Sunday, August 7, 2016


when you have nobody 'Professors' like Leonie Pihama, Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at Waikato University, arguing that the colonization of New Zealand was an act of genocide against Maori.   World Jewry might have a view about that.

No matter the reality that up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (and a bit beyond) Maori were adept in the form and practise of inter-tribal genocide with mass killing, the taking of slaves and more than a tad of cannibalization the norm ... not to condemn it, that's the way it was.

Pihama compounds her twisted view of Maori society by arguing that the abuse of children by Maori can be directly attributed to the effects of colonization.   That's a bit like saying guns not people kill people.    The simple reality is that people of all races and cultures bash their kids ... it's just that Maori and Pacific Islanders have a certain propensity to do it harder and more often.

None of it is acceptable and certainly Pihama does herself and Maoridom no great service by attempting to legitimize such behavior as someone else's fault.

She's offering up a 'Get out of Jail' for conscience card where no such card exists.


Redbaiter said...

Yeah, she's a bad one for sure.

You wouldn't think the National Party and John Key would want much to do with such a racist separatist subversive.

But whoa....

Constitutional Advisory Panel named

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples today announced the 12 appointees to the Constitutional Advisory Panel.

The Government confirmed last December that it would conduct a wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements – including the size of Parliament, the length of the electoral term, Māori representation, the role of the Treaty of Waitangi and whether New Zealand needs a written constitution.

It was the start of a considered process that would take place over three years.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel is an independent group that will lead public discussion on constitutional issues that are under review and will then report to the Ministers.

The Panel will be co-chaired by Emeritus Professor John Burrows and Sir Tipene O’Regan, of Ngāi Tahu. The other members are:

• Peter Chin
• Deborah Coddington
• Hon Dr Michael Cullen
• Hon John Luxton
• Bernice Mene
Dr Leonie Pihama
• Hinurewa Poutu
• Professor Linda Smith
• Peter Tennent
• Emeritus Professor Ranginui Walker

The Panel will begin work shortly on a plan to inform public debate on New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.

“The panel has a broad range of skills, including constitutional expertise and experience with community engagement,” Mr English says. “It will lead a forum for New Zealanders to develop and share ideas on constitutional issues, which we expect to be in place in 2012.”

The Realist said...

She was probably referring to the works of Emile Durkheim who in the late 19th century investigated causes of social pathology. One of the causes he identifies is what he referred to as "anomie", a situation of normlessness within society.
While I can understand that may have been to case for Maori for say a generation after colonisation, that excuse cannot, in my view, be valid today.

macdoctor said...

She is talking total nonsense, of course. With the exception of the aborigines of Australia (whose child-beating is entirely fueled by alcohol), there is no other colonized native peoples who have a child-murder rate anywhere near the Maori one. Clearly the problem is in Maori culture, not colonialism.

Much is made of the fact that child-murder was not a feature of early Maori culture, but infant mortality was 10 times higher, making children very precious and protected. Not to mention that the males of the tribe spend an inordinate amount of time slaughtering the children of other tribes (i.e. The child murder rate was probably much higher than it is today)

Gerald said...

Red I like it.
True Blue National Party supporter complaining about an activist whom his own party in Government appointed to an Constitutional Advisory Panel.
Best laugh all week.

The Veteran said...

Red/Gerald ... The panel was appointed six years ago and finished its work in 2013 . Nominations were sought from all parties represented in Parliament. I'm not sure who nominated Pihama but the reality is that if you are going to have a conversation about constitutional matters then you appoint a panel representing a wide cross section of society and, like it or not, clearly Pihama has a certain standing among some sections of Maoridom.

But I do note her comment re genocide was made in 2012, after she had been appointed to the panel, while her latest outburst on violence against children was just last week.

A modicum of research and you could have found that out for yourselves before rushing into print.

Anonymous said...

Well she can't be much worse than Kiwi Goddard who was head hunted to chair the child abuse enquiry in the UK.....£360,000 PA and eye watering expenses. After a year she had spent 30 days on leave and 44 working on an Australian project with only two meetings under her belt. She had no idea of local law or in fact her own powers.

Perhaps she is role model for troughing.

Lord Egbut..
PS. She was asked to resign

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... I had been wondering about that. Something didn't quite stack up. Can you reference the detail about her being fired/asked to resign?

Anonymous said...

Lord Egbut