Maori

Oppose, oppose, oppose, it is all they know

Labour just opposes everything, it’s all they know how to do.

The latest thing they are opposing is a new Maori land bill to correct major flaws in how Maori own land.

Those flaws have basically condemned Maori owners of valuable land to a life of poverty because there is no way the owners can do anything meaningful with property covered by, for want of a better term, Native Land Titles.

Instead of proposing something sensible to benefit Maori, Labour just opposes.

Labour says opposition to the government’s Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill is widespread, and it will repeal the legislation if it wins the election.

The bill rewrites the laws around Maori land ownership and has been controversial from the outset.   Read more »

The problem with tribalism and government encouragement of the same

Rodney Hide highlights the problems successive governments have with enabling the treaty settlement process with iwi.

The approach by successive governments to Maori economic development is a triumph of hope over understanding and experience.

More darkly, it’s the triumph of politics over what is good and just.

The policy is to pump tribalism as a viable form of economic organisation. The tribal structures themselves would hardly exist outside of state mandate and massive subsidy.

The result is a long list of constitutional outrages and economic sabotage. The latest is the legislative chicanery to enable multiple iwi authorities to invite themselves into co-governance with local councils that as reported last week by NBR‘s On the Money columnist Michael Coote.

The problem is straightforward: Tribalism is the worst form of economic organisation. It’s collectivist, it lacks incentive to perform, the principals can’t readily sack their agents and there’s invariably a complete lack of transparency and hence accountability.

The structure works to the advantage of tribal bosses, not members.

In modern society that shouldn’t matter but the state’s mandating and subsidising of tribes gives tribal bosses financial and political clout they otherwise would not enjoy.

Which is why individual Maori see nothing from settlements. They blame the government but they should really look at their leaders.

It was bad when tribes were being fattened with Treaty settlements but, as Mr Coote well describes, tribal leaders are now being granted unaccountable power through co-governance arrangements. Their political and economic clout extends beyond the tribe.

And Nick Smith is front and centre in perpetuating this situation.

There’s also a despicable loop as tribal leaders back MPs in the race-based seats who in turn back the tribal leaders. The co-governance arrangements of latest concern were introduced at the behest of the Maori Party after public submissions were heard.

The Maori Party is supported by tribal leaders and, in return, supports the tribal leaders.

There should be no surprise in this: tribalism stands in direct opposition to democracy and capitalism.

It’s the nature of politics to think in terms of groups from polling through to lobby groups and interest groups. It’s easy to “meet with Maori” when there are pumped up tribal leaders. The very concept of meeting with European New Zealanders is a nonsense.

The individuals of the tribe in such fashion are politically and financially disempowered.

The endless push and move centimetre by centimetre to co-governance is entrenching power and corrupting the body politic. Not least, there is a complete conflict of interests between a tribe engaging in business while occupying a privileged position deciding both the use of natural resources and town planning process.

Politics, tribal politics and business are hopelessly intertwined and conflicted.

It’s easily fixed. Tribal members should be allocated fully tradeable shares in their tribal financial interests. That would ensure transparency and accountability. The members would be empowered, not the bosses.

The favoured legal status of the tribes in resource planning would not be politically sustainable. Our politics would also be cleaned up. It won’t happen: the present failed and corrupt arrangement suits politicians and tribal leaders all too well.

And being extended by Nick Smith in his cosy deal to “reform” the Resource Management Act.

 

– NBR

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Maori Party mocks Labour using Willie Jackson

You have to admire the rat cunning of The Shark with this exchange in the House yesterday:

Switching support from one political party to the next has its downsides when past comments come back to haunt you.

Labour’s latest recruit Willie Jackson, who spent much of his time cheering on the Maori Party’s waka before boarding the Labour bus, was the butt of the biggest joke in Question Time on Tuesday as Labour’s attempted point-scoring went pear-shaped.   Read more »

$5000 for Len’s walking stick? Someone is taking the piss

Len Brown’s walking stick cost the ratepayers $5000, that would have been better going into the tin to recoup the expenses he cost us with the inquiry into his rooting:

Aucklanders paid more than $5000 for a present given on their behalf to outgoing mayor Len Brown, records show.

Brown left office in October last year, after deciding not to run for a third term as the first Supercity mayor.

His second term in office was plagued by scandal when he admitted three days after the election to a two-year extra-marital affair.    Read more »

Winston speaks out on so-called Treaty principles

If you are wanting to stop the Treaty gravy train then it looks like that only a vote for Winston is the way to do it.

He’s dead right in that the things Maori want to improve their lives are the SAME as everyone else.

Those are the right words that most of us want to hear.   Read more »

Home D for aggravated robbery? Are the prisons really full?

Two 18-year-olds have been sentenced to home detention after one of them bashed Mr Lal in the head with an iron bar.

Mr Lal owns the Kingsland Dairy in Hikurangi, a small village just north of Whangārei.

The shop is immaculate, with sparkling windows, grocery shelves stacked with military precision and an old-style display of sweets behind glass on the counter.

It was here that Eruera Wharerau, 18, whacked him on the head with a tyre iron and demanded cash last July.

Mr Lal ran from the shop and smashed the windscreen of the robbers’ car in a bid to foil their escape.

It did not work. He spent three days in hospital and suffered crippling headaches for months.

“In the head I was really badly hurt, at the back of my head it was all swollen.

So whacking someone in the head with a tyre iron doesn’t even get you a prison sentence anymore.   Read more »

Hooton on Little’s racist attack on the Maori party

Matthew Hooton thinks that Andrew Little’s attack on the Maori party was racist:

[T]he Mana leader is unquestionably a genuine representative of a certain kaupapa of a minority within Maori society.  Equally undeniable is that the rival Maori Party gives voice to another genuine Maori worldview and mission, albeit one that is more positive and optimistic.  The temporary truce between the two parties indicates that both believe Parliament is richer that the other is represented, despite their differences.  They are almost certainly right.

Labour leader Andrew Little takes a contrary view.  In a Monday morning rant every bit as hate-fuelled as Mr Harawira at his worst, the failing Labour leader – a white man from Wellington – declared the Maori Party was hopeless, had achieved nothing for its people and was “not kaupapa Maori.” He savaged Mr Harawira, who has been nothing if not consistent through his many decades as a radical activist, as “all over the show.”

Mr Harawira was first out of the blocks, defending not just himself but also his Maori Party rivals. In an interview all the more devastating for its unusual restraint, Mr Harawira called Mr Little’s premeditated attack inappropriate and nasty, and declared that Maori did not need “white guys like Andrew Little telling us what to do and what our aspirations should be.”   Read more »

Whatever you do don’t mention Level 3 NCEA statistics for Maori

 

Education Minister Hekia Parata / PHOTO Mark Mitchell

Every Minister would like to leave a positive legacy and Education minister Hekia Parata is no exception. In her opinion piece on education, she reflects on…

…the outstanding progress being made by Maori children and young people…

In particular, Maori students have made huge strides since this Government came to office.

In 2008, less than half of all Maori teenagers were leaving our education system with NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. Out of about 13,000 Maori students who turned 18 in 2008, just 6003 achieved the minimum qualification necessary for further education or training.

Seven years later 9476 of Maori who turned 18 achieved that vital level of qualification.

-The NZ Herald

To make the results look as good as possible Parata skillfully mixes statistics. She starts by talking about school leaver statistics and states with some accuracy that there has been an improvement in credentials and that Maori results have improved 2009 – 2015 which is great news.

However despite starting her opinion piece talking about school leavers she changes her choice of statistics to those of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 ( 71%) as they are a bit higher than school leavers.

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Willie Jackson pins his hopes on Old Scribble Face

Willie Jackson thinks that the media ban unless they pay brown-mail koha is nonsensical.

Willie Jackson has described the banning of media with cameras from Te Tii Marae as “absolutely bloody nonsensical”.

He hoped that kaumatua Kingi Taurua could “fix it up”.

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This is the story of a good Kiwi farmer

Lizzie Marvelly did a disgusting story painting a very one sided view of the Treaty. She also demeaned Maori by suggesting they achieved nothing but get on the booze. You have to wonder how an editor of a major newspaper could publish such rubbish. Story is here.

I have written an alternative story below. It paints the other side.

This is the story of a good Kiwi farmer. Let’s call him Joseph Smith.

Joseph’s family had been toiling living a subsistence existence with much uncertainty. The farmers had no governance structure that they all respected and they were often at war with each other. They would often lose their land to farmers who would lead raids against other farmers killing or enslaving their captives. That all changed, however, the day Joseph signed the Agreement.

The Agreement seemed like a great idea at the time because it provided a mechanism for them to settle disputes that did not involve war because they were to become British subjects and enjoy the same privileges and protections of the British settlers. They would for the first time ever be given security of property rights and be allowed to enjoy their property without fear of losing it and their lives to raiding farmers.

Signed by most of the farmers around the country, it formalised the Government’s promises of equal rights and protection like any other British subject. Even the slaves were given these rights and so the practice of keeping slaves came to an end. Many farmers were upset by this complaining of loss of mana when slaves were allowed to live as free people.

The agreement guaranteed the farmers ownership of their land for as long as they wanted to keep it.

With law and order established in the country and legal mechanisms in place, farmers were able to trade and improve their life from the previous toil of a subsistence existence and constant war. They were also able to sell their land. There was much difficulty because the city dwellers wanted to buy the land but the farmers were often unable to ascertain who owned it. Often the city dwellers had to buy the same land several times from different farmers to ensure all farmers were paid. Sometimes they had to buy the land from the farmers who were living on the land as well as the previous farmers who the current farmers had stolen it from. Read more »