This attitude by the Tribunal is exactly why the population at large, including Maori, believe it should be scrapped and the sooner the better. What the Tribunal is saying in effect is that just because a person has some tribal ancestry it somehow makes them deficient in being able to abide by the law and unable to stand on their own two feet. Instead they are people who must be patronised and looked after like children. The Tribunal’s attitude is no better than that of some missionaries who treated natives like Sunday School kids.
Once again it is left to the good folk at Hobson’s Trust to point out the blindingly obvious.
Reoffending strategies ‘should ignore ethnicity’
Strategies used by Corrections to reduce re-offending should be carried out irrespective of ethnicity, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.
The Waitangi Tribunal today said that the Crown had breached its treaty obligations by failing to tackle the high rate of reoffending by Maori, and that urgent action is needed.
With years of Police experience, Ms Costello is aware of the challenges that exist but blaming the Crown served no purpose.
Strategies used by Corrections to reduce re-offending by Maori have been developed in consultation with Maori for decades, Ms Costello said.
This response by the tribunal removes personal accountability by offenders, and negates any responsibility by the various well-funded rehabilitation agencies that exist, Ms Costello said.
The Waitangi Tribunal appears to be taking a one-size-fits-all approach by suggesting that ethnicity is the driving force for re-offending.
Everyone who works in Corrections, including Tom Hemopo who brought the claim, knows that there are multiple factors behind each individual’s offending, Ms Costello said.
One simple way to reduce re-offending is through making the focus on the individual rather than assuming ancestry is a determining influence.
“Division and separatism” says Ms Costello, “is clearly failing New Zealanders. Regardless of ancestry, we need to be addressing need and allow each individual to be supported in the way that provides the best opportunity to succeed.”
Hobson’s Pledge believes that the Waitangi Tribunal has outlived its usefulness, and should be abolished, and this latest recommendation is evidence that we are correct, Ms Costello said.
By keeping Maori in perpetual victimhood instead of encouraging them to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them in our society, it is the Tribunal itself that show itself to be out of touch. It is well past its use by date. It should be scrapped immediately, along with all other race based legislation which has the net effect of keeping some Maori at the bottom of the heap.