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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  • Dave

    Unfortunately, excellent stats, and little way of disputing the issue, that overall the issue is a Maori and PI one. It is unfortunate, that just over 50% of the prison population is Maori, yet they are only 16% of the population, and they say the reason for that is the police pick on Maori, they are easier to catch, judges prosecute them more etc, but its not their fault. So, given these stats, will they blame the police, justice system, and the health system on beating up their kids statistics, or will they grow some courage, get some leadership and do something to STOP the violence, and acceptance of violence within their community.

    PS: I suppose it wouldn’t be racist if the image was of a Pakeha boy, even though it SHOULD have been a Maori boy to better represent the problem !

  • IainH

    Like to comment but just too cross. Y
    our commentary says it all:” 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.”

    • The Fat Man

      Maybe is is culturally acceptable.

      In that case we are being racist.

  • cows4me

    It’s not racism that so upsets Marama it’s the thought that someone has dared to call out Maori. Screaming racism is a diversion a way of deflecting attention. Marama believes Maori should not be questioned or be held responsible for their actions because they are special. There’s nothing special about a people that claim one thing and do the complete opposite, it’s called hypocrisy.

  • Tracy

    Until such time they get their head out of the sand and see the statistics instead of whining that everyone who points out the fact is racist, those poor babies will continue to be beaten & killed by their families. How about using the statistics to show there is a problem and try and do something about it.

  • Boondecker

    Oh, what it must be like to live in a state of complete mind-numbing denial. Obviously, the plain truth just hurts some people too much.

  • sandalwood789

    Oh, waaah waaaah waaaah…… “Raaaaaa-cism”…….

    So a few precious PC elitists had their feelings hurt. So they **should have**.
    Old saying – “the truth hurts” and this cartoon is telling the truth.

    This is why Maori will *never* improve their child-abuse statistics. They can’t handle the truth.

    The Maori have a saying – “He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.”
    “What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”

    It’s about time that Maori lived up to that saying. Words are easy – actions are harder.

    • colin herbertson

      another saying that comes to mind as i read this post
      “Truth sounds like hate to those who hate truth”

  • Left Right Out

    And there inlays the problem……. maori are not prepared to take responsibility over the issue…… Head in the sand stuff.

    Far easier to claim it’s racist rhetoric than stand up and say enough is enough. She is right it is a Whole of Population Issue, but when one demographic stands out more than the others it needs to be called out.

    No kid of any background deserves to be treated like a punching bag… ever!

  • Genevieve

    There is something seriously broken about Maori if they do not feel absolute shame at these statistics. They will never progress as a race until this festering sore of child abuse is honestly and openly confronted.

  • MaryLou

    Wow it just never ends for WO. But… someone has to say it. Yes it’s a predominantly Maori problem, but the PI number is not flash either. Considering that’s another minority group. Well done Boomslang.

  • Dave

    Dear Marama Fox and all other whingers. Society works like this to address a problem. When an issue is identified,then those who want to fix it look at some information to identify the problem areas, and look for solutions. In business, you might look for high cost areas, and reduce the costs in those areas. For drink driving, there is little point setting up a check point on the quietest road in the country, but one might consider setting it up in areas that consume the most alcohol……..

    You get the picture (I hope)

    Now, to address these problems with violence, family violence and violence against kids, plus killing them, the stats ALL point as Maori having a very high offending rate, hence the best way to address this is for MAORI to improve, but it takes Leadership, it takes B…..s. It would take a REAL LEADER to actually stand up, and make a passionate speech, and be backed by other PROUD elders, saying ENOUGH, the violence against our women and children Stops NOW.

    Now, I’m no expert on these subjects, but perhaps Marama should seek assistance within the Maori communities, then once she is making a difference, offer the outline of the program to the PI community. This is not a Government issue Marama, its a Maori and secondly, a PI problem.

  • Hill16

    Just a little detail – it was Marama Fox that the quote was attributed to, but Marama Davidson is referred to in the rest of the article.
    Apart from that, I am pretty tired of the first response on the obvious being called out is to play the racism card, rather than to try and address the real issue of children being abused and killed by the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

  • The Fat Man

    So somehow the propaganda does not reflect the reality. Who would have seen that coming.

    The way Maori refuse to accept any responsibility at all is “repulsive” and “hateful”

  • Jax

    Agree or disagree… whatever. What happened to freedom of speech – is this not a thing anymore ?

  • Anon123

    It’s not a question of Maori taking responsibility, they have had responsibility since the Mason report, and the introduction of the CYP&F Act. DSW, CYFS, MSD, whatever the bureaucracy has been named, have failed to resist the mantra that the whanau knows best. The whanau most certainly does not, as the statistics quoted bear out. Whataboutery accusations aimed at colonialism do no one any favours, least of all vulnerable children.

  • Catriona

    The facts speak for themselves. Marama Fox is in denial if she thinks otherwise. It’s a huge social problem which is getting worse. It’s irrelevant which race wins the gold medal for bashing their kids to within an inch of their lives – it’s reallty and it’s disgraceful. It is unimportant what you think of the cartoon Marama – it’s the truth, sorry.

  • JEL51

    Once again the messenger gets kicked but the message that should be heard, is in the those stats right there.
    Marama Fox/Davison (?) whoever, it is people like you that should be out there defending these poor wee kids who have suffered most.
    We here appear to care more than those closely related to them.
    You have to demand answers as to why 14, 15 & 16 year olds are pushing prams into Wharehouse, where others of that age are still studying hard for exams.
    You have to ask why these same young mum’s are onto their 2nd to 3rd partner when these tiny wee souls are abused.
    You have to ask why these young mum’s need to go looking for and receiving support, not from their families, but finding it instead from those (immature) blokes who too are only looking for someone to be close to them.
    There are too many questions that are desperately require answers Marama. The Human Rights Commission is the last place you need to look.
    People in your position have to take the lead.
    In this modern day & age there is no excuse for a 2nd, 3rd or 4th child to be born to a young mum (without the original Dad there to care for all).
    That is NOT ok. Not for the young Mum, not for the Dad and certainly NOT for the kids.
    Time you and your ilk picked up the cudgels Marama. There is no need to attack the people on this blog who have shown nothing but care & concern.

  • waldopepper

    unfortunately for marama the figures dont lie. if the figures above are correct and abuse amongst maori is 3 times that of pakeha, then surely by literal definition it constitutes a predominantly maori problem. screaming racist and pointing the finger at others is simply deflection and projection, and its often used when someone doesnt want to own up to their own inadequacies or failures. far easy to project those on to other people. i think for me the real tragedy is that overall pakeha seem more concerned about maori children than maori do, and are more interested in solving the problem than maori seem to be. isnt that just sad.

  • Odd Ball

    For some reason, the statistics totals shown don’t make sense, eg, 253+220+81 does nor equal 136.
    I’m not saying this to disagree with the article, it just bugs me that the numbers don’t add up correctly.

    • rua kenana

      The numbers are rates per 10,000, not absolute numbers, so one wouldn’t expect to directly add them. It wouldn’t have any useful meaning.

  • Miss Phit

    And what would we expect from her ilk?

    Denial and throwing the race card around.

    Thats right divert attention from the message.

    Sure its not just a Maori issue but the silence from that part of the problem is deafening.

  • Guided By Voices

    it saddens me to say it but as long as there are people like Marama Fox around we will likely never eliminate child abuse in NZ; you can neither help someone that doesn’t want to help themselves nor can you help someone that refuses to admit there is a problem in the first place. perhaps Ms. Fox would care to point out an instance where ‘heads in the sand’ saved childrens lives?