Pakeha just as bad as Maori
One child is killed every five weeks in New Zealand. Yes most might be Maori. Maori might also be the ones less likely to report a death. But watch out for the Pakeha. In the Children’s Commissioner newsletter, social blabla lecturer Raema Merchant published her research. Some facts out of her research: 9000 children got physically abused between 2000-2008, one third of the deaths is reported, Pakeha responsible for half the deaths. It has long been known by many researchers that culture, status and background don’t always influence a parent to abuse their children or their spouse for that matter. Risk factors mostly responsible for dysfunctional families are poverty, poor housing, drug abuse and yes, ones again, poor parenting (maybe not get a kid when you’re still a kid yourself). But even being rich, living in luxury and no signs of substance abuse is by no means a recipe for success. Michael Law wrote in the Sunday Star Times in April about figures released under the Official Information Act. These facts: Over half (54% in 2009) of all convictions for violent offences against children are committed by Maori, 24% by European/Pakeha and 19% by Pacific Islanders. Maori make up 14.6% of New Zealand’s population. But how can all this go on? Most of the families involved are known to police or other government agencies early on. Get kids to stop having children (maybe not subsidize them as much?) and get parents with real problems the direction they need to get their life on track. According to Te Kahui Mana Ririki director Anton Blank in the Sunday News: ‘The root of it in every culture is the value you place on children. They should have more rights than adults, because they’re more vulnerable’.