Why don’t we all decide to be “offended”? The National Geographic Board.


Basically it is no exaggeration to note that we are being conned. So-called consultation processes claimed to be available for genuine public input are increasingly perceived as merely a sop to a public to which the government has no intention of listening… Not when it comes to a major political party needing the support of a minor party, such as the Maori Party – so electorally unpopular that it did not even muster 3% of the vote in the last election – but which has been perceived as being in the position to subvert our democratic processes ever since.

So ridiculous – we could well argue, so shocking  – is lip service now being given to all things Maori, including the mumbo-jumbo of primitive animism, that there have been objections to the face of mountains being climbed, because the god of the tribe lives there. Public roadworks can be expensively diverted because a mythical monster (taniwha) is considered to live under a bridge nearby. It is not unknown for such monsters to become apparently appeased by the paying of koha…essentially a bribe…to any local Maori group raising objections. Visitors, including children, utilising a public library are exposed to what many regard as a crudely offensive statue of a larger than life, aggressive naked Maori with an exaggeratedly erect penis.

And on it goes. The challenge is to protest – knowing that this will bring the usual highly manipulative claim of being “offended”  from those who have a vested interest in being offended.In Malcolm X’s reminder, echoed by the aggressive Titewhai Harawira, the squeaky wheel gets the more grease. Indeed.

It is to New Zealanders’ shame that so few defended a recent Danish visitor’s well-put objection to the typical tedious confrontational welcome-with-a-weapon to overseas visitors expected to be entranced by this – and expected to hongi with strangers. It is about time that we came of age and did not force anachronistic, barbaric rituals on those who find them tedious, threatening, and off-putting. Instead of the support she should have received for a reasonable objection, the usual suspects decided to become offended, a form of bullying now becoming embedded. This visitor, quite within her rights to expect a civilised reception, was subsequently sufficiently intimidated to be virtually forced to apologise.

We need to take back our country.  I was reminded of how little in the way of genuine consultation is provided by the pretence of the opportunity for public feedback to be listened to when recently contacting the National Geographic Board, apparently open to New Zealanders’ views, on yet another tiresome and enormously expensive proposal (whose?) . This time it is to not only now duplicate the names of the North and South Islands in Maori, but to extend this to the politically correct process  of  duplicating well-established place names everywhere throughout the country with an often arguably inauthentic Maori equivalent. Why?

The reality is that such changes simply can’t be justified. As has been well argued by one of New Zealand’s foremost QCs, no law should be passed which is not absolutely essential. Yet we are constantly bombarded with non-essential new legislation. The determined Maorification of the country – as troubling to most sensible part-Maori as to other New Zealanders – should be viewed for what it is… the language police trying to make New Zealanders conform to certain patterns of thinking and acting which regard Maori as essentially superior –  and necessitating homage to be paid to this re-mythologised culture. At the bottom of all this is apparently a spiritual malaise, tribal egos so hungry for constant attention, media centrestaging, and political aggrandisement, that their demands are escalating.

The National Geographic Board is supposedly canvassing New Zealanders’ views on imposing radicalized Maori place names as alternatives to those established by nearly two centuries of usage. Speaking to a representative of the board, which has 12 members and a budget to finance its activities (we should remember that every name change costs this now impoverished country millions of dollars, as not only signposts, but atlases, maps, thousands of written records  would now have to be” corrected) I pointed this out.

Although the woman with whom I spoke claimed that the consultation process was genuine and that they were looking for public feedback, I was dealing with a closed mind. Raising this question of the centre-staging of all things Maori now permeating our National life, locking young Maori into a myopic, sanitised and over-glorified worldview of the past  which will be very much to their detriment in the future, I raised the question not only of the sheer lack of necessity and expense of these new proposals, but instanced the ridiculously unfair and quite shocking fine of $3750.00 dollars recently inflicted on a commercial pilot in the Timaru District Court for the “gravely offensive” act of hovering a  helicopter over the summit of Mt Cook.

Apparently this peak represents to the ever-opportunistic Ngai Tahu (long in fact known as the white tribe, because of their descent from an early Danish whaler)  “the most sacred of ancestors, from whom Ngai Tahu descend and who provide the iwi with its sense of communal identity, solidarity, and purpose”.  (District Court Judge Joanna Maze endorsed this nonsense, describing the helicopter’s presence as one of sacrilege… )

The politically correct are not only getting sillier and sillier, they are getting bolder, as New Zealanders who do attempt to engage in genuine consultation become either intimidated, condescended to, bullied and dismissed. This board member immediately took umbrage, and described herself as “offended”. I asked her whether or not the board was genuinely engaged in looking for public feedback. When she replied in the affirmative, I then reminded her that this was exactly what she was getting. As to her remaining “offended” because she did not in fact welcome this kind of public consultation, I assured her that I was even more offended. After all, as a member of the board which the public would expect to be fair-minded, objective, considered, and impartial, she was none of these things.

Consultation? When Telecom chief executive Simon Moutter announced that the company’s 7603 staff were “philosophical”  about hundreds of job cuts (which may continue for the next two or three years) his claim was incredible. This is a question of people, not just a collective “staff”… people who have homes, young families, mortgages, hopes for permanence to plan for their future. It is insulting to advance the notion that they don’t really mind losing their jobs, their future, particularly- in a depressed economy.

Before Labour list MP, the gay Charles Chauvel, (one of the Labour Party’s “rainbow coalition” presided over by Helen Clark) left parliament for a job at the United Nations, he predictably advanced the usual activist line that “constitutionally, there is an understanding that the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act has to be entrenched … “we need to have clear symbols of our own unique identity”. We can translate this into ongoing divisive and inappropriate, radicalized Maori centre-staging… He alluded to “our prosperous, stable, established democracy.”

We now have none of those things. List MPs whom nobody  voted for – hand picked by party leaders to be sure of bringing compliant yes-men on board – have vaulted to become ministers of the Crown in charge, nominally at least (under a leader  as autocratic as the smiling but evasive  John Key) of highly important portfolios,  sending the country into  damaging directions.

Our politicians and political institutions can no longer be held to account. Our consultation processes are largely insulting pretences at taking public views into consideration, while in reality those with a strong radicalization programme now dominate the decision-making process.

The irritating centre-staging of anything remotely involved with Maori mythologizing is dividing the country, underpinned by a completely untrue claim of “partnership” between Maori and the Crown, necessitating the ongoing diversion of all aspects of our national life to paying obeisance to this false notion.  Many Maori themselves, fed up with the ongoing propagandising of their own young, have left the country to be free of this constant barrage.

What New Zealand as a whole needs to take on board is that our politicians have caused, and continue to cause, considerable damage to us as a nation…that  as historian Kenneth Clark reminds us, it is shared values that hold a civilisation together. Our government, and what has basically been a Marxist infiltration into all our social and political institutions, is contriving precisely the opposite.

It is time to claim back this country, for New Zealanders themselves to insist that we behave as a democracy. And the only way this can be achieved in practicable terms is to refuse to vote for  any but electorate MPs; and to give no party vote, as such, to what then become subsequently non-accountable MPs.

These crucial initiatives are included in our movement to establish the 100 Days  – putting a halt on all legislation passed by Parliament until New Zealanders themselves can decide to ratify or reject it.

The Swis people’s insistence on this provision contrived for them the first real democracy –  and the most successful one in the world of today.  We can work  for, and insist upon this, too.

If being offended is now a political tool, it is time for majority New Zealanders to become  highly offended at being name- called by radicalised activists bullying in debate; time to be offended by the disparaging of their colonial ancestors… to be offended by the sidelining of  our  majority culture, of English, the shared language of all; time to be offended by the propagandising and  inappropriate sexualised grooming  of our children in our schools  – time to be offended by the ongoing government pretence, demeaning to the country, that we have anything like a democracy.

The 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand…what has gone wrong and how we can control our politicians, published by the HATM imprint, is now available though all good bookshops.

© Amy Brooke