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John Robinson

Dr John Robinson is the author of “The corruption of New Zealand democracy, a Treaty overview”, “When two cultures meet, the New Zealand experience”, and “Twisting the Treaty, a tribal grab for wealth and power” (joint author), and articles on “The battles of Tapu te Ranga”, “Chance to create and island of peace” and “Spoils of war behind Ngati Toa settlement for Wellington coast”

BSc, MSc (mathematics), Dip Hons (physics) from Auckland University and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his career has been as a scientist and futures scholar.

Dr Robinson has been hired to research and report on matters Maori by the following:

* the Faculty of Business Studies at Massey University
* the Royal Commission on Social Policy
* the Ministry of Maori Affairs
* Te Puni Kokiri
* the Wellington South Coast Historical Society
* the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice
* the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit at Victoria University
* the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.


Dr John Robinson's Kapiti Independent series

#  4  Wiremu Kingi - Waikanae to Waitara 
#  1 Getting to the truth about NZ history


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Maori rebellion and New Zealand wars

The call for a national day to mark the New Zealand wars has been backed by claims that the wars of rebellion against the national government were land wars, which “left much of the country's indigenous population battered and bloodied, and facing the prospect of dying out altogether within a few generations.”

This is quite false. The reason for the Maori population decrease of the nineteenth century is clear from the data – there were too few young, too few women, following the disruption and killing of the intertribal wars that preceded the Treaty.

Nor were the rebellions a consequence of land loss – after all, confiscations followed the fighting and could not have been the cause. They had deeper roots, again in the years of intertribal warfare, as well as the difficult cultural changes of the time. The truth is complex, more fascinating than the simplistic myth of colonial wrong that has been put out during forty years of a grievance industry (since the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal) fuelled by payments for complaint, turning attention away from the many benefits of a settled government that freed slaves and provided peace and prosperity to most Maori.

The search for causes of rebellion takes us back in time to those intertribal wars,.....
Continue reading Dr John Robinson's explanation HERE 


Rubber stamping rewards for killing

A select committee charade
"This Settlement is in direct contradiction with the Treaty of Waitangi, which held the promise of equality as British subjects, now New Zealand citizens. The Treaty of Waitangi put an end to those war parties. The immediate consequences were breathtaking. Across the country slaves became free and returned to their homes. Peace treaties broke the cycle of utu. Deserted lands were again settled and all gained the right to life, free from marauding war parties with an end to the genocide that had reduced the Maori population by one-third in the preceding 40 years. The country should celebrate rather than apologising for bringing peace.......

Full exposing article here > http://forum.nzcpr.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=46143#p46143


Racism claims not supported by facts

Claims of serious racism in the New Zealand health system are disputed by John Robinson, of Wellington.

AT the University of Otago Wellington campus I recently listened to a claim of serious racism in the New Zealand health system, suggesting Maori report experiencing significant racial discrimination and poorer health care. This is heady stuff, not to be taken lightly. If true, we should all be concerned.

However, a careful study of the research shows the claim was not established by the facts presented.......

Full ODT article here > http://falseracism.blogspot.co.nz/


From tribal society to modern civilisation

A MAORI WORLD VIEW TO GUIDE SCHOLARSHIP
The University of Otago has set down a framework to present a more cohesive approach to Maori strategy across all campuses of the University. The intention is to “Integrate into existing programmes and develop new quality programmes in Te Ao Maori, te reo Maori and other robust kaupapa Maori options.” [1] This is a sweeping requirement as Te Ao Maori means ‘a Maori world view’.

The consequences of such policies are evident......

Pre-European tribal culture
Claims of a healthy and peaceful Maori culture before the arrival of Europeans (as in [2]) are contradicted by the evidence ([5], [6] chapter ‘Maori at the time of meeting’). There was a population explosion during the first few centuries after the arrival of Polynesians, in a land of plenty. Once the moa were eaten and extinct, and seal numbers much reduced, the diet was poor.....

It may be that the population was in fact steady rather than declining, but the evidence certainly provides no support for the picture of a healthy people.....

Mass intertribal warfare
Traditional Maori intertribal warfare was evident in the many fortifications protecting against rival tribes. The introduction of muskets resulted in a blow-out of fighting and killing. “Of an estimated 100,000 – 150,000 Maori living in New Zealand at or around 1810, by 1840 probably somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 had been killed, enslaved or forced to migrate as a result of the wars (working from estimates generated by Ian Pool and others). In the main that occurred in the short space of twenty-five years from 1815 to 1840.”.......

Colonial and national government
The assumption of considerable wrong done to Maori people implicit in discussions of the impact of colonisation in health is incorrect. A comprehensive study of Maori health and government policy made the point that “more extensive health provision was made for Maori between 1840 and 1940 then has been generally recognised.” ([11] page 15)

Much of health funding came from rates, which were not paid by Maori, and this created very real difficulties for many regions. However hospitals were “open to Maori equally”.......

Read the full article here > http://falseracism.blogspot.co.nz/

Claimed racial discrimination in the New Zealand health system; A Rebuttal

This paper ascribes ethnic differences in perceptions of health as due to racial discrimination against Maori.

“Within New Zealand and internationally, there is recognition of the important role of racism as a basic underlying cause of ethnic inequalities in health”

“In New Zealand, Māori report experiencing disproportionately higher racial discrimination at an individual level that has been linked to a range of adverse health outcomes, heightened health risk and poorer health care as well as contributing to ethnic health inequalities between Māori and Pākehā (European).”

“Results of this study suggest that, in a race conscious society, the way people’s ethnicities are viewed by others appears to have tangible health risk or advantage, and this is consistent with an understanding of racism as a health determinant. Dismantling the structures of racism is complex yet vital in our efforts to achieve a fair society that facilitates equitable outcomes in health and other social indicators and also enables self-determination of priorities and solutions for Māori.” [1]

It would be highly worrying if this assertion of different treatment based on racial prejudice in the health system were to hold. It is a serious charge against health professionals. However, the analysis is faulty and this is not so.

The study considered perceptions of treatment and well-being as in answers to questions such as:

“Have you ever been treated unfairly (for example, kept waiting or treated differently) by a health professional (that is, a doctor, nurse, dentist etc) because of your ethnicity in New Zealand?” ([2] Question 5.10)

There is considerable uncertainty here of what is measured........

BMC Public Health article > (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/844)

Dr John Robinsons rebuttal to the BMC article here > http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/844/comments.

http://falseracism.blogspot.co.nz/