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 It symbolises a warrior mentality that has lost it’s way, and no longer represents elements of a society I can respect until something seriously changes.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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  • R&BAvenger

    On Prime News last night they had an article on a group of Maori grandmothers who were getting all upset about some (possibly) 400 years old trees that are in line for removal thanks to Auckland Transport accepting some plans for traffic improvements in Auckland.

    How come they are happy to grandstand and put up a big emotional performance and grieving over some trees (the plan’s design had allowance for planting of more natives to replace those lost) and yet very little from the Maori community, let alone its ‘Leadership’ when it comes to the over representation of Maori children/infants in the incidence of their violent deaths?

    Only Alan Duff has the courage to speak up. Areal Maori leader.

  • Dumrse

    “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 can sign up to this. Every time I hear or see the Haka this will come to mind and the hairs on my neck will stand up for all the wrong reasons. It has lost my respect until I see some action and that action may be as little as some vocal recognition from their wider community.

    • A Goldie

      A very interesting and profound statement ” For me the Haka is dead now….”
      I think we should ask the NZRU and other sport bodies to stop using the Haka until ” Maori” show that they are taking is issue seriously..

    • Wheninrome

      The Haka is a war dance, it suggests violence, murder and mayhem, I could never understand why it was associated with sport. To me sport is about playing a game to the best of your ability and the winner is the person, team who plays the best. War has nothing to do with it. Violence has nothing to do with it, or it shouldn’t.

  • Jayar

    A very well thought out article. When I see yet another rendition of the haka the only emotion I have is complete embarrassment.

  • Not Clinically Insane

    Great piece. Well laid out argument. Total agreement here. Their silence says plenty

    • Left Right Out

      Couldn’t agree with you more. I had a friend ask me if I was going to march for Moko…I asked if the Iwi or Maori party would be there they said no they didn’t think so….. I explained and there is the problem

  • Yellow Admiral

    Funny isn’t it, that more attention seems to be given to the repatriation of shrunken, tattooed heads from museums overseas – heads of people no doubt killed as a consequence of inter tribal conflict, than to the ill-treatment and death of todays children. Maori must get their priorities sorted out. They will only be able to do so if their senior leadership speaks out, and the stone age cultural practices are stopped.

    • johnandali

      In the 1950’s before PC was invented, I was told that in early times, Maori slaves were beheaded their heads shrunk, and the heads were then sold off to the colonists. It was done purely for money (or perhaps, weapons). The colonists did not steal the shrunken heads. But suddenly, with PC flying through the air, the heads are now taonga and must be returned to their loving iwi. I rest my case.

      • Rob

        After they had been tattooed!!

        • johnandali

          Yes, I did contemplate including that, but decided against it. It must have been quite an industry at the time, but you never, ever hear of it now. The history books have been re-written to make it look as if the Maoris were squeaky-clean, which of course they were not. I have a personal belief that when the Treaty was signed, it obligated Maoris to respect the Crown, but when you look at the percentages in our prisons, they have never complied with that. Perhaps the Treaty money that is given to them should have deductions for this, plus the unpaid rates and fines and the roading and bridging they need for their access, plus the extra costs of welfare benefits and housing…. and the list goes on. And we sometimes hear vague snippets about that forestry area somewhere in Northland where nobody is allowed access, as it allegedly proves that there were other inhabitants in NZ well before the Maoris arrived. But of course that’s never mentioned either.

  • Teakay

    If you study the supporting evidence for Darwins’ theory of evolution by natural selection it is not very difficult to accept that that is the how we came to exist on this planet and how we have become what we are. If we accept that, then the sort of feral behaviour exhibited by some of our fellow human beings (or maybe they aren’t) could be the result of a “misfire” in their genealogical history. Perhaps it would be more productive to try and establish what genes might have caused such a misfire. Given that the problem appears to be most prevalent in those of Maori descent then that group would surely have to be the starting point for such research.

    • Wheninrome

      This article was printed in 2006, in the Telegraph UK to great outrage –
      “Maori leaders reacted furiously yesterday after a scientist said their race carried a “warrior gene” that predisposed them to violence and criminal behaviour.

      Dr Rod Lea, a genetic epidemiologist, told the International Conference of Human Genetics in Brisbane that Maori men were twice as likely as Europeans to bear monoamine oxidase, a gene that is also connected with risk-taking behaviour such as smoking and gambling.

      He was reported as saying the discovery went “a long way to explaining some of the problems” Maoris had in New Zealand.

      Dr Lea’s findings come at a sensitive time after a series of high-profile cases of deaths and assaults of children in Maori families.”

  • JEL51

    Yes, where is Kelvin Davis now………?

    • David

      Yes, where is Davis? Where are the Maori Party leaders? Where is Turei? Where is Sir Mark Solomon, Sir Tipene Regan? Where are the Maori and Pacific Island MPs? These people should have been leading the march instead silence.

  • SFB

    Protests are pretty much tolerated at Waitangi and most of the ‘leaders’ so far named are there every year. I wonder how a silent, mixed race protest of people holding nothing but a photo of a beaten Maori child such as Moko would go down?

  • johnandali

    Now if the Maori king was there (after all, it’s his part of the country) this would have resulted in headlines in the media. But there were apparently no headlines, so it seems apparent that he wasn’t there. It would be interesting to find out why. I wonder if some of our enthusiastic media people would interview him and ask him why he wasn’t there. But you can bet your boots they wouldn’t interview him, because they wouldn’t want to cause any embarrassment to the left-wing bosses who employ them.

  • Jimmie

    Well there are only a limited number of reasons why Maori leaders do not speak out and none of them are good.

    1 They don’t care about their children.

    2 They tolerate the bashing and abusing. It’s not a problem and is a normal part of life.

    3 They (or their family members) are complicit and are abusers/bashers themselves.

    There aren’t any other options. And sadly apart from Allan Duff the only people half concerned about the problem is the (mostly) Pakeha Cabinet looking at what reforms they can do to change things.

    Its not going to help though. Until Maoridom decides as a whole that protecting ‘the whanau’ is less important than protecting little kids things aren’t going to change.

  • Big fella

    These Maori are not leaders, they are a joke. Weak as water. Afraid to take up a bona fide cause, weak, weak , weak. Nowhere to be seen when it counts.