Bring it back? I wasn’t aware that it was ever gone

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Newshub.

No doubt excited by her warm Ratana welcome and their generous offer of a name for her baby our PM has recklessly gushed with schoolgirl enthusiasm. With a clear inference that previous New Zealand governments have lacked both compassion and ethics, she has stated that her government will look to Maoridom for a compassionate and ethical example of how to govern.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says we should turn to Maoridom for an example of the kind of compassion and ethics the Government should show.

“I want to be a Government that brings back manaakitanga“, she said. Manaakitanga is a concept central to the Māori worldview, meaning to show respect, generosity and care for others.

Bring it back? I wasn’t aware that it was ever gone. In fact, the evergrowing burden of the welfare state grown by both Labour and National governments shows that our elected officials have never had a problem giving away other people’s money.

“For that, we should turn to Maoridom and see the work that was done in Kaikōura, Christchurch and Te Puia. Where there was need, maraes opened their doors and responded to the need of the people,” she said.

“That is the kind of Government we want to be.”

The Maraes showed a genuine generosity of spirit as they gave freely of their time and resources like so many others did during that terrible time. There were countless stories in the media about the generosity of others from all walks of life during the earthquakes.

One guy, I remember organised mobile showers. Others organised free massages in a park to help people deal with the stress. There were so many wonderful stories of genuine human kindness towards each other.

Jacinda, however, does not mean genuine human kindness when she says manaakitanga. It is just another code word for giving away free stuff and driving our economy into the toilet. Her government will be a spend and pray government because as a card-carrying Socialist her focus is on being generous with other people’s money not on worrying about how to create more of it.

She does seem to be on a bit of a kick to keep Labour’s Maori support now that the Maori Party has been so thoroughly decimated.

In fact, she is so supportive of Maoridom that she is prepared to be relegated to the porch to speak even though she is the elected Prime Minister of New Zealand. Where is the manaakitanga, for her position as leader of our country?

It is expected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will speak on Te Whare Rūnanga marae at the Waitangi treaty grounds during the formal welcome, a move that would set her apart from former female leaders.

A government minister from Northland, Peeni Henare, told RNZ it was time for change and it was the right decision for the leader of the nation.

[…] RNZ understands Ms Ardern will be the government’s second speaker following one of her government ministers, who will respond to the speakers from the Ngāpuhi bench.

Mr Henare said because Ms Ardern was hapū or pregnant she would speak from the mahau (porch) of the top marae but still within the formal proceedings.

I hope that telling her to speak from the porch was a courtesy to keep her out of the sun rather than an order. If it was an order a truly feminist leader would insist that Maoridom come into the 21st century. It is well past time that Maoridom treated women as equals on the Marae and fortunately, some Maraes have made changes and now allow women to sit up front with the men.

It is not the first time though, that pregnant women have been advised to follow Maori protocol. In 2010 pregnant or menstruating women were warned to stay away from Maori artefacts at Te Papa.

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