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 »

More apartheid on the way as only Maori can veto the name of a wine or spirit

This is the sort of stuff that costs governments support.

Maori are being given full control over the names of wines and spirits, says New Zealand First.

“This is utter lunacy. It is race-based decision making that could inhibit New Zealand producers’ ability to use their preferred branding,” says Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Maori are being handed special rights under new legislation that will allow them to object to proposed names associated with geographical features.

“New Zealand First decided to vote against the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Amendment Bill because of this clause which required a newly set up Registrar of Geographical Indicators to consult a Maori advisory committee over wine and spirit labels that might cause offence.

“This clause turned the Bill which is otherwise non-controversial, into something untenable.  Read more »

Quick, erect a gibbet, this man speaks apostasy

NBR reports on a man who speaks evil apostasy. Watch as other media attempt to destroy him for his words of unspeakable evil.

A New Zealand academic of Maori, Irish and French descent believes the pendulum has swung too far in redressing Maori grievances.

A New Zealand academic of Maori, Irish and French descent believes the pendulum has swung too far in redressing Maori grievances.

Dr Brian McDonnell, a senior lecturer in film studies at Massey University, says New Zealand’s “polite middle ground has become too fawning and the government too accommodating to the shrill cries of extremists”.

He told NBR ONLINE: “Maori people have certainly been marginalised in the past and there are specific wrongs to be righted, but it’s time to draw back to the centre.

“In an effort to be nice you can be seen as a soft touch, so who can blame Maori groups for asking for the stars when the government and the Auckland Council seem ready to grant power and funds while ignoring democratic processes.

“It has been the move to enshrine the Treaty of Waitangi in a written or more formalised constitution that I feel should be the ‘bridge too far’ for well-meaning, reasonable, moderate people, both Maori and Pakeha, to say ‘enough’.

“I would certainly place myself among their number and for me it is not Maori bashing to say so.

“I am part-Maori and I want success for all Maori people, but I think dependence on a Treaty-burdened constitution will not help Maori, as its advocates claim.”

Dr McDonnell believes such a constitution will trap Maori in a “suffocating self-definition as in need of special pleading and a special status”.

“True equality comes with being treated as responsible adults who shoulder responsibilities as well as crying out for rights.

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Good on ya Dover

Dover Samuels might get caught short in hotel hallways and pick dodgy Chinese mates, but he’s spot on with this one:

Maori were the big losers in Saturday’s local government elections, Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says.

Just two Maori candidates were voted in across Northland’s four councils. And regional councillor Dover Samuels, who Mr Davis said had worked hard to give Maori a voice in council decision-making’ lost his seat.

There were two possible solutions to the lack of Maori representation, Mr Davis said.

One was that Maori should “get off their arses and vote” but it was too easy to lay the blame at their feet. Many Maori did not vote because they felt disenfranchised and unrepresented. The other solution was to introduce dedicated Maori seats, he said.

Mr Samuels, a former Maori Affairs Minister, said he remained opposed to dedicated council seats for Maori even though the election had delivered a regional council without tangata whenua representation. He believed councillors should be elected solely according to their track record but many of the people who had called him since Saturday thought differently.   Read more »


Oh the Irony. Maori are actually Asians

This almost makes me giggle…but years ago it was Winston Peters who made these claims and everyone scoffed at him.

Taiwanese tribal woman Jouan Pan is in New Zealand with a mission – to get her “long lost cuzzies” to visit “home”.

Taiwan is believed to be where the cultures and languages of the Austronesian tribes began, and that indigenous people of Taiwan and Maori are genetically connected.

Its Council of Indigenous Peoples along with tribal tour operators are in New Zealand to promote Taiwan’s indigenous tribal tours for the very first time.

“Our relationship with New Zealand as very special, because we consider Maori as part of our extended family,” said Pan, a senior council officer and member of the Amis tribe.   Read more »

Comment of the Day

Seriously! comments in General Debate:

Great news!

New genetic research shows the original ancestors of Maori were Southeast Asians who were the first to populate the Pacific Islands.

This solves two issues.

The over-representation in bad stats must be a statistical blip. Maori are in fact good at math, looking after their kids, business, and value education highly.

It also means that Chinese investment is actually by their tupuna – we needn’t have worried about it after all.

Then again, maybe it all has nothing to do with genetics….

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Riots predicted for Waitangi…again

The scribble-faces are agitating again:

Threats of riots and protests at Waitangi Day celebrations kept the Prime Minister away this year and the next anniversary is shaping up to be another battle.

Concerns over his safety and a “gagging order” preventing Key from speaking at Te Tii Marae meant he didn’t show up at Waitangi for the first time ever.

Ngapuhi elders and trustees in charge of organising the Waitangi Day celebrations met on Friday to discuss whether they would move all the events to the upper marae and drop the controversial Te Tii marae from the schedule in February.

However many of the “protagonists” didn’t show at the meeting so another one has been organised for the end of the month where it’s expected a vote will take place.

Key said on Monday that he was aware of meetings going on and Ngapuhi have “asked us for an indication at some point whether we intend to return to Waitangi – we haven’t made that call yet”.

“At some point we’ll engage with them but it’s just a little bit too early at this stage.”   Read more »

Nick Smith could undermine this Government with his refusal to consult with stakeholders


Chief executive Dion Tuuta says Dr Smith has handled the whole process poorly with a lack of consultation.

On a matter of principle the Kermadec proposal was worse than the foreshore and seabed scrap of the early 2000s, which was about right to go to court to test ownership rights, he told TV3’s The Nation on Saturday.

“This is actually taking away a property right that actually exists.

“We haven’t fished there but our Treaty right also includes the right to develop into the future. So the decision about whether we fish there today, tomorrow or a hundred years from now, that’s is our decision.”

Dr Smith has said any fishing exemptions would undermine any sanctuary’s integrity.

The Maori Party, which is a government ally and wants to bridge the gap between the two parties, is also critical. Read more »