Did Maori capitalism co-opt He Puapua?
Judith’s recent attempt at the bait race He Puapua using segregation and separatism has been a failure.
The truth is, New Zealand’s next generation is less afraid of co-governance than the older generation, and those dog whistles don’t work. They know their history better and know historical injustices.
Overall, New Zealanders will ignore co-governance because decades of poor social statistics have smoothly supported the claim that universal social services worked for Maori. The majority attitude is ‘do it right then’ rather than happily jumping hand in hand to a future Treaty of Waitangi crafted in the waking world of Twitter.
So I saw little to fear He Puapua. The claims of a covert segregation program were more flashy than legitimate, but Comrade Trotter made a direct connection between the aspirations of the neoliberal enterprise Iwi and He Puapua requires further examination …
For the past 30 years, the colonial state of New Zealand has sought to counter any resistance engendered by the brutal imposition of neoliberalism on Maori communities, working closely with traditional Maori power structures to put this in place. what academic writer Elizabeth Rata calls “neo-tribal capitalism”; alongside the creation of the educated Maori middle class required to lead it. There is little evidence, to date, that neo-tribal capitalism is more inclined to encourage democratic participation than the common Pakeha variety. It is certainly no coincidence that the radical recommendations contained in He Puapua owe much to the ideas contained in Matike Mai Aotearoa – the report on “constitutional transformation” commissioned by the neo-tribal capitalist “Iwi Leaders Group”.
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… A fictionalized view of Maori capitalism is that it operates with cultural values that are more human and empathetic but since the Obscenity of slave ships, this romanticized vision was shattered by the sad truth that Maori capitalism can be just as exploitative as Pakeha capitalism. The rapacious tourism and tragedy on White Island reminds us of this.
84% of Maori live in urban centers, but it is the Iwi Leaders brand of capitalism that shines the spotlight inside He Puapua, not the Maori urban authorities and we see that influence happening right now …
Urban Maori are absent from the steering group set up by Sir Mason Durie to identify candidates for the interim board of the Maori Health Authority.
…if He Puapua is a real attempt at co-governance for the benefit of all Maori, that’s perfect! But if it’s a Trojan horse for Corporate Iwi to promote Maori capitalism as venal as Pakeha capitalism, what do we get?
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