The following is, for the most part, a comment I posted on Lindsay Mitchell's blog Tip of the iceberg about the over-representation of Maori in crime, child abuse and welfare dependency. Her posting was prompted by the conviction of a young Maori man, Raurangi Mark Marino, for the rape of a 5 year girl in a camping ground in Turangi, New Zealand. Marino's father and mother are members of the criminal, violent (and predominantly Maori) gangs Black Power and the Mongrel Mob that are known to use rape as an rite of passage for young inductees.
In her post, Lindsay quoted Peter Buck, one of the most prominent Maori leaders of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who said:
“The [Maori] communism of the past meant industry, training
in arms, good physique, the keeping of the law, the sharing of the
tribal burden, and the preservation of life. The communism of today
means indolence, sloth, decay of racial vigour, the crushing
of individual effort, the spreading of introduced
infections, diseases, and the many evils that are petrifying
The following (with minor edits) is what I said in response to Lindsay's posting.
The sorry state of Maori today, filling the courts and prisons for
violent crime, overwhelmingly dependent on welfare and failing to
perform by almost any accepted aspirational and moral measure, is a huge
indictment on the resurgent Maori tribalism and the billions of dollars
thrown at them by successive governments.
The problem is, I
think, partly that Peter Buck and many contemporary apologists for
Maori performance have got it wrong. Maori 'communism' (and I think that is a
good term) in the past may have been about "the keeping of the law, the
sharing of the tribal burden, and the preservation of life," but it was
also about preserving a brutal, paternalistic, cannibalistic, genocidal
Stone Age society with little going for it except for some fine
primitive art. Black Power and the Mongrel Mob are the precise modern
expression of this culture.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a
young Maori man brought up in such a culture feels it is acceptable to
rape a 5 year girl because, as gut-wrenching as this crime is to you and
I, it pales into insignificance compared to the wholesale female
infanticide that was practiced by Maori society prior to the
establishment of British rule.
The answer is not more Maori
tribalism, tradition and culture, nor more handouts.
Such policies are just producing more disaffected Maori youth who
believe it is their right to take anything they want by force, even the
innocence of a 5 year old girl. The answer is that Maori must be forced
to take individual responsibility for being productive, moral members
of society. The sooner Maori themselves and New Zealanders generally
realise this, the better.