Theatre's a con trick. Do you know what that means? Terrorism is theater… The normal objective of state or official terrorism is to enforce obedience and cooperation
Maori-only positions on government agencies Maori-only consultation rights under the Resource Management Act Maori-only co-management of parks, rivers, lakes, and the coastline Maori-only ownership rights to the foreshore and seabed A special Maori Authority tax rate of But they should remember that the statistics on these matters are no longer clear-cut.
Back in the seventies, when widespread intermarriage was resulting in a sharp decline in the number of people who could be categorised as Maori, the Labour Government changed the rules.
This guaranteed that the number of people being classified as Maori would continue to grow, since anyone with even a smidgeon of Maori blood could, for official purposes, be counted as Maori. InSimon Chapple, a senior researcher with the Department of Labour, used census data to examine the impact of these new definitions.
He found that instead of theNew Zealanders who indicated they were Maori-only being recognised as Maori for statistical purposes, the new policy of adding everyone who included Maori as one of their ethnic groups into the final count, boosted the official tally toSimon Chapple recommended to the Government that the Maori ethnic group should be restricted to those who identify as Maori-only in the Census, with everyone else allocated to their other major ethnic group.
But his suggestion was ignored. As a result, so-called Maori disadvantage is overstated. In addition, a fact that Mr Davis and others like to conveniently forget, is that while people who claim Maori ancestry might appear to be over represented in our worst social statistics, the causes are well documented and include long-term welfare dependency, solo parenthood, child abuse, and educational failure.
TVNZ denied the accusations of racism being made against it. But Mr Davis, no doubt with his own self-interest in mind, remained adamant: People ask questions all the time about potentially controversial things, we live in an open society and people are free to ask a question.
In this country — at least at the present time — our rights to free speech are protected by law and guaranteed under Clause 14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act: The right to offend is at the heart of robust debate about controversial matters. As British comedian Rowan Atkinson explained ; "The freedom to criticise or ridicule ideas — even if they are sincerely held beliefs — is a fundamental freedom of society.
In my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended.
The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness — and the other represents oppression.
This process is at least as remarkable as anything that happened in the seventeenth century. It is complete nonsense to describe the current misinterpretation of the Treaty as anything remotely like Magna Carta. Feigning offence is a tactic commonly used by those who want to close down a debate.
By using this strategy and playing the race card, Kelvin Davis was able to divert attention away from the real issue of Maori privilege onto the question of whether or not KiwiMeter — and TVNZ — is racist. By using bully-boy tactics, they no doubt hope to intimidate newspapers and discourage them from running such ads in the future.Christopher Bollyn is a well-travelled writer and an investigative journalist who has done extensive research into the events of September 11, , the conflict in Middle-East and the health effects caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
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However, the right to say whatever we like is tempered by the Human Rights Act, which makes it an offence to express opinions that could be deemed to be ‘threatening, abusive, or insulting’ on the grounds of ‘colour, race, or ethnic or national origins’. However, the right to say whatever we like is tempered by the Human Rights Act, which makes it an offence to express opinions that could be deemed to be ‘threatening, abusive, or insulting’ on the grounds of ‘colour, race, or ethnic or national origins’.
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