posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 07:23 AM
As a Kiwi, this comes as no surprise to me...
"But, more importantly, discussing these problems makes New Zealanders feel queasy because it inevitably draws you into race issues. Not all hoons
are Maori, and not all Maori are hoons. Far from it. But there is a correlation. Consider just these facts. Maori are 15 per cent of the population,
but 50 per cent of the prison population. Forty per cent of Maori children grow up in fatherless homes, compared with 17 per cent of whites. A third
of Maori boys leave school with no qualification, compared with 13 per cent of white boys. The child murder rate is 1.5 per 100,000 among Maori,
compared with 0.7 among whites. Maori life expectancy is seven years less than that of whites."
I think the problems are isolated more so in our big cities, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and outside of those areas you'll meet really good
kind hearted, easygoing people.
Although the Maori are purportedly one of the most well treated among ethnic tribes of the world who have been colonized, they haven't coped well and
seem to carry a chip on their shoulders, which I sympathise with but unfortunately it seems to manifest as violence, that coupled with the fact we
have alot of other pacific island people coming here integrating into the society and adding to the mix seems to cause a certain insult to their
In saying that, violence is no excuse but as a young nation (200 years) we are all still learning how to get along and work together.
As many of you know rugby is the nations main sport and is a very physical game with lots of body contact and IMO ferments alot of agression and
competativness amongst the different sides and a big part of that rugby culture is drinking and therein lies alot of the problem.
Just my 2 cents worth.