The Glenn Inquiry gives us a much better idea of how the little ones were treated in the past

June 17, 2014

Thanks to Lindsay Mitchell (here), Alf has some idea of what to expect when he gets around to reading the report from the Glenn Inquiry which has become the talk of the town.

She points out that a large majority of submitters were female and we are hence given the resounding impression that the overwhelming problem lies with men.

It seems she thinks otherwise and Alf is tempted to agree.

But that’s not all. She adds:

Oh and the colonist-blaming conveniently pops up.

Mitchell quotes this bit of the report.

Māori were once a people who held in high esteem their tamariki (children) and wāhine (women) because of the treasured roles they had in their whānau, hapū (sub-tribe) and iwi (tribe). Nevertheless, colonisation brought with it new ways, including privileging the place of men, which rendered women and children as their possessions (Section 4, p127).

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Professor’s advice to revert to a pre-colonial diet could result in Maori having the Grumbles for dinner

November 20, 2013

It was a radio item that put Alf off his breakfast, even though breakfast today comprised bacon, black pudding, fried eggs and tomatoes and a generous pile of chips, and these happen to be a big favourite in the Grumble household.

But the hoe-in was halted when Radio NZ started blatting the advice of a public health specialist who reckons Maori should go back to a pre-European diet to stop chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Fair to say, this advice is disputed by a Maori health organisation.

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Perhaps Sue Kedgley should consult the chooks before freeing them from their cages

February 21, 2012

So we can live in a cage and be turned into Tegel pieces or become free rangers and be cannibalised.

Would the chickens on a certain farm in the Wairarapa – those that are still alive, that is – vote for the Greens, if the franchise was widened to include chooks?

At first blush, they would vote Green, because the Green Party has championed their welfare for years.

In October last year – for example – the Greens joined animal rights groups in calling on the Government to reject the use of colony cages for layer hens.

At that time, the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RNZSPCA) and Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) called a press conference to announce their opposition to the cages.

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