I’m honestly trying to work out whether the recent hysteria by mainstream media over payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu are race baiting or just pure ignorance on behalf of the millennial social media experts running the news rooms these days.
I’m fairly certain the only reason Jim Anderton’s death received the surprising amount of attention was someone at the Herald saw his death trending on twitter.
Everyone knew about these clauses to Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu. They were signed into the original deal they cut two decades ago.
These clauses have been public for 20 bloody years but all of a sudden it’s some sneaky gravy train Māori lawyer trick that’s stealing millions from the public?
Is this hysterical race baiting ignorance or a specific tactic to dog whistle for the raw resentment felt by many rump National voters at so called Māori privilege?
Thankfully Māori are incredibly generous and patient with their selfish and hateful Pakeha neighbours, it’s not like this is the first time white people have signed a deal with Māori and then thrown a tantrum right?
We signed the deal with Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu, and let’s remember it is still a pittance in terms of the actual land and economic and political sovereignty that was stolen from them in the first place.
This is a manufactured headline that plays to the worst angels of the dominant culture, we deserve better media than this.