OPINION

Were you worried about 3 Waters?

Were you worried about a separate Maori health authority?

Were you worried about The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill?

Were you deeply worried about Co-Governance?

I have good news for you!

The good news is there is no need to worry about Co-Governance anymore! Co-Governance is a thing of the past now!

The bad news is, we are now entering the stage of governance according to the Maori world view, and that is governance according to Te Ao Maori.

Te Ao Maori means respect and acknowledgement of Maori customs and protocols, it means embracing the Maori story and identity and recognising what that means, not just for Maori, but for all New Zealanders.

Do you think I’m fantasising? You need to have a look at the NZ Secondary Education Curriculum Renovation.

Yes, sadly there is worse news: here comes a renovated Secondary Education Curriculum.

New Zealand’s education system will be predominantly racially distorted towards Te Ao Maori.

17% are able to impose their beliefs on the multicultural 83% remainder? Unbelievable!

The Ministry of Education states:

“It is critical our education system continues to evolve and remains focussed on delivering equitable and excellent outcomes for all Aotearoa New Zealand’s children and young people.” 

“A five-year program  to refresh the New Zealand Curriculum and redesign Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is underway, aimed at ensuring all akonga experience rich and responsive learning.”

“These changes will also honour our past and obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”

If you want to influence and change thoughts or actions, where do you start? In education of course. In particular, the most impressionable: the younger generation.

Using education to influence and change thoughts or actions can be described as employing soft power.

Power is the ability to affect others to get the outcomes one prefers or desires. That can be accomplished by coercion and payment or attraction and persuasion.

Soft power employs persuasion and attraction to obtain the preferred outcomes. 

The opposite to soft power, hard power, is achieved through military threat or action, coercion, and by means of economic menace or reward.   

Joseph Nye, an American political scientist, described education as soft power, i.e. the ability of a state to influence the actions of another state or persons through persuasion or attraction. This has similarities to brainwashing. 

By the highly significant date of 2040, the impact and consequence of soft power, come brainwashing, is going to be huge.

A country’s soft power, according to Nye, rests on key resources: Its culture and its political values.

New Zealand’s education is already in a perilous state. Why are we installing the vision of a minority at the centre of New Zealand’s secondary education system? This, without formal approval from the public, can only be described as a radical step with far-reaching and long-term consequences.

The Ministry of Education states “There will be further opportunities to have your say on the Framework in term one 2023.”

Yeah right! We know all about reviews under this Government. The decisions are predetermined and “review” is a throwaway word.

Very quietly and with no public debate (I can’t find any record of public debate), we see rollout starts in 2023.

To me, this simply continues Labour’s sponsorship of the Maori caucus and activists’ coup-by-stealth strategy.

Say nothing or very little and, lo and behold, we have governance according to Te Ao Maori!

It is not that long ago our education system used to be in the top echelon of the OECD countries. Not now; it has dropped to 14th in the 2020 rankings.

What’s happened to those tried and true “Three Rs”?

The “Three Rs” were the foundation on which all our learning was built. These are being either discarded or will be sacrificed if we proceed with the introduction of te reo as a compulsory element in education.

But back to the New Zealand Secondary Education Curriculum Renovation.

This Curriculum Renovation states that Matauranga Maori will sit at the heart of the learning areas and that key competencies, literacy and numeracy, will be woven explicitly into each learning area.

The respectful inclusion of matauranga Maori is a deliberate feature of the Understand-Know-Do structure that helps akonga understand a dynamic and evolving knowledge system unique to Aotearoa.

The assertion that renovated curriculum will be treaty honouring and inclusive demands further scrutiny.

As do the Ministry of Education commissioned videos, employed to peddle, sorry explain, important aspects of the renovation, as some of the content is worrying.

I urge you to check these out – https://curriculumrefresh.education.govt.nz/whats-changing. There seems to be one hell of an ethnic bias, not only in the reviewed curriculum but in the promotional material.

One educational commentator (Head of School of Indigenous Graduate Studies, Te Whare Wananga o Awanui rangi) in a video, declares that the existing curriculum has failed Maori and that we need a curriculum that wipes out inequities in educational outcomes for Maori and Pasifika.

I wonder if that person has ever asked themselves the question; Have Maori failed Maori?

Another (Executive Director, Te Whare Wananga o Awanui rangi) asserts that we cannot get there without enacting the treaty and enacting the INTENT of “our founding document”.

Now I would bet a lot of money that the Treaty/Founding Document referred to is the erroneous version, promoted by Ardern’s Government and Maori activists, and is centred around the “Partnership” fallacy!

Yet another (Distinguished Professor, Massey University) contends that “the timing is right, in respect of what’s happening in terms of our society.” Adding,  “…the new curriculum will be a game changer.”

That is one hell of an understatement! 

The intonation and accentuation used when these Maori academics speak about “our mokopuna, our children”, strongly suggests to me there is only one ethnicity being referenced here.

These three certainly leave little doubt about who is in charge and what their goal is!

The Ministry of Education states the inclusion of matauranga maori is a deliberate and important feature of the Understand-Know-Do structure that helps akonga (students) understand a dynamic and evolving knowledge system unique to Aotearoa.

The Kaupapa statement, (the set of values, principles and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions) I believe, leaves no doubt where this curriculum review is headed, what it is designed for and what outcomes are intended.

Here are a few excerpts –

The refresh will adorn our akonga with a 3-strand whenu (cord). This korowai will be layered with huruhuru (feathers) representing who they are, who they can be, their whakapapa, and their connection to our whenua (lands).

The refresh will ensure that the NZC reflects diverse ways of being, understanding, knowing, and doing. 

This vision will primarily be realised by kaiako and school leaders, in partnership with iwi and their school communities

As a learned colleague observed –

“This is propaganda on a giant and very sophisticated scale…. a blatant power grab that will occupy the centre space, delivering immense, long term, influence and control.”

“The consequences of not challenging and ceding the centre space are irreversible.”

“A future book will be written – Coup by Apathy.”

John Porter is a presenter of a weekly segment, "All Things Political,” on a local Hawkes Bay private radio station, Bay FM 100.7, and a citizen deeply concerned about the loss of democracy and the insidious...