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Indigenous Peoples in southern Botswana breathed a sigh of relief after Botswana’s High Court suspended a planned community eviction
by local authorities. The government alleged that the community, which
lives in a so-called ‘Wildlife Corridor,’ is blocking the free movement
of animals in the region. The High Court ruled that the eviction be suspended until at least mid-June, when the “San” Bushmen will be forced to return to court to defend their land.
The U.S. company Herakles Farms finally succumbed to local and international pressure, halting development
of its 60,000 hectare palm oil plantation in the middle of the Cameroon
rainforest. The move came just weeks after an order from the Forestry
Ministry to cease ‘preparing land’ near its Talangaye palm oil nursery
pending an assessment of the public usefulness of the project to the
region. As noted on IC in 2011, the project threatened the ancestral lands and livelihoods of the Baka, Bakola, Bedzang and Bagyeli peoples.
The SAVE Rivers network along with 300 indigenous people from around Sarawak gathered in protest outside the Borneo Convention Center Kuching where the International Hydropower Association’s biennial congress
was being held. The protesters–which included several community members
affected by the Bengoh, Murum and Bakun dams–left peacefully after they
managed to reach the main entrance of the BCCK and get their message
across to IHA, Sarawak Energy and the Sarawak Government: that they are
open to development, but not at the expense of their ancestral lands and
their ways of life.
The Gwich’in Nation spoke out against Alaska’s Governor Parnell’s $50 million dollar drilling proposal on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In a public statement, the Gwich’in explained that their way of life is
“dependent upon the Porcupine (River) Caribou Herd whose birthing and
nursery grounds are on the Coastal Plain.” The Gwich’in also observed
that the Refuge is presently closed to any and all drilling “and it
would take an act of Congress to open it.”
The Supreme Court of Canada, meanwhile, ruled that individual members of an Aboriginal community cannot use blockades or other so-called “self-help” remedies
to address government breaches of law, specifically its duty to
consult. The court was addressing a camp blockade that was set up in
2006 to interfere with a logging operation on Treaty 8 territory that
was authorized by the Crown. According to the judge, the protesters, who
claimed (but failed to “prove”) that there was no prior consultation,
“should have” sought to address the license issued by the Crown, not the
license holder (ie, the company benefiting from the Crown’s allegedly
illegally issue of consent to harvest the traditional territory of Fort
Nelson First Nation).
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I have refrained from giving david shearer the leader of the Labour Party a hard time on this blog mainly because I figured labour would sort out the issues relating to him and his leadership of that political party. But his latest utterances leave me no choice. There is a by-election in the Māori electorate of Ikaroa-Rawhiti after well respected, Labour stalwart, Parekura Horomia died recently. The political parties contesting that seat are Labour, The Maori Party, The Green Party and The Mana Party. David shearer, on behalf of Labour, said on the opening of the campaign that they will make
This word terrorise was deliberate and designed to send a message and that message was not lost on the Mana candidate for the seat, Te Hamua Nikora
a promise that the party will use the next four weeks to honour the legacy of Parekura Horomia, and retain the seat he held for 14 years.That is a good thing to say - to honour the legacy, but unfortunately shearer has not done that because within the same press release he also said
We will organise, mobilise and terrorise our political opponents.Yep The Greens and Mana are political opponents that will be terrorised - forget that the main enemy is john key's national party, oh no for shearer The Greens and Mana are the enemies.
This word terrorise was deliberate and designed to send a message and that message was not lost on the Mana candidate for the seat, Te Hamua Nikora
Te Hamua Nikora is stunned by Labour’s plan to win the electorate.And why was this such a shocker by shearer
Nikora said that to hear that message from Labour on a day like today when Tuhoe are settling with the Crown is in extremely poor taste. “Tuhoe haven’t forgotten that it was a Labour Government that raided their homes in Taneatua and Ruatoki in 2007. Tuhoe know that the call to raid their homes by our police came from Labour. It’s another sad legacy on the part of the Labour Party when it comes to Maori rights”.Yep Tuhoe settled officially with the Crown yesterday, the same day shearer made his statement. Tuhoe receive putea of 170M and most importantly an apology for the following
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the "past breaches against Tuhoe are some of the worst in the story of our nation".
"Land was confiscated; villages and crops burned; families killed and men executed," said Finlayson.
"The relationship with their homeland whittled away despite promises. These sorry events have left a stain on the history of Te Urewera region, and on the history of the Crown in New Zealand.
"Today we address squarely that history, which has remained ever present in Te Urewera to this day."
The Crown admitted that over a hundred year period it:
- Confiscated the best landTuhoe also have negotiated some awesome concessions
- Carried out "unjust" land sales
- Undertook a brutal military campaign that has been described in a contemporary account as "extermination"
The settlement will see iwi co-manage Te Urewera National Park with the Government, and in five years it will negotiate to have Mana Motuhake, or self-rule, which means more control over education, health and housing services in the area.
A great day for Tuhoe and it is such a pity that people like shearer have zero idea of the significance of what has occurred for that Iwi and what this settlement means to them. That is why this call to terrorise opponents is so distasteful and so wrong - it is a slap in the face to all Māori and a disgraceful way to honour the memory of Parekura Horomia. The use of the word terrorise is another example of why david shearer is not fit to be in parliament let alone lead a political party - he is the weakest link in our struggle to remove the government of john key and all of their destructive practices.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Māori are often the brunt of racism - that is a fact of life in this country. Tangata whenua get treated like second or third class citizens, the culture is denigrated and abused and this is the way it is here. Two cartoons by al nisbet that were in newspapers today and yesterday are more blatant than usual and this is because the racists feel comfortable in allowing their views to become public. They are overconfident in their racism, but as the response to these cartoons have shown, a shitstorm of rebuke from many who find them very offensive can come down upon them.
Vile cartoons and the racism they reveal have no place in this country - yet the likely outcome is that nisbet will continue to put his shit in the newspapers and editors will continue to publish them. Susan Devoy the Race Relations Commissioner shows how utterly gutless she is when she says
She said the cartoon continued the stereotype of certain populations and "continues to stigmatise people who live in poverty, particularly children".
But she said it did not reach the high threshold considered to be racist in the Human Rights Act because they did not incite racial disharmony.No there isn't any incitement of racial disharmony there is there - what a joke of a comment from her but wait there's more
A lot of people agreed with the cartoons, Dame Susan said.
"I personally and those at the Commission don't [agree with the cartoons]. We do find it offensive, we find it quite insulting."Oh a lot of people agreed did they - sorry devoy I think you meant to say, "A lot of sick racist wankers agreed with the cartoons" because if you had of said that then you might have some credibility - but don't worry she only found it "quite" insulting so not really insulting at all and a long way from inciting racial disharmony - It makes me sick to hear that weak, feeble bullshit lines trotted out but guess what? It is common in this country. Send an email to the editor to complain - firstname.lastname@example.org
And what of the racist cartoonish nisbet, what does he say
"I personally don't believe there's an extent of poverty in New Zealand that's implied. I keep hearing this thing about poverty and I keep thinking 'hang on, we've got a welfare state in New Zealand and we have safety nets'.
He denied the cartoon was racist.
"I made sure I put some Europeans in there because there's a lot of bludging whites as well.''
Mr Nisbet said Maori and Pacific Islanders were a focus in the cartoon was because most of the food in schools participants would be in Northland, where the cultures were prominent.He knew exactly what he was doing and trying to depict, and that is why he should be treated with contempt. Racists like him and their attitudes contaminate all they touch.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Air NZ are the biggest bunch of hypocrites and cultural liars around. They have misappropriated the koru for their advertising (to make money) and as their logo yet when a Māori woman applies for a role as an Air hostess and she has ta moko on her lower arm she is told the job interview is over.
Claire Nathan says she had her dreams of being an air hostess dashed after Air New Zealand turned her away because of her ta moko.
Ms Nathan applied for her dream job in January, but last month, the national flag carrier terminated an interview when she declared the traditional Maori motif on her lower arm.It really irks me that they keep calling ta moko a tattoo - why can't they get their heads around the difference between getting inked for whatever reason and ta moko depicting cultural pride and a person's whakapapa.
Ms Nathan said she was told tattoos that could not be covered by the uniform were unacceptable.
"I said straight away, 'This is a ta moko.' She [the interviewer] said, 'You can't even cover that up' and that 'we will have to stop this interview.'Air NZ should be renamed Air Colonisation because they perpetuate the othering and denigration of tangata whenua - but they are only too happy to use rock stars or rugby players covered with tattoos and ta moko, to advertise and make money, when it suits them.
How do you imagine a Māori woman feels after that interview?
"I was totally shocked and just couldn't believe what I was hearing."
Ms Nathan said she never thought her ta moko - depicting her heritage and her two children - would limit her career choices.It is so bad that tangata whenua get treated this way and I'd expect susan devoy the Race Relations Commissioner to get involved but she won't. But others will because
The Human Rights Commission says "a person of Maori descent may not be denied employment, entry to premises, or declined service because they wear moko visibly"Air NZ you are about to find out the meaning of utu for your denigration of Māori.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A curious thing was heard on te wireless Sunday pm which related to an interest in maoridom and its relations with others that I have. The debate at Vic University about the consttitution etc and in particular whether a republic should be chosen in replacement of the monarchy had four people, I imagine of high calibre in these matters, debating this. One was a professor, another another academic, another a law firm partner and another a can’t remember.
The host, a Simon Price i think, asked a question around how the Treaty fits within such a particular question. Every single one of the guests refused to comment. The audience uttered a nervous giggle.
I found this very telling. Whenever issues are raised around here of this world and its issues the accusation of being racist comes out pretty damn quick. Like a knee-jerk reaction. It is as if we are not permitted to question things in this arena, that it is taboo, that certain people are not qualified or of the correct race or ‘status’ to raise issues that are of concern to them. This claim is made by many people in New Zealand (that they are accused of being racist for simply talking race).
This radio debate seemed to pretty strongly confirm this bias in our society. Nobody would dare utter their view. Every single one of the four people were too scared. It was abundantly clear. It was further reinforced by the nervous laughter in the crowd. They risked being labelled for expressing their view.
New Zealand in this regard is immature and needs to grow up.As you can imagine this raised some eyebrows because the constitutional debate is designed to ask those questions and debate them – why was this not done, why did they giggle and not answer the question.
Weka, another commenter on The Standard did some digging and she found the actual question and it was asked by known racist john ansell – this was the actual question
Given that polls tell us that 80% of New Zealanders are distressed at seeing their country being slowly surrendered to the part descendants of the minority of Maori who breached the Treaty by rebelling against the Crown in the 1860s, could we use a republican referendum process to entrench racial equality?Oh dear that question is quite leading isn’t it and it is totally understandable why the panelists wouldn’t answer a racist and derogatory question like that – what do you think vto said about that?
Good on ya. Minor mistake but make no difference.Yep – the fact that a loaded question raised by a known race hater makes no difference to vto because, as he says,
I was not so much interested in the actual question, more in the interaction of peoples and the allowing of the question followed by the refusal to answer and the wider implications surrounding that.Now you may want to reread the original post by vto to check the accuracy of that statement because it just is not true, remember vto said in that original post that
It is as if we are not permitted to question things in this arena, that it is taboo, that certain people are not qualified or of the correct race or ‘status’ to raise issues that are of concern to them… Nobody would dare utter their view. Every single one of the four people were too scared. It was abundantly clear. It was further reinforced by the nervous laughter in the crowd. They risked being labelled for expressing their view.So this is how they do it – that is a classic example of how memes get put into the public consciousness and disseminated – I’ll break it down
First you make a statement that pushes a certain line – in this case vto said the question about the Treaty wasn’t debated and this showed that people are scared to debate the issue, even though the panel was made up of respected and knowledgeable people.
Second when shown that the question was biased and from a known race hater and that is why it wasn’t answered, you dismiss that as irrelevant and change tack and say that the questioner and question were not the real issue instead there were ‘wider implications’ in their non-answering.
And third you disregard the facts to continue to push the meme that you want to get out there by adjusting your wording slightly whist keeping your original position intact – everything supports your position even if it is made up and shown to be a lie as vto says,
What I heard was the question. The particular person of the question was immaterial to the question, as I was whistling while I worked and missed it. But mine ears perked at it from thence forth listening more closely. The panelists all declined to answer. That was very odd, given the situation, hence my post.
The mistake aorund the questionnaire is immaterial to the point raised. Once you glean out the flotsam and jetsam.This approach is pretty common especially with those who have extreme views. Other commenters notice of course such as weka again
Your whole argument was that a good question was asked, and that it was strange that the panelists all refused to answer, and your conclusion was that they were afraid to. You were wrong vto, just admit it and then we can move on to more productive discussion.
You want to draw the conclusion that they didn’t want to answer because of fear of talking about racism, but by your own admission you didn’t listen to the thing properly and missed the context and the person asking the question (and don’t pretend now that the identity of the person answering doesn’t matter). There were in fact some other references in the talk to Maori and the implications of constitutional change (not alot but they were there), which belies the idea that people were avoiding talking about race.That logic doesn’t get through to types such as vto because he is slippery and has a meme to push come hell or high water.
I asked for a list of what issues he wanted to discuss around the Treaty but vto refused to put a list up, so I put a list up for him. This list was composed honestly in an attempt to cut through the lies and disinformation and get to something that could be debated
1 the Treaty is historical and a new one needs to be drafted to take into consideration the multicultural aspect of NZ society.That list of beliefs is common amongst race baiters and incorporates quite a few memes that they wish to push in this country. Vto considered my list to be a personal attack and changed tack to rally against this attack instead of either answering the points I raised or putting his own list up. This is another tactic of those wishing to spread malicious memes around Māori – it is all about them, it is always about them – they have no empathy or sensitivity to oppressed people – they don’t care about them at all, all they care about is themselves and it is beyond selfish.
2 too much emphasis (money) is on tangata whenua and that they have received enough emphasis (money)
3 Māori were the first here and that could be called indigenous but it is irrelevant in today’s world
4 Māori are inherently violent and warlike
5 No one represents the ‘white man’ who gets abuse and derision when they say something that others perceive as racist
6 Non-Māori who talk about race get accused of being racist
7 Māori are racist to ‘white people’
8 Celts were here before Māori and taught them everything of what they know until Māori killed them all
9 The chinese bought slave-wives here to breed with Māori
10 Barry Brailsford doesn’t talk shit
So now the debate (if it can be called that) has shifted to the unfairness of the list instead of the unfairness of the memes contained on the list which marginalise and degrade Māori. The debate has shifted from the original post of vto which expressed surprise that the issues around the Treaty weren’t debated on RadioNZ, through the misrepresentation of the loaded question from a known racist to
Making it personal again i see. And plain stupid. You can’t help yourself can you.That sort of abuse is common on blogs and it can get even worse as vto showed when he went down the following lines - I've just put the abuse in
Don’t bother engaging arsehole. Go stick your head back in the sand.
Go fuck yourself… Answer the issue cunt… To date you have had no answer to this issue cunt… Cunt… answer the issue cunt… the dumb cunt has no answer to the issue, just personal… Answer the fucking issue cunt…Yes vto has issues with women, he also doesn’t like gay marriage and thinks it’s okay to call the gay Queens Counsel a “queer cunt” and so much more. Why bother engaging with this lowlife you may ask – everytime he leaves a comment potentially some person could read it and actually believe that what he is saying has merit. Some people will grab the meme that he is trying to push and use it to denigrate Māori further – that is how race baiters work. If no one opposes them they take that as agreement with their vile views.
Just on the abuse vto shunted at me – this was my response
on another point your excessive use of the word cunt – it reminds me that there are no demeaning terms for ‘woman’ in the Māori language, and that the first human was a woman – Hine-ahu-one, and that as all come from women at birth, at death the same occurs through Hine-nui-te-pō, and that Papa-tū-ā-nuku is our earth mother and sustainer of life and that women are mediators of tapu. Thanks for reminding me of these things vto even though you were trying to insult.What was the question that he was upset that I didn’t answer? It was another meme designed to degrade Māori and the tiny gains we are making towards equality and he wasn’t even focused on the correct target of central and local government, no it is much easier for vto and his type to attack Māori – usually few argue. And yes, sure I bait him a bit because I believe in giving people plenty of rope and one of the reasons I started blogging was to counter the views of people like him, in fact I remember a post from 2009 from him that actually inspired me to start
Or a bit like the smaller step-brother, the maori party..The vto’s are everywhere spreading their memes like a disease – I am not interested in tolerating them.
“Our new bro likes to get in your face he has no work but comes home pissed but only for some eggs he ignores the bitch, yells at the other bitch and kicks the kids on the way back to the pub to meet his mates still more bevvies and some P most nights he gets to ogle/grope the fat slag behind the bar and then smashes some innocent person walking home, gets picked up by the pigs and ends up with his mates in the klink no gropes of his missus now so has to play with himself, which comes naturally to him being a labour voter”