A simple analysis of the Maori population in the nineteenth century (which was turned down by the NZ Population Review as it dared to suggest that Maori benefitted from the Treaty of Waitangi) led on to a series of books on early Maori history and culture.
When I recently read the accurate and perceptive Dom Post article by Karl du Fresne, “Racial division in New Zealand is ‘permanently built in’” (May 28 2020), I decided to write a short note of appreciation. I commented that, to me, racism implies simply (a) belief in race, which is explicit in New Zealand law (“A Maori is a member of the Maori race”) and (b) differentiation by race, which is made clear in such a great number of New Zealand laws and statutes. So New Zealand is fundamentally racist with separation by race built on a total reinvention of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The ready point of contact was the NZ Centre for Political Research; Muriel Newman passed on the note and invited me to send an article that could be a Guest Commentary.
- similar economic policies have remained under both National and Labour, and
- the focus on separation into two race-based groups, driven by the grievance industry led by the Waitangi Tribunal, has grown under both National and Labour. The words of David Lange and Don Brash remind us that both parties once believed in equality. The actions of the previous and current governments show how they now – both – espouse a belief in racial exceptionalism.
The social experiences of any group are determined by many influences, including those resulting from such experiences. A further note will explain the impossibility of separating social statistics by class and ethnicity, as the mathematical modelling used fails when there are considerable linkages and interactions between the many measures and experiences. It will also tell how science in New Zealand has lost any independence and must now bow down to Maori supervision.”
It can be taken up again today, spurred on by the sad decision in Hamilton to remove a statue of Captain John Hamilton
Dr John Robinson is a research scientist, who has investigated a variety of topics, including the social statistics of Maori. His recognition of fundamental flaws in the interpretation of nineteenth century Maori demographics led him to consider the history of those times in several books.