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"There is no Maori problem until we start making one..."

The clipping below was submitted by a reader who noted the passage of fifty nine years since.


Old Doc Paewai combined a medical degree with skills as a rugby player. He was a man of colourfully-expressed opinions. He suffered from a bit of racism in his early days at university, but went on to hold forth on many subjects. I vividly recall his opposition to the “No Maori, no Tour” movement in 1959-60 when Walter Nash’s government refused to get involved in South Africa’s rejection of Maori in the All Black team to tour South Africa. This was a position Doc Paewai supported, irritating my cohort of students at the time. He practised medicine in Kaikohe where he was also the Mayor, and in later years was an Auckland City Councillor. Old Doc Paewai was quite a guy in his day.






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alanw
alanw
31 באוק׳ 2021

From my experience there are a lot of Maori who live with real every day and night fear - not of Covid, not of colonialism, but of other Maori in their immediate community.


Most things the elite in Wellington do just make that worse since they neither know nor care.

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In my marriage and in my dealings with maori , I have come to the conclusion , that " WHANAU ARE NOT THE SOLUTION , THEY ARE THE PROBLEM " If our prisons are only over 50% maori , then the cops have not been doing their jobs .!

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John Hurley
John Hurley
30 באוק׳ 2021

I see 2 Maori advisors hired by Invercargill City Council. 10hrs /month $34,000.That's 283/hr.

AI could do that. "The awa used to be clean. We had tuna in there. etc. Would save a lot of money.

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JW
JW
09 במרץ 2022
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why they would need Māori advisors is another matter. The point is what difference does it make if consultants earning $283/ hour are Maori or not. They are well paid consultants. The inference John makes is they are overpaid because anybody could give the same advice for less money. It’s racist because he doesn’t level the same criticism at non Māori consultants, he is singling Maori out

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
29 באוק׳ 2021

Dr Paewai was a true visionary - the continuing cycle of welfare within some Maori families will ensure no end to their expectation of a lifetime of free money........


No politician has the backbone to stop the endless gravy train - in fact all they do is give away more money supporting mindless idealistic dreams that rarely deliver.....


Break the cycle - no work, no money.......abolish the Maori roll, the Maori political Party (racist) and every other apartheid based hair brain scheme that the collective idiots in Parliament devise at whim......


Responsibility reaps Rewards....

Then we might start to grow this country as ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION

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tjalling.jonker
tjalling.jonker
30 באוק׳ 2021
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when i arrived here as a migrant in 1980 my "kiwi mum" once recited a saying:

"the best dressed maori is the one who's the first to get up in the morning"......

at the time i thought it was a joke, much like the poms / irish jokes or the dutch jokes about the belgians.


but i have woken up to it not being much of a joke......


🤣🤣 yes, perhaps i am "woke"...... 🤣🤣


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Julian Batchelor
Julian Batchelor
29 באוק׳ 2021

In pre-European NZ, Maori culture was marked by inter-tribal warfare, with tribes attacking and defeating each other, taking slaves and land. Inter tribal warfare is in the very genetic make up of Maori. For Maori, land and slaves were currency and the desire for these spoils of war dominated their psyche. It's still there today, alive and well, stronger than ever. New Zealand is currently in a tribal war situation, with Maori pouring over the hill, wanting to take slaves and land. Oh God, that Kiwis would wake up to what is happening right under their noses! Maori (as a tribal group) see all non Maori also as a tribe, and Maori are coming for us, lusting after three t…


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I quite agree . What we are missing , are the likes of John Minto , who rallied like minded students and individuals , and protested , sometimes vilolently . And they WON ! I doubt if anybody went to jail for more than a night . BUT , leaderless we are : can't see Collins or Luxton leading us anywhere . Seymour needs a bit more fire in his belly : One body who may well become our saviour , is no less a maori : Winston Peters . A wise , old and canny politician who has been a round the block . Can't call him a racist : he seems to be biding his time , bu…

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larina
larina
29 באוק׳ 2021

Thanks for the memories. Happy days!

Doc Paewai was our family doctor "back in the day" in Kaikohe, we went to school with his children, Alma was/is my age. I wonder what they're all up to now, how things have turned out for them.

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