Story: Ngā mātua – Māori parenting

Blaming culture (2nd of 2)

Blaming culture

In this 2006 cartoon by Chris Slane, a man shakes a baby representing Māori culture, and accuses it of being bad. Māori children are statistically more likely to be abused or neglected than children of other ethnicities, and some New Zealanders simply blame Māori culture for the problem, rather than looking for socio-economic or historical reasons.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0003956
Cartoon by Chris Slane

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Cindy Kiro, 'Ngā mātua – Māori parenting - Abuse and discipline', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Cindy Kiro, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017