The scale and brutality of anti-Māori policy being rammed through by the new hard right Government is an unnecessary cruelty being passed to appease angry voters wanting some culture war revenge.
Using race baiting tactics to win an election is ugly, going through with that agenda is malicious.
Dumping the Māori Health Authority despite all the research clearly highlighting the necessity for one because of poor Māofri health outcomes generated by poverty and colonization is an obscenity!
Dumping 7aa from Oranga Tamariki because it is cheaper and quicker to uplift a Māori baby without having to deal with Iwi groups who will find culturally appropriate wrap around services to avoid the damage the State has historically caused stolen generations is criminally short sighted!
Demanding Waka Kotahi use NZTA because it is too confusing when many National Party MPs couldn’t name what NZTA stood for is offensively ridiculous!
Going ahead with 8000 preventable tobacco deaths to fund tax cuts in a move Hone Harawira described as, “They’re happy to let Māori die so that they can get more money for tax cuts for their rich friends, that’s the horrifying thing, that they are so naked in their charge for cash.”
On top of this is the desire to move legislation that will redefine the Treaty Principles to entrench 19th Century White Settler privilege.
The sheer scale and size of the political attack on Māori saw immediate nationwide protests alongside an unprecedented Royal Proclamation for a National Hui against this new hard right Government’s anti-Māori agenda, in what will be the most important political event of the year.
The backlash to this Government’s very racist agenda that has extreme consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable amongst us will revitalise the Left like a lightening rod because many, many, many, many, many Pakeha, migrant NZers and Pacifica will unite with Māori on this because this policy agenda is not what the vast majority want!
Climate change, poverty, inequality, housing, good public health and properly funded public services and infrastructure THESE are the things we demand political attention and solutions for!
What we are getting is unnecessary cruelty as public policy.
Treaties are to be honoured, not settled.
We are a lesser people for this Government and it’s barely been a week..