Saturday, May 25, 2024

David Farrar: Te Pati Maori go personal

Newshub reports:

Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing.

Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from political opposition.

However, criticism of the repeal has moved to personal verbal attacks on the ACT Party MP.

A comment on social media from Te Pāti Māori said Chhour, a wahine Māori, had a “disconnection and disdain for her… people”.

“If Section 7AA were around in Karen Chhour’s time, she would have been raised Māori, she would have been raised being connected to her whakapapa and having a knowingness of her Māoritanga. Instead, she was raised Pākehā with a disconnection and disdain for her… people.

“Karen and her experience is exactly why we need Section 7AA.”

Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime also verbally attacked Chhour, calling her a “sell-out” during the First reading of the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill on Tuesday.

In the House on Wednesday, Chhour addressed Te Pāti Māori’s comments.

“I am not going to stand here and justify how I was raised but I am also not going to let anyone else, especially Te Pāti Māori, think that they can tell my story for me. Especially when they have no idea what they’re talking about,” she said. In response, the House erupted in applause and cheers.

That is disgusting – to hold the Minister’s childhood up as an example of why the Act shouldn’t be changed. Good to see Newshub cover this.

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.


Anna Mouse said...

When you play the man (in this case woman) rather than the ball, you are at the same time both a loser and a cheat......

Anonymous said...

So considering the clowns in Te Pati are mainly mixed blood, including debbie who is 50% colonist, are we now meant to believe, that being
" maori" is just agreeing to think the way the activists think? What a joke. Keep calling them out Karen.

Anonymous said...

A good example of the age of adage ‘when people show them who they are, believe them’

TPM’s comments just confirm what we all know to be true - that they are bourgeois hypocritical troughers pulling the ladder up behind them after having benefited from their European ancestors and connections.

This isn’t about race and promoting Maoridom and it certainly isn’t about the children. This is simply about snobbery and elitism.

Anonymous said...

Anna, the left seem to be stacked with losers. An abundance of really shitty excuses for human beings. Why is it? Why do the left have a lower quality of human being represent them? They are an absolute disgrace.

Robert Arthur said...

Chhour illustrates the very reason maori are so fearful of neglected children being brought up in non maori surroundings. The fear is that a statistically disproortionate number will do well (as Chhour and Ron Marks) thus further emphasising maori failings (and reducing the scope for a paid maori nuture industry). Te Pati are foolish drawing attention to the situation. Even the dimmest members of the public are prompted to note the success of Chhours upbringing. Presumably maori spurn Chhour to some extent yet they embrace bikies and the like.

Anonymous said...

Is Maori blood somehow superior to any other? I don't understand why if a child has some Maori blood, then they MUST be brought up in a Maori household. Often the child has more than 50% European heritage, so surely that child should be able to benefit from that heritage and grow up in an European household.
This part of their heritage is also part of them - and just as important.