In which we tell some people to fuck off

So, the Maori arrived and set fire to New Zealand. Well, OK. They also, at the same time, ate most of the megafauna. Well, that’s just what humans do:

The team published the article in Nature, one of the world’s most prominent scientific journals. But the reception in New Zealand was mixed, with several Māori academics raising concerns that it did not have Māori members of its research team.

Dr Priscilla Wehi, director of Te Pūnaha Matatini research centre, said via Science Media Centre the finding was “scientifically spectacular” but raised concerns about “helicopter science, where research is led and conducted by those who live and work far from the subject of their work”.

“How much better could this have been, were it more inclusive in its approach?” she asked.

Associate prof Sandy Morrison of the University of Waikato called the paper “devoid of context, devoid of cultural understandings”. “It reeks of scientific arrogance with its implicit assumption that somehow Māori have a lot to account for in terms of contributing to carbon emissions.”

Morrison told the Guardian she had been shocked by the paper, which did not collaborate with Māori researchers. “Surely you want to check and just examine the context before you go writing around people,” she said.

“You come so far in terms of working alongside scientists in New Zealand and then you get [this] from the international ones.”

Fuck off, Honey.

More recently, changes were proposed to New Zealand’s curriculum to give parity to mātauranga Māori with other bodies of knowledge.

“For a long time Māori had been talking about [the fact] that we will do our own research – and at minimum, that a relationship with us … should be cultivated way before anybody wants to write about us,” Morrison said. “That seems to have caught on in the New Zealand research scene, but not so much internationally.”

No, really, fuck off.

17 thoughts on “In which we tell some people to fuck off”

  1. I’m sure the research team would have loved to have a 700 year old Maori who was theerfore close to the events and could give the context of what happened on their arrival.

    Otherwise I imagine that they took the view that being 700 years far from the events makes most other factors irrelevant.

  2. Where’s the jobs for race grifters? asks race grifter.

    Her page at the University of Otago describes her as a ‘conservation biologist’ but her ‘work’ seems to only involve social science bollocks and racial grifting.

    Consider these published works:
    Indigenous plant naming and experimentation reveal a plant-insect relationship in New Zealand forests
    Transforming Antarctic management and policy with an Indigenous Māori lens.

    And, naturellement, she’s not actually a fucking Maori!

  3. Hold on, isn’t this the entire point of the scientific method and peer review. You strike out on your own, publish your work, and others comment on it. Not: find the people who would comment on your work and they write it.

  4. “How much better could this have been, were it more inclusive in its approach?” she asked.

    There should have been a brief answer to that question, just before the “Fuck off” bit.

  5. I still reckon they butchered –and probably ate quite a few of–the redheads who lived in NZ before the Maori wrecking crew hove into view.

  6. Better to be a dispassionate observer than a dog in the fight. So I trust the paper more than I do the reviewers.

  7. “Associate prof Sandy Morrison of the University of Waikato called the paper ‘devoid of context, devoid of cultural understandings’.”

    Yeah. Isn’t that how this works? Ignore the cultural context and tear into early-modern Europeans for sailing around the world bringing technology and enlightenment values?

  8. If it’s bad when “research is led and conducted by those who live and work far from the subject of their work”, I guess astronomy is unknown in New Zealand.

  9. “Nobody tell them about the Moriori“
    That is now a vile colonial theory intended to discredit the heritage of the proud Māori people and apparently based on some false assumptions at the time and anyway the
    The First Nations in Canada also claim the idea of Ice Bridge settlement of North America is just a colonial attempt to undermine the fact they have been here since ‘time immemorial’ and so should be discounted. Quite why they think saying they have been here 14,000 isn’t enough to count as ‘time immemorial’ I’m not sure if that also implies they don’t believe in the African origins of mankind either

  10. the argument seems to be that the Morioi were Māoris who left New Zeland then diverged in terms of language and traditions and not pre-Māori settlers displaced by the Maori
    The near genocide of the Morioi in the 1830s on the Chatham Islands then just becomes inter-tribal warfare so it wasn’t colonialism and not at all like Europeans coming to New Zeland, though funnily enough the Europeans get blamed for not intervening and stopping the massacre

  11. And as it turns out in 2020 the New Zeland government apologised to the remaining Morioi and gave them $18m in repatriations amongst other concessions….you couldn’t make this stuff up if you wanted to

  12. From what I can see from the bottom end of the South Island,almost all of the decent Maori are like everyone else,they just want to get on with their lives. It is as always the comparative few who are busy shit stirring rather than allowing people to cooperate and get on with living.There is a huge gang problem at the top end of North Island and that appears to be tribal to a great extent.There is also a movement to claim most of the natural resources for exclusive use and the Princess Jacinda seems to be encouraging this.

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