I get this sense that many Pakeha seem to be under the impression that once all the Treaty Settlements have been settled, that’s somehow our debt paid off for all that land confiscation and racist injustice.
As if an indigenous people who lose 95% of their land and economic power with all the cultural collateral damage that intergenerational wounding causes through space and time could in some way shape or form be healed by a State reparations system that only returns 1% of the actual value and economic losses.
Cue belly laughs now, ha ha, ho ho.
“Soz for all that land confiscation and theft and all the social damage that poverty has inflicted, here’s 1% of what’s owed you, now stop blaming us”, seems to be a tad disingenuous from the white brothers and sisters in the audience.
The impact of the massive theft of land reverberates 179 years. Maori are 380% more likely to be convicted of a crime and 200% more likely to die from heart disease and suicide. Maori are paid 18% less and 34% leave school without a qualification. Maori die earlier and suffer more.
To add insult to injury, Don Brash claims any action to try and reflect that impact gets labeled ‘special privilege’.
If anyone is under the delusion that settling the last Treaty Settlement somehow means we’ve dealt with all of this past injustice and it’s time to ‘focus on the future’, can I humbly suggest that all the finalisation of the existing Treaty claims will merely be just the first chapter in the genuine apology book.
We have an enormous amount of work to repair the Treaty injustices occurring now with inequality and poverty, and we have an obligation to extend that level of support to everyone living poor in this country.
The beauty of our egalitarianism and liberal progressive democracy is that it collectively enables agency of all individuals, living up to that promise demands more than a lip service white wash reparations process.