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Author: Fiona Gates

Elite Pakeha

I strongly recommend Mr Church spend more time broadening his knowledge of Te Ao Māori, Te Tiriti, colonisation and his role as tangata Tiriti. To comment on things you only have one world view on is disingenuous and disinformation. I question if your willingness to only participate in the colonial view point is revealing your belief that pakeha and pakeha ways are elite. If you took the opportunity to participate in both sides, you’d have chuckled at Kingii Tūheitia’s comments and not been triggered. You’d understand the nuance of Willie Jackson’s comment vs Julian Batchelor’s and you’d have...

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CONTEXT NEEDS UNDERSTANDING

Gerry starts with a quote by Kiingi Tūheitia, where he calls for kotahitanga, unity for Māori and calls us Māori, ‘elite’. This was spoken at the recent gathering at Turangawaewae. The reason for the hui was to discuss the government’s plan to redefine Te Tiriti. Context is important. The term Elite Māori is a derogatory term used to describe Māori leaders or those that speak up for Te Tiriti and Māori rights. It is a term used by anti Māori protagonists with its roots in white supremacy. It is used to put fear into non-Māori and doubt into Māori. In the build up to 2023 election, Julian Batchelor,...

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Response to LTTE “Unity of all New Zealand Citizens”

Context is important.  The term Elite Māori is a derogatory term used to describe Māori leaders or those that speak up for Te Tiriti and Māori rights.  It is a term used by anti Māori protagonists with its roots in white supremacy. It is used to put fear into non-Māori and doubt into Māori.  In the build up to last years election, Julian Batchelor, the real estate agent come evangelist, come anti-Māori activist, pushed the term, ‘elite Māori’.  In Kiingi Tūheitia’s speech, he is calling for unity amongst Māori, to work together to protect Te Tiriti and he cleverly reframes the use of the word...

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