31 July 2006

Violence in Maori Communities

There was a horrible murder in NZ a few weeks ago - twin babies Chris and Cru Kahui were given injuries in their family home which resulted in both of them dying in hospital. The police have been as yet unable to charge anyone with their murder as the extended family have closed ranks. According to the media, a self-dubbed 'Tight 12" who were all present at the scene have pledged to not tell the police anything so that the case cannot be solved.



Anyway, this has prompted a certain amount of public soul-searching amongst prominent Maori concerning the violence in Maori communities. Alan Duff, author of "Once Were Warriors", has come out with a very conservative (though perhaps excessively jaundiced) line, and once again, liberal welfare reaps criticism rather than praise:



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