Moko March Madness


Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

by Dave

I will cop some criticism for this, so be it, I don’t care one way or the other, as long as it STOPS or greatly reduces the violence against kids, and the killing of kids.

I noted last night, the March for Moko movement and waited as I watched video after video, something missing.

Statistically, Maori kids are something like 5 times more likely to be killed or injured than other kids, again WHY.    You would think that surely Maori would turn out and join the march in their thousands, little Moko like so many other dead or severely beaten children was one of their whanau, he was violently killed like so many others.

Yet, I didn’t manage to see even ONE, even one lonely Tino Rangatiratanga flag, one angry poster emblazoned with the Maori colours and I did NOT notice any Maori dignitaries or so called “leaders” marching together for Moko, now I might have missed them, I watched the news, the online versions do not show massive outpouring or concern from Maori, WHY??

Yet, lets recall history, a few months ago, a large march against the TPPA, and there they were, thousands of Maori marching, most not even understanding the most basic concept of the TPPA, and the marchers were a sea of red, flags and banners, and surprise surprise, the mighty Tino Rangatiratanga flag was extremely prominent.   Is this as they object to free trade more than the wellbeing of their mokopuna or young ones, no I don’t think so, but WHY?

All I ask is, WHY, why do so many Maori take to protest about something most knew little about, and wave their flag everywhere, but very few bothered to turn up to a march to generate change and awareness that it’s NOT OKAY to injure or kill your kids.   Why.

Once again, there will be no change, until the sectors in society most likely to offend, start to take notice.    Obviously, if you are angry at this, you probably live in that sector and I make no apology if you are offended.

See the video on both the links.


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  • Wheninrome

    Marching for the TPPA only required Maori to do what they are good at, waving flags, shouting and gesticulating and demanding others do something.
    Marching for Moko might actually require them to do something they are not good at. They might have to take action with their Whanau.

  • Wayne Hodge

    I watched the news last night, whilst appreciating the grief of the family as articulated by Moko’s grandmother where was she when Moko was abused? Where is the determination by Iwi leaders to stamp this curse out? Why is it the government’s fault, when clearly it is not. The march was a disgrace, it should never have happened, because Moko and all the other children should be alive but the families of these children manifestly failed and now seek to blame others.

    • Christie

      Totally agree – but also -where is the Maori Party, or the Iwi leaders?

  • Greg M

    Good post, nails it,. At the end of the day all this marching and hand wringing isn’t going to make one jot of difference until the people doing it start taking responsibility.
    The first step to fixing something is admit you have a problem and I’m yet to see one bit of that from a single so called “leader”.

  • HunuaRanger

    “A former family violence perpetrator also made an emotional plea for change. Vic Tamati was reduced to tears recounting his past in Aotea Square.

    He said he was disappointed with the turn out in comparison to the RSVPs on the Facebook event – especially from men.

    “Men are killing our babies and our children. Men are perpetrating the violence. Yeah, I know that women do it too, but I’m a man and I’m just speaking for men, for a want men to make a difference.”

    In Christchurch, hundreds of people turned out, holding signs like ‘Justice for Moko’, ‘Protect not Neglect’ and ‘Stop Killing Kids’.”

    Apparently, Hundreds of people attended the marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and other city centers, while 10,000’s protested the Anti-TPPA protests in Auckland alone.

    Could it be that the lack of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag is linked with the lack of men attending the Moko march, or maybe even the lack of free media advertising about how violent the Anti-TPPA protests could become?
    Hmmm, lack of Violence, lack of men, lack of Tino Rangatiratanga flag, makes you think.

  • JEL51

    We here on WO have all asked ‘Why’ but as Dave is saying above………… it is not us that should be asking. When will those connected start to demand answers?

  • papagaya

    If the Maori who marched against TPPA had instead put those several hours into visiting their relations, telling them some hard truths about their parenting and offering them ongoing support, then this would have been of infinitely more benefit than holding up motorists on highways. Even one less child being beaten up makes a difference. Because make no mistake, the Maori child murders are just an extreme manifestation of all manner of abuse that’s going undetected. It’s tip of the iceberg stuff.

  • Helen Stuart

    This old-fashioned girl thinks that the old saying : ‘ the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world ‘ is just as pertinent today as it was back in the day.
    Women, in this case mothers, need to step up and tell their men, (however transitory) to keep their hands to themselves, and protect their kids or better still, practice birth control so that they have the time to love and nurture the kids they do have.
    WINZ could do a lot to help them.

  • Sceptic59

    Well said

    And no doubt you will take some flak, but sooner or later these babies might get some protection

    Scrap that, some decent caregiving is a better way to put it

    Gets me riled how the kids are simply seen as chattels to be passed around under some cultural beliefs like unwanted puppies, and treated as if they were (by those that would treat a puppy that way), bad beliefs and cultural practices and assholes who perpetuate it

    This has probably got me pretty close to the moderators red button but so be it

  • RockinBob625

    And where was the anti-smacking crusader, Sue Bradford? Excused, because she has made her contribution?

  • Superman

    It’s like dealing with alcoholism. The first step to dealing with the problem is the alcoholic must admit he has a problem.

  • Christie

    I may get into trouble for this, but I came to this country in 1984. I worked with a Maori lady called Kimi, who was smart and efficient, well dressed,an office administrator, who had extended family to care for. None of it seemed like a big problem – she explained to me that this was the way they lived. Soon after that came the start of the Treaty claims. And then suddenly, everything seemed to change. Where are the people like Kimi – smart, well dressed, who held down a job and still helped to look after the whanau? What happened?

    • Nyla

      They are still there Christie … I have alot of friends and family that are the best people Ive known … but also have witnessed the same as you, I knew a shearing contractor that was well respected hard working, owned his own property, had 3 shearing gangs running and respected, but suddenly he turned into one of ‘them’, I gave up bothering to listen to how hard his life had been and how deprived he was and his whanau are … from then on he had no friends socially anymore … a big shame but thats how it rubbed off on that elder person (around the age of 50 for him).

  • Keanne Lawrence

    What was the goal or intention for yet another march? Just a pointless gesture and ignored by those who most need of shouldering the blame. Will there be a march every time another child is killed?

  • Nyla

    Chris Kahui …. killed his babies, his father went to his defense and the father is what his son is … (could be all rumours but) … I still firmly believe that it all stems back to 20/30 yr olds dont know who their families are and dont care (love never shown and youre not born with parental feelings) so the teens havent a clue who their parents grandparents are, so theres no bonding or family at all. A female has 6 babies from 6 different males and the male in the bed at the moment isnt a dad yet (just working on it). so the learned behavior of these babies is to survive and has nothing to do with love and cuddles

    • JEL51

      I can remember when the Kahui case was running, I couldn’t believe the age gap between him & her. I thought if he was one of mine I would have stepped-in to examine where the relationship hope to go. He was just 18 when she in her late 20s opened the bedroom door. Then I thought mine had no reason to go looking for a ‘mother-figure’ as they already had that support. Maybe that is where the whanau structure fails. We each need to know those closest to us where possible and no temporary substitute will quite meet that need.