Māori people

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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If only they could hear their babies screaming

James Whakaruru: Beaten, stomped, kicked...and dead

James Whakaruru: Beaten, stomped, kicked…and dead

It seems Maori can hear bits of wood weeping…but they can’t hear their?babies screaming when they bash them to death.

Britain’s National Maritime Museum hopes a group of London-based M?ori can resolve a mystery around artefacts brought back to England by Captain James Cook.

Members of the haka group Ng?ti R?nana have been given rare access to the taonga M?ori, which are set to go on display in 2018.

Group chairman Lewis Whaitiri said they were shown ancient weapons collected in Captain Cook’s first and second voyages.

“We saw tewhatewha, kotiate, patiti and a taiaha… They were tupuna [ancestors]. You could feel the mauri when you walked in.”

“They had been stored away for so long, some of them had not seen a M?ori face or been touched by M?ori since the museum has had them so the mauri that was in that place, you could feel the taonga crying for home.

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Trotter goes full retard, never go full retard

Chris Trotter woke up this morning and sat at the keyboard in his flannel pajamas and banged out the strangest of posts:

NEW ZEALANDERS are heading into a great storm of change. Much that is precious to us will pass away. As Pakeha we have grown accustomed to being the colonisers rather than the colonised. Loss of power will be a new experience for us. As the second great wave of colonisation washes over us, our best chance of survival will be to reach out our hands to the?tangata whenua – whose feet are sunk deepest in the earth of Aotearoa. In the storm of change that is coming, the strength which that position gives to Maori will make them the only solid point around which everything else twists and turns. If we, as Pakeha, do not reach out and grasp that strength, the fury of the storm will blow us far away.

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Labour have gone to the dogs since Mike Williams left, and here?s another example


Mike Williams is a good bastard, with only two failings, the first is he worked for Labour, the second is he is friends with Michelle Boag.

Nevertheless he has made a great observation which I am sure will have the hard left frothing and trying to do him in.

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released.

Mr Williams was speaking for the New Zealand Howard League in an official capacity when he made the comments at a public discussion about prisons this week.

M?ori make up more than half the country’s prison population.

Mr Williams was asked by an audience member if there should be encouragement for more M?ori culture and Te Reo use in New Zealand jails. ? Read more »

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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Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

Slave ship

Slave ship

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire


So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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What’s the matter media, can’t you say Maori?

Look at these headlines and articles from yesterday:

Fairfax headline

Fairfax headline

NZ Herald headline

NZ Herald headline

Both articles then explain the situation. First up the NZ Herald:

Even small human populations can wipe out big animal species, according to local researchers who suggest moa extinction was rapid.

Researchers from the University of Canterbury and University of Otago contributed to the new findings, which appeared in the journal Nature Communications.

Professor Richard Holdaway from Canterbury and Otago’s Chris Jacomb said early Polynesians who caused moa extinction in little more than a century had amongst the lowest human population densities on record.

They found that during the peak period of moa hunting, there were fewer than 1500 Polynesian settlers in New Zealand, or about 1 person per 100 square km. New Zealand’s population density today is 17 per square km.

The researchers started with the latest estimate for a founding population of about 400 people, including 170-230 women. They then applied population growth rates in the range achieved by past and present populations and modelled the human population size through the moa hunter period and beyond.

Prof Holdaway and Mr Jacomb said when moa and seals were still available, the better diet likely fuelled higher population growth.

But the moa’s total extinction most probably occurred within a decade either side of 1425. This was barely a century after East Polynesians settled the earliest well-dated site, at Wairau Bar near Blenheim.

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Accepting the PM’s challenge

One hikoi marcher has accepted the PM’s challenge about oil exploration.

A young Maori leader has accepted Prime Minister John Key?s challenge to go to Parliament to test his opposing views on deep sea drilling for oil.

Fears over exploratory mining punctuated events at Waitangi yesterday as politicians and activists walked on to Te Tii Marae on the eve of the annual celebrations.

Protesters provided the only controversy of the day, heckling Key as he entered the marae and throwing dead fish in his way as he left.

One of the hikoi marchers, Joel Bristow, a son-in-law of Labour MP Shane Jones, told Key and marae elders their concerns over what they saw as unsafe drilling equipment being used, a lack of benefit to local communities and a high risk of a spill.

But Key said they were misinformed and mining would be good for Northland and for local iwi.

Deep sea drilling is a hot topic in the Far North, with Norwegian oil giant Statoil recently awarded an offshore Northland block to explore.? Read more »

Good on ya Winston, you tell them


Winston Peters does make a habit of speaking his mind and today he gave a protestor at Waitangi her beans.

Good job…time to stand up to these feral protestors and their bullshit.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ response to a Waitangi protester’s tirade? “Shut up.”

The heckler rained insults on Prime Minister John Key as he entered the meeting house on Te Tii Marae this morning, ahead of Waitangi Day celebrations tomorrow.

“You are desert traders … You don’t love our ancestors … You are killing our babies … You are nothing but murderers … You are nothing but thieves,” she said.

Peters, watching the welcome from the sidelines, told her to shut up.

“This is not your land. You are not a tupuna,” he said.? Read more »

A reader emails about Waitangi Day

What does Waitangi Day mean to you?

A reader emails his thoughts:

Dear WO,

Reasons why do I love Waitangi Day: I get the day off work & I get the day off work ? that?s it.

I wish I had a day to celebrate NZ and being a NZer. Unfortunately the day supposedly set aside for such a celebration has never felt like a celebration.

Most of my generation (X/Y) don?t have a clue when it comes to Maori issues given the complexity in interpretation of the Treaty by the government & the ??Maori elite?? & quite simply don?t care ?much.

Put simply we know the Iwi?s get some land back and lots of money for their grievances but we all know it does not go where it is needed in regards to their ??own people??. We assume the money has been squandered away somewhere giving little back to the Maori who could benefit from it. My Maori friends have never seen a cent or an ounce of support from their Iwi when they have hit tough times thus they simply don?t understand what all the drama is about around the treaty. Why should they vote for Hone or the Maori party to work for them and their Iwi to get something from the crown that they will never benefit from?? Read more »