The Politically Incorrect Show - 31/08/2000
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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Thursday August 31, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit & excellence against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
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Much sound & fury has been unleashed, predictably, by Associate Maori Affairs Minster Tariana Turia's speech to a psychologists' conference likening British colonisation to Hitler's holocaust & adding "Post-Colonial Traumatic Stress Disorder" to the list of Politically Correct syndromes in the Culture of Victimhood that pervades the Sheeple's Republic of Aotearoa. It's doubtful that Mzzzzzz Turia was any nuttier than most of her audience - purveyors of what Winston Peters so aptly called "psychobabble" - but what interested me in particular was her confession that she confided from time to time in a spiritual guardian, or kai tiaki, & sometimes took its advice. This points up a really scary aspect of the absurd resurgence of primitive, tribal superstition that has been going on for years & of which Mzzz Turia's nonsense is merely the latest manifestation. Remember that "kaitiakitanga" is one of the criteria by which local bodies have to draw up their District Plans under the Resource Management Act passed in 1991, long before Mzzz Turia alighted on Parliament.
This mumbo-jumbo is everywhere. I quote from yesterday's Nelson Evening Mail:
"New Nelson-Marlborough health board director Mere Wetere is frightened for herself and her family after a traditional Maori curse was placed on her. The ancient curse, or makutu, was placed on Ms Wetere by a woman at a hui at Nelson's Whakatu Marae last Friday, a day after she was appointed to the board by Health Minister Annette King. Ms Wetere and Alex Grooby were appointed to the board as Maori representatives, but neither come from top-of-the-south iwi. Mr Grooby's iwi are Kai Tahu and Kati Mamoe, both South Island-based tribes, and Ms Wetere's is Ngati Maniapoto, based in the King Country. The appointments were criticised by local Maori, who were disappointed by the lack of representation from any of the eight top-of-the- south iwi. Ms Wetere said the makutu was the only negative response she had received to her appointment, but it had frightened her."
Ms Wetere was apparently not reassured by advice from Ngati Tama representative John Mitchell that she should ignore the curse, since it had not been placed on her by a tohunga, or witch doctor. Mitchell added that any person who falsely claimed such status was guilty of whakahihi, or skiting, & might have the curse rebound on him.
Ladies & gentlemen, it is bad enough that people are being appointed to the new health boards on the basis of their race; it is even worse, though predictable, that such appointments are unleashing another wave of tribal animosities accompanied by hocus pocus. People who believe absurdities commit atrocities, observed Voltaire. Who knows what atrocities lie ahead if these absurdities continue to gain ground? Let us fight the nonsense with the power of reason, & make sure that future New Zealand historians do not have a GENUINE holocaust to look back on.
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