Promoting divisive separatism in this country.Why so many of us would now prefer to honour Anzac Day.
In relation to the Covid-19 virus, Jacinda Ardern’s left-wing coalition has reportedly bestowed $56 million on Maori ( but who, now, are legally defined as Maori?) with a much lesser amount of $27 million to go to other welfare recipients. Why?
The phrase, the silent majority, has long been used to refer to New Zealanders who are not highly vocal, nor stridently demanding – like our customary special interest groups, but who nevertheless, quiet New Zealanders, keep their eye on what is happening to the country. And their patience is running out, noting the continual handouts of hard-earned and undeserved millions of dollars to a noisy minority of part-Maori descent whom it pays financially to keep demanding more and more of taxpayers’ funding. Their appetites are apparently insatiable.
Our governments appear to fall over themselves to buy the so-called “Maori vote, although there are no longer any full-blooded Maori in New Zealand. Moreover, the Maori economy has been estimated to now be worth approximately $40 billion. For several decades, various forms of compensation, of scores, even hundreds of millions of dollars at a time have been handed over to the larger, then smaller and smaller part-Maori groupings – which was never the intention of the treaty settlements. An increasing number have been questioned, with good reason, as flawed settlements that should never have gone ahead.
The South Island Ngai Tahu settlement made in the 90s is a very good case in point. Shockingly, the Minister of Treaty Negotiations at the time basically told the Maori Affairs Select Committee to ignore the nearly 400 submissions – many from historians very-well informed indeed, and producing evidence that this claim was basically “a swindle” – a phrase used at the time. However, a clever lawyer, and a tribunal operating like a Star chamber… as the Waitangi Tribunal does – can often win the day. And it did. Quite shocking examples of bias and disgraceful behaviour on the part of some sitting on subsequent Maori Affairs Select Committees have raised the question of basic corruption.
Yet, in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, this government is repeating the same pattern – preference grants on the basis of race. As usual, there is no requirement from those managing or receiving this grant to return accountability to the taxpayer. Moreover, in what has become an ongoing rort – the majority of part-Maori, now settled throughout, businesses, trades and professions, many of whom also disapprove of what is happening, see nothing whatever of this money. It customarily ends up in the hands of highly politically astute activists, those ostensibly administering it for the benefit of “our people”.
But who are ” our people”? And throughout these recent decades, what has again and again amounted to theft of this money has been highlighted without cases being brought to court – and without any genuine recompense being paid.
The most crucial point is that there is no legal definition whatever of Maori. Who is Maori? For obvious political advantage, in the 1970s, the requirement that anyone claiming to be predominantly Maori had to be at least 50% genetically Maori was removed.
So why does millions of dollars continually get taken from the majority of New Zealanders to be bestowed on supposedly Maori claimants, apparently regarded as less advantaged than those who have no Maori inheritance?
This is of course not only completely untrue – it is also unforgivably condescending to a very clever, warlike people, the majority of whose ancestors only survived (during a time when internecine warfare and the horrors of cannibalism were widespread) by being among the smartest of their people.
Arguably their descendants continue to outwit our governments.
New Zealanders have long endorsed the theory that help should always be given on the basis of need – not on the basis of race.
Worse, there is not even any definition of of “Maori”… and so many of those applying to control this funding are predominantly European… even with as little as 1/16 or 1/32 of Maori inheritance. Yet our political parties continue to inexcusably endorse what has become the politics of corruption.
To wantonly throw New Zealanders’ hard-earned money at an ill-defined group of people who have learnt to pull the puppet strings of racial preference, has to stop.
It’s high time to legally establish who can genuinely claim to be predominantly genetically Maori.
© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days. See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.