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As we extend a welcome hand to the refugees from Afghanistan we should be aware that “Teleban” means “Students” or “Seminarians”. This insanely brutal regime is run by enthusiastic “students of religion”.

For over a decade New Zealand governments have been encouraging the imposition of religious beliefs onto our hard-won secular society.

I have a whole bundle of recent government publications which all state, as a matter of fact, that New Zealanders must understand and learn to relate to a body of religious beliefs which are antithetical to any open and free society.

For example “Weaving Resilience into our Working Lands” published by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, tells us that:

“For tangata whenua ...all living things are originally descended from Ranginui and Papatuanuku., the sky and the earth; their son Tane is the atua responsible for forests. ... The relationships between people and the other descendants of Tane are especially close; as the junior member of this kin group, humans have particular obligations to the older members, the trees, plants, birds and other forest creatures.”

So that’s why we can’t log the forests.

In the Newsletter of The New Zealand Climate Change Programme, Dr Charlotte Severne, declares:

“The concept of mauri (life force) makes it possible for everything to live and is responsible for the maintenance and survival of life. Everything has a mauri – lands,rivers, seas and the atmosphere.”

Dr Severne is presumably not from some newly discovered Amazonian tribe; she appears to be a product of our education system.

These government authors might respond that they are just passing on “the Maori world view”. That may be so, but where are the multitudinous Maori who actually believe this stuff? The huge majority of Maori who claim religious affiliation on census night describe themselves as Christian of one kind or another.


These beliefs are most commonly dished out by young white university graduates of our Planning Schools telling applicants for resource consents that they cannot do this or that, because they will destroy the mauri of the water, air, soil or ... (tick the relevant box).

Mauri is a potent tool in these young planners’ hands because applicants have no means of measurably mitigating any degradation of this mysterious plasma. No wonder two young planners in two different parts of the country had reported that mauri is the “quintessence of resource management in New Zealand”.

Who teaches them this stuff?

This new religious movement is not limited to young planning graduates. The Bishop, the retired Chief Justice and the two Doctors who served on the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification declared that:

“Mauri is the life energy or soul and is shared by all living things. Even inanimate objects like cliffs, stones and especially water have their own mauri”.

So now we know. These Commissioners then passed on a Maori submission that:

“the water piped through a family home has a mauri that mixes with the mauri of the drainpipes and eventually the mauri of the water glass.”

Act MP, Stephen Franks has responded:

“Any Pakeha who publicly espoused these views would be regarded as mad ... Best of all, the Royal Commission tells us ‘breaches of protocol can be hara, whether deliberate or inadvertent, and cause misfortune or death (atua) or injury or sickness (mate Maori)’.This must be the first Royal Commission in modern times to endorse witchcraft, and witchcraft aimed at maintaining a stultifying power structure at that.”

Our politicians are equally enthusiastic. In her June 2001, “State of the Nation’s Environment” address, the Hon Marion Hobbs let us know that:

“Each time we do something that damages our environment, or moves the clean and green reality a little bit further from our perception, a little bit of what makes New Zealand unique dies also.”

We expect this kind of guff from our politicians, but the Minister then said:

“Maori have known this for over a 1000 years. In Maori it is called mauri which is translated to mean “life force”. Mauri animates and illuminates all things, and if mauri is present in a locality, then that locality can be said to be in good health. Conversely, death, in the Maori view, is characterised by the absence of mauri.”

Ms Hobbs was a school teacher and presumably gifted these insights to hundreds of children passing through her care on their path to enlightenment.

Funny that. When I went to school we learned that one of the great triumphs of western civilisation was the long path to the discovery that there is no “life force”. (We’re still working on the soul.)

We should all be alarmed that Government publications routinely declare that all New Zealanders, of whatever belief, have to acknowledge and “take into account” this Maori view of the world.

The MfE’s “preliminary wording” of the Draft National Policy Statement on Biodiversity tells us that:

“Understanding and applying the views of tangata whenua  to the management of indigenous biodiversity is key to its maintenance and enhancement.”

What does all this mean?

One example tells us that it can mean a great deal. The Coast to Coast Courier of August 22 reports that Kaipara Excavators has agreed to pay the Ngati Wai a “cultural liaison” fee of one million dollars so that this iwi won’t object to their application to suck up sand from the sea bed. It seems that sometime during the 1800s the Ngati Wai fought a sea battle within the 480 sq km dredging area and remains from the battle are still on the ocean floor and should not be disturbed.

Beats working.

 

 

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