The Maori party complains about the deployment of white and that is wonderful.
The argument is that this is all Labor’s fault because they didn’t vaccinate the Maori first – can you imagine the race riots this move would have caused?
So, the Maori party is calling for a policy that would trigger race riots in a never-before-imagined land of pretending while abandoning vaccination warrants and masks because it is their sovereignty that is at stake.
The virus doesn’t care if you wrap yourself in the flag of sovereignty, it will kill you anyway.
Yes, there must be a Maori health authority with sufficient resources to empower Maori through the appropriate cultural lens, but to take it one step further and declare that the reluctance to vaccinate is a grudge against cracker flies in the face of for medical and public safety reasons.
To give them the benefit of the doubt, let’s first weigh their suggestions before we condemn them for the rhetoric that, if uttered by someone else, would warrant police attention.
Te Pāti Māori’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Policy Policy proposes:
- Empower Maori with the means and resources to lead our own response to COVID-19
- Establish an independent statutory Maori pandemic response group
- Abolish government mandates
- Affirm autonomy to define tikanga for tangihanga
- Investing in holistic wellness
- Implement a Maori home isolation strategy
- Support whānau who are in trouble and have been affected by COVID-19
- Keep our international borders closed until Maori vaccination rates reach 95 percent
We can all agree that Maori-led healthcare providers are one of the success stories here. They have demonstrated an outreach capacity within their own community that is unprecedented for the Pakeha-dominated DHBs. They should be duly empowered and resourced.
The creation of a Maori pandemic response group makes sense and should be implemented.
You cannot abolish government mandates, this is a public health crisis and not a racist anti-Maori policy and attempting to present it as such is extremely misleading.
While Tikanga for tangihanga always must and always will be set by the Maori – again, these restrictions are a public health concern and not a racist crackdown on Maori funeral customs!
The investment in holistic wellness is great. Let’s do this.
Implementing a Maori house insulation strategy is wise and good.
Supporting Whânau in difficulty is fair.
I agree to keep our international borders closed until the Maori reach a 95% vaccination rate.
So all these great ideas, which I mostly agree with, but that’s not all they said.
The Maori party dishonored itself by using rhetoric which, if used by another politician, would see them criticized and asked to step aside!
Rawiri Waititi said the party was fundamentally opposed to the mandates because they were a direct attack on our constitutional rights under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
“Their [government] The latest tenure program is a knee-jerk reaction to a failed system that hasn’t been well thought out, ”Waititi said.
“They have always provided a one-size-fits-all approach. A close-minded approach that has vilified the unvaccinated people in this country, ”he said.
“This has caused a reluctance to vaccinate and the division that we are seeing in this country.”
“Maori must constantly pick up the pieces of reckless government legislation that continues to marginalize and criminalize our people,” Waititi said.
“We are still recovering from legislation imposed on our people and for this reason we do not trust.”
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the government had failed to ensure Maori fairness in access to information, resources and vaccinations.
She said they have actively blocked efforts to protect our communities.
“I saw the gaps with my own eyes. Every advice given by Tangata Whenua during this pandemic has been ignored by this government. And they still don’t have a plan, ”Ngarewa-Packer said.
“Their blatant willingness to ignore the advice of Maori health experts engages us in a beauracratic genocide. “
To describe this as “beauracratic genocide” while using Rawiri’s savage rhetoric is deeply offensive and blunt play to the AntiVaxxer electorate.
The Maori party is flirting with a segment of society that should be pacified, not celebrated.
If they had just left it to their suggested ideas it would have been a nice addition to the debate, but by phrasing it in such conflicting terms they are in fact stoking the fires of extremism themselves. .
Any other political party would be called up for such dangerous tactics.
The AntiVaxxers are not a fringe group that should be politically rewarded.
There is already example after example of mad AntiVaxx shouting “genocide” to school staff and members of Parliament.
The Maori Party is playing a very dangerous game using words designed to create fear and anger at a time when leadership demands calm legitimacy.
It’s not that.
The panel is on. University of Auckland’s Dr Lara Woke and Shane Jones comment on the Maori Party’s extraordinary abdication of responsibility and the lack of insight is phenomenal.
Dr Lara Woke voices the same criticisms of the cracker without any political reflection on what would have caused the vaccination of all Maori before the pakeha when you can actually see the hands inside Shane moving his mouth as he he pleaded for commercial interests to reopen the North.
So Dr. Woke is all a “modern genocide” while Shane is a pimp for Shane.
There is no reflection on the hyperbolic rhetoric or its impact on radicalization or what would have happened to Jacinda politically if Labor had vaccinated the Maori before the pakeha.
This is an incredibly superficial review, even for television!
There has to be a new political podcast broadcast live by much funnier people available on Spotify and ROVA and Apple Podcasts and YouTube by the end of this fucking month!
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