Māori doctors come out for Palestine

November 1, 2023 • 11:40 am

It’s no surprise that a group of Māori doctors have constructed and signed a letter showing their solidarity with Palestine. After all, they see both themselves and Palestinians as people of color who were brutally oppressed by white colonialists (Jews are seen as “white-adjacent”, analogous to New Zealand’s “settler-colonialists” from England, often call representatives of “The Crown”).  And so, from the New Zealand Doctor, we have the following letter, sent via a physician who wants to remain anonymous (of course). The accompanying email said this:

This is medicine, not science, but I thought I should send this to you as an example of the elasticity of the local brand of critical social justice ideology.

And the letter:


17th October 2023


We the undersigned, as Māori medical practitioners, medical students, academics, and as members of the global Indigenous health community, wish to convey our grave and urgent concern for the genocide the people of Palestine face on their ancestral lands. We offer solidarity with Palestine and condemn the violent dispossession and oppression of Palestinians at the hands of the nation-state of Israel, who are supported in their actions by the U.S, the U.K and even some of our own politicians. We write to say they do not speak for us. We condemn colonialism in all forms, we condemn racism, including anti-Muslim racism and we condemn hate.

Locating ourselves at the intersection of Indigenous solidarity and medicine requires us to always speak in solidarity with those who stand against colonialism and racism, to speak for those who cannot speak, and to always challenge those who refuse to speak. We refuse to be silent and complicit as we observe the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people. We cannot be silent while human rights and Indigenous rights are being violated. We understand the blocking of access to crucial emergency healthcare services as a facilitator of genocide. The denial of access to healthcare and medical supplies in the context of war is a further denial of Palestinian humanity.

We call for the widespread condemnation and immediate cessation of the military assault on the peoples of Palestine. As a collective of Indigenous doctors, student doctors and academics we stand in solidarity with a free Palestine. Again we say, Free Palestine.

In indigenous solidarity,

Note that there is not an iota of empathy for Israel or what they suffered during the violence of October 7, or the ongoing Hamas terrorism (they continue to fire rockets into Israel); no mention of Hamas, and no mention of the kidnappings (do they think kidnapping is okay?) There is condemnation of “anti-Muslim racism and hate”, but no condemnation of anti-Semitism. There has never been “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians in Gaza, but that’s what the Palestinians and Hamas explicitly want for Israel (“from the river to the sea. . . . and so on; and read the Hamas charter). There is no mention of Palestinians being used as human shields, no mention of Palestinian hospitals used as institutional shields for terrorists who operate beneath them. The hospital issue is particularly odious, and surely a group of doctors would object to using doctors and patients as human shields, wouldn’t they?

I’m wondering if the statement, “Locating ourselves at the intersection of Indigenous solidarity and medicine requires us to always speak in solidarity with those who stand against colonialism and racism. . ” means that the signers would have supported Hamas before Israel started defending itself. After all, Hamas claims to stand against colonialism and anti-Muslim racism, so aren’t they required to be supported?

There is no moral compass here, just approbation for one side and condemnation for the side that was viciously attacked. It’s a good example about how one’s moral judgements can be warped by social-justice considerations and misguided identity politics.

Did I mention that Hamas is still firing rockets at Israel, targeting civilians? And that over 200 hostages from Israel and other places remain in Hamas’s hands? The Māori doctors, far away on an island, apparently don’t care; they sympathize with one side only.

There are a pile of signers whose names I’ve put below the fold for the record (access is restricted to the journal)

Click “continue reading” to see the signers:


Dr Jaclyn Aramoana-Arlidge – General Surgery Registrar (Waikato) Professor Papaarangi Reid – Public Health Physician, Academic (Te Rarawa) Prof David Tipene-Leach (Ngāti Kahungunu), Research Professor, Public Health Physician Dr Kasey Tawhara – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ruanui) Dr Arihia Waaka – Anaesthesiologist (Ngati Maahanga, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Whakaue) Dr Jessica Keepa – FRNZCGP (Ngāti Porou) Dr Erena Browne – Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Awa) Dr Jesse-Ana Harris (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) Dr Makere Beale (Anaesthetic Registrar) Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Dr Donna Cormack – Health researcher and teacher (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe) Dr Haylie Griffen – General Surgery Registrar (Ngāti Awa) Dr Amanda Gimblett (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto) Dr Nukumai Wallace – Urgent Care Senior Registrar (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) Dr Molly Anderson – GP Registrar (Ngāpuhi) Caleb Simpkins – (Ngati Rangiwewehi) Dr Mania Campbell-Seymour – GP Registrar (Te Whakatōhea, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Tūhoe) Dr Rachel Thomson GP – (Te Whanau a Apanui) Dr Ranginui Flavell – Psychiatric Registrar (Ngati Rangiwehehi, Taranaki iwi) Chloe Fergusson-Tibble – Trainee Intern (Te Hikutū, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) Dr Eden Florence (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen, (Ngati Hinerangi, Ngati Raukawa) Dr Matua Jansen, (Ngati Kahungunu, Te Atiawa, Ngati Raukawa) Dr Ben Jansen, (Ngati Hinerangi, Ngati Raukawa) Dr Jane Thomas, Paediatric Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist (Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungungu) Dr Jade Tamatea – Endocrinologist and clinical academic (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aitanga ā Māhaki) Dr Clarence Kerrison – Gastroenterologist (Ngāti Mākino, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa) Dr Casey Te Rangi (Ngati Tuwharetoa) Dr Tier-Jayde Baker – GP registrar (Ngati awa, te aitanga a hauiti, te whanau a apanui, ngapuhi) Tiana Low – Trainee Intern (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue) Dr Tawera Wharetohunga (Ngati Te Ata, Te Waiohua, Te Waiariki) Dr Joshua Manukonga (Taranaki; Ngā Ruahine ) Tessa Shepherd (Trainee Intern) – Ngāpuhii; Ngāti Hine) Atawhai Stokes, (Ngati Porou, Ngai te rangi) Travis Glassie, (Te Rarawa) Denver Ruwhiu Dr Ashleigh Jensen, (Ngāti Pōrou) Dr Poriana Wall Rebekah Doherty (Training Intern) – Tūhoe, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Raukawa Cushla Moscrip – Trainee Intern (Ngāpuhi) Dr Winnie-Mae Read-Eden (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu) Dr Courtney Sullivan – Ngāti Awa, Taranaki, Ngāti Maru Dr Selwyn Te Paa – Ngāti Whātua, Waikato-Tainui Dr Claire Manning – Kāi Tahu Stacy-Ria King – (Rongowhakaata, Tuhoe, Ngapuhi) Dr Asti Ormsby-Grard GP Registrar – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Tainui, Ngāti Ranginui Sophia Stewart – Ngāti Kahungnunu ki Wairoa Tanira Kingi (medical student) -Ngāti Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatohea Peter Te Para Parker – Ngāti Moko (Tapuika), Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Rangitihi, Tūhourangi- Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Rarawa Breana Jones – Trainee Intern – Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngā Rauru Dr Holly Shuja – Ngati Porou Māia Lockyer – Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine Dr Liam Gray – Ngāpuhi Te Oranoa Matthews – Medical Student – Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri Logan Murray Dr Zarah Allport (Te Āti Awa) Dr Amanda Smith (Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whātua) Dr Te Rina Maze (Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) Dr Tayla Darrah (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Maru) Dr Yahaira Williams (Ngāti Kahungunu) Dr Emma Wehipeihana (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) Dr Georgia Richmond (Te Āti Awa) Dr Sam Jackson (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Kahu o Whangaroa) Dr Anna Poutu Fay (Ngāti Porou) Dr Kate Ruttley (Kāi Tahu) Merinda Latham Dr Arama Rata (Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura) Dr Sophie Stevenson (Ngāti Rangitihi) Chryssie Mikayla Williams (Ngā Puhi) Miss Tiana Maclean-Toro Te Rina Keogh (Ngaati Maniapoto, Hauraki, Ngapuhi) Mr Porourangi Templeton-Reedy – Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tainui Dr Nohoana Findlay – Ngāti Awa Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox – Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu Julian Laking – Te Whakatōhea Dr Dominique Vao – Ngati Ruanui Dr Jayden Ball – Te Ātiawa Tina Ngata – Ngati Porou Sina Brown-Davis – Te Roroa, Te Uriohau Dr Hinetamatea Mikaere GP registrar – Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Raukawa Dr Holly Wilson – Ngāpuhi Awhina Meikle – Trainee Intern – Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi Dr Saana Taylor – Whakatōhea Kerena Wano – Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou Dr Tania Huria – Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga ki Wharekauri Zoe Cotter Dr Mahum Afraz AProf Waikaremoana Waitoki (Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Hako) Te Ata – Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, Ngāti Apakura, Rereahu, Ngāpuhi Kate Bryant – Waitaha, kāti māmoe, kāi tahu Dr Te Kotahitanga Piripi – Te Rarawa Dr Meg Beaumont – Ngāti Maniapoto Fran Kewene – Waikato, Maniapoto Jeannine Stairmand – Ngati Porou

27 thoughts on “Māori doctors come out for Palestine

  1. Urgent message from Maori doctors: “We who stand at the intersection of ignorance and hate must take the side of the most loathsome barbarians. Now you may congratulate us on our moral (and maorial haha) clarity.”

  2. This is part of the global sickness that aligns wokeness with Jew hatred. Nice piece of work. (Sarcasm.) The letter does a good job of bringing all the buzzwords together—oppression, racism, genocide (now rising in popularity), dispossession, and my current favorite: intersectionality. When I see those buzzwords appear, I know that what I’m reading is motivated by hate.

    1. Only rich people have health insurance here, and it generally only covers “elective” surgery. Essential health care, including excellent treatment for cancer, is free to all, or at least paid for out of our taxes. Having said that, our health system is in a bit of a shambles, and, re decolonisation, the last Labour government did set up a new Maori health authority to address disparities between Maori health and life expectancy and those of the rest of the population, but AFAICT it’s just going to spend a lot of money on a new bureaucracy blaming systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism without addressing the fact that, for example, Maori smoking rates are three times those of Europeans.

      But it is a truly shocking letter. And hard to tell how many signatories there actually are, and who they are, without wading through a swamp of tribal affiliations, as if that somehow lends credence to their assertions.

      1. I think that in as a show of solidarity and conjunction with their sympathies, the kind Doctors should invite a few Hamas representatives to come stay at Maraes through out the New Zealand tribal lands.

  3. Slight editorial change needed: We offer solidarity with Palestine and condemn the violent dispossession and oppression of Palestinians at the hands of Hamas,, who are supported in their actions by Iran

          1. …Jesus as Maori

            I’ve heard that Jesus was Ethiopian. I’ve heard that he visited Asia. I’ve heard that he died in Asia. I’ve heard that he visited the United States. I’ve heard that he was white. I’ve heard that he was black. I’ve even heard that he wasn’t. Now I hear that he was Maori.

            I shall add that to the superposition.

    1. Thank you for this. Ngapuhi is mine (by my father) Iwi and I am glad some sanity and reason is being shown by some quarters of Maori.
      I have little to do with or contact with the Far North (I dont live there) other than family land and wider family… but it doesn’t mean I don’t have their interest at heart.

  4. I read the open letter and can only quote Max Liebermann (German painter and graphic artist): “I can’t eat as much as I want to throw up.” 🙁

  5. There are some words that alert my spidey senses. ‘Solidarity’ is one of them. Are the Māori doctors joining Médecins Sans Frontières to help out in the field? Because if all they offer in solidarity is signing a letter it’s not worth the spit to seal the envelope.

  6. This makes sense. Oct 7 is a go-to indicator of morally bankrupt people looking, through deep ignorance, for their own moral exhibitionism.
    Not serious people but a very very serious threat.

    Like when you flash a UV light and see the disgusting stains and scorpions (which glow!) light up.

  7. A more balanced, intelligent, and restrained approach that acknowledges the suffering by civilians of both sides is the discussion between Jordan Peterson and Piers Morgan at

  8. “Locating ourselves at the intersection of Indigenous solidarity and medicine requires us to always speak in solidarity with those who stand against colonialism and racism” Urghhh!

    This one sentence says everything you need to know about the letter, the people who wrote it and everything that is wrong with their asinine, one-dimensional worldview and uncritical anti-white bigotry.

    How they can remain blind to the fact that this makes them look like yellow-bellied, hateful morons is beyond me. Mind you, I suppose it demonstrates just how much this anti-colonial nonsense has taken hold.

    1. It sounds exactly like my imagined statement of support from the Pharyngulites for the Noble Cause of Hamas. Pure virtue-signalling and nothing else.

  9. Buzz words galore, and no real content. And if you don’t have enough content, repeat yourself a few times, it helps to fill up space. It really shows the academic achievement levels…….
    Kinda ironic that the Maori, who ethnically cleansed New Zealand, are now complaining about it. Hypocrisy abounds.

    1. I am sure Polynesian speakers, originally from Taiwan, ethnically cleansed or colonized a lot of pacific islands, but New Zealand? They killed off the megafauna, yes.

  10. What a bunch of immoral idiots. I’m not sure what they think their one-sided word salad is going to achieve, beyond smug self-satisfaction. (That’s probably all it sets out to do, no doubt.) It’s incredible how these intersectional types are so convinced that they are “on the right side of history” – utterly delusional.

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