Failing the commonsense test: Concepts of equity in 1840 tribal Māori and fake treaty "principles" today.
Equity means equality of outcome. It’s a key demand of Māori supremacists. They say our government’s obligation to provide equality of outcomes arises directly from the “principles” created when their ancestors signed the Treaty of Waitangi 181 years ago.
They are more opaque when defining whether that equality of outcome should be applied on a tribal basis, or on an individual basis. Tribal equity and individual equity are two very different beasts.
On 6 August this year Michelle Mako, the “Director of Equity” at Te Aho o Te Kahu (literally meaning “To Be the Binding Thread of the Cloak” but somehow translating to “The Cancer Control Agency of New Zealand”), wrote a blog titled “In the interest of equity: Te Tiriti o Waitangi”.
Despite the New Zealand Health Equity Explorer stating that “Health depends on many things, and “equal” health is hard to achieve.” (see my 20 July article “Gout and the Treaty driven misrepresentation of health equity statistics”) Mako stubbornly insists that “inequities in health are avoidable”
She then goes on to state that the “principles” of the Treaty of Waitangi include the “guarantees” of:
“Equity – the right of Māori to receive equitable … outcomes from health care services.”
“Active protection – ensuring that “actions are taken to achieve health equity”
She uses the confected Treaty of Waitangi “principles” as faux-legal leverage to demand New Zealanders acquiesce to pouring ever increasing amounts of money into Māori.
In the same way that the idea that the British Crown signed up for a “partnership” with Māori fails the commonsense test, so too does the idea that the 1840 Chiefs who signed the Treaty believed they were agreeing to equality of outcomes for all.
The reason the concept of equity resonates with people in the West today is because it accords with our desires for everyone to be treated fairly and equally. Unfortunately though, most people are unaware that today’s concept of “Equity” spawned from a sinister progenitor and its proponents have no interest in fairness or in equality.
We are naturally cynical when someone professes a belief in a virtue but then fails to put that belief into practice in their own life. The idea of judging a person by their actions rather than by their words has longstanding merit for this reason.
It fails the commonsense test that 1840 tribal Māori signed up to equality of outcomes for all via the Treaty, but that the Crown may have done so, beggars belief.
These facts alone should see the Treaty gravy train consigned to the wreckers’ yard.
It takes only the most cursory examination of Māori practices in 1840 to see that the concept of equity had no place in their own tribal or intertribal structures and this tribal based inequity remains in Māori structures to this day.
Futhermore, the concepts of Equity and Utu are totally incompatible.
Utu is about always weighting the ledger to your advantage.
I recently observed a list of Kaupapa Māori practices, compiled for an article on Māori health. One of these was that:
- Māori must not trample over the mana of other people. (Mana, in Māori, encompasses power, prestige and status.)
Two associated practices were that:
- Māori must be cautious, and
- Māori must not flaunt their knowledge.
If you cannot challenge the power and prestige of the tribal elites, and you must show caution, and not flaunt your knowledge, how can you ever achieve equity from within those structures?
Why should Māori demand all other New Zealanders provide them with the means to achieve equal outcomes, without first redistributing their own wealth equally to the individuals in their tribes – to show their own, unequivocal commitment to equity?
New Zealanders must stand up and vote to disengage immediately from the nonsense idea that the Treaty of Waitangi’s signing brought into existence any legal obligation or moral imperative for our government to guarantee equality of outcome in any sphere of government control.
If the Treaty of Waitangi does in fact guarantee “equality of outcome” in health for every individual then it surely also guarantees “equality of outcome” for every one of us with regard to ownership of and access to all areas of our beautiful country and to all of its treasures.
The lie that equality of outcome is a genuinely sought after moral good on the part of either our government or of the Māori tribal elites, is exposed by the fact that only Māori are allowed the freedom to “exercise Māori customary rights” to hunt (Red deer imported from Britain and Captain Cooker pigs??) in this lockdown, and it is blown out of the water by the idea that Māori tribes believe they should own our seabed and foreshore, and that they should control New Zealand’s water.
Where is the equity in that?
With apologies to those keen readers of my rather lengthy post from the 20th of August (Nine ways to disengage from the Woke praxis of Critical Race Theorists in New Zealand), and thanking you all for your encouragement (As Allan said “Please SHARE this article and video with all contacts you have”), I am reposting here the link to the 17 minute Christopher Rufo video on What Critical Race Theory Has Wrought. This is an American production but it is alarmingly translatable to New Zealand.
It’s a must watch.
Effi Lincoln is a sixth generation New Zealander. Her roots are sunk deep in the South Island’s soil. Her heart beats in its beaches and its bush. Her eye is firmly on its now seriously threatened future as a fair and free place for her children, and her children’s children, to thrive.