Time to rebel

by Dr Tom Johnson

I cannot adequately express the frustration and disgust I have with the current government over the way it has subverted democratic principles in its short term in office.  Above all, I resent being turned into a second class citizen in my own country because I’m not Maori. I also object to the fact that my nine grandchildren are likely to live in some form of an apartheid state if the inexorable slide continues under the current government. Michael Coote’s accurate and horrendous writings on the Auckland Unitary Plan further confirm these fears.

In the space of four years, without seeking any specific mandate for these actions, the Prime Minister has:

  • allowed the flying of the seditious Maori separatist flag on all public occasions
  • wiped the Foreshore and Seabed Act despite considerable opposition
  • surreptitiously sent Pita Sharples to New York to sign the United Nations Charter on Indigenous Rights
  • appointed a biased Constitutional Review panel of predominantly Treatyists, separatists and Maori academic radicals, with the review skewed in such a way as to lead to the adoption and inclusion of a Treaty of Waitangi in all legislation.

To compound matters further, when the probable findings of the Panel are announced, the stated intention of Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is to seek inter-party approval for the panel’s recommendations and avoid an electoral vote on the issue. Yet another example of the arrogance of our politicians and their disregard for democracy. The tokenism of the consultation process for non-Maori has been starkly revealed at the  so-called conversations and presentations I have attended.

There seems to be a complete disregard for the fact that all previous attempts to enshrine a Treaty in New Zealand law have floundered, despite the concerted efforts of its neoliberal bi-culturalist proponents. Most people have recognized the divisive nature of the document due to the conflict of contemporary interpretations and various ‘versions’ with the simple literal translation of the document signed at Waitangi on 6 February 1840.

But let us put aside for a moment the issues of the various Treaties and just consider the interminable “petty apartheid” created by the indoctrination of cultural rites, rituals, language and name changes that non Maori have had to accept and endure for the last thirty years. All at the behest of the bi-culturalists who have successfully pushed their own political ideological agenda, without public consultation. The democratic rights of what is generally an apathetic public have been ignored. But one hopes that the efforts of an increasing number of concerned citizens over the threat of part-Maori sovereignty and the extortionist fleecing of tax payer generated funds to meet spurious Treaty claims are now being increasingly challenged. Michael Coote’s article “Racist rorts in draft Auckland Plan” should be a wake up call to all Aucklanders particularly and New Zealanders in general. It graphically illustrates how insidiously and deeply the Maori subversion of democracy has become embedded in our society. It tends to be all done under the radar and under the guise of spurious cultural and Treaty ‘rights.’

As for cultural rites and rituals, Olympian Valerie Adams said it all for me when she said that she was haka’d out. This was further endorsed by academic Dr Brian McDonnell (proud of his dual Maori and European heritage) but aware that Waiatas and Karakias were being performed ad nauseum “for everything short of the opening of a broom cupboard.” The Danish politician who objected to the haka performed by violent, eye rolling, tongue protruding, half naked Maori men recently showed that cultural sensitivity cuts both ways, but her comments received the predictable lambasting from the hyper sensitive Maori culturalists. It is interesting that the Danes with a cultural heritage that predates Maori history, includes the rape and pillage of the Vikings, but the Danes do not resort to welcoming visiting dignitaries dressed in horned helmets and brandishing broadswords.

For non Maori or 85% of the population, few things are more irritating than the obsessive culturalisation process that has imposed Maori culture on a myriad of different functions and activities. And at what cost?  Despite my Irish heritage, which many part-Maori also can lay claim to, I don’t expect a rendition of an Irish jig and somebody singing “Danny Boy” to start any function I attend. So I have started my own form of passive resistance – Mahatma Gandhi style. I refuse to take part in, or watch, a Waiata, Karakia or Haka where the function is not on a Marae or the ritual has no relevance to the specific function, particularly as we live in a secular society. I have already begun by refusing to take part in the rituals performed at one government body I am associated with. I am sure that the Human Rights Act gives me that individual democratic right of choice.

The protest is not carried out lightly or with any malice because I believe all ethnic groups should be proud of their own cultural heritage. However, they should not be guilty of imposing the rituals of that heritage on other cultural groups.

If ever there was a time when all New Zealanders should regard themselves as New Zealanders first and foremost, regardless of their own culture, it is now. It is time to rebel! You can join me in my passive resistance movement, if you want to.


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21 thoughts on “Time to Rebel

  1. I hold no special regard for the current National Party government but I am unable to understand the special disgust that some people seem to feel for the policies on Maori that this government has enacted. There is no political party currently that could be very much different and some would be w whole lot worse! Its the policies that are at fault and its these that we need to change by reasoned argument.

  2. Well said. Actually I have been making the same protest for years. I extend it to the rubbish greetings on Morning Report, to people who greet me with Kia Ora, to the ridiculous place names and to quickly passing over channel 19. However, mine is not just a silent protest it’s an invisible one. If your fears about cross party agreement come to pass my more visible protest would be to suitably invalidate my voting paper. I wonder what would happen if that informal referendum were widespread. Now there’s an idea.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Well said that man and congratulations for standing up and being counted! As a permanent resident and relatively new immigrant, I find that the cultural and political change since my first visit here in 1977 as a young man, when I met my wife, to be truly significant and of great concern. I thought that I had emigrated to a tolerant, multiracial (as opposed to multicultural, democratic country but I find that every day it is becoming more intolerant of ‘white europeans’

  4. The people of Egypt knows how to get rid of an oppressive government, maybe we need to do the same.

  5. Very well put, Tom.
    Surely, the time of turning the other cheek and doing nothing regarding this creeping racism, of which we non-maori are the daily subject, is coming to an end.
    Perhaps, the time has come for more positive action. How about a march (not hikoi…) on parliament, as the Jarrow Crusaders did in 1926?
    Maybe, as someone suggested the other day on here, we could clog up our local MP’s inbox with this?
    Any other suggestions???

  6. Way to go Tom ; It is remarkable to see in print my own thoughts and feelings penned by someone considerably more articulate than myself . I , like most Kiwis i’m sure hold no malice toward the rank and file Maori but believe they along with us are being led by the nose. May this movement continue to grow and these actions that are driving a wedge between our cultures be stopped. Go 1Law4All. Bob Julian

  7. Hey Tom, is there any chance we could do away with the term “non-Maori” (sounds like a non-person). I’m a proud New Zealander (and Kiwi) with an incredibly strong attachment to this beautiful land of ours.

  8. back last century when my children were all attending college, any time I went to a PTA meeting, which believe me was rarely, I stood outside until all of the Maori BS was dispensed with.
    My main reason for rarely attending meeting was not as some may think, that I didn’t care about the education of my children, but because I was, even then, Fed up to the back teeth with the amount of Maori BS that had infested the PTA meetings. I didn’t want it rammed down my throat nor did I need it rammed down my throat but they (the college) felt that, somehow, it was their duty to ram it down my throat just as they did to my children on a daily basis. I wanted to go out a get totally drunk the day the last of my Children left college. No more discrimination coming home from school, no more BS newsletters. My children all told me I was racist at sometime during their time in the education system because they were being brainwashed by the education system. I was Ok with that. How interesting it was when they all become Tax paying citizen’s of NZ and came to realise just how disproportionately the tax dollars were being thrown away on Treaty Claims.
    Needless to say they all went off shore to better lives and no PC BS. They are all home now and Just like their dear old Dad they feel just exactly the same as he did when they went to College. Are they all racist now? no they are not but they surely are subjected to Government sanctioned, and financed Racism.

  9. An excellent article. We support you 100%
    Turning off applies to the tv stations that are biased too. (all of them!
    Stop the PC nonsense and start saying it like it is.

  10. You speak for many of us Tom.

    I spend a fair bit of my time acting as a volunteer on what I consider to be worthy projects. From time to time we have achieved milestones and they have been marked with some celebration. The celebrations invariably involve local Iwi.

    Initially I found it quite interesting to observe the ceremonial karakia and speech making – even if it was a rarity for the courtesy of an explanation in English to be shown. Some of the elders are genuine and distinguished folk and so no problem there.

    After a while I found it all too much. I’ve noticed that the only time we see the Iwi are at the celebrations, or whenever there is a function to reward volunteers – usually involving food and drink. There is usually a number of younger Maori attending then. With few exceptions I do not see them on the days we are doing the hard graft. I’ve pondered this and thought that perhaps they’re too busy at work etc. But many of our milestones have happened on weekdays and they are able to attend without a miss then. Obviously employment related pressure is not the reason.

    The Iwi don’t seem to wish to engage with us on the project directly. Why? We don’t bite and I have enjoyed the company of the few Maori that have joined us. Why are barriers growing as time binds us increasingly as NZ’ers, racial bloodlines thin, and our country becomes increasingly multi cultural? It seems as if Maori wish to hold themselves aloof from us but this is a project for the good of us all, and we need their help. There is no need for separatism.

    And so, I’m also “all karakia’d out.” I think I’ll boycott the next milestone event. I’m tired of the thunder being stolen from those who put in the effort. That’ll mean I’ll miss the socialising, and probably lose the feeling of team inclusion over time, but there are other projects I can involve in. The ones a bit further from the marae where there is less of the cultural “song and dance” and we can just get the job done.

  11. Fully agree with all your remarks concerning the hijacking of pride of place in any event by Maori . They are demonstrating more and more openly that Maori are to be involved with everyday events with the total agreement of those who are supposed to be our leaders. The performances we see almost on a Daily basis are no longer entertaining and, as you say, it is time to rebel, but how? Politicians must be aware of the ill-feeling being engendered by all this pandering to the so-called Maori elite but choose to ignore it.

  12. Ron Re Your link and the proposed Mokomoko Bill.

    Read the Maori Affairs Select Committee report to parliament released, I think 28th June 2013, and you will begin to perceive the ramifications of this incredibly one-eyed piece of proposed legislation, supported in its first reading by Sharples, Delahunty, Bridges, Horomia, Parata, Horan and Tirikatene.

  13. Thanks Tom and well said.
    I have written to one Auckland City councillor and asked for his stance on the Draft AUP as it refers to special rights for “Manu Whenua”.
    As yet I have not received a reply.

  14. You’re an optimist, Roger S. I would like you to be right, but . . .

    Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. National campaigned on getting rid of the Maori Seats. Once in power, it did the opposite.

    As for reasoned debate with the architects of the present hand-over of taxpayers money and assets to part-Maori, the idea is laughable.

    Shonkey has shown his disregard for the NZ constituency enough times to appreciate that the snake may slough its skin, but the poison will remain the same after the metamorphosis.

    1. Simple-I agree that the National Party’s Uturn on the abolition of the Maori seats was unforgivable but I think it is a mistake to put any faith at all in other political parties. Labour has a history and the Greens are outspoken in their wish to pander even more to the Maori elite. I have been screamed at on the street by Catherine Delahunty and her letter to the Listener should convince anyone. It’s policies we should be looking for, not putting our faith in any political party. Make sure your MP knows how you feel. I contact mine on a regular basis. If enough people do this it will make a difference.

  15. In terms of ‘non maori’, why not call the Maori “Polynesian New Zealanders” and the rest of us (Pakeha, Asians, Tongans, Samoans etc.) just plain old “New Zealanders”?

  16. Tom Johnstone,You say it all,I am behind you 100%.Good to see your article on this part of the 1law4all site.In these early stages of the party promotion you are gaining traction.I like thousands of other kiwi’s have had a guts full of the racism in our NZ.I too have 2 children and am sick and tired of them having Te Reo being forced down their necks when i feel it more important that English is taught.I am sick and tired of working hard,paying my taxes,only to see the minority of our indigenous people fleecing the system,trying very hard to tell us how our country should be run and take it on themselves they have a right under the treaty of waitangi to financially rape hard working tax paying citizens.I am also sick and tired of hearing how hard done by they are and were back in the settlement days.I am tired of seeing the likes of Hone,Tama iti,Tariana trying to hold the govt to ransom.
    1LAW4All will come through the ranks and be a united and unstoppable party.We all need to talk the talk and let all know about it,talk to friends,family,work mates and all we come across and lets all make a change that our children can be proud of and show we mean business.

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