Alf is grateful to the Busted Blond for introducing him to a new and very naughty word to be used on occasions when a gross insult is intended.
Alf imagines he will make great use of it, henceforth, because his current stock of insults has lost its sting from over-use.
The word is pokokohua.
BB says there’s a shortened version of the word – hua – which is used down south.
Its a well used southern curse of the vilest kind. Its a bit like saying motherf**king C**t – it invokes a sense of outraged gravitas that lends punch to a decent insult.
As a child we once got a smack for using it.
So how come BB is banging on about a very naughty word?
As she explains, Nga Puhi’s David Rankin is pissed off with a Marama Davidison, a human rights commission adviser, for calling him the Maori equivalent of a C**t.
He is right to be outraged. And he is right to take Ms Davidson to task. After all if she had called him a c**t then white people would be outraged.
So in her capacity – Ms Davidson has no right to be flinging around insults about people who do not espouse, what are obviously her strong left wing views.
So good on Rankin for calling her out.
Well, well, well.
One of Joris de Bres’ colleagues is being accused of using very unseemly language.
The Herald tells us a bit more about it this morning.
It uses the important word “allegedly”.
A Human Rights Commission adviser has allegedly cursed outspoken Ngapuhi man David Rankin in Maori on an online forum, raising the spectre of a “boiled head”.
Mr Rankin has complained about employee Marama Davidson over a series of online posts – the latest of which allegedly included the word “pokokohua”.
The term puts someone’s head in the same category as food and is hugely insulting.
The nub of the allegation is that over the past six months Ms Davidson has attacked him for his views which have included criticising Te Tii Marae for charging journalists at Waitangi and calling the hikoi to Parliament over the latest foreshore legislation an “embarrassment” to Maori.
“Considered cumulatively, I believe her comments amount to hate speech. In the latest example … she wrote on tangatawhenua.com: ‘David Rankin – pokokohua! I can’t wait to tell him to his face!”‘
Mr Rankin alleges Ms Davidson has also used Facebook during work hours to air her views about him.
Rankin has lodged his complaint with chief commissioner Rosslyn Noonan.
Alf trusts BB will contact Noonan to put her in the picture about the vileness of the alleged insult.
Commission spokesman Gilbert Wong said an investigation was under way and would be complete before next Friday.
Part of the investigation would include determining if the comments were made during work hours.
The Herald is not as colourful as BB in explaining the meaning of pokokohua.
It says it is –
A term which puts someone’s head on the same level as food. It is considered extremely insulting.
Alf tracked down some of Davidson’s thoughts about the recent hikoi – the one that Rankin denounced as an embarrassment.
She releaed a media statement to tell the world she had taken part in the event that Rankin disparaged.
Alf does not know for sure if she used any vile words in her statement.
But she does give a hint of being prone to having strong emotions:
This thought heavied my heart as I joined the hikoi at the bottom of Queen Street last Wednesday.
Adding my waewae to this Auckland City leg was my small gesture of tautoko for those of us dissatisfied with the proposed Takutai Moana legislation.
As I hit that pavement something stirred within me. I felt myself reaching for the megaphone to release that energy and wairua. Notions of Iwi and Hapu as kaitiaki; responsibility for whenua and moana; valuing our traditions and knowledge for Aotearoa and all its peoples;
Indigenous rights emanating from Whakapapa and Atua and not from legislation; Tino Rangatiratanga.
These were the kupu that found their inner city outlet that day, birthed by the rumbling within my puku.
Alf would have to consult BB about some of the words Davidson has used.
But he does know where his puku is.
He has some sympathy for those who suffer rumblings in their puku. It happens to him when he gobbles too many Big Macs and washes them down with Tui.