Let’s go back in time with Anton, to the idyllic days when Maori kids were never beaten

October 11, 2012

Uh oh.

Alf thought his good friend Paula had done a damned good job with that White Paper on Vulnerable Children (see here).

Not so.

One of our special citizens points out (here) that it does not address the priority needs of Māori children.

The special citizen in this case is Anton Blank, Executive Director of a Māori child advocacy organisation (which, curiously, is not clearly identified in his media statement).

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Judge should have ordered child sex offender to see if he could get some laughs from prison inmates

September 6, 2011

They could do with a dose of laughter.

The outrage is mounting, after Judge Philippa Cunningham dealt bizarrely with a comedian who had pleaded guilty to a not-so-funny sexual offence against his infant daughter.

She let this fellow go free without conviction, partly because he “makes people laugh”.

He will still be making people laugh, because we don’t know who he is and therefore we can’t express our contempt for him by steering clear of his shows.

At sentencing in the Auckland District Court, Judge Philippa Cunningham said he had stopped drinking, paid a high price in his personal and work life, and had shown remorse.

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Besides the quake, there’s news about the foreshore furore, charitable fund-raising and PSA pique

February 23, 2011

The NZ public is understandably focused on the disastrous earthquake and its aftermath in Christchurch. The media is appropriately focused there, too.

Some important bits of news accordingly might escape public attention.

In the last hour or so, for example, Scoop posted a summary of Māori submissions on the Marine and Coastal Bill was released.

This is a summary of the 72 submissions received by the Māori Affairs Select Committee from marae, hapū, iwi, Māori land owners, organisations and collectives. It does not include those submissions made by Māori individuals. It has been prepared by a collective of concerned people, Kaitiaki o te Takutai, who wanted to know what hapū and iwi said about the Marine and Coastal Bill. It is our hope that their voices will be listened to.

The important thing is that all submitters said they were opposed to the Foreshore Seabed Act 2004 and supported its repeal.

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When hens get a better deal than kids, the answer is to hand child welfare to the SPCA

January 21, 2011

Bugger...when the SPCA took charge of child welfare, our well-being was handed over to Child Youth and Family.

Alf has an idea (and a damned good one, too, even if he says so himself).

It’s aimed at getting a better deal for at-risk kids after a United Nations committee expressed concern over shortfalls in the rights of New Zealand children, including “staggering” infant and child mortality rates.

Alf is not too strong on this bollocks about giving children more rights, now that too many of the brazen little buggers use the rights they know they have to commit serious crimes and assault their teachers.

But he is bothered about cases like that reported yesterday and today about a badly abused girl whose parents face a raft of charges.

It seems the girl has been thrashed for a long time.

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Margaret Mutu, Maori and child abuse – if money is needed, it must be a govt problem

August 23, 2010

Alf despairs of our Maori leaders. Or some of them.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett faced an iwi leaders meeting the other day and invited them to help deal with child abuse by identifying mothers who let “mongrel men” into their homes.

She also asked them to think about coughing up their own funding so abused children could be placed in iwi instead of state care.

This was greeted by some of the buggers as agreeably as Hone Harawira would greet a Pakeha boy or girl friend brought home by his offspring.

Professor Margaret Mutu went wobbly at the thought of Maori money being used to help Maori kids.

Frankly, Alf thought Paula was much too ingratiating, warbling about it being “an honour and a privilege to speak to leaders of such influence”.

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