Forget about seabed and foreshore.
Forget about rights to plants and animals.
And for godssake forget about building consents for confiscated gang headquarters!
It’s about time some people got their priorities straight.
New Zealand as a whole has to take a serious look at its atrocious and dishonourable rate of child abuse and child murder. We are so familiar with such stories in our news bulletins that we have become insensitive and unresponsive to this entrenched trait in our national character.
Perhaps the beer companies should run ads that truly reflect our national ‘bloke’ character of ogling some T & A and being a larrikin stealing beer or being all unshaven, understated and unflappable.
Imagine instead the good kiwi bloke being the one who rages against a child, bangs its head against a wall, breaks its bones, or neglects it to die in its own filth.
There should be nothing more pressing on the Maori Party’s agenda than the shameful statistics casting ugly shadow on Maori. Even as a ‘supportive, remorseful, recompensing, bleeding-heart liberal’ it is hard to take the efforts of Maori advocates seriously when they are so silent.
History is what it is. There is only so much that can be achieved by seeking amends – that you can blame on colonialism.
At some point you have to put down the taiaha and take responsibility and leadership. Leadership is not judged by how many times you have planted your arse on a paepae, or how well you can korero or how well you understand the tikanga.
It’s measured in doing what is necessary to get the necessary done and taking people with you. More so if you have obtained some degree of power in the system and the resources and spotlight that comes with it. Addressing child abuse and child murder, while appearing to be a single issue, will require many initiatives in many sectors of Maori culture and will benefit Maori as a whole.
The legacy of the Maori Party should not be waving the seabed and foreshore legislation in the air like Neville Chamberlain and rejoicing at the sop given by the Machiavellian elite – not while another child lies dying of a brain injury.
Securing building consents for gang headquarters so they can industrialise the distribution of drugs is not doing what is necessary to get the necessary done.