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Salient Māori News Items to 04 June 2021

Salient Māori News Items to 04 June 2021

  • Te Pāti Māori (the Māori Party) lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority about a perceived lack of support in addressing a threat towards Māori which was made online (now removed). The Party claimed that, aside from poor communication, the level of response from the Police was too low; with a person being spoken to, but not immediately charged.[1]  However yesterday the Police issued a statement indicating that an arrest has now been made and a man is scheduled to appear in Court next week charged with making an objectional publication.   We will leave it to subscribers to consider whether online content – like the one that follows which has led to the complaint – ought to be matters for the judiciary to formally address, or whether a Police warning might be sufficient.

[WARNING: the extract that follows includes disturbing content and threats of violence.   We have included it here as an example of concerns being raised by the Māori Party about racism.  The Māori Party is now seeking the establishment of a taskforce to investigate white supremacism in Aotearoa.]

“These maori elite are going to cause a civil war like none before and they will be slaughtered by the thousands. I research I train, I know how to kill, I know how to shoot, give me 10,000 men, 2 weeks and ill have you a f[.] army that will slaughter the [expletive] like you’ve never seen before. .. The first time you will know something has happened is when you try to leave your house and its locked from the outside and theres flames all around ur house and your gonna die in your house. This will be the first instant maori will realise something terribly wrong going on. 150 marae hit in one night around the country by white brave patriot men.” (Author’s name is not released.)

  • Ngāi Tahu advised that they are taking legal action against a recent Government policy announcement to accelerate and amend conservation stewardship processes.  (I.e. the means to determine what lands ought to remain as conservation lands, and what land might come out of the estate and be used for other purposes).  Ngai Tahu considers they have not been properly involved in processes to date, and the proposed work breaches current laws, their settlement and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  Separately Ngāi Tahu has also issued a reply to a National Party media statement to clarify that the iwi is not seeking 50% ownership of water utility assets in their tribal area.  Ngāi Tahu is seeking co-governance arrangements and considers that will help ensuring ongoing public ownership.

[1] Information relayed by Te Pāti Māori, not the New Zealand Police who have not commented on the details of this matter.

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