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Otago Daily Times 20/7/19
FISHING RAHUI
I see that Ngai Tahu has imposed a rahui over Lake Wakatipu for fishing (ODT, 9.7.19). The tribe has previously not offered any legal basis for such prohibitions, despite prompting from myself.

Mana entails the enhancement of status through power and control over others. It used to be achieved through enslavement and/or death. It appears that induced cultural cringe is intended to achieve the same end.

Does this latest projection of power now mean that Fish and Game licence holders must go into self-abasing deference and not exercise their lawful entitlements?
BRUCE MASON, Ranfurly

Dominion Post 20/7/19
THE WAY TO HARMONY
Maori want the freedom to deal with their problems using laws more suited to their culture. If this wish is granted, surely the Government should also agree that other ethnic groups within New Zealand have their own laws.

The word chaos is synonymous to a multicultural society, with each cultural sect using its own set of laws to deal with problems specific to its own cultural history.

For instance, when a person in one culture commits a crime against a person with a different ethnicity, whose law would a court use to deal out justice?

All people in all cultures need a roof over their heads, a job providing enough money to cover domestic necessities and a social service that helps those who can’t help themselves. Surely the Government should focus on working with education and commerce to achieve these goals.

History tells us that it’s the differences between cultures that caused the most grief. Culturally based laws will only allow these differences to fester.

Surely, over time, people should work together so these differences fade away, leaving a society that can live in harmony under one set of laws.
BARRINGTON PRINCE, Waikanae


(To the point section)
Both Cook and Kupe were the leading explorers of their societies at their respective times, albeit with vastly different technologies. If Cook is vilified for the subsequent colonisation of New Zealand and the associated Land Wars, then Kupe should be equally vilified for intertribal wars culminating in the Musket Wars. Those that desecrate Cook’s memorial and decry celebration of his arrival are in denial of the real world. This is no way to advance New Zealand as a nation.
MIKE WILLIAMS, Tawa

The Press 20/7/19
REASON FOR THE RACISM
Your writer Glenn McConnell says ‘‘get real, this country is racist to the core’’ (July 16).

In his very last paragraph he states ‘‘we need to do something about this’’.

Well Glenn, at the risk of me being called a ‘racist’, let’s make a start. We all have to live in this wonderful country and we are all entitled to enjoy it.

The majority of white New Zealanders, although they don’t admit it, are ever hopeful that things will change but until Maori improve their standards, nothing will. Statistics don’t lie and show that Maori are badly represented in many facets of New Zealand life. 

Crime, gang representation, drug distribution, jails, child welfare etc, it just doesn’t look good.

Let’s face it, white New Zealanders are not perfect either.

But until Maori are prepared to raise the bar, then it is extremely difficult to accept the status quo as it is.

This present Government knows the problems and is spending millions in the hope that this can change.

I do too!

So by pointing out the true facts of the matter Glenn, am I racist or just telling the truth?
GARY BLAIR, Redcliffs

Waikato Times 20/7/19
DEFINING RACISM
Current thinking being what it is, I find myself totally confused. Which of the following statements is racist: "Te reo should be made compulsory in schools" or "Te reo should NOT be made compulsory in schools"?
FRANK BAILEY, Hamilton

Bay of Plenty Times 20/7/19
HISTORY VERSIONS
I don't agree with Buddy Mikaere (Opinion, July 3) when he says that some view General Cameron as the villain in the battle of Gate Pa.

Bay of Plenty was a battleground, with the Thames tribes, Ngapuhi, Waikato and the Arawa all taking part.

In 1842, Major Bunbury was sent to Tauranga with a view to curbing the Arawa tribes. In 1845, peace was inaugurated. and a stone inscribed "Te Mau nga rongo 1845" ( the peacemaking) was set up at Maketu. After several hundred years, peace reigned throughout the Bay of Plenty. During the 1840s and 1850s, Ngaiterangi took advantage of new trade and agricultural opportunities. By the late 1850s, they owned numerous coastal vessels and supplied Auckland with vegetables and other produce.

Unfortunately, this prosperity was sacrificed when in 1864 the Ngaitermgi Chief Rawiri Puhirake taunted the British demanding they come and tight him. He even built a road for the British. He subsequently moved to Gate Pa where he got his wish, repelling the British.

The next battle Te Ranga was for Puhirake and Maori a crushing defeat. This re-established peace in Tauranga and signalled the end of the NZ Wars.

The warmongering of Rawiri Puhirake was responsible for the land loss.
RICHARD PRINCE, Welcome Bay

The Press 19/7/19
MALICE DISGUISED
A F Jenks’ clear thinking (July 18) was a pleasure to read. Of course it is not the concept of racism that is the source of trouble, for what is the Waitangi Tribunal if not racist?

Comedians making fun of their own race are not racist either, we all just ‘‘spray, and walk away’’.

The unrecognised real factor in all racist trouble-making is malice, race is just the vehicle on which it often travels.

We must learn to recognise malice instead of confusing ourselves with its many secondary modes of getting about.
PHILLIP REX ROBINSON, Waltham

The Press 18/7/19
DIFFERENT TRAITS
There are obvious character traits among our children which we recognise while loving them equally. Should parents then be vilified by merely noting their children’s differing characters and traits? Obviously that’s patent nonsense. I brought up a Maori son and a Pakeha son, who both were loved and loved me, and called me ‘‘Dad’’. Non-judgmentally, I easily noted their racial and thus motivational characteristics, and sought their wellbeing accordingly.

That was love, not racism, which charge today is made mischievously against anyone who dares to speak about another race, no matter how helpfully. These opportunistic accusers divide us where no division should exist. Their reckless charges should be refuted and rejected.
A F JENKS, Nelson

Dominion Post 18/7/19
WE ARE ALL KIWIS
Racism is a word that slips too easily off the tongue and pen. So it was with Glenn McConnell’s July 16 column. Glenn seemed to be suggesting that any critical comment about Maori or less than positive historical observations were racist. He referred to Don Brash’s accurate statement about pre-Treaty Maori being cannibals as ‘‘incredibly inflammatory’’.

However, as every New Zealand historian knows, cannibalism was an element of Maori tikanga before 1840, and in the hundreds of intertribal battles, warriors knew that if they were killed or defeated, they were likely to be eaten. As for the women, they might suffer the same fate or, at best, be abducted or enslaved. This was the way it was.

The vast majority of Maori people today also have European/British forebears. We New Zealanders are all mongrels of mixed origins as every person who has had their DNA investigated, knows.

All citizens in the country need to think of themselves and others first as New Zealanders, not Chinese, Tongans, Samoans, Maori, South African. People can still identify with ethnic cultural groups, but fundamentally we are all Kiwis. There were no ethnic issues when it came to supporting the Black Caps.
ROGER CHILDS, Raumati Beach


INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOUR
Before Glenn McConnell (Get real, this country is racist to the core, July 16) devotes any more energy to berating himself, and every other Aotearoa-New Zealand resident, for being ‘‘racist to the core’’, maybe he should ask himself where ‘‘racism’’ originates.

Most people realise, early in their lives, that humans everywhere are inclined to be ‘‘racist’’, in that they prefer to associate with their ‘‘own kind’’, however that is defined. Other modern animal species are similarly inclined.

Similar behaviour would have been selected for, in the evolving genes of Homo sapiens, during the millions of years when our ancestors shared this planet with up to 10 other species of the genus Homo. During these years, ‘‘our kind’’ of human gradually out-competed all the others.

Almost certainly, our incipient fear of and hostility towards ‘‘other types’’ originated back then, perhaps even earlier. It will take more than a few newspaper columns, editorials and letters to overcome that.
BILL SUTTON, Napier

Dominion Post 17/7/19
COOK DESERVES ACCOLADES
I and many maritime history enthusiasts are sick of some people decrying James Cook’s role in the making of New Zealand and continued attempts to write him out of our history. He is internationally regarded as one of the world’s greatest explorers, navigators and seamen in history. He encouraged scientific research and was an enlightened captain, for his time.

If Cook had not ‘‘discovered’’ New Zealand, most of we non-Maori Kiwi citizens would not be here, or would be of French, Dutch or other European origin. Whatever his human faults he brought European civilisation and technology to Aotearoa and we do not have to apologise for that.
TIM SKINNER, president, Maritime Friends of Wellington


MOVING BEYOND RACE
Glenn McConnell argues (Get real, this country is racist to the core, July 16) that ‘‘New Zealand was and is racist. Fact’’.

His argument is that New Zealand is racist because of the fact that there are lots of individuals in New Zealand who think less of, and discriminate against, other people based on their race, and who dispute historic racial injustices.

There’s no denying that fact – it’s the same the world over – and I’m left wondering whether we would be better off de-emphasising rather than fixating on race. Many believe, for instance, that each individual with Maori ancestry should connect as deeply as possible with his or her Maori roots and culture. But isn’t that notion pretty close to racial stereotyping? Is a Maori woman necessarily less happy, authentic and ‘‘whole’’ because she prefers astrophysics and singing opera to te reo and kapa haka?

I know a number of Maori and people of other races who don’t self-identify racially, yet seem satisfactorily fulfilled.

I suspect New Zealanders would be better off overall if we viewed each other less through a racial lens and more as individuals, each with our own unique, shifting mix of interests and perspectives.
JOHN GEORGE RONALDSON MCLEAN, Khandallah

Northland Age 16/7/19
A GREAT PEOPLE
The proud people of New Zealand have to put up with smear of 'racist,’ which they are demonstrably not.

According to propaganda against New Zealand, the whites are supposed to hate Maori.

This is also a complete fabrication.

The whole history of New Zealand is being twisted and distorted to misrepresent the past and the contemporary scene involving a great people — New Zealanders.

Maori have the same rights as other New Zealanders, plus some additional rights, to promote revolutionary antagonism to the whites. The communist programme continues.

The other reason communists make the completely false allegation that the Maori has no rights, or 'national' rights, is that the Maori must be kept from ever being satisfied.

Communists aim always to put forward the non-negotiable demand. That is, the party must never become 'reformist,' except when it is impossible to do otherwise, as in the case of the practicalities of trade union work.

Hence the claim for 'national' rights for Maori is interpreted as being the return of New Zealand to the Maori, that is, complete sovereignty to the Maori.
IAN BROUGHAM, Wanganui


WORD OF THE DAY
Whanau is the word now being presented in the media. What's wrong with the former word whamily?
BRYAN JOHNSON Omokoroa

NZ Herald 15/7/19
UPLIFTING INFANTS
Oranga Tamarild does not uplift infants because they are Maori. They uplift infants and vulnerable children of any race, colour. creed because they are deemed to be at high risk of abuse or neglect.
PAMELA PUTLAND. Papakura

Dominion Post 15/7/19
COOK INCONSISTENCIES
Jody O'Callaghan's article (Support to stop Cook event, July 11) details sources of funds for Tula 250 celebrating James Cook's first visit to Aotearoa in 1769-70. Apparently, some of taxpayers' $18.5 million will cover the voyage of an Endeavour replica from England to New Zealand.

A British newspaper reveals that Cook's fame was celebrated in Whitby a week ago, but no mention was made of contributions by British taxpayers towards the Endeavour voyage.

It would be appropriate since Cook's voyages were made for the British Admiralty. Also, O'Callaghan states that Tina Ngata is opposed to Tula 250, especially the re-enactment of Cook's stopovers, because, she claims, "they came here, they killed our people and claimed our land, and we're still reeling from that".

It's ironic that the writings of Cook (and crew) should now be used against him, when back then his findings were vital to the Age of Discovery.

If, as scientific evidence suggests, these islands were inhabited before the 13th-century migrations, Maori oral history has little to say about inflictions they made on those inhabitants.
Unfortunately, the "originals" haven't survived to complain about perceived grievances.
RAY RICHARDS, Trentham

Dominion Post 13/7/19
RHETORIC REBUFFED
Very well said, Karl du Fresne, so good to see someone show (and support it with facts) that Maori (and other ethnic groups) can succeed in spite of the constant rhetoric about how they suffer under 150 years of colonialism (Remedy in Maori hands on electoral influence, July 11).

Our Parliament must be one of the most racial and gender diverse in the world which couldn’t happen if we were as racist, homophobic, anti-Muslim, xenophobic society as some commentators make out.

Opportunities exist for all to partake in central and local government; racism and prejudice have very little to do with it.
GRAHAM DICK, Masterton

Nelson Mail 13/7/19
RACISM
That's A Bit Racist, currently showing on TV, misses the point a bit. We bandy about the word "racist" or "racism" an awful lot these days, but it seems to me that those who most bring out the race card don't know where the sentiment comes from.

We are not generally anti-race or anti-skin colour. We are anti-behaviour.

The young Maori bloke who complained about the older woman who clutched her handbag more tightly at the sight of him undoubtedly had tattoos and dreads. A similarly decorated white boy would have evoked the same reaction.

It's said that we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover- but of course we do. A couple of months ago, an ex-prisoner (white) was complaining that prejudice was preventing him from getting a job, but he had DEVAST8 tattooed right across his face. Duh!
LARRY PETTERSON Nelson,

Dominion Post 12/7/19
QUEEN EARNED HER PLACE
I am disappointed that the management of my alma mater, Victoria University of Wellington, wants to de-emphasise the name Victoria.

Queen Victoria was one of the greatest, most famous of monarchs and presided over the greatest of empires. Her government was responsible for colonising New Zealand which laid the foundations of the nation we now enjoy. Her name should be jealously retained to remind us of the origin of the values that make our country so good.

The proposed full name, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, does not address the professed problem: that the current name is not intuitive and memorable.

The Maori name will not be intuitive and memorable, especially for prospective or international students.

It will still create confusion and furthermore reduce prestige when translated as ‘‘the hitching post of your canoe’’, especially when mentioned first as intended.

The proposed rebranding is influenced by Anglophobic political correctness and is an attempt to work around a ministerial decision.

We should promote Victoria University of Wellington for the apt brand recognition it already has, in large part due to association with the archetypal female ruler, Queen Victoria.
BARRIE DAVIS, PhD (VUW)




Why has Victoria University of Wellington dropped the lion and crowns from its new coat of arms?

Not, I sincerely hope, as an attempt to deny the undeniable Anglo-Celtic aspect of VUW’s heritage. By introducing the date 1897, it must now tell, not show, thus rendering its new ‘‘logo’’ a cheap compromise.

But maybe that’s just as well. Otherwise I might have mistaken this nasty shield for that of a private training enterprise.
DAVID BURTON MA, Island Bay

Hawkes Bay Today 12/7/19
SPORTS TEAMS AND RACE
I recently listened to the selection of the All Blacks team — open to all New Zealanders. A short time later the Maori All Blacks team was announced. Selection only to Maori or Pacific Islanders.

Many of our national sports teams are divided by race. All other countries have only one national team for their respective sports.

Please New Zealand get this right and do not go down the path like South Africa did with Apartheid.

Everybody should have an equal chance to get into one only national team of their respective sports, regardless of race, colour or creed.
B. KITCHEN Napier

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 12/7/18 
FREE AND EASY FANTASIES
Mr Dey’s attack on Tony Fellingham (The Weekend Sun, June 14) justifiably got robust rebuttals from Don Brash and Richard Prince (The Weekend Sun, June 21).

Everyone knows there is no English treaty and the only legitimate treaty is the Maori version taken from what is irrefutably the final English draft aka the Littlewood draft.

Sovereignty was ceded, all peoples of New Zealand guaranteed possession of their property and British citizenship granted - anything else claimed simply doesn’t pass the sniff test.

No mention of fisheries, forests and there’s certainly no reference to principles nor partnerships which are modern-day creative ‘legal’ fictions not in accordance with the truth or facts.

Strangely Mr Dey persists in deluding himself with unmitigated misleading nonsense when a reality check might do the trick and focus him.

Anyone that doesn’t want equality is encouraged to surrender their passports and move on, assuming always they can find another country to take them. In other words, take a hike because most Kiwis are sick and tired of the unfounded entitlement whinging. (abridged – editor)
ROB PATERSON

Southland Times 11/7/19
RESTORE MORIORI MANA
Martin van Beynen, near the end of his opinion article (‘‘Don’t look back in anger – or pride’’, July 6), asks the question, ‘‘But what would Maori have done if they found the most fertile and pleasant lands of New Zealand were already occupied by a peaceful people?’’

We have an example of what they would have done by looking at what Maori did to the Moriori of Rekohu, otherwise known as the Chatham Islands. When Maori invaded those islands they killed, ate, enslaved.

The Chatham Islands were also forbidden to marry members of their own group and were belittled and humiliated for being Moriori.

If Maori want the Government to make amends for New Zealand’s colonial past then Maori should make amends for their own behaviour towards the Moriori (with the same high-profile exposure and financial compensation). Even better: Maori should ask Moriori for forgiveness. That would go a long way towards restoring Moriori mana.
PAUL COTTER

NZ Herald 11/7/19
MAORI HEALTH
The Waitangi Tribunal recently concluded the poor health outcomes of Maori versus Europeans is a manifestation of inadequate Maori-health related spending and the need for a Maori primary health authority (Herald, July 5). However, it is doubtful if these will appreciably address the problem.

Over the past 50 years, there have been numerous developments in health care, but one of the most important and least heralded is the importance of lifestyle in determining our health. Where approximately 20 per cent of premature deaths are due to bad luck and or bad genes, 80 per cent are lifestyle related, eg. smoking, diet and exercise. Lifestyle related health problems absorb an enormous proportion of the health care budget, but our ability to reverse or even ameliorate the ravages of an unhealthy lifestyle are limited.

For a number of educational, social, economic and cultural reasons different subgroups in New Zealand have markedly different rates of unhealthy lifestyles, and there is also a direct correlation between these rates of unhealthy lifestyle and poor health outcomes. The key to improving health outcomes for Maori is to address their high frequency of unhealthy lifestyle factors and not putting more money into Maori directed primary health care.
DON GUADAGNI, Auckland.

Northland Age 11/7/19
ON A ROLL
Apparently, when you are on a roll, just go for the quaddie, particularly if you are encouraged to do so by the dysfunctional biased Waitangi Tribunal and other associated whackos operating for 40-plus years while wasting billions of dollars.

So far we have had Justice Minister Little’s Criminal Justice/Imprisonment (offenders only) Summit, mental health reports ad nauseam , the three tiers of planned enquiries on child protection/ wellbeing/taking, and now, to top it off, a proposed unhealthiness symposium regarding part-Maori/Pasifika. Meanwhile the upcoming Christchurch Royal Commission will duplicate everything at huge cost, while the Pike River re-entry lunacy has gone deathly quiet, steadily chewing its way through its $35 million budget.

Please keep reminding us how does all this hogwash get a life of its own? Squillions plucked from taxpayers and community resources, when spending money on these ideological aberrations is not the answer — they are social issues about people taking personal responsibility for their own actions, behaviour and lifestyle choices, and no amount of money will assist or fix the ills.

Therefore pillaging taxpayers and troughing out at their expense is not only unacceptable but quite useless.

Pre -1840, the Maori lifespan (excluding tribal slaughtering and cannibalism) was, it seems, at least as good, if not better than, their fellow time travellers’. As I recall, recent Otago University and Gluckman assessments indicate that present day part-Maori who adopt the same lifestyles as their fellow Kiwis will have the same good health and life expectations as them, and I agree with that conclusion.
Let’s kick this race-based garbage to touch, and stop people coming up with individual separatist skewed calculations on cherry-picked numbers without facing reality — which are bad personal choices and failure to take responsibility for one’s own actions being the real causes. There are no so-called breaches of the Treaty, certainly nothing in the Treaty at all on these subject matters, and in fact nothing at all anywhere else either.

Also, please stop only using fabricated, inappropriate reo appellations for everything when common English usage names should be paramount, so that 85 per cent of the population know exactly what the topics/issues under discussion are — which, after all, concerns every Kiwi one way or another, not just Maori.
ROB PATERSON, Mount Maunganui


CURE THYSELF
Most of us must be wondering at a great many preposterous statements by the Waitangi Tribunal and Maori politicians, in never-ending claims for yet more public money to be entrusted to Maori leaders to correct alleged injustices to their whole race.

As with all social problems, throwing money at them is rarely going to reduce them, and is very likely to have no effect, or more likely make them worse.

We naturally feel sceptical about the idea of a separate Maori health system, after seeing a good deal about what has happened to such money granted to Maori health trusts in recent years.

Perhaps the Tribunal would like its proposed system to be exempt from auditing, or to have only Maori auditors. At any rate, those never-defined principles of the Treaty seem to be just anything the Tribunal says they are.

Insufficient government funding is not the reason that Maori health and lifespans are not as good as non-Maori. For the last 65 years we have been made aware of the things that cause cardiovascular disease, respiratory complaints and cancer, plus obesity.

Generally, the non-Maori population has heeded the warnings, so that its rate of heart and lung complaints has fallen noticeably, but the Maori population and Pasifika have ignored the warnings against tobacco, alcohol, sugar, fat and so forth. However, they are always ready to blame the rest of us for their bad health: we shouldn’t have introduced those things to the country.

Well, those people were very willing to consume them, and still are.

About blaming others, I recall that one woman had actually had legal aid approved so she could sue a tobacco company for damages after smoking its cigarettes for many years, and getting a terminal illness. Fortunately she died before the case could go ahead, but most people thought the approval of legal aid had been ludicrous.

No matter how much money goes toward health, people are going to be unhealthy if they refuse to look after their own individual health. Certainly some illnesses are not the fault of their sufferers, but many others are.

I myself have Type 2 diabetes. I have been told what the causes are, and there was no history of it in my extended family. I have nobody but myself to blame for doing what caused it.

“It won’t happen to me” is what so many people think when they are warned.
H WESTFOLD, Wellington


PROMISES PROMISES
At the last election NZ First was voted into office on the promise of removing racist legislation and government special treatment of Maori, and honouring democratic principles of equality. Winston Peters’ “bottom line” was to see the Maori Party dissolved.

If it had not been for those promises the party would not have received enough support to be returned to power.

Not only did Winston Peters renege on those promises, but he subsequently signed up with the UN Accord on Immigration, which had been rejected by most Western countries, which threatens our national identity and puts our autonomy at risk.

It is high time that the party honoured its promises, starting with the dissolution of the racially divisive Waitangi Tribunal, an exclusive appeal court available only to one of the country’s 231 ethnic groups.

This current opposition to the Canterbury Regional Council’s Bill is a beginning. Let it not be the end.
BRYAN JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Gisborne Herald 10/7/ 19 
IMPACT SPOILT BY SILLINESS
I watched the TV1 programme “That’s A Bit Racist” on Sunday night, with the hope that I might learn something.

One segment asked the public, at random in the street, if they knew who was on the $5 note and then asked who was on the $50 note. Predictably, more people knew who Sir Edmund Hillary was.

But wait there’s more — not many even knew who Sir Apirana Ngata was, let alone what his claims to fame were. Quod Erat Demonstrandum — racism at work! They could have asked about Sir Ernest Rutherford, or Kate Shepherd to even things out a little.

Another segment compared the total sum spent on Treaty settlements with two other areas of spending. The settlement figure was the least of the three and we could all draw our own conclusions from that — really? Selective use of statistics can tell you what you want to hear, ask any politician.

We were also treated to infantile clips from a supposed children’s TV programme, where the male presenter used simplistic overtly racist stereotypes, in a hammy, overdone way. Real “pat you on the head”, patronising stuff, I thought.

Historical clips of Bastion Point, 1978 and the ’70s overstayers raids were included. I think it fair to say we have moved on a bit from then.

A lot of good, relevant points were made, which were food for thought and highlighted the real need for improvement.

I thought the programme spoilt its impact by silliness. I was left with the feeling that racism is exclusive, to those of a paler hue, rather than a less attractive characteristic of homo sapiens as a species.

Another episode shows this coming Sunday, so see what you think.
RON TAYLOR

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 5/7/19
TREATY DEBATE
Both Robin Bell and Peter Dey have obviously misinterpreted and misunderstood what’s written in The Treaty of Waitangi.

Or are they just being mischievous and pretentious?

And Mr Bell has the gall to accuse Messrs Brash and Prince of obfuscation?

Have either R Bell or P Dey ever read the Treaty? Or have they both just dreamt up their versions of it.

Don Brash is correct in saying there is ‘no Act of Parliament’ that gives Maori a ‘partnership of equality’.

They are principles of the Treaty only and are fully acknowledged in many areas.

There certainly are no race based privileges for Maori over any other New Zealander in the Treaty.

The Native Rights Act of 1865, was written into Law and confirmed what was promised in the Treaty. The Law stated that Maori are deemed to be natural born subjects of the Crown, and confirmed the Treaty promise of 1840 that Maori are to be given the same status as other British subjects i.e. rights and privileges. And given the same protection (which they asked for), of the Crown.

Maori are given the same Human Rights as any other New Zealander.

Over the years Maori have been given plenty of ‘special privileges’, including Maori Seats in Parliament and places on councils. Others have been ‘invented’ because of political manipulation.

It’s time people like Robin Bell and Peter Dey realise that we are all New Zealanders. There’s no room for segregation or race-based privileges, if this Nation is to move forward.

All New Zealanders have the same ability to exercise self-determination.

Equality of opportunity doesn’t always end in equality of outcome.

So, Robin Bell and Peter Dey, please stop attempting to put your own slant on all things Maori.

You are both guilty of obfuscation.
PETER KELLY

Northland Age 4/7/19
FULL AND FINAL
In 1975 the government enacted the Treaty of Waitangi Act that created the Waitangi tribunal to hear claims that may occur after 1975. Most claims before this time had been “fully and finally settled,” or “rejected,” by court inquiries and Parliament.

The Act was amended in 1985 to allow claims to date back to 1840. In most cases these had already been fully and finally settled, or rejected.

This Act breaches English law, and the Magna Carta, as it only allows a New Zealand citizen who can claim a minute trace of tangata Maori ancestry to lodge a claim or participate. Non-Maori cannot lodge a claim, participate, or appeal a recommendation by the tribunal to the government, which in most cases is misled by the Select Committee and Parliament accepts the Bill without further investigation.

A past chairman of the tribunal, Chief Judge Eddie Durie, admitted in the ‘NZ Herald’ dated November 17, 1999, that researchers fabricate and modify evidence, omit evidence not helpful to the claim, and in some cases were not paid unless they changed their research to support the claim.

Some claims that were investigated by the court in the 1930s through 1940s, such as the Te Roroa claim that was rejected by Chief Judge Shepherd and Parliament, have been recommended and settled without one document of evidence.

In fact the Minister of Justice, Hon Doug Graham, acknowledged this when he signed the Deed of Sale, stating the Te Roroa claim was only an “alleged” claim, but it proceeded, costing the taxpayers in excess of $30 million and the people who could claim a minute trace of Te Roroa ancestry laughed all the way to the bank.

In fact Maori today, with their reheard claims, have accumulated in excess of $40 billion thanks to weak governments and gullible taxpayers.

Queen Victoria did not have the power or authority (jurisdiction) to give Maori any special rights in te Tiriti o Waitangi not already enjoyed by the people of England under English law.
IAN BROUGHAM, Wanganui

Dominion Post 4/7/19
LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN
Waitangi Tribunal claimant Lady Tureiti Moxon wants the Government to apologise for failing Maori in the health system.

"It's our people dying of preventable diseases who are the worst-off In this country, in a democratic society that's supposed to look after everybody," she said. "They've failed us constantly."

The tribunal has just released its stage one report from the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry. It found multiple Treaty breaches and serious failings by the Crown to fix Maori health inequities.

In its final statement the tribunal asked the Crown to acknowledge its overall failure to improve Maori health outcomes since implementing major reforms nearly 20 years ago.

"We are willing to participate in this process and look to the Ministry of Health and the Government to demonstrate their commitment by engaging in this process and providing appropriate funding, and leadership from the Minister of Health and the Director-General of Health," it said.

"We need to be in control of our own destiny," said Moxon. "The system is broken. It's time for Maori to be given the opportunity to do it for ourselves. The issue is whether or not the Crown wants to play ball."

You are well able to be in control of your own destiny and look to your leadership for the opportunity to do it for yourselves; the failures are yours to own. The reality is that despite having dose to $40 billion in assets it is the failure and selfishness of Maori leadership to provide for their own people at a grassroots level that is the problem. Let's have some transparency with regards to money spent on their own health initiatives.
PAUL EVANS-MCLEOD, Hamilton

Northland Age 2/7/19
MISAPPROPRIATION
The media report of the te reo name for the baggage claim at Kerikeri airport ie. Peke Kokotaho (bag, testicles, scrotum) might be slightly amusing to boys in the fourth form, but is quite incomprehensible to non-te reo speakers, and will probably need explaining to the three per cent who are te reo speakers.

As ethnically whimsical signage it shows the difficulty of translating from a language known by 20 per cent universally to a primitive one. To accommodate a small ethnic group, 15 per cent, government, by reverting from English to te reo signage for national institutions, is treading further down the path to confusion and inequality.

Surely $500 million a year is enough to promote te reo. When will the government give the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the appropriation of their language? 
BRYAN JOHNSON Omokoroa


FAIR WARNING
The 1975 Treaty of Waitangi Act and its amendments that created the apartheid Waitangi Tribunal is a sham, allowed by weak governments over the years that have no idea of the Treaty of Waitangi's purpose and/or its history.

They have been hoodwinked by a few in Maori who are prepared to distort, destroy and twist the Treaty and its translations to satisfy a greed that can never be satisfied until a strong government brings them into line.

These people never seem to ask the question, who are their real ancestors?

Most have more of the ancestry that did all they could to help these people from extinction, but completely overlook this fact for the almighty dollar and land they had sold many times over at the taxpayer's expense.

The time has come when Sir Apirana Ngata's advice should be taken very seriously: "Let me issue a word of warning to those who are in the habit of bandying the name of the Treaty around to be very careful lest it be made the means of incuring certain liabilities under the law which we do not know now and which are being borne only by the Pakeha." 
IAN BROUGHAM Wanganui