I can't get past this comment today. At a meeting calling for an end to Maori violence,
Organiser Suzanne Pene from South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network said the country's tolerance for violence hit the streets during the furore over Sue Bradford's smacking bill. "I know that violence is not part of my tikanga but when I look at New Zealand marching [against the act] I think what have we become?"
Oh yeah. That's why I marched against Sue Bradford's bill. To enshrine the right of Maori to abuse their kids.
The Maori Party co-leader said men were responsible for the majority of violent acts but it was women who were left to find solutions to the problem.
Oh yeah again. Like Maori women never hit or hurt their kids. You're a denier Turia.
She said violence was not an ethnic problem, it was a problem all societies faced despite the hundreds of vitriolic emails she received every year whose angriest lines blamed violence in Maori culture for the depressing Maori crime statistics.
Violence is a problem for all ethnicities but more so for some than others. A disproportionate amount of violence in this country, be it against children or adults, is perpetrated by and experienced by Maori. 49 percent of children in Care and Protection foster placements are Maori. In 2003 the rate of substantiated child abuse per 1,000 0-16 year-olds was 11.9 for Maori compared to 5.9 for non-Maori.
The only real solution to this problem lies with the individual - male and female. Don't commit violence and don't accept it.