Saturday, February 11, 2012

Holmes on Waitangi Day

Paul Holmes pulls no punches in his column on Waitangi Day in today's Herald. Describing the day as "repugnant:, he opines:

Waitangi Day produced its usual hatred, rudeness, and violence against a clearly elected Prime Minister from a group of hateful, hate-fuelled weirdos who seem to exist in a perfect world of benefit provision. This enables them to blissfully continue to believe that New Zealand is the centre of the world, no one has to have a job and the Treaty is all that matters.

I'm over Waitangi Day. It is repugnant. It's a ghastly affair. As I lie in bed on Waitangi morning, I know that later that evening, the news will show us irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics, in which some bizarre new wrong we've never thought about will be lying on the table.

This, we will have to address and somehow apply these never-defined principles of the Treaty of Waitangi because it is, apparently, the next big resentment. There'll be lengthy discussion, we'll end up paying the usual millions into the hands of the Maori aristocracy and God knows where it'll go from there.

Well, it's a bullshit day, Waitangi. It's a day of lies. It is loony Maori fringe self-denial day. It's a day when everything is addressed, except the real stuff.

Never mind the child stats, never mind the national truancy stats, never mind the hopeless failure of Maori to educate their children and stop them bashing their babies. No, it's all the Pakeha's fault. It's all about hating whitey. Believe me, that's what it looked like the other day.

John Key speaks bravely about going there again. He should not go there again. It's over. Forget it. It is too awful and nasty and common. It is no more New Zealand day than Halloween.

Our national day is now Anzac Day. Anzac Day is a day of honour, and struggle, bravery and sacrifice. A day on which we celebrate the periods when our country embraced great efforts for international freedom and on which we weep for those who served and for those who died.

Holmes has undoubtably opened a can of worms with a very provocative column this morning. But is he right, or is he over-simplifying things?

Here's another question; is it time to have the debate over the future of Waitangi Day? After the events of last week where the normal subjects, aided and abetted by a political party represented in Parliament showed huge disrespect to the tipuna of Te Tii Marae at Waitangi we think that perhaps it might be. And although Paul Holmes has been intentionally provocative, hats off to him for starting that debate.


Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled, KS.
Key's 'public opinion' managers have employed Holmes to inflame New Zealanders against Maori.
That's all.

James said...

Why bother Anon..? The radical Maoris have done a pretty bang up job by themselves so far...

Ross said...

KS, Holmes is clearly stirring.

I think he is wrong - most of Waitangi day was actually held in very good spirits from what I saw in the media.

The screaming, shouting and spitting mob were from Mana, and apparently there to 'send a message', whatever that message may be. Purely political, lead by a small and insignificant little man, his insignificant mother from an insignificant tribe who are trying to get a bigger place at the table than they deserve, and have the rest of us overlook their long and wretched history.

To allow these insignificant people to derail our national celebrations, and set the course of our national debate is to provide them with far far more importance than they deserve. Hone is a man that had 8121 people vote for him in the last election. In a population of 4.5 million. He, his supporters, and his ragbag family are a rounding error at the bottom of the national calculation.

So just ignore them, and let them crawl back into the insignificance they most clearly deserve

Joel said...

You have to see what he means - the protestors certainly do occupy that sort of dream world, and I am starting to wonder why Maori are so hung up on the Treaty myself.

When it is being used and manipulated by some Maori as a political tool to try and block the actions of a government elected by the rest of the Nation, that is a problem.

The Treaty is not some magic bullet to solve Maori problems. The money from its "settlements" is not reaching the Maori in poverty, at least not in any meaningful way.

We should consign the Treaty of Waitangi to history. It will always mark the beginning of New Zealand as a nation, but it shouldn't dominate our legal and political landscape today. It isn't helping anyone but the "Maori Aristocracy", or (to quote Winston) the Treaty Travellers and Corporate Maori.

It is time for Maori to grow up, and come out from under the Treaty.