Thursday, December 3, 2020

Roger Childs: Does the Country Need a Maori Party?

About 17% of the population calls itself Maori, but only 1.2% gave their vote to the Maori Party in this year’s election. This resulted in the Party getting two seats in the new parliament, but with more than 30 MPs having some Maori blood, does the ethnic group need a separate party to promote its interests?

Successive governments have been incredibly generous to those who call themselves Maori, for example more than 90 pieces of legislation make special mention of Maori culture and interests. Any financial announcements by the government invariably include an allocation for the tangata whenua. Before the start of lockdown in March $56 million was set aside for the group and the subsequent budget allocated $900 million to help Maori cope with Covid-19.

There is no Samoan Party, Indian Party or Irish party, so why have one for Maori? Of course it probably wouldn’t exist but for the seven separate parliamentary seats set aside for the group. This situation is in reality racist, undemocratic and in breach of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. It is racist because it discriminates against non-Maori ethnic groups who have no special rights of representation in parliament. It is undemocratic because our political system should be based on equality for all New Zealanders. And it is in breach of the UN Declaration because Article 1 states All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and Article 21 says The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage …

Another undemocratic feature in the present political landscape is that people with some Maori blood can be on the general or Maori roll, special treatment afforded to no other group. As is well known, all Maori today are in fact part-Maori - Tipene O’Regan for example is one sixteenth Maori and is far more Irish. I have often wondered how they regard their non-Maori ancestors from Ngati Dublin, Ngati Glasgow, Ngati Dubrovnik and Ngati Arty Farty.

Many historians and academics contend that being descended from the country’s original Polynesian immigrants gives today’s part-Maori people special status. However if we delve back into the past, there is significant evidence which shows that Maori are not the indigenous people or mana whenua as is often claimed. As the archaeological digs late last century in the Waipoua Forest and the Poukawa Valley show, backed by iwi oral history and the observations of some early explorers and travellers, there were people here hundreds of years, if not thousands, before the first Polynesians arrived in the 13th century.

For the current Maori Party, however their indigenous claims are not in question and their policies seek to increase their separatist and privileged status. They were the only Party contesting the recent election which campaigned solely for improving the lives and influence of a particular ethnic group. Amongst other things, it seeks for Maori:
  • A separate parliament.
  • More money from the racist Waitangi Tribunal and for Maori businesses.
  • The return of conservation land to whānau, hapū and iwi Māori.
  • The guarantee that the seven Maori seats in parliament can never be abolished.
  • A Treaty of Waitangi Commissioner to provide oversight of the Crown.
After the strong possibility that they were heading for political oblivion, the Maori Party fortuitously won the Waiariki seat in the recent election, and their minuscule 1.2% share of the party vote gave them a second MP. So they are there in parliament and have already been quick to exploit differences of opinion between government ministers over the governance of the controversial Ministry for Children - Oranga Tamariki.

However they are not in a strong bargaining position, but that would change after future elections if they were required by Labour or National to help form a government. Back in 2008 and 2011 John Key needed the Party so there were Maori Party ministers and some of their policies were adopted.

The country doesn’t need a Maori Party but it has one and it’s not going away anytime soon. It is not currently required in the government so its policies are unlikely to get any traction over the next three years. However, the two MPs, Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Parker, will be vocal and try to advance their cause though private members’ bills. They have already signalled that one such bill will seek to have the Treaty of Waitangi incorporated in the MP’s oath of allegiance. The Party of course has its own version of the Treaty which wrongly claims that in Article 1 iwi did not cede sovereignty to Queen Victoria. It is also seemingly unaware that the Treaty was made between the Crown and all New Zealanders both natives and settlers.

Another policy they are advocating, which is currently being promoted in politically correct circles, states Remove the racist provision that allows for referenda to overturn council’s decisions to establish Māori wards. Many would argue that actually having Maori wards is racist as it provides the group with specialist treatment no other ethnicity is permitted. One can also argue that providing special representation in local government is insulting to part-Maori because it implies that they can’t compete successfully in open elections.

Politicians from Hobson to Ardern have echoed the cry: “We are one people”. Let it be so – there should be no special or separatist treatment for Maori or any other group. What the government and parliament should be planning is the removal of all special legislative provisions for Maori, the abolition of the special seats and the termination of the Waitangi Tribunal. Only then will we have a true democracy with equality for all. As things stand part-Maori are more equal than others.

Roger Childs is a writer and freelance journalist. He is a former history and geography teacher, who wrote or co-authored 10 school textbooks.


DeeM said...

I agree 100% with all that Roger says. None of it is racist, it is backed by the Treaty and the UN, and it respects ALL New Zealanders, including Maori.
However, there will be a long line of MPs, media, business people and celebs who will be queuing up the play the racist card and accuse the article of being anti-Maori. That's the weird, Woke world we live in.

Geralddownunder said...

Well said DeeM, I couldn't agree more, We all know that there are a lot of good hard working part maoris out there but sadly they are all being dragged down by the few bludging low life lefty elitists forcing all this racist crap on all Kiwis.

GraceWood said...

What do you mean it was signed between crown and Maori + Settlers

Chiron said...

A well-written piece, Roger, and I agree wholeheartedly with everything you wrote. Unfortunately, Comrade Ardern is anti-nationalist, anti-capitalist, anti-White, anti-Christian, and pro-maori. She and the United Nations are working day and night to remove all traces of Caucasian blood from this country and everywhere else. You have only to listen to the racist, vicious, anti-White late Professor Noel Ignatiev in America to understand exactly who are pulling the strings. Listen to him here: A plan exists worldwide so hideous than 99 per cent of us would call it lies, and nothing but a conspiracy. Listen to Barbara Lerner Spectre in Sweden, and her determined push that Europe will become an Islamic state eventually, and that Europeans will be a thing of the past. I don't expect anyone to believe anything I say, but the facts remain. We are on the way out. Look at London. Ruled by an insane Islamic mayor, hell-bent on ignoring the shocking rise in knife crimes, more concerned with the weather/climate than the rapes and knife attacks in the capital city. Wake up, people. WAKE UP.

Mary-Ann said...

Totally agree with Roger Child's article. He hit the nail on the head.
Couldn't have said it better.
We are multi cultural and not mono cultural

One Law for All said...

If the treaty was between All New Zealanders, how come only maori signed. Wastheresome sort of residency agreement, and between who, before the treat was signed

Hiko said...

Grace Wood asks about the treaty application to settlers
The answer lies in the maori language treaty The only true document as the English version that most are familiar with is a back translation
The maori version states that the treaty is between the crown and All the people of New Zealand [in maori ]

Warren S said...

A well stated article with which I and many others I know, concur. It seems that many on the left want the Marxist goal of an equal outcome for everybody.
I am prepared to support an equal opportunity for all but am totally opposed to a mandatory equal outcome for all.

Anonymous said...

Race Based Democracy
We have a growing group of racial engineers , mainly “self-professed recovering racists”, who have embarked on an utopian experiment to “permanently” separate our team of 5 million into two human social and political subspecies. First by boiling down 212 separate ethnic and racial identities (Source NZ census ) who live in this country into one homogeneous blob, called Pakeha. Secondly trying to purify one, now almost equally genetically diverse racial group, called Maori. Oh, I nearly forgot, there are a few leftovers, called Pacifica, which the visionary engineers can’t fit into either. On the surface such a social segregation based on race may sound harmless in this country but in the long term dividing society into labelled groups has all the smell of the repugnant Indian caste system.

Ahwen Boone said...

Tribalism: A recipe for violence.

Unknown said...

It is high time we put the K in front of iwi and become one people.
J McDavitt

Anonymous said...

About a year ago, I happened to be staying at the Same motel as Tipene O'Regan. As I was paying my bill, I thought-- I am paying my bill out of my earnings and he is paying his bill partly from taxes on my earnings. I have no respect for such people. Scum.
Also, the parishiners of all the churches ( many with social centres ) throughout the country are voluntarily contributing to the upkeep of their buildings-- yet they are also taxed, compulsorily, to contribute to the upkeep of Marae.
Frankly we are getting pretty sick of everything Maori these days.