"THE NEW ZEALAND WAY"

Eurocentric regime; multi-cultural illusion


The New Zealand Way
Below, is an account of personal experiences with monocultural eurocentric organizations that were threatened by weather disasters. In the earlier examples, offers of help were ignored without consideration for the welfare of their members or the general public and no attempt was made to examine and discuss the merits of Indigenous WM.

It appears that these and other Pakeha institutions (government and non-government) would prefer to risk unnecessary loss of life and property than acknowledge that Indigenous (Maori) solutions may be more efficient, pertinent and cost-effective than their own.

News reports of institutional racism in Aotearoa New Zealand expose the attitudes and practices that characterize many organizations in both the private and public sectors. As a consequence, neglect and marginalization of Indigenous customs and beliefs has become endemic, particularly with regard to the contentious issue of power-sharing between Maori and Pakeha as expressed in the Treaty of Waitangi. The reader is invited to read these and other documents before making his or her own assessment of the situation.The experiences and events that are described reflect a larger global pattern of Pakeha oppression of Indigenous peoples .

Culture of Racial Exclusion
The institutions | organizations listed below exemplify stifling conservatism, racism and hostility towards creative Maori solutions. That a Pakeha business leader should identify these attitudes as the cause of poor economic and social performance over the past two decades is not surprising.

Furthermore, recent government attempts to extinguish Maori customary title of the foreshore and seabed has highlighted the need for a powerful Indigenous countervailing response, such as that provided by TWM. The Maori Party is another.

It should be remembered that, during the colonization process, Pakeha government deliberately enforced a policy of ensuring that Maori lost almost everything they once had.

Since Pakeha institutions refuse to cooperate in what could have been a Win-Win relationship, one other option is Win-Lose. See below.

1.  Watercare Services Ltd (1994)
The Auckland drought and water crisis exposed serious deficiencies in disaster management by the city's water supply company.

2.  Federated Farmers of New Zealand (1998)
During the 1997-8 drought TWM offered help to Federated Farmers. The president's reply reflected typical Pakeha bias. Drought prolonged.

3.  Auckland City Council (1999-2000)
TWM contacted the Auckland City Council and offered to prevent severe weather from disrupting its Millennium celebrations. The offer was ignored; the result was predictable, appropriate, and deserved.

4.  Marlborough District Council and Ministry of Energy (2001)
Drought reappears. TWM contacts local and central authorities. Institutional prejudice prevails. Drought prolonged.

5.  Louis Vuitton and America's Cup Challenge (1999-2000)
An international event held in Auckland with Team NZ as the defender. TWM challenged orthodox mindsets as well as the syndicates.

6.  Louis Vuitton and America's Cup Challenge (2002-03)
TWM was better prepared and literally "blew away" the competition. Team NZ lost the America's Cup.

7.  Power Crisis - Aotearoa NZ (2003)
During the 2001 power crisis the Minister of Energy failed to respond appropriately to TWM's offer of help. He was given another opportunity to get it right.

8.  NZ Drought-Heatwave-Storms (2003-04)
Right on cue. Amazing thing... synchronicity.

9. The Big Flood, NZ (Feb, 2004)
Waitangi Day signals the end to 164 years of Pakeha institutional racism.

10.  Bay of Plenty Floods (July, 2004)
 More to come.

11.  NZ Floods-Blizzard (Aug, 2004)
Third major flood for the year. Read what the "experts" say.

12.  NZ Summer Floods (2004-05) plus Flood #4.
Media describe it as "The summer that isn't".

13.  Bay of Plenty Floods (May, 2005)
See #10 above.

14.  North and South Island power cuts (June, 2006)
Who has the power?

15.  Transit New Zealand (January, 2007)
Another case of
Pakeha institutional racism.

16.  NZ Floods, Nationwide (2008)
Who owns the water?

 
 
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