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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