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SHANE RETI TELLING IT HOW IT IS

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National’s Dr Shane Reti will have upset all those who claim that since the signing of the treaty it has been all downhill for Maoridom when he reminded us on Newshub that life expectancy for Maori has improved over time from 30 years in 1840 to 73.4 years today. Simple statement of fact. Sure more work has to be done to address the gap that exists between Maori and Pakeha in health outcomes but its not all a one way street. Personal responsibility including diet and exercise has a part to play also.

But he made it clear in the same interview that the success of Maori health providers in dealing with the Covid pandemic was proof positive there was no need for a separate Maori Heath Agency which would be disbanded when National takes over the treasury benches. Clearly his focus is on outcomes unencumbered by ideological driven placebos.

Reti has the ability and nous and coalface experience to be an outstanding Minister of Health.

Those who claim National is soft on co-governance should take note. Three Waters dead in the water; the Maori Health Authority likewise.

Written by The Veteran

May 15, 2022 at 11:24 am

A young Maori Speaks

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If you spend any time around blogs like those of Chris Trotter or The Standard, you’ll know that one of the Big Things the Labour Party and their activists push is … anything Maori – as well as constantly bemoaning the terrible situation of Maori in NZ, but without actually changing anything meaningful that might help, like a healthcare and education system that works for Maori at the coal face. The basic drive is to constantly reinforce the point that they’re not racist, but everybody else is.

I should note that Trotter does get the vapours about things like He Puapua, but only to the extent where he think it might hurt Labour, which is why he’s flip-flopped from worrying about Nasty National using it as a wedge to win in 2023, to thinking that Labour needs to get on with it pronto before 2023. If that doesn’t strike you as particularly coherent well, welcome to Trotter-world, where a love of florid language beats coherence every time.

Instead what we get is a whole bunch of cosmetic, bureaucratic shit that’s merely designed to keep Maori voting for Labour by pretending to care about them. The current blathering about changes to the Healthcare system that will “give Maori a greater voice” is just one example, with “problems” about the Maori uptake of the vaccines constantly given as one of the reasons for such changes.

But in fact Maori vaccination rates for those aged 65+ were right up there with Pakeha and even Asian figures for the same age groups. Sure, extra effort had to be applied in remote regions of NZ, like Northland and the East Coast, but it was done and it worked.

Where it didn’t work was in the younger Maori age groups. Their vaccination rates continued to lag those of the older group, and other racial groups, quite significantly. That doesn’t seem to be racial to me, but more a product of young Maori feeling that they weren’t particularly at risk from the Chinese Xi Snot virus. Whether that was based on them looking at overseas stats, or whether it was just the usual bullet-proof feeling of youth I don’t know but again – given the vax rates in older Maori – I can’t see how it could be claimed to be down to systemic racism in our healthcare system.

And then there’s young Maori guys like this. If his attitude is anything to go by then Labour may find themselves losing the Maori vote a couple of decades from now. His impressions of Jacinda are brutal.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 22, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses

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Sir Robert Jones is leaving New Zealand, as he describes in his final blog post, Farewell, where he nails the key point:

And how many of our kids will follow? This question arises in the post of another prominent New Zealander, Don Brash, where he points out five major problems that I’ll summarise here:

  1. The crisis of housing affordability.
  2. The rapidly growing racial divide.
  3. The very slow growth in the average income of New Zealanders.
  4. Our education system is also failing far too many of our kids, as international surveys show: we have some of the worst results for maths and science of any developed country.
  5. The failure of successive governments to deal with the looming fiscal challenges of an aging population

Don’t think the kids haven’t noticed all this, and the failure to deal with these issues: mine certainly have, and their US citizenship is burning a hole in their pockets:

Some countries face serious challenges which they can do little about – rapid depletion of water resources for example, or extreme political tensions arising from religious differences, or hostile neighbours. We have none of those challenges, and have only ourselves to blame if we see more and more of our kids decide that they can have a better future somewhere else

I doubt that I’ll leave again, as I have in the past, but increasingly I feel that I’m merely holding a fort here that is irrelevant to those I love.

ON SHOW – THE INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY OF ST JACINDA’S ENABLERS

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Those precious people who rush to condemn Judith Collin’s condemnation of the proposal to create a separate Maori Health Authority with veto powers over decisions made by NZ Health, the body charged with looking after the health of 83.5% of all other New Zealanders, as racist are demonstrating their intellectual dishonesty. This is a matter for serious debate … yes it involves race based policy … but no, opposing that policy is not racist per se. It is a legitimate response to a massive policy switch that seeks to shift the paradigm from need based to race based … and that is wrong and out-of-step with multi-cultural New Zealand.

And it needs to be seen against the Government commissioned and Te Puni Kokiri driven ‘He Puapua’ Report which calls, among other things, for a Maori Upper House able to veto decisions of Parliament and foreshadows separate Maori educational and justice systems.

While the Ardern Government has yet to respond to the Report you can fairly ask if the proposed changes to the health system are a tacit endorsement of that proposed in Te Puapua with more to come.

Judith Collins should be applauded for speaking out on this … a hitherto secret agenda exposed and, like the Emperor without any clothes, not a pretty sight. Gonna be interesting to see how this plays out with the ‘Waitakere Man’ so called.

Written by The Veteran

May 4, 2021 at 12:45 pm

THIS ISN’T THE WAY FORWARD FOR NZL

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The revelation by Judith Collins that the Government’s Cabinet Paper on the restructuring of the health service has it that the proposed Maori Health Authority will have veto power over decisions made by Health New Zealand is disturbing news indeed. Begs the question … what does the government hope to achieve by separating our healthcare along racial lines and then placing the power of veto in the hands of one race-based institution?

Gives rise to a second question … is this what we might expect down the track with the education and justice sectors?

The smiling face of the countries virtue signaler-in-chief belies the simple truth that Labour (and the Greens), enjoying as they do a super majority in Parliament, are running a hitherto secret agenda that bodes ill for the countries future and there’s very little ‘we’ can do about it in the short term at least.

New Zealand the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

April 29, 2021 at 11:02 am

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