I feel sorriest for Jhia Te Tua's mother, Ria Gardiner. She embodies Tariana Turia's vision for Maori women: pregnant at an early age to useless, violent shitheads. Naturally, Turia wouldn't agree that's her vision for Maori women, but it's the practical outcome of it.
Unlike most left-wingers, I file this kind of thing firmly under Not Whitey's Fault. Joshua Te Tua is typical of too large a number of Maori youth; like the subhumans currently on trial for murdering Nia Glassie, Te Tua seems human in his physical appearance, but inside his head where it counts, is as useful to his fellow humans as something you'd wipe from the bottom of your shoe. What happened to destroy these people's humanity I don't know - what I do know is that it's extremely unlikely that Whitey did it to them. Tariana, maybe you should stop working on the principle that it's a good thing for teenage Maori women to be raising children with these human write-offs, and instead look at how these guys (and gals like Oriwa Kemp and a host of others) became subhumans in the first place.
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