The first one
The chiefs of the confederacy and all the chiefs who have not joined this confederation absolutely give to the Queen of England forever the complete government of their land.
The Queen of England pledges to protect the chiefs, sub-tribes and all the people of New Zealand in the unreserved exercise of their chieftainship over their lands, villages and all their treasures. But on the other hand the chiefs of the Confederacy and all the chiefs will sell the land to the queen at a price agreed upon by the person who owns it and by the person who buys it (the latter being) appointed by the queen as her agent of purchase.
For this agreed arrangement regarding the Queen’s government, the Queen of England will protect all the ordinary people of New Zealand and give them the same rights and duties of citizenship as the people of England.
I’m tired of Waitangi Day.
I’m tired because no matter how hard Maori try, Pakeha in this country still doesn’t understand why many Maori are protesting on Waitangi Day. It’s like living in a violent house where dad spends most of the year beating up his kids and then complains when no one wants to celebrate Christmas dinner.
In less than a century, the Maori lost 95% of their land and their population was decimated to near-extinct levels. This reality of colonialism is at odds with the idea of a ‘treaty’ between two peoples and is why Maori are overrepresented in every negative social statistic. Robbing a people of 95% of their economic base and then ignoring the impact on their current position in society adds insult to injury.
We should be grateful in this country that Maori were so generous in their forgiveness of this atrocity. Watch the fury of the pakeha who have to mow their berms to appreciate how one-sided our preciousness of ownership is in this country.
The wealth of this country was built on a simple concept, steal as much native land as possible and NEVER pay it back!
For me, I like the Treaty because of the relationship of responsibility that it immediately establishes between the Crown and its people. I believe the treaty should be extended to all New Zealanders and not just Maori, as it sets out the obligations of the Crown to protect the rights of its people. We deserve as a nation to enshrine the Treaty as the basis of our constitution so that we can force governments to protect our rights rather than take them away from us.
Pakeha wants to cover up the theft and confiscation of indigenous lands because it is a shameful denial of the promise of a treaty between two peoples and when you consider the paltry compensation that has been paid back to the Maori via the Waitangi court, it is barely 2 billion dollars.
$2 billion for confiscating the majority of New Zealand??? What is most egregious is that some Pakeha have the audacity to claim that the pathetic remedy is “butter sauce”.
It’s not the Waitangi treaty – it’s the Waitangi cheat and until Maori get their fair share it’s a national day of embarrassment, no celebration and Maori have every right to use this day to express their anger at having been deceived.
The beauty of the treaty is that it spells out the power dynamic between the state and all the people of New Zealand.
It is the obligation of the state to protect the rights, agency and self-sovereignty of all people and seen in this light, the state has not only failed appallingly with the Maori, it has us all failed.
Intergenerational poverty, growing inequalities, skyrocketing suicide rates, rates of domestic violence that never stop, racist justice systems.
The state has failed in its obligations to all of us!
Rather than needlessly requiring everyone to speak Maori, why not require that no child be hungry and poor?
The enormity of the number of vulnerable children abused by the state in New Zealand is sobering…
Royal Commission on abuse in healthcare settings: 250,000 victims estimated
The numbers are staggering – figures released this morning by the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care estimate that there are up to 250,000 victims over 70 years.
These are children, youth and vulnerable adults who have suffered beatings, sexual assaults and other acts of cruelty while in state or religious care between 1950 and 2019.
The cost to society of physical and mental injuries, criminal behavior, homelessness, lack of education and unemployment is estimated at $217 billion.
… at least a quarter of a million New Zealand children abused, costing over $200 billion and causing immeasurable social carnage.
200,000 children in poverty, 800,000 other adults in poverty and entire generations deprived of access to property, this is the heritage of New Zealand, this is the heritage of the State which does not does not protect our collective rights under the treaty.
The neoliberal welfare state is an underfunded punitive stick with which to beat Christ out of the weakest members of society.
We all have to drag our heads in collective shame.
This is what happens when a punitive culture of mini-tyrants is left in charge of an underfunded process designed to punish the poor.
Once upon a time in New Zealand, state welfare agencies were built as an instrumental and direct way to secure our egalitarian values.
Social protection was seen as a means of redistributing to the most vulnerable among us and these agencies played a vital role in bringing about this redistribution.
There was a pride involved in this public service, our compassion made us unique and built the values that we New Zealanders have benefited from.
This is simply no longer the case.
Between the 1950s and 1980s, a perverse mix of ignorance, zero surveillance, and the darker side of our nature dominated grand innuendo that acted more like a haven for abusers than a socially progressive democratic welfare system.
Over the past 30 years, the neoliberal experiment has transformed our once egalitarian welfare state into a neoliberal welfare state. Welfare branches, Ministry of Defence, CYFS, Corrections, Parole Services, Housing NZ, WINZ and Mental Health have all been twisted and weaponized to punish the poor for being vulnerable.
In a culture where success is private and failure is personal, we view the poor as victims of their own circumstances rather than the result of hegemonic power structures.
The poor, the vulnerable, the weak, the sick and the disabled do everything in their power not to need the help of these government agencies, because these government agencies do not help, they only punish .
We have a Ministry of Defense that places homeless people in illegal housing.
We have a WINZ service that breaks people down every day and forces them to crawl on their stomachs to make ends meet. Who does mass surveillance spying on recipients to catch them in ‘relationships’ although WINZ doesn’t tell anyone what the real relationship equation is and we have 60% of recipients who owe money to WINZ because WINZ claims to have defrauded the system by having a ‘relationship’.
We have a correctional service that is more interested in hiding prisoner suicide statistics than looking after their prisoners.
We have a parole service that almost every NGO hates having to work with because it is staffed by people who value the power they have over the lives of prisoners and only care about sending them back to prison.
We have an agency that sexually abuses, abuses and assaults the children it is supposed to care for while continuing to remove children from families.
We have a mental health system that is still seeing skyrocketing suicide rates.
We have a Housing NZ that is more focused on kicking people out of their homes based on faulty methamphetamine tests than providing shelter for the poorest of us.
22,000 are on waiting lists for social housing, 1 in 5 children live in poverty and speculators rate home ownership out of reach for every generation that is not a baby boomer.
To me, nothing sums up the horror of our neoliberal welfare state better than what happened in 2016 with the Auckland Action Against Poverty beneficiary clinic they held for 3 days outside a southern WINZ office from Auckland. More than 1000 people lined up to beg help from the activists to get some kind of assistance from WINZ.
Just understand that.
WINZ is so bad for these people that a thousand of them lined up to get help from the AAAP. Some had walked since before dawn to arrive in time for help. Many were in tears and emotionally overwhelmed by the way WINZ treated them.
What kind of indictment is this?
Right now we have Oranga Tamariki, a neoliberal welfare experiment that argues that early intervention will save the state downstream costs and we’re seeing the exact same kinds of state abuse happening again. !
Which raises questions for us on the left.
Is this abuse due to the grotesque underfunding of a welfare system that consists of punishing the vulnerable or is there something innate in the state that means its lack of oversight and responsibility will always be reduced to a haven for abusers?
The older I get, the more convinced I am that the biggest abuser of rights in New Zealand is the state.
With each passing year, I become more anarchist at a time when the state will be essential to surviving the climate crisis.
Elections change government.
Revolutions change the state.
It takes a revolution at the ballot box to seriously reform the state or it is simply allowed to continue to harm our fellow citizens.
Our ancestors died and bled on foreign shores to stop governments from harming their own people in this way, perhaps the real fight has always been there.
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