Co-governance: the Kiwi way of doing things increasingly by halves

January 27, 2012

As was foreshadowed here before the election, the Crown has buckled to give Maori another 50:50 co-governance deal.

The Maori who have come out of the negotiations triumphant will be popping the champagne corks or their indigenous equivalent to rejoice.

The NZ Herald tells the story –

Far North iwi Te Aupouri will celebrate a major milestone tomorrow when it signs a two-part deal which gives it a hand in governing 90 Mile Beach.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says he hopes it brings much-needed economic development to one of the most impoverished areas in the country, while a tribal negotiator said the iwi will work hard to move Te Aupouri to a brighter future.

If co-governance arrangements are the secret to boosting economic development, perhaps we should proliferate them around the country.

Come to think of it, bit by bit we are proliferating them around the country but it is being done somewhat insidiously and the Government does not brag too much about this path to brightening our future.

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Now it’s Nike’s turn to feel the heat as Willie Jackson goes hostile over Maori designs

August 14, 2011

Is this really a rose?

Or is it a brain (perhaps the brain of a socialist because of its left-side emphasis?)

Buggers like Willie Jackson – you would think – have plenty to fuel their chronic urge to be combative without having to go looking for more.

But nah.  He has has gone all hostile because sportswear giant Nike has produced a new range of shirts for England fans at the Rugby World Cup.

His concern is about Maori branding.

The shirt – which comes in black and white – features a large English rose, with Maori-style designs across the chest.

You might think Willie would be chuffed that England supporters will be wearing jerseys with a touch of Maori in them.

But his dander is up, the SST tells us today.

Broadcaster Willie Jackson described the shirt – marketed as “England Maori tournament rugby” for sales on UK websites – as a sign of “arrogance”.

“I’m bewildered by how cocky these people are, how arrogant,” Jackson told the Sunday Star-Times.

“They think they can do anything because what are those little Maori going to do? And here is the sad thing, it is the reality… there is not much we can do. But I am constantly surprised that they just think they can just take slices of our culture as it suits them.”

The SST reminds us that Nike is already copping flak for its choice of black as the English team’s alternative playing strip.

Oh dear. The jersey business is apt to attract heated criticism.

Adidas is in big trouble in this country over the price it is charging for All Black jerseys, although buying these jerseys is not compulsory and if Alf couldn’t afford one, he simply would go without.

As it happens, he reckons the only people entitled to wear All Black jerseys are All Blacks.

But let’s get back to Jackson. He said he was “sickened” that overseas companies continued to cash in on Maori designs.

He must have a delicate tummy.

Someone sticking Pakeha designs on jerseys without the permission of Pakeha would not sicken Alf, or in any other way get him excited. Life is too short to fret about trivia.

Jackson goes on to say Maori aren’t the only indigenous culture to be used by corporate giants.

This had happened to cultures “right around the world for years”.

“They use our image and name as it suits them,” he said.

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Latest treaty report unwittingly raises a question: who will veto the misuse of the bagpipes?

July 3, 2011

Alf and his mates have been studying some stuff on the Treaty of Waitangi plucked off nzhistory.net.

We have given this material a very thorough read. The English stuff, anyway.

And we are buggered if we can find something that commits one bunch of signatories to work in a 50:50 partnership with the other bunch of signatories.

This being so we are driven to regard the latest stuff from the Waitangi Tribunal as another load of bollocks.

Our understanding of the 1000-page report is based on media accounts at this stage, let’s be clear, and it’s fair to suppose few of the hacks have ploughed through 1000 pages.

Moreover, the hacks (journalists ranked way down near the bottom of the recent trustworthiness poll) may have given us a bum steer by misinterpreting the bits they did read.

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Let’s ask young Maori in Porirua if they want to be forced to learn Te Reo

October 21, 2010

Is Te Reo destined to become extinct, too?

Hats off to Maori Party leader Pita Sharples, who has spoken wisely and sensibly (in English) on the future of Te Reo.

He has injected a much-needed dose of reality into the proposition that New Zealand should have a bilingual Maori-speaking government.

That proposition comes from the Waitangi Tribunal. Accordingly it will be accorded great respect, not because it deserves respect but because Pakeha who challenge it risk being denounced as racists.

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Hone should not say sorry for being candid

November 10, 2009

Having heard a heap of stuff about Hone Harawira and his vituperative e-mail to Buddy Mikaere, Alf reckons it would be daft for the Maori Party hell-raiser to apologise to the nation for comments he made about white people.

According to the NZ Herald, he will have something to say today about the row in which he has embroiled himself thanks to his flair for (a) troughing and (b) spewing racist bile.

It will be the first time the Te Tai Tokerau MP has publicly spoken about an email, criticised as racist, that he sent to a party supporter who had asked him who paid for a trip the MP and his wife made to Paris.

No other Maori Party MPs are expected to be present at Waipapa Marae in Auckland. However, Mr Harawira may be supported by high-ranking party leaders.

But Alf sees no point in Hone apologising for saying what he thinks of pakeha if – as seems pretty obvious – that’s what he does think of them. Or for using bad language if he thinks it’s good language or effective language.

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