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LINDSAY MITCHELL: Racial discrimination in the public service

In a publication called "Engaging All New Zealanders survey report: Children in New Zealand Communities 2022" commissioned by Oranga Tamariki and administered by NielsenIQ, the results are presented in a fashion that makes Asian and New Zealand European participants almost invisible.


Just under 1,600 people aged 18 and over answered the survey. The results were then weighted to roughly represent the population. NZ European 71%; Maori 13%; Pacific 6%; Asian 15% and other <1 (The percentages do not tally to 100 percent as some respondents have more than one ethnicity.)


The participants were asked a range of questions relating to their attitudes towards the care and well-being of children. For instance, "Do people think Aotearoa New Zealand is getting better or worse at caring for children?" The group that answered 'worse/much worse' had increased from 28% in 2019 to 36% in 2022.


The data for Maori is provided and says, "37% of Māori feel we are getting worse/much worse, compared with 30% in 2019" but no other ethnicity's individual response is available.


There are two sections in the report dedicated respectively to Maori and Pacific responses which both include further analysis regarding gender and age. There is none provided for Asian or NZ European. In fact, the word 'Asian' appears just twice in the entire report, and both instances are contained in a table detailing ethnicity of the respondents.


In a page of "What was said about the factors which contribute to a lack of thriving by children" there are seven quotes. Five are from Maori females. Only one quote was from a male and he was described as of "other ethnicity".


The methodology used to make comparisons between groups is, "When subgroup differences are mentioned, the results discussed are always in comparison with the overall/total result." That results in Maori being compared to everyone (including themselves!) rather than the more useful, Maori compared to non-Maori. Further analysis of a more useful nature is not possible because the necessary desegregated data isn't provided.


An argument might be advanced that, as the majority of children who come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki are Maori then most interest should centre on Maori attitudes. But attitudes of those whose children are under-represented should be of equal importance. Comparison of attitudes could shed light on differing outcomes.


The surveyors claim to have engaged "All New Zealanders" but report on only some. The dismissive attitude taken to Asian interests is an affront. But it is typical.


Across the board, the almost exclusive focus of the public service on Maori and Pacific needs is increasingly evident (whether or not it is welcomed by the groups themselves). The diminishing goodwill and gathering resentment of the majority risks loss of participation and co-operation. Bureaucrats and politicians may not want to know what that looks like in practice, but they are going to find out. Disengagement with the forthcoming census might be about to deliver a nasty shock.


If people are to be asked what they think - or how they live - their responses must matter and must count regardless of their skin colour.


Lindsay Mitchell blogs here



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https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/deep-dives/gene-environment-interaction/

"Experiences Affect How Genes Are Expressed

Inside the nucleus of each cell in our bodies, we have chromosomes, which contain the code for characteristics that pass to the next generation. Within these chromosomes, specific segments of genetic code, known as genes, make up long, double-helix strands of DNA.

Experiences leave a chemical “signature” on genes that determines whether and how genes are expressed.

Children inherit approximately 23,000 genes from their parents, but not every gene does what it was designed to do. Experiences leave a chemical “signature” on genes that determines whether and how the genes are expressed. Collectively, those signatures are called the epigenome.

The brain is particularly responsive to experiences and environments during early development. External experiencesspark…


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ron
ron
Mar 09, 2023
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We also do not know the extent to which behaviour can affect and be passed on via genes. Animal studies indicate that some species pass on behaviours that aren't otherwise learned, such as inherited use of tools by birds. Such behavioural inheritance can apparently imprint in just one or two generations. This effect might be very minimal in humans, or in any case easily swamped by learned behaviours and environmental adaptations of formative years.

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janz
janz
Mar 06, 2023

A simple Google search of the names of the tortured and murdered babies and toddlers in NZ over the past 20 years tells me exactly why Maori are so highly represented under Oranga Tamariki. It also tells me exactly why Maori should not be the ones running it. Nothing has changed other than the police seem to let them have a Hui before any arrest. More often than not that results in a family wide silence. Those children's own family seem to prefer to protect a murderer in their midst, than to have justice for their dead babies. To top it off, reporting of these crimes now seems to be minimal. I guess that would be so they can claim…

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janz
janz
Mar 19, 2023
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It seems statistics can be used to lessen responsibility. How convienient.

Poverty is not and never will be an acceptable excuse to torture and murder small children and babies. Do your statistics show how long some of these children suffer at the hands of their torturers / parents / family members / family friends before they finally mercifully die ?

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Grandpa Kiwi
Grandpa Kiwi
Mar 06, 2023

Apologies for a second comment, BUT:

New Zealand became a nation long before I was born and it comprised New Zealanders. I was born in New Zealand before most current living New Zealanders and am tired of the incessant grouping of New Zealanders into race, sex, sexual preference or other identities claiming special treatment on account of an inability to live responsibly in modern society. The greater the pandering to such adolescent thinking, the the less likely is a successful egalitarian society.

Maybe that's the plan?

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winder44
winder44
Mar 07, 2023
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Me too. I guess at least 80+% of the current population a younger than me.

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Andy Espersen writes :

The very first thing our new government in October this year must do is to enact legislation which forbids any mentioning of skin colour or race in any government communication - or in any census papers.


What exactly is the point of statistics or government knowing what the colour of skin a New Zealand resident is???

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Non whatsoever. I will give one example of the use of statistics where we might want to know about Māori ( nobody wants to know about the colour of skin, I assume you are just being provocative). If Māori suffer from poorer health, the government needs to know their details such as where they live and their age, in case they are looking to build a new hospital or close an existing one. To improve the health of Māori you wouldn’t want to close a hospital in a predominantly Māori area would you? You might genuinely ask, why should we care to focus on Māori? Because they are less healthy.

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winder44
winder44
Mar 06, 2023

Just filled in my NZ Census papers.

Well! What a load of old cobblers.

Too much about non-whites. Too much about what sex you think you are/were.

So much information that they already have from previous ones.

How damp is your house, shed, caravan. Do you have running water and electricity?

I think it needs to be a personal paper similar to an invoice/ statement, having your personal details already on it, with your ability to correct where applicable.

Could be done using "Real Me"

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Peter McDougall
Peter McDougall
Mar 06, 2023
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I know my name is at the heading to this but I don't care anymore. I will not be filling the Census form because I already know the only thing this Marxist coalition wants from me is my tax payments. I won't call this lot a government because a government is supposed to look after everyone equally and with being a 65 year old white male I know where I stand. After reading Lindsay's article it's looking like it doesn't matter what aged white male you are. PS Mr/Mrs/her/she/he/it Sensus person I won't be at home tomorrow night. I've got a friend with a boat heading 12 Km out to sea.

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