Hitting the Mrs is like keying your own car


Women’s Refuge New Zealand has released a new video featuring Temuera Morrison talking about his iconic Once Were Warriors role.

In the film, the Star Wars actor played Jake the Muss, a horrifically violent domestic abuser.

The video is raising awareness of the refuge’s annual fundraising appeal.

“We speak of whanau, we speak of aroha, but I think we’re just saying these words,” says Morrison in the video.
“So we need Women’s Refuge, we need our people and our communities to do a bit more, to give a bit more to help our women.”

Morrison says the problem of domestic violence has gotten worse than it was when Once Were Warriors was released in 1994.

“Every individual case is different, but I ask myself why the bloody hell they don’t pack their bags and get out of there,” says Morrison in the video.

“They’re in a situation where leaving seems [as though it’ll leave them] more vulnerable. They’re used to the violence as well, it becomes quite normal. They fear they’ll suffer more abuse if they do leave, they fear for the kids.”

Maori violence statistics are literally beyond belief. 

  • Half of all children killed by caregivers were Māori
  • 7 Young Māori women and 4 Māori children were hospitalised from an assault for every 1 Pakeha woman and child hospitalised from an assault
  • 49% of Māori women experienced partner abuse at some time in their life compared with 24% of Pakeha women and 32% of Pacific women
  • Over half (52%) of all children and young people (2,030) in care and protection placements out of home were Māori as at 30 June 2012. This compares with 38% being New Zealand Pākehā children and young people and 7% being Pacific children and young people.
  • Māori children were involved in 54% of all substantiated abuse findings recorded by CYF where ethnicity was known in 2011/12. This was by far the largest category, ahead of New Zealand Pākehā (28%) and Pacific (13%).


If you would like to read these dreadful statistics on domestic violence in our own country, then you can read the Government report “Et tu Whanau” for yourself, here.

If Maori domestic violence rates drop back in line with Pakeha domestic violence rates, our national domestic violence would drop by 25%.


– Newshub, NZ Government

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