Monday, October 1, 2007

Maori to blame for their own failings- just like anyone else!

I’ve just spent a few days ‘Up North’ with a Maori mate and his whanau.
We stayed in and around Kaikohe- “the heart of Ngapuhi country” where a wooden bungalow on a decent-sized section can still be had for $130,000.
Father and stepmum live out in the bush and neither work, but stay at home and look after their 5 or so kids.
By my standards the place might seem a bit rough, but there is no poverty.
No, they have a large screen tv, Sky, the latest computer games, plus a laptop, even if the dial-up is a bit slow. A fairly new people carrier is parked in the driveway.
No doubt all paid courtesy of the taxpayer.
Father is a keen gardener, with his pride and joy not being the couple of citrus bushes, but rather the seedlings he tends to in the garage, and the tomato-like plants growing in between the maori potatoes.
There is always plenty of beer or RTDs in the house and evenings are spent in the garage talking to friends while “on the juice,” helped by a smoke of the garden herb, which I do not partake in.
A third night of this was too much for me, so I took off to Paihia and spent the night in a plush new luxury apartment on the waterfront.
Earlier I also visited Kerikeri, noting a booming prosperity, so strong you might think you were in Australia. The Bay of Islands appears like an island of English wealth amid a sea of Aotearoan austerity. A basic brick and tile bungalow now costs $600,000 and you’d need to spend at least a mill for something really nice.
But does it have to be like this?
The Weekend Herald and other papers noted a report on the experience of “Maori in Australia”, with a Te Puni Kokiri report saying they enjoy richer pickings than those at home. Ngati Skippy or Kangaroo say this stems from less prejudice but also Maori over there having greater expectations of themselves and not feeling constrained by family and friends.
Earlier this year, while traveling around Australia, I interviewed a Maori chef in Brisbane, who had also cooked for the US forces in Iraq. I asked him why he had left Hawkes Bay for Queensland and he said “there were too many Maoris.”
I thought that was a bit rude or racist of him saying that, but he explained that it was like “Once were Warriors” at home and at work he would be "somebody else", cooking in the poshest lodges.
Australia allowed him to be himself, and he and his wife felt freer to achieve whatever they wanted, without any constraints from anyone.
I guess this is the problem for New Zealand, both Maori and Pakeha.
In Australia, whether you are Maori or Anglo, you are just one of many different ethnicities or immigrants and you succeed or fail on your own merits.
Here, many Pakeha have a ‘white guilt’ complex and some Maori still blame the white man for their failings.
But I have seen many Maori succeed and prosper in New Zealand. I don’t just mean the sportsmen , or well-known businesspeople like Adam Parore or Mike Pero, but some have even been my boss. I also remember a council chief executive in one town I lived in was also Maori. How do they succeed while other Maori fail?
Probably by working hard, staying off the wicked weed and not drinking so much.
What role does government play?
Quite a lot, and not in the positive way it would like to believe.
These successful Maori have learnt it is upto themselves to help them get ahead. They cannot rely on government, which is why they bust their assess off in the workplace, stay out of trouble, or seek fresh opportunities overseas.
Liarbour has failed to settle any decent sized treaty settlements, unlike National in the 1990s, obviously preferring a Maori people dependent on government and hopefully dependent on the continued re-election of Liarbour to continue their welfare lifestyle.
Thus, it is all to easy for my mate’s father and step-mum to rely on those payments from WINZ to have a liveable lifestyle, without the hassles of working.
But not all Maori think like this, fortunately, and this is reflected in some Maori Party thinking I actually approve off.
Just over a year ago, I interviewed some of the management of a kohanga reo in Auckland. They were unhappy with government constraints on their school and they wanted more independence for themselves. I noted the Maori Party stickers in the manageress’s car as I was given a lift home, and was struck by a group of people who wanted to achieve for themselves and not rely on government, either for education or life in general. This lady could see the failure of current welfare-based ways.
Much as I am unhappy by any thought of separate development, I thought their ambition and wanting to stand on their own two feet can only be good for all of us.
Of course, there is still much that needs to change within Maori.
My final night in Kaikohe was spent with the cousin my mate was ‘whaangied’ (raised with as a brother) with. The one drink turned into a night of drinking so I unexpectedly spent an extra night up north. Whisky and wine does not mix on my palette so I retired to bed early after just a few.
But late on I could hear drunken fighting. The cousin, his wife (who has learnt to use a butcher’s knife) and a mate were scrapping over God Knows What. I dread to think what their three boys thought of it all if they were still awake and could hear it.
Next morning I saw some of the mess. The cousin, as I took him to the shop, said: “I think it’s time the wife and I gave up drinking. It only seems to cause trouble.”
Well, here’s just one guy who sees where the problem is for his whanau. Let us hope he follows it through. But for many Maori, they still have to realize it themselves.
Yes, many Maori do suffer from poverty, but not the poverty the left would have us believe. It is poverty of expectations, whether set by ‘racist’ rednecks, though more likely by their own kind and they as individuals.
People do not succeed or fail because they are Maori or whatever. They succeed or fail because of their own efforts or lack of them and how they apply themselves in life. And if there is any party or government that can spread this message, it can only be good for all New Zealanders.


David Baigent said...

FAIRFACTS, One of the most valuable posts I've seen in a while.

Thankyou for a look at a life situation from a point of view that is available only to those with their eyes open and their heart switched on.

dad4justice said...

Yes great post , its a sad problem that should be addressed , but the politicians think Jake The Mus was a cool character .
When, as a country did we start to go wrong ?

Barnsley Bill said...

Fairfacts,an excellent post.You rightly stated the relative property values between Kerikeri(where I live) as a prosperous micro economy and the bad lands of EVERYWHERE ELSE in Northland. No where is this more evident than in the Global Capital for Ngapuhi of Kaikohe. Kaikohe is a town that has had many millions of dollars worth of white mans burden tax dollars thrown at it and yet it is still A COMPLETE SHITHOLE TO BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS. Making the first immigrants completely dependant on winz, dope and booze is completely the fault of socialists.The savages inability to rid themselves of their bullshit tribal mumbo jumbo and drag themselves out of the swamp is their own fault.
Even he weather is better in Kerikeri

KG said...

What Barnsley Bill said.
You bet. Having lived in the Far North, I can testify to the appalling attitudes of the locals.
Thieves, druggies, violent assholes and racist assholes, a very great many of them with an ingrained sense of entitlement to tax dollars and other people's property.
Northland Maori turned me into a selective racist--I have a huge regard for my Aboriginal mates and total contempt for maori now.
Sure, there are good and decent Maori, but when dealing with any Maori i need proof of that before trusting them an inch.