Race related political parties represent a particular race which is another way of saying they are biased toward that race. They are racist at their core. So why should there be a Pakeha Party then? Unfortunately it is a forced move. In order to create balance and give all races a voice where racial parties exist, you need to follow suit or be left out. It’s the same with womens issues. There also needs to exist organisations that voice issues for men too in order to give balance. Ideally, in the political landscape, all parties would represent a variation of politics for all people of New Zealand and not segregate by race. New Zealand is well down the road of race related politics however, so plan B needs to happen. New Zealand should tackle poverty, health issues, and opportunity for all. It is wrong to focus on people because of their race.
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays
the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Be responsible for yourself!
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays
the summer away on twitter.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
TV1,2 & 3 News, and Campbell Live show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The country is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Cunliffe appears on Campbell Live with the grasshopper pointing out the growing gap between rich and poor and everybody cries.
The Green Party stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where
the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome” and waving placards with dolphins on them. Green Party co Leader Metiriea Turei condemns the ant and blames John Key ,
Rob Muldoon , Roger Douglas , Capitalism and Global warming for the grasshopper’s plight.
Hone exclaims in an interview with TV News that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Dotcom is unavailable for comment because he is throwing a pool party for 20 year old girls in Coatesville.
Finally to gain votes to win an election, the Government drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retrospective to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to consider how his hard work and preparation has affected the Grasshoppers Mana and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated under the Government Land Repo Act and given to the grasshopper.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government confiscated house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared to Australia, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a Drugs related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who cook P and terrorize the once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
I believe that all races are equal and should have equal ruling in the law as well as equal opportunities. Yet when I say this in discussions regarding Maori privilege, I am then often accused of marginalizing Maori and other times as being racist. The implication by some is that my view is in the least, insensitive. But I would honestly like an explanation here. How is the belief that all races are equal and that all races should be subject to the same laws and privileges make me insensitive or a racist? I just don’t get it. Can someone enlighten me on this.
My belief carries across to any country and time. While I am not from South Africa, my belief regarding Apartheid South Africa was exactly the same. I believed it was wrong to give Whites special privileges and regardless of race, all South Africans should have access and to the same privileges and be subject to the same law and judgements. Even Nelson Mandela who had every excuse to hate White people was fair in his dealings post Apartheid. Instead of giving his own racial group more privilege he set about forging a new South Africa where all were equal. He even embraced the Springbox , a team that was considered a part of Apartheid era and did not agree with the popular notion of changing the name of the team.
Yet in New Zealand, my ‘all races are equal’ stance is opposed. It seems that New Zealand society is trying to push me to believe that some races are more equal than other. Sorry, but an oxymoron is moronic IMO. No PC ideals are ever going to get me to accept an oxymoron as right. And promoting the idea that one race gets special privilege over another is just Apartheid plain and simple. Once that horrid system is in place, it will divide a country and as that wise old saying goes, “united we stand, divided we fall”.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? If not, then is your explanation or best argument for Maori privilege at the expense of all other racial groups in New Zealand? I look forward to your views.
The government’s constitutional review is a major threat to New Zealand’s democracy. A biased constitutional advisory panel and a consultation process that locks out non-Maori threatens to permanently put power and privilege into the hands of the tribal elite.
This urgent threat to our future is quietly building momentum while most people are unaware of what is at stake.
The constitutional advisory panel – an initiative of the Maori Party fronting for the tribal elite – has embarked on a similar consultation process to that used to pass the atrocious Marine and Coastal Area Bill into law. $4 million will be spent over the next 12 months to convince the public that we need a new ‘written’ constitution to enshrine the Treaty of Waitangi as superior law. A new constitution would give un-elected Judges supreme power over our elected Members of Parliament.
If we do nothing, under this new regime, non-Maori New Zealanders will become second class citizens in their own land. All attempts to impose a race-based future on New Zealand – through a “written” constitution embracing the Treaty – should be strongly opposed, by firstly supporting a campaign to
SAVE OUR CONSTITUTION as it stands, and secondly by signing the
DECLARATION OF EQUALITY to reject outright race-based laws.
Maori expect special privilege because they were the first inhabitants of New Zealand. Is this racist? You bet it is.
Imagine if Europeans had legislated privilege because they were the first to inhabit Europe. Imagine the uproar. Imagine the accusations of racism. It would be likened to Adolf Hitler’s vision for Europe.
So why is it okay for Maori to have legislated privilege in New Zealand then.
Europeans have inhabited their continent longer than Maori have inhabited New Zealand. Yet they have no special indigenous rights or status. And as far as I know, Asians do not have legislated special privilege in Asia either. It appears to only exist in New Zealand and Africa where native populations have legislated special privilege.
Maori expect that Pakeha accept that they have indigenous rights while they would be the first to label the same thing for Whites in Europe as racist. It is up to Pakeha to point out this double standard and fight for equal rights under the law for all New Zealanders.
And in case people play the Pakeha are too dominant card, and so need to be handicapped in order to allow others to catch up to them, it should be noted that Europeans are actually a minority in the world and have a lower birth rate than other races. They are fast becoming a minority even in their native lands, and yet they still do not expect special rights.
Clearly the right thing to do is to recognise cultures as unique, but that all people are equal under the same law. Is New Zealand able to move toward this ideal. Of course it can. As long as enough people believe in equal rights and stand up for it and cast their vote in favour of it, then it can happen.
How about it New Zealand. A county where everyone is equal under the law. Is that too hard to achieve. Is it too much to ask for.
I think one of the most frustrating things we see today in New Zealand, is the never-ending process of Treaty settlements. Deep down many can’t see an end to it and it bothers them.
Even though a date is supposedly set, would it be set in concrete? Absolutely not. Look at the foreshore and seabed controversy. Rather, it is obvious that Maori parties will push to change any end date and could achieve it in times when their party votes become crucial to a main political party’s ability to win an election.
So given the inevitability of Maori asking for more and more resulting in Pakeha paying more and more to support them, the only real thing that can be done about this is for Pakeha to have a political party too to provide a counter-balance. Of course I can hear the complaints as I type. “But Pakeha outnumber Maori so how is this balance”? It is balance because a Pakeha Party or a Pakeha political movement is not after privilege for Pakeha, instead it is about eqaility for all, so if Maori get extra priviledge in part because they have parties representing them, then under that structure, it would be the only way to balance the situation. A Pakeha Party could easily negate this one-sided racial view of settlements and laws by helping governments to focus on all New Zealanders by using their greater presence and voting prowess.
While Maori as far as we know were the first people to arrive in New Zealand, Pakeha have the advantage of being more numerous. And given that New Zealand is suppose to be a democracy, having greater numbers empowers Pakeha. Hence, Pakeha could easily balance things out if they cared enough to.
If a Pakeha Party of some kind forms, it could stipulate an absolutely irreversible date to end all settlements, and then have successive governments stick to that date or suffer loss of support from that Pakeha Party.
In conclusion, if you are sick of ongoing Treaty Settlements and if you feel like a second class citizen or visitor in your own country, then get behind a Pakeha Party and use your vote to make New Zealand a country where all are treated as first class citizens.
Apartheid in South Africa was the state of being apart. It was racial segregation enforced through legislation. While this type of segregation is not what we see in New Zealand, make no bones about it, the country has been heading in this direction for some time. The reason why it is not obvious to most is because most think of Apartheid as legislated White privilege where Whites walk on one side of the street and Blacks on the other. Where this nice public facility is for Whites only and this run down one for Blacks.
While no one believes that New Zealand would ever get to that state, a softer version of Apartheid does exists in New Zealand. The reason people cannot see it is because Apartheid is almost always viewed as as a system that favours Whites, and when Pakeha in New Zealand become less privileged, people do not generally see that as racist for some reason.
In New Zealand’s past and even today, Maori have been the victims of racism. But so are Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Pakeha. And is it ever right to persecute one group, then when that becomes unacceptable to society, to then target another. Is it right to replace racism toward Maori with racism toward Pakeha. I would argue that racism is never right. We should never legislate based on race and we should never think it is okay to be racist toward any race. Racism always leads to discontentment which if left unchecked long enough, could lead to unrest.
Today, New Zealand seems to accept the idea that there are Maori Parties that look after Maori interests and are comfortable with this. Yet. as soon as Pakeha decide to do the same thing. in order to gain fair representation, suddenly that becomes racist. There are many Maori and even Pakeha incensed at the idea that Pakeha represent their interests at all. Negative responses to the Pakeha Party is highlighting that racism is alive and well in New Zealand. While there are many Pakeha for the idea of a Pakeha Party, there are also many against.
The reactions from opponents of a Pakeha political movement range from ridicule to outright offense. But who needs to be reminded that racists show their hatred in a number of ways including ridicule and offense. What we are witnessing here is another facet of racism a sort of reverse racism if you like, but still racism. It seems that people in New Zealand are allowed to celebrate being Maori and Pakeha are not. Pakeha are made to feel shame for standing up for Pakeha rights or celebrating the fact that they are Pakeha.
The worst part of what I have witnessed is that fact that the Pakeha Party doesn’t have a mandate to fight for Pakeha privilege, it only seeks equality. Further, it only exists because there are other race-based parties, so it is simply a case of adapt to the system or be left out. And yet, people really believe this is about Pakeha racism. I have even heard people say that it is another face of the National Front. What a joke. All these people need to do is listen to what those in the Pakeha Party movement are saying, instead of imagining all kinds of false conspiracies and believing false rumours.
Can New Zealand go past the dark ages of racism and suspicion, and succeed at creating a society where all are equal. If other countries can do it why can’t we. And while I acknowledge that racism will always exist, I am talking mainly about legislated racism because that is something we can change.
“If the Maori get it, we want it too! No matter WHAT it is!”
The argument made against this slogan on the Pakeha Party page goes something like this:
Its supporters ask for all that Maori get, for Pakeha. Rightly, the question is asked whether these same people would like the higher crime rates, lower education completion rates, lower life expectancy, higher suicide rates, high rates of illness, and the variety of other negative social statistics that, sadly, are what so many Maori born in New Zealand have to contend with.
However valid this point might seem at first glance, it is not a valid one at all. Let me explain. Pakeha are not at fault for poorer health and life expectancy for Maori. Pakeha are not at fault for higher crime rates, lower education completion, and other negative statistics. It has nothing to do with Pakeha oppression or historical injustices at all. It has everything to do with Maori themselves.
Can anyone prove that Maori had a higher life expectancy before Pakeha arrived in Aotearoa. Can anyone prove that Maori were healthier before Pakeha came to New Zealand. Did Maori have higher education levels before Pakeha arrived in New Zealand. In fact I would expect that most would think that Maori health, life expectancy, and education have increased since Pakeha came to these shores. But let’s imagine for a moment that Maori were healthier, lived longer, and had better education levels before the arrival of others to these shores.
Then how exactly do Pakeha oppress Maori today. Is it not their own choice as to what they eat, what kind of life they lead, and how much they value education. Of course it is their choice. New Zealand doesn’t deprive anyone of good food, regular exercise, and a decent education system. Such things are equally available to all. Sure you could say that healthy food might not be available to all because it is often priced higher, but that is true for all races, not just Maori. The false argument that Pakeha are somehow responsible for the state of Maori health is not a logical argument. Kiwis pay taxes to address such things and compared to other countries, we pay quite a bit more tax than many other countries including our neigbours across the Tasman.
So, this slogan cannot be attacked with this particular argument because it is really an issue of poverty, poor lifestyle, poor choices, and to some extent DNA. A Pakeha Party would not be against helping all who suffer from poor health or poverty. It would rightly support assistance for such issues. But the same help should be based on merit, not race. In other words, help people because they need it, not because they are Maori. Pacific Islanders for example have the same issues as Maori. They should receive equal treatment as citizens of New Zealand too.
While this video is funny, creative, and generally well done, there is an underlying message, it goes something like this.
- How dare you stand up for Pakeha rights. How dare you want everyone in New Zealand to be equal.
- The fact that you stand up Pakeha means you must be uneducated, and us elites including Maori don’t like you bro.
- There are a lot of people both Maori and Pakeha that hate you bro because you are giving Pakeha a voice. How dumb are you. Only Maori are allowed a voice.
And poor Guy Williams, because he has been brought up in New Zealand society to believe that there is something wrong with giving Pakeha a voice. (I am assuming he is Pakeha).
All that aside, it is entertaining, so enjoy it for what it is worth. I know I had a good laugh.
Amazing that the Pakeha Party use a Maori moniker to identify themselves #fitforpurpose
— Donna Mariana Grant (@DonnaMarianaGra) July 13, 2013
I have seen this same message in many tweets and Facebook posts. They say something to the tune of, “How ironic that the ‘Pakeha’ Party is named from a Maori word”.
I don’t understand the reasoning here. The Pakeha Party is about equality for all New Zealanders, and is not about excluding Maori or Maori culture. The point in this tweet would be a valid one, if The Pakeha Party was racist or a White Supremacist movement which of course it is not. The fact that the movement uses a Maori word at all shows that it embraces Maori as it does with all races.
What these kinds of tweets prove is there are the many misconceptions about the Pakeha Party. Surely if a person bothered to educate themselves as to what the movement was about, then they wouldn’t make comments like that. This sort of ignorance is probably no different to those Pakeha in our history who were against equality for Maori. Perhaps if they lived back then they would be equally against equality for Maori as they are for Pakeha now.
Think about it. If you had to make a choice as to which point was racist out of:
1) Parties that are race-based with a pro-race agenda; or
2) Parties that promoted equal rights for all races;
I would certainly choose point 1 as being the racist of the two.
And so it is that The Pakeha Party movement stands with point 2. Not for Pakeha privilege or a Pakeha only agenda, but that all have equal privilege regardless of race.
There is certainly a lot of misunderstanding and ill feeling out there regarding the Pakeha Party as this video shows. However, I would like to know why equality for all is threatening to anyone.
Do extra benefits for Maori benefit Maori? Some think assistance is necessary to get Maori on par with Pakeha regarding living standards. But I would argue that enforcing the belief that Maori are victims and giving them extra privileges to address this, only makes their situation worse by making them dependent instead of independent.
To get out of poverty, one needs to work. To get work, one needs to actively seek it and train, innovate, invent, or generally be passionate about a career or job of some kind. Giving hand outs doesn’t encourage this, because it gives a soft option where the more you moan, the more you get. This is not how people get ahead in society.
Remember that every handout given, comes from working New Zealanders in the form of tax. The government can only give what it takes from others. What New Zealand needs is that all or as many as possible become productive citizens contributing to the country as a whole. This is the only way New Zealand will move ahead with the added benefit of giving each person independence and a sense of pride.
Think of it like this. If 10 people in a waka are all paddling, then the waka can go fast and far. If nine out of the ten people are paddling, then it can still go pretty fast. You can even move pretty fast with eight people paddling. But when the number starts to go lower, the amount of productivity falls proportionally because it is not only less people paddling, but they are carrying the same weight, not less weight. When the number is low enough, it is then that those who are paddling start to wonder why they are doing all the hard work and getting less benefit for their effort. When they see jobs for paddlers in Australia offering more money many jump ship.
So I would argue that getting this waka to go fast and smooth requires that we all chip in to the best of our ability and if we don’t have a paddle then make it your mission to get one. By encouraging people to sit in the waka and get a free ride is not helping them and is letting the whole waka down.
Maori in Australia do well for a number of reasons. This is in due part to having no special benefits, meaning they are forced to paddle to stay afloat. Having to work to survive rather than relying on softer options brings the best out in people. Of course I am not saying we do away with benefits, as we all need that help from time to time, rather we need to discourage handouts and benefits as an optional lifestyle for people. This should never become part of one’s culture.
In 2004, the ACT Party released a study that showed Maori received $7-billion in government benefits each year while contributing only $2-billion in tax. This amount included social spending on Maori that is taxpayer funded. Certainly this issue is a bigger drain on the economy than the whole Treaty of Waitangi process.
New Zealanders should be concentrating on giving equal rights for all and encouraging each other to do well in life. Giving special handouts is not really helping New Zealand to move forward. It perpetuates the idea that victims are helpless and need special assistance forever. As long as we reward the victim mentality, there will always be victims lining up to get their handout.
The Pakeha Party (I believe) should be about trying to end these handouts for Maori and replace it with equal handouts regardless of race, but with the emphasis being on poverty and health. It is against Maori privilege, Pakeha privilege, in fact any race based priviledge. Those who think The Pakeha Party is about Pakeha priviledge are just plain wrong and should get their facts straight before ranting off about it being a racist movement.
After reading this title, I hear you ask, “In what way are Pakeha poor”? They are poor in spirit and culturally poor.
On the news the other night I saw a reporter asking people at random what they thought about the idea of a Pakeha Party. One Pakeha answered something to the tune of, “that would be racist”. When I heard that, I asked myself, why would anyone especially a Pakeha answer this question that way. I then thought why is it not racist to have a Maori Party and yet racist to have a Pakeha Party. This girl has obviously been brought up in New Zealand society to believe that Pakeha having equal rights is racist. Poor girl. Is she so ashamed of her own race that she truly believes that she and her children or future children (if they are Pakeha) are not equal and deserving of equal respect, help, and recognition. My message to that girl, is you have nothing to be ashamed of. You are Pakeha/European and you are just as special as any other person and race on this planet. Embrace who you are, do not be ashamed of your race or any race.
Who really believes that all the Pakeha babies being born today are guilty of Maori injustice 200 or so years ago. Is the Pakeha baby responsible for any failure of the Maori baby in the same ward over the coming years or is the Maori baby responsible for the Pakeha baby when they grow up. I think responsible to help when they can, but not responsible for any injustices committed before they were born. A Pakeha baby cannot help being Pakeha. They didn’t ask to be born into this world. Why should they be guilty for what happened many generations ago. Chances are that no one in their family tree is also responsible. In other words, they are just as innocent as any Maori baby born today.
I think that many Pakeha have been conditioned to feel guilty for being white, (white guilt).Yet I want to say that you are not guilty of anything that happened before you were born. If that were true, then all Maori would have blood on their hands for the genocide of the Moriori and destruction of their peaceful culture. Who among us today believe that when a Maori is born, that he or she is guilty of the slaughter of the Moriori. I hope the answer is that no one believes that.
And so the question arises, why are some Maori against impoverished people of other races getting equal assistance. Is this not a classic case of racism. One leader of a Maori party is quoted as calling Pakeha ‘the white devil’. Why is this sort of racism okay. I think all racism is wrong. We should all be equal and yet also be proud of our culture and identity too. After all, is that not what makes New Zealand unique. A country cannot be great without respect for all its people, it is as simple as that.
Either way you view the Pakeha Party is a win for the Pakeha.
1) If you think it racist, then so must the Maori parties be also, which is what the Pakeha Party has been saying all along. This is the reason it exists, to bring balance using the current system of undesirable racially based political parties.
2) If you think it is not racist and instead fills a need, then you would be right, because it is actually not about Pakeha first, it is about Pakeha as equals. You see, nobody has asked Pakeha how they feel about living in a society where they are not quite equal. So it was left up to Social Media and the Web instead to let the people have their say.
Either way you view this, a Pakeha Party whether real or conceptual brings about conversation on these issues where it wasn’t before.
3) If you foolishly say, that the Pakeha Party is racist and the Maori Party is not, then that just shows your prejudice and/or lack of basic logic. This stance is is ironically prejudice itself. Further, The Pakeha Party is fighting for equality for all, not supremacy for some. Whereas the Maori parties are fighting for something greater than equality for themselves. They are fighting for privilege at the expense of all other people groups in New Zealand. They want to be more equal than all others. This is of course an oxymoron because greater equality than everyone else is not equality at all.
So please, spare me this lame argument and stick to being logical, so we can all have an intelligent discussion instead of discussing silly oxymorons.
Hone Harawira has had a big impact in New Zealand politics.
His first major contribution was to divide the Maori Party in two and consequently putting Maori at a disadvantage in winning seats.
His second contribution was to awaken Pakeha to fight against race-based policies and strive to replace these with laws and policies for all people of New Zealand. So instead of focussing on a leg up or handouts to Maori, help should be given to the poor or those who need financial assistance, no matter if you are Maori, Pakeha, Pacific Islander, or Asian.
His comment on television about building low cost houses for Maori is the straw that broke the camel’s back and led to the creation of The Pakeha Party Facebook page.
It just goes to show you that for every action there is a reaction and sometimes the reaction is bigger than the action.
This website is dedicated to helping New Zealand become a fairer place for all people to live regardless of race.
Why a site called Pakeha Party then?
While we prefer that all are considered equal in New Zealand and hence no need for a ‘Pakeha Party’, it is also true that this ideal is not the reality we have in New Zealand today. We already have at least a couple of parties that are Maori based with other parties focusing heavily on Maori. It seems the best way that other races can be represented fairly in this racial system is to represent ourselves by letting politicians know what Pakeha think, rather than focus on what Maori want. Up until now, there was no forum for specifically for Pakeha where they could have their say besides their vote. This left Maori as the only voice enabling them to get preferential treatment. A Pakeha Party is really about giving everyone else a voice in the political process.
While the word ‘Pakeha’ originally meant European and still does, its use today embraces all who are non-Maori. Pakeha was the term for non-Maori of which an overwhelming majority just happened to be European or Caucasian. Today, non-Maori includes many others who are not European such as a growing Asian population or the Pacific Island population.