Well, well! A leading newspaper, the NZ Herald, has published, in full, David Seymour’s response to the predictable woke furore that erupted all over the mainstream media outlets and on social media after he criticised the issuing of Priority Access Codes for Maori to get the Covid vaccine.
As he points out, the codes themselves were already widely shared on social media, and yet only he was singled out for the social justice backlash. I wonder if that’s because he is the leader of the only political party in NZ to regularly and consistently take the government to task over its blatant racial preferment.
His article is a scathing indictment on the government’s separatist policy, described fully in the He Puapua report, to divide NZ by race, creating two classes of citizens - Maori and the vast majority. The first class, in every sense of the word, gets more power, rights, justice, wealth, land, water and, ultimately, a veto over every decision the vast majority tries to make. Everyone else has to bite their tongue and say thank you.
And it’s all driven, apparently, from some deep sense of shame and guilt at the supposedly terrible injustices visited on Maori since colonisation by Britain. It conveniently overlooks the atrocious practices and injustices that Maori were visiting upon each other prior to colonisation and ignores the considerable benefits Maori have gained since 1840. In other words, it’s a one-eyed, one-way version of NZ history which paints Maori as living in harmony with each other and the environment only to have it all snatched away by the evil white man.
Some people really do believe the tale I’ve just told above. They are typically non-Maori, left-wing politicians, academics and journalists who have been suckered into swallowing the sob story that a tiny minority of extreme Maori activists have been cultivating for decades. These gullible, eager-to-please individuals are ripe for the picking by savvy opportunists who see huge benefits for doing nothing more than claiming to be indigenous and hard done by.
The Treaty has effectively been rewritten to include the concept of “partnership” and “principles”, giving credence to the claims for joint governance and rights by racial group, rather than by proportionality which real democracies use. But if you read the Treaty, which is very short, there is no mention of partnership or principles. It’s basically a contract in which Maori cede sovereignty to the Crown in exchange for the rights of British subjects - nothing more.
What I find interesting in all this is the decision by the NZ Herald to publish Mr Seymour’s article. The typical response, over the past couple of years, is for the MSM to reject opinion pieces like this which criticise the government, on the grounds that they are racist or offensive. To protect their readers or listeners from hurt and dismay they censor them.
This article pulls no punches and does not confine itself to the vaccination program but covers the whole gamut of the separatist agenda. Are there sectors of the media who are starting to bite the hand that feeds it? Are cracks starting to appear in the Public Interest Journalism Fund? It would be nice to think so.
Perhaps the media can sense an upwelling of public discontent and don’t want to alienate a significant proportion of their readership.
In other words - is the tide turning?
Derek Mackie is a geologist with a keen interest in current affairs.