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BrainWashing: Distrust of police puts Maori women at risk

Filed under: General — gh @ 6:56 pm Thu 16th April 2009

Hi all,
I will from time to time post articles on ‘domestic violence’ that have been published in the NZ papers. The aim is to propose them for dissection and analysis. Hopefully we will establish trends as I do not believe these articles are written in good faith but merely to brainwash and not solve the real problems. A picture will emerge about who writes them, their target, and spin doctors behind them and how repetitive (brainwashing) are they from year to year.
I will post the articles here with always a link to the source. Believe me these articles disappear for next propaganda war.
Here is then the first one:
Distrust of police puts Maori women at risk
By By KEITH LYNCH – The Press

– See how police are blamed from year to year for the sole purpose of instilling in them more guilt
– See how a call is made to put more Maori guys in jail
(from a simple dispute, argument to for a life protection order, to its breaching to jail and Bruce is your uncle)
– See how the report is overseas based meaning world class
Without further ado here is then the article:

Distrust of police is damaging efforts to tackle violence against Maori women, an international study has found.

The report, prepared by human rights experts at the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice in New York, proposed offering free legal aid to all New Zealand women seeking protection orders against violent men.

The leader of the Leitner Centre delegation, Jorge Contesse, said although the New Zealand Government had done a lot to tackle the issue, “more has to be done”.

He said violence against women was an “acute social problem”.

The report said Maori women were three times more likely than non-Maori to be assaulted or threatened by their partners.

Repairing relations between Maori and police was important in tackling domestic violence as there was “general distrust” between the two in parts of New Zealand.

“The police department should try to repair relations and develop strong relationships with the Maori community so that Maori will contact the police in situations of domestic violence,” the report said.

Contesse said more Maori police officers would not guarantee improved relations.

“It’s not clear whether it is good or bad to have police officers that belong to the Maori community,” he said.

“Some people think it is good because of the relationship with the community, but … that may also mean the police officer may be in a worse position to intervene. This issue must be addressed and the Government seems not to pay attention.”

A police spokeswoman said it was unfortunate the authors of the report did not speak directly to police.

“Police value the relationship with Maori and are working closely with iwi to address crime issues of concern,” she said.

Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls, of police national headquarters, said police were committed to working with Maori.

He said there were now more than 1200 Maori in the force. The police had 38 iwi liaison officers, 10 ethnic liaison officers and 10 Pacific liaison officers.

Police had also trained more than 400 Maori wardens who were working in the 12 police districts, Nicholls said.

The report found many victims earned too much to qualify for legal aid but could not afford the legal fees to get a protection order against their partners.

“It’s increasingly difficult for women to get protection orders, and the process is not free or not easy and we think the Government should make a significant effort to provide free legal aid,” Contesse said.

“The lawyers working on this issue are junior lawyers who are trying to gain experience. We think the Government should offer incentives to attract senior lawyers.”


  1. It’s so bad the police are advertising in the Bay of Plenty to attempt to raise public confidence in them!

    Comment by Alastair — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  2. The Leitner report has been repeatedly quoted as claiming such things as violence against women being “an acute social problem”. It’s a silly statement, because of course any current, ongoing problem is acute. But did the Leitner people present any good statistics or research to back up their misandry? That is, anything beyond asking various representatives of the domestic violence industry what their thoughts were? To state that Maori women are more likely to be assaulted than pakeha women does not support the initial sensationalist claim. And what about violence against men? Maori men are also much more likely than pakeha men to be victims of violence. Maori women are more likely to be violent offenders than are pakeha women. Overal in society, men are much more often the victims of serious violence than are women. Ah, but that doesn’t matter, for some reason. The Leitner people don’t think that violence against men is an acute social problem.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  3. Well said Hans.

    Comment by Skeptik — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 9:50 pm

  4. They have a problem breaking down the walls of Maori. Next will be the Pacific Islanders.
    One of my neighbours (single mother) got a visit from CYFS because of her sons behaviour. This is how it went.

    They knock, she answered, they introduced themselves, she slammed the door on them, they left and never came back.

    I think the reason they are doing this is because they need to get past the doors. Aftr all, they have the biggest problems with violence even child death. And the Maori have built there support system up well. They don’t work as strict as mainstream government agencies.

    Comment by julie — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 10:54 pm

  5. Just the fact that the police and u guys are discussing the content of the report rather than the significance of an overseas crowd with an unknown agenda writing it is proof that the article has brainwashed even some of us. We need to be ever vigilant of brainwashing and the only way to totally avoid it is to stay away from all media and advertising and tv and news and talking to people. Takes a strong mind to realise the insidiousness of propaganda and b immune to it. I don’t think anyone is that strong. So we need to back each other up.

    Comment by Sane in an insane world — Wed 19th February 2014 @ 8:41 pm

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