When two tamariki Maori (8& 10) are pepper sprayed by the cops, whose going to police that Hone? Its more than once that tamariki Maori have been pepper sprayed by the
Police, whose going to police that? The same lot that police rape?
Giving the police more discretionary power, that will be used to
further oppress our communities. This will result in Maori parents in
jail and Maori children in state 'care'. Empowering grassroots
communities to deal with these issues works, and is completely lacking
in this approach, direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots
organizing would go along way to addressing issues of violence in our
communities. We need to develop community accountability principles
and practices that strengthen our resistance to the criminal justice
system, not empowering and using our people as (the continual) fodder
The Maori party are good at proving they know all about parliamentary
'democracy'. Moana Jackson's report about Maori & the "criminal
justice system" was written 20 years ago, have they lost faith that we
can do things our way, based on our Tikanga and that our communities
can decide and know what is best for them.
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Ae Marika Column - Hone Harawira - Friday 30 March 2007
Don't smack the messenger!
Last week I rang a mate of mine and asked him "Howzit? What you up to?"
"I'm smackin' my mokopuna," he replied. His moko said "what's that for
papa?" and my mate said to him, "well, your stupid bloody uncles are going
to make this illegal next week, so I'm going to give it to you now!" and
then the two of us roared with laughter over the phone. He wasn't smackin'
his moko, but his message was pretty clear.
Sue Bradford has put forward a bill to repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act
so that you can no longer use it as a defence for smacking a child. Those
against the bill will likely think the above story is a little sick. The
funny thing is that those who support the bill will probably think the same
Folks, this bill is no joke, but life often is, and we can sometimes get so
intensely caught up on one side of an argument or the other that we lose our
sense of balance, and with it our sense of humour. I know. I've been there.
But when I hear a good story, I like to share it and I hope you can see the
humour in it for what it is. Nothing more, nothing less.
This week Sue Bradford's bill may come before the House as a matter of
urgency. If it does, that means it'll go up on Wednesday afternoon and all
other business will be suspended until it is voted on. That means we may go
back into the House on Thursday morning at 9am and continue possibly until
midnight and we may even come back on Friday to complete the debate and take
Last week I thought the Bill might take a while before it came up for the
vote, and that the Maori Party was hoping to take the issue on tour to get a
handle on how people felt about it. If the bill is tabled as a matter of
urgency, that won't happen which will be a pity.
Some of the korero I've heard has been nasty, but most of it's been well
thought out. The arguments have been strong, but clear and they have really
helped me with the position that I have taken. For all the debate, a world
without violence is worth striving for, and while Sue Bradford's bill may
not be perfect, it does challenge us all to raise our sights beyond the
immediate circumstances of our own lives.
Tai Tokerau MP