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My wish for Waitangi Day

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Tena koutou e te whanau,

the debate goes on loudly this Waitangi Day as always about what we want and whether we've got it. I often feel so many of us don't get heard. It's not just the high up Maori with their government or academic privilege who need to be heard tomorrow (and every day). It's not just those who signed nga Tiriti o Waitangi who need to be heard. Nor those on the protest frontlines. It's all of us. And we need to hear each other. So this is my whakaaro for tomorrow.

Tuatahi he mihi nui ki taku papa, in whatever manifestation you take now, kaua e wareware au i a koe me ou kupu. Koinei mo koe.

I've been thinking a lot about tino rangatiratanga over the past few years. I grew up 'half-caste' as some kids called me. When my father died I grew up mostly Pakeha, but thanks to my mum's incredible commitment to raise six kids alone. I have spent all but the last of my thirty-two years in the city, far from the papakainga, like so many Maori these days. I finally went home last year and in the process heard so many voices that had been silenced from me for so long. This is also for them.

So when I first learned about tino rangatiratanga I knew it as fighting for justice for Maori, the right to respect and equality, and the return and compensation for all that has been stolen from us, without more being taken still. That turned into a closer look at who I was and how I was behaving and further still how were those around me thinking about and treating Maori or being 'Maori' themselves. It is a journey I wish more New Zealanders would take, especially Maori living in the city or for example in Australia “making the money”.

I think I realised the other day at a mate's wedding, what it means to be Maori. Flying the tino rangatiratanga flag is one thing. It's a symbol of solidarity with each other and strength in who we are as a race. The government might try and take it from us or deny it from us but either way it's just a symbol. The flag flies within Maori and that they can never take without a fight.

They do however try to take it from us more stealthily and many of us have fallen for it. Money, power, cultural assimilation, urbanisation. These are the things that I see destroying us now.

So living back on the papakainga I can hear the old people instead now, and even the not so old. They are calling for help. So many hui are filled with tears, and bitterness sometimes, at those who have left and those who come and go and treat the home people with disdain. The houses are falling down. The land, the kaupapa Maori, now lies bare and ravaged in many places, with her waters flowing warm and filthy into seas quickly becoming devoid of life. Money and technology isn't going to fix that damage while we sit in the cities. We need to go home. I don't just mean for the odd tangi or hui. I mean we need to go home, be there as much as possible to care for our people and our whenua, watch them grow healthy and strong, repair the buildings, replant the forests...

My views on tino rangatiratanga are not so much theory and protest anymore but what my elders were saying all along. It doesn't matter what the government or Pakeha (or even other Maori) think of us as long as we are strong on our whenua then we have all we need. If they want to join us then choice, but on our terms because we hold the responsibility for that which sustains us. If they want to take that on as well then awesome, let's start talking.

So that's my wish for Waitangi this year. Forget Waitangi and go home, go to your whanau or go to your marae in the city or the prisons where so many Maori are being held and need our help. Get out and plant some trees or talk to your neighbours about changing our practices so we aren't polluting that which sustains us, anymore. Use your reo Maori and your tikanga from your elders. Let's get out there and give tino rangatiratanga life!

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Re: My wish for Waitangi Day

Waitangi

Sister’s came to preach us
The teachers and the breaches
The land confiscation
Restricted access to the beaches
Minority, assumes authority over majority
And force their laws illegally
And now they want equality?
Solidarity?
Not with that racist mentality.

Focus on superiority,
Assimilations a priority
No room for me, or my Iwi in this monarchy,
Not that I even wanna be,
Nah, nah bay, honestly.
“I can’t expect a system built to destroy me to save me”,
Yeah that’s from the ‘Native’ Big upz to him and ‘D’
And for what “Nga Tama Toa” did when it wasn’t cool to be Maori in the seventies,
Now its cool?
E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e-s a wannabe
Nothings sacred anymore,
E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g-s a commodity
Even sovereignty’s sold off like it’s a novelty

Why expect me to believe the truth would set us free?
When one peoples version still keeps us in captivity

Self-autonomy? Yea man maybe

But if I have it

and you don’t?

Then they will

and we won’t!

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my wish is that the jew money worshipping based "capatalism" dies, and new zealand with it. then & only then can Aotearoa live. without collapse the only hope is civil war or targetted assassinations.

act like you want to live and start killing kiwi pigs now, while you still can.

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maori prisoner solidarity display at waitangi park from 11-4pm today, wellington.

Come have a look and a chat with October15thsolidarity and freedom shop stall holders.

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I wish our people would unbury their arse's and see what's really going on. So called Iwi leaders could'nt even be bothered to discuss unemployment when Maori are getting hammered, but it seems now days if you are a worker, a gang member or on an benefit you don't qualify as a 'real' Maori anymore. The means and ability to move home is a luxury few of us can afford who are struggling to survive in the cities.

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Yeah I agree with you here about the difficulty of moving home and being able to afford it.

It took me a year to work something out and it came in the form of a new papakainga-based one-night a week study course that qualifies for student allowance. Housing was okay too 'cos there were empty houses to fill. I'm lucky I know but it's possible for more of us yeah?

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'but it seems now days if you are a worker, a gang member or on an benefit you don't qualify as a 'real' Maori anymore'

The biggest group that are treated as second class Maori are those living in cities irrespective of their class...that being the majority of Maori, last stats check put it at around 80% of the total Maori population.

So who are these so called Maori leaders representing?

I'll tell you right now they are representing noone other than themselves, using their Government/Crown created positions and recently handed over Crown wealth, under the guise of full and final treaty settlements, to create for themselves empires under the faux banner called IWI.

They have allowed and been completely complicit to the Crown to convert rights to Maori sovereign land, forest, rivers, lakes, seabed, foreshore and minerals into leasable business property, millions in blood moneys, and hundreds of millions in capital assets...NONE of which any of the 80% of Maori living in the city will have a say over or see 10 cents of.

Neither will most of those living in rural and traditional hapu areas have much of a say either other than to turn up at trust meetings to hear about how their so called treaty settlement lotto wins have been mismanaged and are dwindling away into vapour due to nepotists, inexperience and greed, or, converted into international capital and investment for which they will never ever benefit from.

Meanwhile your average Maori whanau living in the cities struggles on the dole or low paid employment or making do with a bit of under market trading in order to get by or on the various type sick/invalids benefits.

Meanwhile Maori leaders 'no te kainga' continue to urge urban Maori to return to their traditional hapu areas, yet do not provide an affordable or realistic process to do so, added to that, many areas in our traditional hapu rohe do not even have affordable housing for rent let alone to buy, added to that, even if there are houses to buy, a large chunk of urban Maori are not able to get housing loans due to bad debt and no assets, so the rhetoric and banter goes on year after year, the faux solution for those Maori living in cities, ends up just being empty jestures and appeasement of conscience.

Meanwhile Maori students continue to clock up millions of dollars in debt in student loans in order to tertiary educate themselves in western institutions, and recover the reo of their ancestors in over priced reo + tikanga courses.

Meanwhile urban sharks, organisations like MUMA/UMA continue to receive millions in funding supposedly for urban Maori development but instead are only developing their own urban copies of the burgeoning rural iwi empires.

Meanwhile those Maori that can afford it are abandoning this mess to head to anywhere else but here and make a fresh start at the detriment usually of their extended whanau/hapu, and sadly often their Maoritanga.

Meanwhile even though the Maori Party were supposedly able to get consent from Maori to be tied by the apron strings to the National Party in the same time it is said it took Christ to die and rise from the dead...yet they were unable to get consent from Maori about which flag should fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge because 2 weeks was too short a time frame...

Yeah happy Waitangi day everyone...

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Thanks for that.

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Generations of joblessness & Muriwhenua deprivations means living in rural Far North is not easy either. That's why we go to the city to find some sort of income.
We are struggling. When there is a tangi, there aren't the elders left alive to run the tangihanga. So we import them from around the regions tho they end up getting tired & sick too. That is if the wharenui is fit for human use!
Wish more would come home help revive the places but we depend on the ppl in the ciy to fundraise for the haukainga marae.
Agree with everything else already posted.

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IWI CHAIR SET PRIORITIES FOR GOVERNMENT CONTACT

Iwi leaders have told the prime minister they are not against further privatisation of state assets as long as Maori can get a stake.

The proposal on infrastructure investment was contained in a presentation to John Key at a closed door meeting in Waitangi today.

Iwi chairs have been meeting regularly over the pst couple of years in an attempt to develop common positions and build up their political weight.

It’s a work in progress, with post-settlement iwi like Tainui and Ngai Tahu leading the charge and others like Ngati Porou jealously guarding their mana.

The paper prepared for the meeting with John Key focused on treaty settlements, infrastructure and water.

It urged Mr Key to make good a campaign offer to move the Office of Treaty Settlements into the Prime Minister’s Department, which is seen as a better reflection of the treaty relation ship.

Iwi want a chance to invest in major infrastructure and utilities, perhaps through public private partnerships or taking a stake in state owned enterprises.

It suggested bidders for infrastructure projects should get priority if they involve iwi.

The iwi chairs also want to be involved in setting the terms of reference for stage two of the Resource Management Act review, which will include water ownership and allocation.

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=more greedy 'leaders' looking out for themselves and any one else willing to step all over everyone else and climb 'the ladder'.
Iwi or not, its just more greedy scum floating to the top.
public private partnerships equate to, public puts the money in, private organisations take the profits, public would be lucky to see the 'investment' returned ever!

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yes there are heaps of examples of how public/ private partnerships are huge failures.
look out for joint ventures with iwi, disgusting things like privatised prisons, dressed up as some sort of Tinorangatiratanga.

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Tena koe a Emily

I like the way you speak. Once again I dont agree with it totally but there is a good bases for moving on. Moving past celebrating a treaty and finding a way of walking and talking together. If you relationship with someone is based on a treaty then we dont go far.

I am ready to keep talking. With those with open minds. It is very important we keep talking to our Kaumatua. To help them see we think differently. The talk I heard at the gate of the marae was how NICE John Key is. Oh shit I thought. He is doing what he wants. He is convincing working class people he will look after them. As I listened the saying " a sheep in wolfs clothing" came to mind. I wanted to yell out dont be fooled. I will work towards learning and teaching over the next 12 months.

As I say I look forward to talking and discussing with open minds. To new ways. Not held back by control and old thinking.

Aroha

Waitangi Waitangi
Are our dreams left with you?
I hope not.
I dream with you and I love with all.
Whakawhanautanga is the aim
My journey, my hikoi
I am as without a leader
But I with teachers and learners
Waitangi Waitangi
I stand and say thanks
But I also stand and say is it enough?
Work, work and work together.
Build and build and come together
Hope is me and you
My journey can be yours
But e hoa dont try to control the kaupaapa
Let it swing and rove
Let it find it's place.
let my dreams be with your dreams
Dance and sing
Kanaikani me waiata e hoa
tell your stories of your journey
I am waiting, with my whanau
waitangi Waitangi I thank you for my hope
But now Waitangi my whanau have a new hikoi

Thanks Emily for once again for raising some very good points.

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Maori weapons of mass destruction revealed:
http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2009/02/war-in-head.html