Moko: Where Has Kelvin Davis Gone?

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

Guest post by Gavin

Since he entered Parliament where we have heard him go on about fight clubs in Serco run prisons where thugs were beating up thugs. Trips to Australia to support the 501 deportees and Andrew Little going to the Australian Parliament to lobby for them. Yet he has remained silent on the latest death of little Moko.

Why is this? Why is he silent on a real issue? Why is the only real leader turning out to be Alan Duff.

I saw Tariana Turia debate Marama Fox on why Chris Brown should be allowed to come here. Incidentally she looked rather silly defending the indefensible. Why are the rest of the Maori leadership and MP’s silent on this issue? What are they afraid of to speak out and face the truth. As others have stated there was an absence of Maori leaders and flags in the various marches for Moko.

I watched the staged walkout of female MP’s when Key called the Labour party supporters of rapists and murderers. There was the usual outrage at Key but ignored the reality that a few of these people were just that as has come out with tine.

Materia Turei likes to bang on about children and poverty. I would have thought this issue would be right up her alley. But no, she is as silent on this as the Greens are on the Kermedec Maritime reserve despite their so called interest in environmental issues.

Where is Hone, the tireless campaigner for the underdog, the poor and oppressed? I Haven’t heard a word from him either. Why is that?

Don’t any of these great leaders care about their own people? Are they only excited about bashing the white colonial class and blaming them for cultural problems that may well predate European settlement?

For me the haka is dead now. It symbolises a warrior mentality that has lost it’s way, and no longer represents elements of a society I can respect until something seriously changes.

I think it is a real shame that the so called leaders of Maoridom don’t have the guts to look at their own cultural problems and deal with them honestly, openly and publicly. I suspect that until they do, nothing will change. Like Hone, when he entered parliament wearing the feather cloak that fell off as he walked in (wasn’t that ironic), they are undeserving of such honours until they face the truth about some elements of their culture.

On a happier note were they to do so, they might find more respect and support from the rest of the population to be a little more Kiwi and a little less Iwi. Or am I just another racist oppressor for holding these views?

The reason I am writing this is I think as nation we need to debate this with a view to working together to improve the lot of children who are in these situations. The government can’t do very much by itself. Making it a convenient whipping boy will not save one life.


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