The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 31st July 2019

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  1. Will be interesting to see the penalty for the ‘steam roller’ attempt to clear the 50 odd cars and boy racing activities that apparently would meet every Friday night in Wellington ….

    Anyone who lives near these types of events know that police practically always turn a blind eye, because the boy racers do it in poor neighbourhoods or remote neighbourhoods so disturbing the peace for the poorer folks or remote areas is generally ignored by police and councils, likewise the rubbish, human poop and noise and drinking, plus the boy racing activities through the night that 50 cars + 100+ occupants meeting during the night creates.

    Until there is an attempt at clearing them by a frustrated member of the public which makes the news…

    If you are homeless you are moved off pronto…
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=209791

    If you are a freedom camper they are moved off pronto and by laws put in place..
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12008940

    If they grouped up in the city or rich streets with 50 people causing mayhem then they would be moved off pronto…

    For the wokies, maybe they finally have a point, because the boy racer scene is predominantly white.

    Only if they eventually start to attack the police, something is done
    ‘FTP’: Boy racers smash police car after Christchurch crackdown
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/09/ftp-boy-racers-smash-police-car-after-christchurch-crackdown.html

    Eventually they managed to clean up the boy racing scene in Christchurch but it took the police being attacked before they bothered to take the situation seriously
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/04/game-over-christchurch-boy-racers-appear-to-admit-defeat.html

    Since we love the trivial news in NZ it will be interesting to see the penalty for the driver of the steam roller…

    No jail time for killing 15 year old while high on drugs and drunk
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12177523

    No conviction for touching a boys penis at the local swimming pools.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/114300644/cultural-mistake-led-to-touching-of-boy-at-changing-rooms-in-christchurch

    and Police Commissioner Mike Bush admits drink driving conviction
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89767953/police-commisioner-mike-bush-admits-drink-driving-conviction

    We wait and see!

  2. Nafe ritoys frim parla mint.
    On moarning ruppord, he sed he’s hed “fufteen wunda full years” (goan ford)

    Now Nafe ken ritoy in good konshinse and rest on his laurels – hopefully in Keputty.
    Moid eaien be able ta rekindle a relationshup with a feral or two wen da mid loif crisis kik zin en he kneads a toke on da ganja

    [ Nathan retires from parliament.
    Now Nathe can retire in good conscience and rest on his laurels – hopefully in Kapiti.
    Might even be able to rekindle a relationship with a feral or two when the mid life crisis kicks in and he needs a toke on the Mary Jane]

    Bloody easy to be a hypocrite when you’re as fik as two short plenks I ‘spose

  3. Here is something I wrote it in light of Matthew Tukaki being labelled xenophobic.

    Immigration, Colonization and Maori Subjugation

    Why can we not have a debate about immigration – an honest and open debate – without the debate rapidly deteriorating into name calling and accusations of racism and xenophobia.
    The ongoing Ihumatao protests and ensuing debate recently bought to this to a head where Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki was accused of “xenophobic dog whistling” by a television show host for attempting to engage in such an honest and open debate. That a representative of the indigenous people of Aotearoa should be labelled as such by a beneficiary of colonisation and immigration seems sadly ironic.

    I draw very little distinction between colonisation and immigration. The former merely facilitates the later and when immigration occurs at large-scale the outcome is the same – if not more deleterious for the indigenous people – as colonisation, because colonisation without large-scale immigration can be much more easily undone. This can be evidenced when comparing countries such as Cambodia and Canada.

    To go back to the formation of the Nation of New Zealand, we find that the Maori population of Aotearoa at the time was around 80,000 while the non-Maori population was around 2,000. Being outnumbered 40 to 1 the Treaty was clearly to the advantage of non-Maori and facilitated the upcoming mass-migration and subsequent subjugation of the indigenous population. 10 years after the Treaty the non-Maori population had increased to around 40,000 and by 1860 Maori and non-Maori were equal in numbers.

    The wars of the 1860s demonstrated that numerical superiority now made the Treaty unnecessary. Maori were not only alienated from their now-confiscated land but their numbers were further reduced by war, disease and poverty. Added to this, the ongoing mass-migration of non-Maori, resulted in Maori being outnumbered 10 to 1 by the mid-1870s. In the space of 35 years – half a lifetime – Maori had gone from being the majority in their own land to a demographically marginalised impoverished minority.

    The Maori population continued to decline until the end of the 19th Century. Then the 20th Century saw the beginning of a turnaround in the Maori population. Total numbers began to increase, however as non-Maori numbers were still increasing, Maori made up less than 10% of the population for much of the 20th Century.

    However, in the later part of the 20th Century, things began to change. The post-war baby boom ended almost as rapidly as it began with the total fertility rate of non-Maori dipping below replacement in the 1970s. While the Maori fertility rate also decreased rapidly in the 1970s it fell from a much higher level than non-Maori and remained above replacement level. The Maori population was younger and thus had much more demographic momentum than non-Maori. With the Maori population now growing faster than non-Maori, Maori began to be an increasingly larger proportion of the population. Coupled with low levels of net immigration, the stage was set for Maori to become a greater demographic force in Aotearoa. This possibility, however, was about to be mitigated.

    The official reason for the latest wave of mass-migration that began in the 1990s, was that it would be a ‘critical economic enabler’. Whether it is or has been is a debate for another day. Diversity was also tacked on for feel-good reasons and to assuage the liberal left.

    The unofficial reasons for the latest wave of mass-migration range from the banal to the sinister. The banal being that without ongoing population growth the property market fiasco which underpins the economy could not continue. The sinister being that without another wave of mass-migration Maori would continue to increase as a proportion of the population. Without such immigration, Maori would now, in 2019, make up around 20% of the population and would soon be 25%. Clearly this could have serious political consequences for those who hold the levers of power.

    However, in 2019, we find ourselves in a somewhat different universe to the 1980s or 1990s. The past 5 years has seen the greatest level of inwards migration in New Zealand’s history. More people have arrived in New Zealand in the past 5 years than in the first 50 years after the treaty. Consequently the rate of Maori population growth has been less than the growth of the total population as a whole; around 1.4% per annum for Maori compared to around 2% per annum for the total population. Thus Maori are now, for the first time in 100 years, in a position where their share of the population is declining relative to the total.

    What will the future hold? 100 years from now will Maori once again be reduced to demographic marginalisation or will Maori make up 30, 40, 50% or more of the population and have the demographic clout to enforce the Treaty and lead Aotearoa into a different future. I have no idea. What I do know is that for Maori to be shut out of the immigration debate, or at least not given a proportionally larger voice, is one of the greatest acts of institutional racism in this country and is definitely against the ‘Spirit of the Treaty’. Aotearoa is not the USA, our issues are different, our voices are different. We cannot let such an important issue be shut down by accusations of xenophobia and racism. Why is it that those who champion the cause of the West Papuans and oppose the ongoing colonisation and demographic marginalisation by the Indonesian Government fail to see the ongoing colonisation of Aotearoa.

    The Ihumatao protests are a consequence of New Zealand colonial history, both past and present. Matthew Tukaki is not engaging in “xenophobic dog whistling” but attempting to call out injustice when he sees it, regardless of how uncomfortable it may make us feel. The time for an honest and open debate on immigration is well overdue.

    • Interesting points, and I don’t think it was an accident that last years census was such a screw up because Maori are probably not the 2nd highest demographic anymore in NZ, and might not even be the third highest, so to have such a planned dramatic demographic change in 5 years without any consultation is significant.

      Will members of the Green Party all turn up to support the Whanganui iwi’s position, I doubt it!

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12142595

      • I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist but the timing of the census balls up seems a little fishy, given the potential political consequences of the rapidly changing demographics of the past few years.

    • I was going to way in here as well @ Kauri, but thought i’d be tempted to go off on another rave.
      However, what I would like to see is many more Maori being encouraged to enter our ‘civil service’ which currently isn’t very civil. And the judiciary for that matter!
      We might then start to get more policy advice that isn’t tainted with a coloniser’s view. Sure there might be a few fuckups from time to time, but I suspect we’d all be better off for it.
      And far better that than the current practice of parachuting in someone from the crumbling Empire (which as we know is a complete fuckup)

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