Racism is a term flung around a great deal and it get’s on the wick of some older white folk like Don Brash who deny they are any bit racist at all.
Apparently they are all saints and all accusations of racism are just hyper sensitive far left radical lunatics out of their minds with social justice fever and political correctness.
But even a fully fledged KKK member would agree that today’s article by Barry Soper is poking the racist stick at Maori.
The first clue is when Soper suggests that all Maori Land that is currently unable to gain development capital from the Banks must be riddled with weed.
“Well the self-proclaimed First Citizen of the Provinces Shane Jones admitted as much when the fund earlier this month agreed to cough up $100 million to improve long forgotten, weed infested Māori land.” – wrote Soper.
The land is not necessarily forgotten, nor is it weed infested but Soper found it necessary to state that this Maori land was anyway.
Why did Barry feel that way?
Why has Barry never described undeveloped Pakeha land as weed infested?
It’s possible Barry is just a wanker from Gore who is not very bright but it is also possible he’s drenched in anti Maori prejudice that shows up every now and then in his sweeping negative generalisations and stereotyping.
The next evidence of this racism is when Soper suggests it’s just Maori laziness and apathy and not the limitations of raising development capital that is the problem :
“Trouble is there are so many owners, hundreds of them, owning relatively small blocks and they can’t be bothered getting together and improving them.”
“Can’t be bothered” is a figment of Barry’s racist Maori bashing imagination – when it is clear that the fractured ownership of some Maori land and inalienable rights to the land – hit a conflict with the way Banks like to secure the risk of loaning money for development projects and businesses.
Seems Barry is not interested in being objective about this and more interested in bashing Maori unfairly.
Further evidence of this lies in what Barry decides to focus upon and what he decides to leave out.
As everyone knows there is a success rate for projects regardless of the racial mix of it’s team members which is not 100% anywhere in the world.
In the USA Calleam reported that 49 percent of 840 federally funded projects were found to be poorly planned, poorly performing, or both.
In December 2018 Gartner published that Projects with budgets over $1 million have a 50 percent higher failure rate than projects with budgets under $350,000.
And we all know that by the end of their fifth year, roughly 50 percent of small businesses fail. After 10 years, the survival rate drops to approximately 35 percent.
If you can get a large project success rate of over 86% you are doing great things according to Harvard Business School and Gartner – and if you can keep a business growing for a decade you are a bloody legend.
Which brings us to the Provincial Growth fund and what we as New Zealanders should reasonably expect in terms of a success rate from any programme of work involving multiple projects.
Barry thinks the Provincial Growth Fund “project success” should be 100% which is ridiculous and unheard of anywhere.
Any hiccup or even a shadow of a hiccup is bashed into headlines by Barry.
Barry reckons this just goes to prove that Shane Jones is a cowboy and feeding his mates up North with pork barrel money that Jacinda was screwed into handing over.
Barry religiously refuses to report on successful projects up North or anywhere to do with the Provincial Growth Fund.
When did you last read Barry saying we have a growing $50 Billion Maori economy?
That’s right – you never ever read anything positive about that from Barry.
When did Barry last report on how much undeveloped Maori land has been successfully developed over the past decade by hard working Maori with skills and business nouse?
He does not have a single good word for Maori at all.
It makes my blood boil.
What the fuck is wrong with NZME and it’s Executive that it continues to give a platform to this racist shit?
It was bad enough when Barry’s wife said Pacific Islanders are leeches and then doubled down on that racism.
We should call it what it actually is – and it is.
Who in NZME is accountable?
Gerard Otto is an activist and a writer.