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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 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 Zelaand 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.