori children in this age group b. this rate is 1.9 times higher than the rate for Pacific children, and 3.1 times higher than the rate for other children in this age group.

  2. The number of children zero to four years of age who are hospitalised for intentional injuries fluctuates from year to year: a. the total number decreased from 107 in 2010/11 to 63 in 2011/12 b. intentional injury hospitalisation rates for Māori were 1.5 times higher on average than Pacific children, and four times higher than the rate for other children aged zero to four years from 2006/07 to 2011/12.

  3. The total rate of substantiated cases of child abuse for five to nine year olds increased by 22 percent from 2006/07 to 2011/12, but has decreased since peaking in 2010/11 (illustrated in Figure 1):

    a. the rate of substantiated cases of child abuse for five to nine year olds continues to be highest among Māori. In 2011/12, there were 333 substantiated cases of child abuse per 10,000 Māori children in this age group

    b. this rate was 1.7 times higher than the rate for Pacific children and 3.5 times higher than the rate for other children. Figure 1: Substantiated cases of child abuse per 10,000 population for children aged five to nine years old: 2006/07 to 2011/12

    Ethnicity 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
    Māori 253 267 316 356 359 333
    Pacific 220 207 233 244 227 201
    Non-Māori/Non-Pacific 81 74 81 82 90 95
    Total 136 134 153 165 170 167

As you can see the facts speak for themselves. Maori consitute 16% of the population yet according to Ministry of Justice statistics contribute to three times more child abuse than Pakeha.

It is a FACT that Maori abuse their children more than any other race in NZ. If there was no racial factor then we should be seeing abuse rates in Pakeha reflecting the population. We aren’t.

Marama Davidson Fox thinks that discussing Maori’s appalling treatment of children, backed by facts is “repulsive” and “hateful”. In my view what actually is repulsive and hateful is the unwillingness of Maori in leadership positions like Marama Davidson to address the real issues and instead cry racism when someone draws attention to the cold hard facts of Maori child abuse.

It is repulsive that Maori kids continue to be bashed and killed and when someone points that out they get called a racist. Maori need to own this problem, not me, not anyone else and the Human Rights Commission needs to pull their heads in.

Facts are facts, more Maori kids are abused than any other race. That’s not racist that is fact.

The Ministry of Social Development White Paper on vulnerable children points out that children are supposedly “taonga”:

The approach set out in this paper puts children at the centre of the picture, with supports and services wrapped around them and their needs. New Zealanders will recognise this as a traditional Mäori view of children. Te reo Mäori itself provides a powerful insight into the values and beliefs that placed children at the heart of Mäori society, through the kupu Mäori (Mäori word) for children: “Tamariki: Tama is derived from Tama-te-ra the central sun, the divine spark; ariki refers to senior status, and riki on its own can mean smaller version. Children are the greatest legacy the world community has”. This highlights the way in which children were viewed as taonga – treasured future leaders, central to the life of the community.

It is just a shame that the bureaucratic gobbledegook doesn’t match the reality of how too many Maori actually treat their children….which is as punching bags and not taonga.


– Voxy, Scoop, Maori TV


UPDATE:  Whaleoil regrets confusing Marama Fox with Marama Davidson.  Corrections have been made.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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