Māori language

Not all Maori support Hamas hugging Green grandstander

Sheree Trotter (Te Arawa) writes at Shalom.Kiwi:

Davidson has aligned herself with an organisation that is little more than a hate group. Kia Ora Gaza leader, Roger Fowler, has expressed support for a one-state solution (the dismantling of the world?s only Jewish state), has compared Israel to Islamic State, has publicly supported a ?third intifada?, and has justified violence against Israeli civilians. This is not an organisation committed to peace and human rights.

For M?ori who oppose Kia Ora Gaza?s hatred of Israel, the co-opting of Te Reo M?ori for their cause is deeply offensive. Historically, M?ori have had strong connections with the Jewish people. Indeed the struggle of the Jews gave inspiration to many of our tipuna, and several indigenous prophetic movements in the 19th century were established on the Jewish model. The return of Jews to their ancient homeland has been an inspiring example for many indigenous peoples. Even though the Jewish people experienced expulsion and dispossession, they never abandoned their hope of return, and a small Jewish remnant kept ahi kaa in the land over many centuries of dispersal. The rebirth of?Hebrew has been an inspiration for the revitalisation of Te Reo M?ori in Aotearoa.

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What?s the exact cost of Davis?s so-called non-existent ?special treatment? for Maori?

Yesterday Kelvin Davis claimed that there was no such thing as ‘special treatment’ for Maori.

Of course, he forget he was the MP for Te Tai Tokerau…a special seat established just for Maori, along with six?others.

I was emailed a link to a post where Mike Butler has compiled just how much Maori ‘special treatment’ is costing us…even though it doesn’t exist. It is from 2013 so I imagine is it far higher now.

So how much is it costing, exactly?

I sent in requests under the Official Information Act to the Ministers of Health, Education, Social Development, Housing, and Maori Affairs asking for the full list of Maori service providers (tribal, urban, and other authority) contracted by each respective ministry in the 2012-13 financial year, and full details of funding that those providers had received in that year.

Tariana Turia as Associate Health Minister replied with a note to define a Maori health provider as ?owned and governed by Maori and is providing health and disability services primarily but not exclusively for Maori? and listed 177 such providers in the 2012-13 year which received funding that totalled $95.23-million in that year.

But direct fund of the type Turia had listed is not the only government money that these providers receive and she did not provide details of how much government agencies paid Maori health providers for the various contracts for services through that year.

As an example of the annual revenue of these providers, the Hastings-based Taiwhenua O Heretaunga recorded a revenue of $11.05-million in the previous year (no current financial report could be found) and in 2012-13 received funding of $366,505. The balance presumable derived from contracts with government departments. ?? Read more »

Even if he did say it, so what?

John Key is disputing the claims of the little scrote who is saying Keys’ comments made a girl cry.

The Prime Minister disputes a teenager’s claims that he said a Maori language month would be “boring”.

John Key was alleged to have made the comment, which “upset and embarrassed” a 16-year-old girl when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College in South Auckland, last week.

“I did not say that,” he told TVNZ.

“I’m pretty perplexed by this story. It was a very straight answer, I was asked if it should be a month or a week and I said, look I think it should stay a week and gave a really detailed, quite thorough answer.” ? Read more »

Greens and NZ First pander to Maori when Maori themselves clearly don?t care enough

If you want to learn Maori, you can.

The slump in fluent Maori speakers is simply due to a lack of interest by? Maori.

Pushing ?Te Reo? onto non-Maori via legislation hasn?t worked. ?I mean, all the tamariki eat kai at the kai table in kindies, and they?re told ka pai. They sing ka kite before going home. And know their whero from their kahurangi, but none of that ever gets to even the most basic conversational Maori. ?It never was going to.

But that doesn’t stop the idiots of the opposition in demanding an inquiry that will help no one, much less people wanting to learn Maori.

Opposition parties want an inquiry into the capacity schools have to teach te reo Maori.

The Greens and NZ First are going to ask Parliament’s education and science select committee to conduct it.

They say the last two censuses show the proportion of Maori who speak te reo dropped from 25.2 percent in 2001 to 21.3 percent in 2013. ? Read more »

Maori Language Week won’t solve far more important Maori problems and issues


It is Maori Language Week. As is usual, the mainstream media are sniffily showing their undying support by changing banners and putting up stories of no interest to anyone else, but show their caring cultural side.

No one is raising the terrible spectre of Maori imprisonment rates that continue to remain high despite a huge focus on things Maori?in all levels of government. It seems that Maori TV, Maori Language Week, special privileges and funding for being Maori or speaking Maori or make work schemes for older Maori where they get to chase away taniwha and evil spirits isn’t stopping the Maori crime or the Maori child abuse.

One other thing that isn’t going away is the expectation that the government fund and care for something that not even their own people care for.

One of our foremost M?ori language experts will warn this week that the language will die unless the nation makes a renewed commitment to save it.

Dr Timoti Karetu, who was the first M?ori Language Commissioner from 1987-99, will speak out in an inaugural State of Te Reo M?ori address on Thursday marking the 40th anniversary of the first M?ori Language Week which coincided with Dame Whina Cooper’s historic M?ori land march in 1975.

“There is an apathy and a torpor pervading the whole of the M?ori world, and the language is its victim,” Dr Karetu told the Herald. ? Read more »

Hekia Parata wants all teachers to speak Te Reo properly

Hekia Parata has gone all doctrinaire, lecturing that all teachers need to learn how to speak and pronounce Te Reo properly.

Judith Collins isn’t having a bar of it.

The Education Minister expects all teachers to be able to pronounce their students’ names correctly out of respect for language, culture and identity.

Hekia Parata said living in a multi-cultural society meant all teachers had to be respectful of a student’s culture in the same way that overseas teachers working in New Zealand schools would expect their culture to be respected.

Questions have been raised over why maths and science teachers need to be competent in Te Reo Maori and whether it’s closing the door to quality overseas teachers.

According to the Ministry of Education all teachers were expected to have an “understanding of the bi-cultural heritage of New Zealand”, but National MP Judith Collins?was baffled it extended to maths and science teachers working in English-speaking schools.? Read more »

Real voter winning suggestion from Young Labour

Yesterday I pointed out that Labour has a propensity to appeal to the margin and not to?the?middle of New Zealand.

Here is yet another example…Young Labour proposing that Te Reo be compulsory in schools.

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Don Brash’s Orewa speech the media wouldn’t report

The other day Don Brash and Gareth Morgan fronted at Orewa. Contrary to the media reports it wasn’t actually the Orewa Rotary Club but only its premises?that was used.

The media reported extensively the nonsense that Gareth Morgan spouted but barely mentioned what Don Brash had to say.

So I called up Don and asked if I could publish his speech.


Thanks for inviting me here today, and for the opportunity to comment on what Gareth has said. I didn?t see the speech in advance of course, so these comments are just immediate reactions based partly on what Gareth said a few days ago in a speech to a Ngapuhi audience.

Let me say first that there are some of Gareth?s views with which I agree. He said in his Ngapuhi speech that he is opposed to separate Maori electorates, Maori wards (and by implication the Maori Statutory Board in Auckland) and quotas for Maori in educational institutions. Granting any group special rights is contrary to Article 3 of the Treaty he said, and I totally agree with that.

It?s also patronising, and implies that Maori aren?t quite competent enough to have their voices heard in the political arena without a special leg up. Of course that is nonsense: when I was in Parliament, there were 21 Maori in Parliament ? roughly the same percentage of Members of Parliament as Maori are in the wider population ? only seven of them elected in the Maori electorates. The other 14 were elected in general constituencies or were placed in a winnable position on a party?s list.

Similarly in Auckland: the first election of councillors after the super-city was established in 2010 saw three people of Maori descent elected ? not in Maori wards but on their own merits ? and again three Maori out of a total of 20 councillors meant that Maori on the Council were in roughly the same proportion as Maori in the general population.

But as explained in his Ngapuhi speech his basic position seems to be that ?

?.. the Treaty is whatever a reasonable person?s view of the following four taken together leads them to ? not any one taken in isolation, but all taken together:

  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Principles of the Treaty
  • Post-1975 Consensus on the Treaty.?

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Face of the day

David Rankin

David Rankin

David Rankin is an interesting person to do a google search on.

He has talked about the possibility of Maori not being indigenous in 2012

The status of Maori as the country’s indigenous population could be in danger if research, which suggests previous civilisations lived in New Zealand before Maori arrived, is proved true.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said books by authors such as investigative journalist Ian Wishart and historian Noel Hilliam presented “clear evidence” that some of New Zealand’s earliest residents might have arrived before the Polynesians.

He pointed to numerous Maori oral histories which referred to people being here when the first Maori arrived, including fair-skinned people.

“If we believe our histories, then we as Maori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand.”

The archaeological evidence in some research was a potential challenge to the status of Maori as indigenous, which was why he believed no other Maori was prepared to speak publicly on the issue, Mr Rankin said.

Details of much of the country’s past was being concealed by academic historians, he said.

“I would say it’s a conspiracy. They are worried that their own research will be exposed so they have worked hard to ridicule and suppress any Maori history which disagrees with their views.

“However, the tide is turning and more people are now seeing that there is a whole history of our country that has been concealed and which will have major implications for Treaty settlements for example.”


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Poms whinging again about Haka

Every time the All Blacks go to the UK the Pommy media proves what every Kiwi knows about bloody Poms, they are whingers.

They are once again moaning about the haka.

Ahead of the All Blacks v England match at Twickenham this weekend, the chief sport writer at Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Oliver Brown, has attacked the Kiwi side’s use of the haka. Far from being a vibrant display of power, it is, he writes, “hidebound by political correctness, such is the terror at executive level of offending the world’s No 1 side”. Brown has form: he caused upset last yearwhen he revealed the motivational mantra on the All Blacks’ team-room wall ahead of an All Blacks-England clash. The Herald reposts his piece on the haka in full below.? Read more »