Tame Iti's firearms case awaits a judge's ruling over the legal status of a marae. I'm surprised, given the long complex evolution of Maori Land Law, that the issue has never been settled previously.
The judge's decision will set a precedent about what behaviour can occur on marae grounds and whether a marae is in fact a public place.Are marae public places? If not, Tame might go free. If so, the ramifications could get interesting with respect to all types of goings on: smokefree legislation, liquor & gambling laws, sex in public places, food health & safety, etc. I hope they aren't ruled public places for the sake of the locals' autonomy. The last thing we need is more pushy outsiders entangling us in ever more rules, laws & regulations, which (being Maori) we customarily ignore, anyway.
Our health system is racist, or so says a study lead by Peter Davis. What an ignorant fool! (for marrying Helen Clark, that is). But even so, he would say that, he's a Labour twit. They find racism, sexism & homophobia lurking under all our beds and inside every cornflakes packet.
According to the gloom-mongers, 4.5% Maori experienced 'discrimination' - a vague, slippery concept to define, at the best of times - compared to 1.5% Pakeha. Which could mean 95.5% of Maori are actually happy or satisfied with the system - which is great news, that's an impressive strike rate! Note the study surveyed 4000 Maori & 6000 Pakeha; a mix that skews the true population proportionality three-fold. It's perhaps no surprise, then, the results show 3x as many unhappy Maori.
While hanky-sodden lefties cry cascades of crocodile tears, Professor Raj Bhopal keeps a level head:
There are alternative interpretations, eg, that Maoris who have poor health are more sensitive to perceived racism; that findings arise from a lack of cross-cultural validity of the questionnaire or other artifacts; & that other risk factors that are associated with racism & socioeconomic deprivation are the causes of these inequalitiesThank you, My Bhopal. Thank goodness there's an adult in the room.
Ake! ake! ake! *
The Dodgylabour Party, oops, I mean the Dodgy Labour (sometimes forget they're 2 separate words) Party very
A way heavy & intense topic! More about The Bill here for those of you who just can't get enough of this stuff.
* Ake ake ake! (Forever & ever & ever!)
Often concludes phrase "ka whawhai tonu matou" (we will fight continually) in reference to land struggles against the Crown. In fact, it orginates far further back than even pre-European tribal wars. In Maori cosmogyny, Earth-mum & Sky-dad's children started scrapping over the land, and every generation since has continued. The battle is endless. People will forever fight over land! Ake ake ake!