Kiwi Polemicist

November 19, 2008

Paula Bennett claims ownership of all New Zealand children

Having Paula Bennett as Minister of Social Development and Employment (Minister of Social Welfare in old-speak) is a shameless marketing ploy by John Key. A segment of the population swung away from Labour at the election and Key wants to keep them swung his way with a Maori who is a former beneficiary. This also helps to reduce the white-guy-in-a-starched-shirt image of National. The offices of Work and Income New Zealand (the social welfare department) are dominated by Maori and Pacific Island women, so having one at the top fits in well.

The NZ Herald sounds like a union/communist newspaper when describing Bennett:

Twenty years ago, Paula Bennett was a teenage Maori solo mum trying to get off the DPB by waitressing at a truck stop and washing dishes at a retirement home.

Note the reverse racism here: the Herald mentions that she’s Maori, but you’ll never see an article lauding the fact that someone is Pakeha/white. Of course not, because Pakeha are the oppressors and the Maori are triumphing despite this, so their victories must be mentioned.

This same article also show’s Bennett’s Socialists/Marxist beliefs and her patronising paternalism (maternalism?):

She [Bennett] expects her associate minister, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, to be instrumental.

“She and I share a belief that all children are our children. That means the good, the naughty, the broken and the cherished. We’ve talked about that many times, and I’ve got no doubt that’s the understanding we will bring to the role. She will play a big role. She’s got experience and some really firm views on what we need to do for Maori people.”

“She and I share a belief that all children are our children”. How dare she claim ownership of New Zealand’s children! The arrogance of this is breathtaking: children belong to parents and parents alone. It’s all part of the Social/Marxist agenda of controlling children and undermining parental authority.

This is a variation on “it takes a village to raise a child” (click here to view an example from Barack Obama) and is no better than Sue Bradford’s arrogance (click here and here for examples).

We have a new government but the underlying attitudes haven’t changed. The Socialists/Marxists who are running this country should keep their filthy claws away from our children.

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16 Comments »

  1. […] tip: Kiwipolemicist Posted in Uncategorized. Tags: children, government, paula bennett, social development, state, […]

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  2. Some say it takes a village to raise a child but I say only the village idiot lets the village raise their child.

    Comment by Madeleine — November 24, 2008 @ 9:03 am

  3. Madeleine: I couldn’t agree more. Asking the village to raise your children is like asking Bert Potter to babysit.

    (if you’re too young to remember Bert Potter go to http://www.nzpaimages.co.nz/events.php?event_id=3803
    and
    http://www.crime.co.nz/c-files.asp?ID=1844)

    Comment by kiwipolemicist — November 24, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  4. […] behind this is that it is the government’s job to protect children, which is equivalent to Paula Bennett’s claim that she has ownership of all New Zealand children. Both premises are utterly […]

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  5. […] concerned that beneficiaries who wished to homeschool might not be allowed to do so, so I emailed Paula Bennett, the new Minister of Social Development (Minister of Social Welfare in old-speak). Today I have […]

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  6. Turiana and Paula are speaking here as Maori – they are not speaking of ownership – However they are speaking of collective responcibility as I understand.

    Is Home Schooling a Job? I ask genuinely not wishing to rattle anybodies feathers but to simply ask.

    I claim that my Social Entrepeneuring is a job and that if successful effects far more than my own Kids – Sadly I can’t get paid for it

    My Entrepeneuringis as as if not more valuable than Home Schooling – Have a look at the website even join if you will.

    I would sure like the Home Schooling subject discussed on the Egroup as most of us are vitally concerned that Kids need Equal Doses of Mum, Dad and all 4 Grands – I am sure one of those could be alicated to Home School while others were responcible to bring in the bucks

    Anyway thanks for bring this to mind

    I have signed up to receive your mail and may be back

    Onward – Jim

    Comment by Jim Bailey -/-JimBWarrior-/-HandsOnEqualParent — December 22, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

    • Jim: the plain English meaning of what they are saying is that they are claiming ownership. Even if they were were talking about responsibility that is just as evil because (1) children are the responsibility of their parents and and their parents alone (2) claiming responsibility is claiming the right to interfere if that which you claim to be responsible for has a “problem”. “Speaking as Maori”, if that is what they are doing, is no justification for totalitarianism.

      Home schooling is a job, although I would prefer to describe it as part of the career which parenthood is.

      Having one parent homeschooling and one earning is an excellent model.

      I’ve had a look at your site and it looks interesting.

      Thanks for signing up for the email. If you want to post a comment you can do so straight from the email: just click on the post title or click on “comment” at the bottom of the post.

      Comment by kiwipolemicist — December 23, 2008 @ 6:30 am

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  9. […] as the opposition propaganda says) their children and they need to be given a clear message. The state thinks that it owns your children. DO YOUR BIT IF YOU VALUE […]

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  15. […] Furthermore, any politician that this mob votes for has to conform to that mob’s standards, so we get rough, hedonistic, dishonest, rude, ignorant, uncaring and incompetent members of parliament. That’s why we get rude, ignorant and dangerous ex-beneficiaries like Sue Bradford in parliament, not to mention slightly more polished ones like Paula Bennett. […]

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