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Maori Party treads the tired “colonisation and Christians are to blame for everything” mantra-this time for smacking.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 30, 2007

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Maori Party treads the tired “colonisation and Christians are to blame for everything” mantra-this time for smacking.
Monday, 30.04.2007, 07:37am (GMT12)

Colonisation, Christianity get blame for smacking

5:00AM Monday April 30, 2007

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the arrival of Christianity in New Zealand and colonisation introduced the concept of smacking children to Maori.

“Our people did not hit their tamariki. That only came about through colonisation and through Christianity actually,” she said on Marae on Saturday.

She said the strongest opponents to Sue Bradford’s private member’s bill – banning physical force being used against children as a punishment – was from Christians who wanted to reserve the right to “smack their children lovingly”.

“Well, I’ve never seen anybody give a child a loving smack.”

Larry Baldock, the former MP who is attempting to get a citizens-initiated referendum opposing the bill, said he felt sorry that Mrs Turia had never had the opportunity to see someone give a loving smack.

“It occurred in my family.”

The Anglican Church’s social justice commissioner, Rev Anthony Dancer, said Mrs Turia was “absolutely right” in regards to Maori having had non-violent ways of disciplining their children because that was recorded by missionaries.

The shift towards more violent forms of child-rearing was not consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ which was why the Anglican Church had supported Sue Bradford’s bill repealing section 59 of the Crimes Act.


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One Response to “Maori Party treads the tired “colonisation and Christians are to blame for everything” mantra-this time for smacking.”

  1. Jay said

    How quickly early history is swept under the mat. Maori used to beat their slaves,
    so did polynesians, long before they ever met Christians. These latter, and early europeans wrote about it. Many explorers
    wrote about punishment and how kids were kept in line, (under customs), by just such punishment, even in early Maori folk tales/legends.
    Maori also killed and ate kids, whiteman
    never taught them that!

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