The Pakeha Party

TPPI was going to write a piece on the Pakeha Party, but I have to say that a post by Steve Tollestrup on his Facebook page has pretty much summed it up for me, so why reinvent the wheel.

The Pakeha party is not a giggle.

Growing this evening at a rate of 3000 per hour on facebook ( up to 30,000 at time of writing ) the Pakeha Party is really about privileged white people trying to protect their patch. Harmless fun and satire? Go to the facebook page and you’ll find the Pakeha Party considers itself a viable political force that will soon have policies. The Pakeha party is just one giggle away from becoming the NZ equivalent of the British National Front party and is certainly bigotry cloaked as ‘Friends on Facebook.’

There is such a thing as positive discrimination and rightful restitution that recognises the undermining of Maori well-being through colonisation and close to a hundred and fifty years of alienation – marginalisation and oppression that the ‘Friends’ of the Pakeha party haven’t faced.

I’m not sure the Pakeha Party have thought through their infantile motto

‘If Maori get it we want it too – no matter what.’

But OK, if they really mean that, let’s begin. This is what Maori get; shorter life expectancy, lower per capita income, poorer housing, 4 times more likely to receive a conviction with a longer sentence, higher unemployment, land confiscation, higher incidence of diabetes, higher infant mortality, lower educational achievement, higher per capita mental illness, and addiction, dismal child health.

As a Christian and as a Green party spokesperson I find that appalling. In other parts of the world those same statistics have translated into conflict and violence. I think we Pakeha should be thankful for Maori patience and Aroha. Like it or not sometimes it takes a little extra to make things right. I look forward to a day when it is no longer needed, but unfortunately that day is yet to arrive, and the rise of Pakeha Party is part of the proof it hasn’t.

To my Maori brothers and sisters I say that I am ashamed.

If nothing else the one part of Steve’s post that I’d really like to bring your attention to is the stats for Maori

This is what Maori get; shorter life expectancy, lower per capita income, poorer housing, 4 times more likely to receive a conviction with a longer sentence, higher unemployment, land confiscation, higher incidence of diabetes, higher infant mortality, lower educational achievement, higher per capita mental illness, and addiction, dismal child health.

If you really want what Maori have, and all they ‘have’ then this is where you may end up.

Many sectors in society have ‘rules’ or ‘advantages’ just for them like over 65’s, like under 6’s like students, like the poor, like the rich, like those with children, like ethnicities (as in grants for tertiary study) but we seem to ignore all those and go straight to how unfair it is that Maori get advantages in some arenas. Get truly consistent, or get over yourself.

6 thoughts on “The Pakeha Party

  1. Mike Houlding July 9, 2013 / 17:09

    Oh Pat, what a dirge. What’s really missing from the whole equation is even the slightest hint that many of the depressing statistics that affect Maori may be improved with a degree of self responsibilty. If you don’t acknowledge this, then your’e playing Hone Harawira’s blame game – and getting nowhere. It suits Hone – but does it suit you too ?

    Mike Houlding

  2. David July 9, 2013 / 18:44

    But OK, if they really mean that, let’s begin. This is what Maori get; shorter life expectancy, lower per capita income, poorer housing, 4 times more likely to receive a conviction with a longer sentence, higher unemployment, land confiscation, higher incidence of diabetes, higher infant mortality, lower educational achievement, higher per capita mental illness, and addiction, dismal child health.

    • David July 9, 2013 / 18:45

      But OK, if they really mean that, let’s begin. This is what Maori get; shorter life expectancy, lower per capita income, poorer housing, 4 times more likely to receive a conviction with a longer sentence, higher unemployment, land confiscation, higher incidence of diabetes, higher infant mortality, lower educational achievement, higher per capita mental illness, and addiction, dismal child health.

  3. Brittina Edwards July 10, 2013 / 08:28

    It is a sad state of affairs when 1 pakeha is determined to be a maori at all costs. Pull your headin engage your brain before your mouth and act professional. One with a criminal record hopefully on a pathway moving forward in a positive light, obviously has put himself out there openly as a pakeha statistic of crime. whoopee. Live a life of the underprivileged maori for a change, no mobile, no ipod, no flash car, no credit card, bugger all income, some homeless with no roof over their head, starving children, when you can do this and live a life of alot not all maori then think n bje-edw1@hotmail.comabje-edct to whether you really want to start a pakeha party.

    • David July 10, 2013 / 13:08

      It’s a sad state off affairs indeed Brittina Edwards. It appears you are all about discrediting someone with a voice and who has maybe done some regrettable things in the past but clearly has put his life in order and moved forward from his past. Why do you have to be a knocker of someone taking responsibility and moving forward. You appear to be like many of the Maori with the Tall Poppy Syndrome. Easier to blame all non Maori and the Government for the sad reality of Maori not taking responsibility for there endemic problems. You quote …

      “Live a life of the underprivileged maori for a change, no mobile, no ipod, no flash car, no credit card, bugger all income, some homeless with no roof over their head, starving children, when you can do this and live a life of alot not all maori”.

      Maori are happy to derive all the benefits the state provides plus the extra entitlements of being Maori and expect everyone else in NZ to fix your specific problems. Maori need to look at all the opportunities that exist in NZ for everyone including them. Maori need to look at why they rate so appallingly when compared with all other non Maori … Why indeed! … be grateful all New Zealanders contribute toward trying to assist with Maori problems stop knocking all that contribute.

      It appears you are on the same old band wagon of the poor me victim path! to quote you … Maybe Maori need to take responsibility rather than say non Maori are responsible for making Maori unhealthy and put a disproportionate number of Maori into prisons etc, the list goes on. Refer below to the very things you quoted.

      Live a life of the underprivileged maori for a change, no mobile, no ipod, no flash car, no credit card, bugger all income, some homeless with no roof over their head, starving children …
      Victim, victim, victim I say! rather than apportion blame to others try reversing these things take action and create a better reputation for your people than the reputation Maori currently have.

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