WaateaNews: How do Māori respond to the next wave of colonisation?


Statistics released by Statistics NZ show that the Asian-NZ population will overtake Māori by 2038…

The broad Asian ethnic group will increase the most over the period. This group’s population is projected to rise from 540,000 in 2013 to 1.2-1.4 million in 2038. The Pacific ethnic group is also projected to rise significantly, from 340,000 in 2013 to 530,000-650,000 in 2038.

The Māori population is projected to surpass 1 million by 2038, with growth in all regions.

The impact of the Asian-NZ population tripling in the space of 20 years and overtaking Māori has political, economic and cultural ramifications that haven’t been discussed yet it’s a debate that is already running.

Chinese influence in NZ politics has been recently criticised by University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady whose academic report, ‘Magic Weapons: China’s political influence under Xi Jinping’ is a damning insight into allegations that the National Party have become compromised by Chinese business interests.

Senior National Party figures who all have personally vested commercial interests with large Chinese companies, economic policy that benefits these aforementioned Chinese companies and an extraordinary allegation that China have purchased NZ Farms to test Chinese military missile targeting with near space weather balloon testing sites all add up to serious questions about China’s growing power over the political and economic direction of the country.

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How do Māori fortify their position in NZ society when they face a second great wave of colonisation?

I think Māori can only retain the bi-cultural framework of our country by forcing trough Constitutional amendments that recognise that bi-cultural framework. An upper chamber of Parliament that was 50-50 split between Māori and Pakeha that could act as a House of Lords Parliamentary handbrake on any legislation that compromises the Treaty is one solid solution to cement in place the special relationship Māori have as the indigenous people of NZ.

If real power is not protected from external influence, we end up with the situation we now have with the National Party where you question if policy is being written for Wellington or Beijing.


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  1. … ” If real power is not protected from external influence, we end up with the situation we now have with the National Party where you question if policy is being written for Wellington or Beijing ” …

    Such a shame we now live in the Ridiculous Isles.

    Especially when we can point the finger squarely at the very people responsible for making it that way.

    Agree with the Upper Chamber / House of Lords thing , Australia has a variant on that. As with so many things , ( but definitely not in human rights ! ) the Aussies are just that more ‘on to it ‘ than the timid Kiwi’s…

    National party MP’s grovelling to China ,…. what a National disgrace they truly are.

  2. “Chinese influence in NZ politics has been recently criticised by University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady whose academic report, ‘Magic Weapons: China’s political influence under Xi Jinping’ is a damning insight into allegations that the National Party have become compromised by Chinese business interests.”

    Link? Sounds like a worthwhile read. Yeah, I could google, but you are citing it as a source for the article…

  3. No Zealand is a vassal state of the world’s largest dictatorship; there is going to be civil war/revolution on “our” shores.

    • Oh goody !

      I hope its one like the students have where they all meet in a big field , armed with flour bombs and rolled up newspapers then charge at the other team and biff each other around the earholes.

      I would be on for that!

      Sounds like fun !

  4. It’s not about race or nation, its about class.
    Workers should make a clear distinction between the ruling class regimes in both China and NZ and work towards class solidarity between NZ and Chinese workers.
    Our common enemy is the capitalist elites who run these countries. Therefore we have to pool resources to run them out of power and replace them with workers governments that can collaborate in a federation of Pacific socialist republics in a socialist world.

  5. Having an “upper house” and or constitution would enable the NZ one percenters to cement in their economic and financial advantages and thus guarantee further inequality [As has happened in the U.K. and the United States].If Maori had a 50% representation in this upper house it would represent a situation that Maori would have three votes as opposed to one for the rest of the population! This would be profoundly undemocratic.How do you imagine that introducing undemocratic processes to N.Z. would result in a progressive outcome? Methinks that your “cure” is worse than the disease!!

  6. NZ is rapidly becoming the little China of the Pacific, causing a negative impact on the lives of NZ families, courtesy of National.

    While migration should be encouraged, it cannot be allowed to get out of control, as seems to be the case with the recent wave of migrants entering NZ, particularly Auckland, which is dominated now by Asian culture.

    The once biggest, colourful and vibrant Polynesian city in the Pacific Auckland, is sadly now no more unfortunately.

    Seems to me, this could be the second Chinese cultural revolution, only without arms, instead using money to buy influence, waving it under the noses of our corrupt greedy politicians!

    • But why should immigration be encouraged? In an overcrowded world what’s so virtuous about immigration when there is so much evidence of its negative impact on NZ’s society and the environment? Is there really a skills shortage when so many immigrants are doing jobs (often for minimum wage or less) that don’t require any skills and which the half million plus unemployed and underemployed New Zealanders can do? Why are so many New Zealanders now living in Australia ? And what of the growing effect of automation on jobs? Consider, also, that most of the immigrants coming to NZ are from paternalistic, authoritarian and deeply xenophobic third world societies that vigorously reject any form of immigration, especially that of white Anglo-Saxons. As their numbers increase will the attitudes of these immigrants soften or harden towards their generous white hosts and benefactors?

      • Agree – immigration has been out of control, and that has no doubt contributed to spiralling house prices and strains on infrastructure. This hurts first and foremost Maori and Pasifika. However one positive aspect is the further ‘browning’, or at least the gradual ‘de-whitening’ of NZ. That is a positive aspect.

        Many of the new migrants share some of the of the emphases on family and whanau of Maori, and the importance of developing good people to people relationships when it comes to business and work. Also a shared love of food feasting, as well as hospitality towards guests.

        Its not going to be all plain sailing, but if we are to have immigration much prefer it be overwhelmingly Asian and Pacific, and not white (particularly South African whites – agree with the comments of Margaret Mutu several years ago).

        In spite of some important cultural differences I see a likely Maori/Pasifika/Asian alliance in the years to come, bonded by their shared experiences of Pakeha racism.

  7. I think NZ would be a better country for all NZ’ers if we tried to restrict the population in as much as possible now to Pakeha / Maori (for obvious reasons) & Pacifika (our nearest neighbours and I think a good fit and a foil to a possible ‘us and them’ mindset if the population is largely restricted to Pakeha and Maori (of course all people already here would be welcome to stay).
    The result would be a unique mix of Pakeha / Pacific peoples (in which I have included a thriving in all senses Maori population) found nowhere else in the world and I believe a largely beneficial and harmonious one.
    Flooding the country with particularly Chinese I believe dilutes what makes NZ unique / special and leaves us open to further unwelcome influence from a PRC that does not respect other cultures or values human rights etc.

    • I hear ya, but living in Auckland I can tell you that horse has long since bolted.
      I don’t have any issues with Chinese people either. I’ve got plenty of friends from Hong Kong and Taiwan who share NZ’s democratic ideals. They’re terrified of the authoritarian future the Chinese Communist Party intends to impose on their countries.
      Unfortunately the mainland Chinese currently settling in NZ (and bolstering the numbers of Blue Dragons) bring the values of their homeland with them. It’s all about money and power, and rising above your fellow citizens through the use of social and political connections, and bribery if necessary. I guess that’s why they fit so well with the Nats.

  8. Personally I’m more worried about racist white South African migrants than Chinese or other Asians. I work in a construction company with a few white South African quantity surveyors, and they are the most racist mofos ever to walk the earth – apparently everyone was so happy with the state of things before the end of apartheid. They should go back to South Africa and let the blacks deal to them ala Zimbabwe

    Asians aren’t just chinese – includes Indians and others from the sub-continent, Koreans etc

    Asians and Maori mix OK, Maori are racially quite similar to Asians, particularly to South East Asians who are very closely related to Polynesians, and who all speak languages that are part of the broader Austronesian language family.

  9. I think the best way would be to educate New Zealand immigrants about New Zealand history. We should make highly readable and concise books on New Zealand history topics such as the settlement of NZ, the Treaty of Waitangi, the various Land Wars, the Land Marches, Bastion Point, and the foreshore and seabed debate.

    Bridget William Books’ pocket books have been successful in highlighting NZ historical and social topics. We should translate these books into Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Malay, Arabic, etc to maximise readership. I’m speaking as a migrant who has learned about NZ history and politics. So education is the key.

  10. that’s a good idea Andrew but our own people our Pakeha need to educate themselves but many don’t want to why? Many say we should not look or go backwards we should go forward.

    • I agree with your and Kapiti Mark’s comments, Michelle. Firstly, it seems that Pakeha are telling Maori what to do here without reflecting on their own complicities in how the so-called “Pakeha/Maori” culture came into being. And secondly, it’s bordering on xenophobic to start banging on about how ALL the visibly different Chinese (because they’re obviously all homogeneous clones) and their scary communism are ruining things when we all have our part to play in the colonisation of this country that still runs deep and is largely ignored and unresolved. How is that the healthy “Pakeha/Maori/Pasifika” culture that comments are touting?

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