We have developed in New Zealand our own unique and generic analysis of all social and economic problems. It allows us to diagnose the cause of all problems and to prescribe a universal solution. Our analysis works as follows:
"Once upon a time, long ago, Maori lived in peace and harmony. Then white people came. They took all the land. Maori were disconnected from their natural environment and their cultural traditions. That caused Problem X. The solution to Problem X is a return of traditional ways. Oh, and money. Always money. That's for recompense. And to fund community groups to assist Maori to recover their past."
The analysis is now so formulaic that anyone can complete a study no matter the subject. Just cut and paste Problem X, sprinkle in some Maori words like whanau and hapu, add much handwringing and concern, and you're done.
The analysis is very satisfying. It attributes blame to history. It removes personal responsibility. It's compassionate and offers a ready solution. We need more funding. A return of land. And resourced community groups to reconnect whanau and hapu. The only problem would be if it weren't true. What if pre-European Maori weren't loving and protective of tamariki? Nah. That couldn't be. Only racists and reactionaries would say that.
“Boycott Waitangi Day until we deal with Maori child abuse” says iwi leader
A Ngapuhi leader has sparked controversy by saying that Waitangi Day celebrations should be called off this year and the money saved be invested in curbing Maori child abuse.
“Waitangi Day celebrations around the country will cost the taxpayer over $300,000 this year,” says Ngapuhi’s David Rankin, “and while we celebrate, more of our kids are getting drunk, abused, and killed than ever before in living memory.”
Mr Rankin says that Maori need to shift their priorities in order to protect the next generation. “At present, we are destroying our culture and our future by bringing up a feral class within our society. What is lacking is leadership.”
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira comes in for special attention from Mr Rankin: “Hone travels the world, complains about Pakeha to anyone who will listen, but when it comes to the biggest enemy of Maori: Maori parents, he is silent. I say to Hone, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Mr Rankin will boycott all official functions this year, despite his ancestor, Hone Heke, being the first chief in the country to sign the Treaty of Waitangi.