Frank Haden, Charlotte Dawson – and the haka…


Charlotte Dawson and the late great newspaperman, Frank Haden. What they have in common.

Frank Haden was one of a kind, a great journalist, an extraordinary sharp-shooter with a keen intelligence and nose for intellectual crookedness who held no truck at all with the growing movement of Maori radicalism. The latter continues to trade on not so carefully concealed anger, if not rage, together with a disproportionate egoism. Its inherited and well-programmed resentment is at the events of nearly 200 years ago, when the British Government reluctantly, at the urging of concerned Maori chiefs themselves, took on the stewardship of this country.

This brought well-substantiated and considerable benefits to  a people intent on wiping one another out, and, eventually, an end to the never-ending tribal warfare, extraordinary barbarism, brutality, treachery, and cannibalism which so shocked Charles Darwin, visiting here, that any mention of his visit is officially frowned upon.

He was not alone – the facts of Maori daily living also horrified so many historians – and, of course –  those Auckland settlers who daily witnessed the brutal butchering, rapes, disembowelment, killings and cooking of captured men, women, children staked to posts and waiting to be eaten, across from their very settlements. Not surprisingly, some new immigrants even kept their blinds permanently pulled.

Ah, but apparently none of this happened, and our children in schools today are being increasingly indoctrinated in a growing legend of early Maori living in a New Zealand Eden,  happy with their friendly village life, visiting one another, singing, whale-hunting in their canoes (obviously with the sophisticated weaponry well able to handle these giants of the sea) and dancing happy haka to welcome visitors, with that  merely comical face-pulling and the all-together loud shouting with which we continue to greet bemused visitors – from countries which have apparently moved on from what many no doubt spoilsports regard as uncivilised and aggressive behaviour.

But woe betide any who challenge not only the growing promotion of the now ubiquitous haka – but the new mythology being promoted by our Ministry of Education, up to its usual mischief, and now increasingly prioritising Maori language, customs and practices in school. This parallels the growing infiltration of all our institutions to the extent where the National Geographic Board ( hostile to any suggestion to the contrary, in spite of its façade of  objectivity) is proposing that, in our cash-strapped economy , what will become scores of millions of dollars should now be spent on changing all road signs, maps, the atlases, government and local body information –  a huge amount of written  and online information – so that, right  throughout the country, single place names in English will now have to have a Maori duplicitate.

This is not only a further example of racist grandstanding: such a suggestion is equivalent to moral bankruptcy when right across the country our hospitals are fighting to pay enough to retain and attract experienced staff; when some patients are being told that the country cannot afford to treat their illness; when health practitioners are increasingly faced with a choice of whether they should treat patient A or patient  B – or vice versa; where Pharmac says it simply cannot afford to give some New Zealanders the drugs that would save their lives. Against this climate of genuine need, the constant squandering of taxpayer funding on Maori-only related issues has reached scandalous proportions.

And yet, at the bottom of these never ending demands by radicalised, but by  no means the majority of all now part-Maori people, is what has been described as basically “cultural baggage” which, arguably, has become a spiritual problem…not  simply a matter of pride in one’s ancestry,  but an inordinate sense of being special,  and so deserving entitlement. It is this fostering of self-aggrandisement which has seen the Maori version of the National Anthem taking precedence over the long-established original English version, sung in the language of the majority of the country.

It is this which has moved into our kindergartens to have young children of all cultures and racial backgrounds now being virtually required to sing karakia…It is this inappropriate centre-staging of  what were Maori-only customs and language that are now appropriately being inflicted on the community at large in the form of powhiri, centre-staging  Maori practices at every possible formal or even informal occasion  – in government, local government, schools, blessing of bridges, roads, apparently virtually any new undertaking.

Typical is the increasingly hyped-up promotion of the Maori-only observance of Matiriki, ignoring the fact that the ancestors of the majority of people in this country – (including all  today’s part-Maori) –  European peoples of all races – long knew and recognised the Pleiadas, or Seven Sisters, and their significance in the cycle of the year. Such is now the cultural obeisance among the politically correct  who have achieved positions of management in our institutions, and the dependence upon Maori funding for projects which have benefits to Maori only in the science and medical faculties of the universities, that the Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, which includes  the University Medical School, and regularly runs courses for Maori envisaged as needing special help to succeed (as patronising a notion as any  – but doubtless supplying jobs for those providing them…) invited staff to a special Matariki celebration. Why?

Maori prioritising over all other cultures, including that of the majority of the country, has produced the now virtually compulsory infliction of a kind of pidgin Maori among all trainee teachers – a maorification of the schools curriculum which also has teachers complaining about the confusion they experience when coping with a barrage of new material written in English, but now routinely with a Maori translation underneath. As a maths and science teacher HOD comments, his expertise is in these subjects, not in learning Maori and he objects to being virtually bullied to do so. Another young physics graduate, recently training as a secondary teacher, has walked away with a shrug, saying he found all a bit of a laugh, but that this wasn’t why he had planned to be a teacher.

Good people are objecting, with good reason – and our country’s children are the losers. Yet what do we expect, when the government hands annually out scores of millions of dollars, striking deals with the electorally under-supported Maori Party as a result of the manipulation of Maori tribal leaders, powerful and rapacious iwi, and with the members of the Maori Language Commission anxious to justify their own jobs. The result has been the coining now of many thousands of new “Maori” words – which are, of course, not authentic Maori at all – in a vain attempt to enable a basically primitive and specialised language to cope with the demands of a now global world of science, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, astronomy, etc. – which is not and can never be authentic Maori. A deception is being practised upon the country. And the consequences are destabilising.

It is a great shame that the long tradition of goodwill stretching over several generations of our shared occupation in this country is now being squandered by the resentment of once sympathetic and patient New Zealanders fed up with this centre-staging of all things Maori which now amounts to a kind of Maori triumphalism, inappropriately  prioritising all things Maori.  Which is where I am reminded of Frank Haden’s statement that whereas once he was learning the Maori language for sheer interest, he had now stopped doing so, because he was tired of having it “pushed in his face”.

 Many New Zealanders, originally similarly inclined, would now agree – as with the correspondent who recently wrote that:

             “We should all have shouted from the future to our forbears:   “Stop, stop in Australia! To me it is now where I feel more at home. A balance of cultures… and never the ubiquitous, mindless, aggressive haka (in many cases now paid for by the taxpayer) and none of the rejection of our European heritage and the promotion of the aggressive and primitive. Nothing is more cringe-making than being a traveller abroad when drunken compatriots start slapping their knees. Does anyone say that out loud these days?”

 Someone who recently made a heartbreakingly sad call for an end to the violence in this country was the father of Stephen Dudley “the best son anyone could ask for”. We will remember Stephen as a part-Maori boy, keen and eager, smiling from a photograph. Much can be written on a face, and Steven’s basic generosity, good humour and sheer niceness was no doubt inherited from his fine parents, interviewed after the tragedy of the death of their son, felled by a punch after a football match.

It would have been impossible not to have the felt the pain and sheer desolation of his father and mother, trying to come to terms with their loss – a much-loved and loving son gone forever. As so often, the inherent violence only too widespread now in relation to football, even –  at least partly because too long practised and encouraged in Maori culture – meant that the consequences of this fell upon an innocent individual. These decent people (so like many other fine New Zealanders – of Maori, European, and other family backgrounds) distinguished themselves by their courage in the face of their loss. They allowed themselves to be interviewed on television because they had, and have, an important message. As Stephen’s father said, supported by Stephen’s grieving mother…”Violence is wrong, violence of any sort is not okay… “T hey want this message to go to New Zealanders at large.

They are quite right, of course. But, in this country, violent action is underpinned by the sheer violence and aggression inherent in the haka, which has, like a virus, crept into far too many areas of our national life. The fact that it is even being promoted in schools, that five-year-olds upwards are being taught the haka, the aggressive gestures, the boastful promise of death to the enemy, the offensively distasteful eye rolling, tongue-protruding  distortions of children’s faces, is more than challengeable. We can make a very good argument for the fact that the only occasion where the haka should be performed is – if it should be retained – before international football matches.

Anywhere else is utterly inappropriate – and offensive, too, to visitors to this country.

Yet too many perhaps principals, possibly with their eye on future promotion prospects, are foisting it off on their pupils – in the face of the unease of some, but by no means all, concerned teachers – as the Ministry of Education is pushing all things Maori. It was dismaying to hear a class of very young, no doubt predominantly European children stamping and shouting as they performed the haka when I recently called at a local primary school.

This emphasises the importance of independent schools, free from the virtual bullying of the education ministry. It was a pleasure to subsequently hear the headmaster of a Catholic school says that he viewed the haka as a violent, barbaric and aggressive activity and will not have it in the school.   So much depends upon the intelligence and integrity of the principal, and by no means all Catholic or independent schools measure up.  We need more like such principals and fellow teachers to stand up to the now heavily politicised establishment.

Right throughout our institutions, in the best traditions of that neo-Marxism which advocated infiltrating them all to destabilise and destroy Western countries, has been the emphasis on a political correctness which invites its growing backlash. Part of this is the so-called “white flight” from our schools where the prioritising of practices and of teaching that concern parents; the incidences of violence and bullying; and the sidelining of important areas of learning has its consequences – by no means based on racial prejudice as such, but on the knowledge that the third-rate is elbowing out the first-rate in important areas.

What has happened in the schools, universities and colleges of education is paralleled by the infiltration of the nurses’ institutions. Again I recall Frank Haden’s vigorous objections to the maorification of their curricula and practices so that the long-held, impeccable aim of treating all patients equally well, irrespective of colour, gender, race or creed, was replaced by the prioritising of supposed Maori concerns needing especially sensitive consideration. Even nurses applying for positions in doctors’ surgeries, for example, make sure that they stipulate their adherence to “the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi”. One doctor at least that I know of gave the position to the only one who didn’t mention it – an excellent nurse, as it eventuated.

We cannot fight what has now become an inverse racism in this country by ignoring facts, as The Spectator columnist Rob Liddle has pointed out. And the fact is that a disproportionate amount of the violent crime and child abuse committed in this country still comes from aggressive and under-educated part-Maori. As he notes, if certain crimes are associated with certain racial or cultural groups, then when “well-meaning but imbecilic white liberals” accuse those who point this out of being racist, it means that “the cultural assumptions which underlie the claims are not explored, and then challenged”.

This results in growing unrest among the  people of the country at large…as the evasion of the truth of issues ensures that the largely conservative majority of the population resents not only having its concerns dismissed, of being name-called and ridiculed, including by non-elected ministers of the Crown (an affront to the democratic process). We can add the now only too common disparagement from  under-educated, largely ignorant, mainstream media columnists – together with  their centre-staging of what we can (not to put too fine a point on it) call manipulative and plausible radicalised rogues,  well-versed in using the pious platitudes of political correctness to sound plausible, hard done, by or aggrieved, to achieve further advantage.

Undoubtedly a great deal of the mischief-making and growing fragmentation of this country has been carefully fostered by aggressive young Maori radicals hand-picked,  and hosted overseas in the 60s and 70s onwards by neo-Marxist power groups,  so that they would return and work to destabilise their own people. Learning of the advantages of power, many have since gained themselves positions in corporations; within the universities and teachers colleges; fronting up as media spokespersons and columnists – and profiting considerably financially from working the system to still claim disadvantage on behalf of other part-Maori – whom they are by no means themselves personally assisting. They have long  just as sedulously promoted the canard that it is our colonist forebears who are responsible for the plight of the  criminal or antisocial elements disproportionately found among some Maori today – (including those impoverished by being deliberately excluded by iwi themselves  from the now billions of dollars appropriated from taxpayers to go into the hugely lucrative tribal settlements).

These radicalised leaders of opinion have caused enormous damage. I spoke recently with a New Zealander brought up in a close relationship with Maori families on the isolated east coast of the North Island in the 1930s, getting on well, as a matter of course, with his predominantly Maori classmates, with no thought of racial separateness. Returning recently to Reporoa, he found the atmosphere damagingly different from the polite and friendly Maori people formerly there. Today’s racial antagonism of predominantly Maori townspeople towards European was palpable. When he dropped into a tavern to say hello, and to catch up with any information about families he knew, the barman was markedly aggressive, rudely saying “What do you want?”  “Nothing…” He replied politely, after a short pause, looking back at him steadily. “Good morning” – and left. It was once so very different. The damage that the radicalised Maori have done to their own people, and to race relations in this country, is incalculable.

The National Party in government, of course, has been even more culpable than Labour,  following former Labour minister Geoffrey Palmer’s sorry shortfalls in thinking which brought us to the almost incredible  situation where hundreds of millions of dollars continue today to be siphoned off from our now fragile economy to benefit part-Maori only… although the Maori economy itself is now estimated to be worth approximately $37 billion…and Maori are now well equipped  themselves to deal with cases of poverty or disadvantage among their own people.

But still the country at large is still being forced to pay.

That original multi-million-dollar settlements taken from taxpayers without, ever, any consultation process (Prime Minister John Key announced on Waitangi Day that another mere $200 million was going to one northern tribe alone) and bestowed on highly manipulative tribal leaders, has not at any stage involved any question of accountability in the way these neotribes (as Elizabeth Rata well describes them) would be required to manage the settlements and to look after their own people. On the contrary, it has been a thoroughly questionable process, with botched results, large losses on investments, suddenly wealthy tribal executives and their whanauand misappropriation of funding.

That there was no question of accountability for this lavish bestowing of taxpayers’ money  – quite scandalously neglected in two of the most lucrative settlements (those given to the Ngai Tahu and Tainui) – to ensure that the tribes would in return be properly accountable – is an indictment on both major political parties. Nor has this process been improved upon, even though it is now recognised that some tribes have had a very flawed, and in fact, scandalously unproven case for even meriting their “compensation” -such as the powerful Ngai Tahu (aided by the wily Chris Finlayson) whose claims were not only questionable, but where there is considerable evidence that their claims had in fact been well and truly settled in the past.

What all this equates to is that New Zealand has long moved away from the acceptance of democratic principles. It has not been accidental. Though the bogeyman of communism as alive and well in this country has been thoroughly ridiculed, the leopard does not change its spots – nor its diet.  And it its prey remains the democracies of the West. It has simply morphed into cultural Marxism, infiltrating, according to its goals –  laid out in the literature of the 60s –  all our institutions, particularly of education; our teachers associations – now markedly left-wing; our universities;  taking over key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures; infiltrating the press, with control of book review assignments, editorial writing, and policy-making positions; controlling art critics and directors of art museums “ to eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, promoting shapeless,  awkward and meaningless forms; promoting ugliness and  incompetent and repulsive art.

All these aims are laid out in the informative DVD, Agenda – Grinding Down America… And very much part of them has been the work behind trying to detach our New Zealand culture from its traditional Euro-Christian roots and to substitute Maori primitivism, or animism… to promote divisiveness and destroy our shared values.

The expatriate Charlotte Dawson, now an Australian media commentator, has told how she was “savaged” as a celebrity living in New Zealand from 2002 to 2007. “New Zealand is small, nasty and vindictive. It’s a tiny, little village … a tiny country at the end of the earth,” she said.

She has a valid point,  not in relation to New Zealanders at large, with a well-earned reputation for friendliness  and generosity – but particularly so in that our small size  has enabled groups of determined,  highly programmed, politically correct  individuals to so very quickly dominate so many areas of our national life – social, political, and economic. The Left are good haters, and the tenets of neo-Marxism are bullying and destructive. Their edicts now dominate us right throughout our national life,  emanating both from government and local government, and extending into the trades and the professions.

However, the nastiness and vindictiveness of much of the media, and the closely twinned literary circles, are now quite marked. The “peer review” of the latter ensures that all the funding, the committee places, the scholarships and the prizes, judged by their carefully selected fellow travellers,  disadvantages us all – and is particularly obnoxious in the highly politicised field of PC recipe-writing now being prioritized for children. Moreover, some of the mainstream media commentators  and those maintaining major blog sites now habitually indulge in a crude and offensive and name-calling of opponents to disparage those showing intelligent concerns about the issues of the day.

This has been partly a result of the fact that, as Dawson points out, we are a small country. The US, the UK and Australia, even, have strongly intelligent counterculture groups fighting this PC antagonism to the reality of issues…and the white-anting of Western society by neo-Marxist dogma.

Nevertheless, our very smallness can be turned into our biggest asset, as word gets round this country that we can eventually ensure that it is the voices of so-called ordinary New Zealanders, family people, intelligent, concerned and knowledgeable, which can recapture our directions.

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