Monday, 3 October 2016

Message to Casey Costello of Hobson's Pledge.

My blog on Don Brash’s latest project has [for me] gone viral over 3400 page views over 24 hours, most of the views were via [NZ] Facebook which proves the power of the social media. read it here:

I now realise just how out of date a movement, if one can call ‘Hobson's Pledge’ a movement is, because it seems to be more of a home for very elderly racists and bigots.

Well there are some not so old members and I would like to look closely at one of the few women involved; Casey Costello.

Casey according to the Dominion was a bit fed up because the media failed to contact her regarding ‘Hobson’s Pledge’ and were only talking to Don Brash. She had been named as the groups contact person.

So I decided to take a closer look at the said Casey Costello and it was most interesting because it revealed possible links to other racial behavioral learning influences and situations. Let’s start with the present: She was / is;
·        General Manager
Trak Group
June 2011 – Present (5 years 5 months)
Management of the Trak Group delivering air conditioning, security, electrical, BeMS controls and water treatment services to the Auckland commercial building sector.

Trak Group NZ
January 2010 – June 2011 (1 year 6 months)
Business Development for building management systems and support inclusive of security, electrical, energy management, water treatment and HVAC. Marketing, client relationship management, tenders and submissions
·        Auckland Security Manager
Armourguard Security Ltd
July 2007 – March 2010 (2 years 9 months)
Manager of guarding and patrol services for the Auckland region approximately 300 employees and contractors. Largest security service provider in the Auckland region
·        Security Manager
NZ Defence
January 2007 – July 2007 (7 months)
Fixed term contract - relocation of security services to new site
·        Manager Security and Operations
Parliamentary Services
July 2004 – January 2007 (2 years 7 months)
Operational security management
Project management for security system
Strategic Planning and Risk Management
·        Security Manager
The Edge
October 2002 – July 2004 (1 year 10 months)
Operational Security management for event and convention venues
Health and Safety compliance and risk management
Constable to Detective Sergeant
October 1986 – January 2001 (14 years 4 months)

Police Boss Mike Bush.
With a back ground of police enforcement and later security enforcement Casey must have come in direct contact with the prejudice toward Maori which has now been publicly conceded by Mike Bush the Police Commissioner. This prejudice still strongly exists within the present NZ policing / Justice culture and operational systems according to the latest public reports.

Prejudice along with racism is a learned and practiced behaviour, people are not born with these conditions they are taught, learned and practiced throughout ones whole development.
To back up these comments read this open letter to Don Brash:

‘You’ll never undo the hurt.’ A Māori woman’s open letter to Don Brash
By Deborah Mahuta-Coyle
September 29, 2016
“Don Brash is the public face of Hobson’s Pledge, a new identity for his longstanding campaign against ‘special privileges’ for Māori. Deborah Mahuta-Coyle explains why for her, it feels personal.

Kia ora Don,
When I was 11 years old I took part in my school’s yearly speech competition. The topic was a famous Māori leader and I had decided to do my speech on my great-great-great-great grandfather Kingi Tawhiao.
My Nan helped me write it and when I made it to the finals I remember seeing her in the audience with quiet tears running down her face. My cousins all came to watch. I was wearing a hideous 80s puffer skirt that was bright pink; I was so short the microphone was at my nose, but I was too scared to move it. I remember all this like it was yesterday. Each family with a kid involved brought plates to share at the end of the evening. My Nan was a pretty mean caterer so she brought enough chocolate logs and eclairs to feed the entire place.
That night something happened that has affected me ever since. My cousin and I were standing in front of the food table with our plates when a couple of Pākehā ladies came up to us, turned their back on me and one of them said to my cousin, “This is not a place where you can just eat for free. You have to have brought food to share. You people are always making the most of events like this.”
Don’t worry – I rounded on the lady and walked about pointing out all of the food my Nan had brought. She just said, “Thank you, at least I know what plates to avoid.” My cousin did not eat a thing.
I’m now 35 years old and while that lady has probably long forgotten the 1990 final of the St Anthony’s School speech competition in Huntly, her words still hurt me to this day.
You see, Don, when you talk about Māori privilege, you say you’re referring to the Treaty, or to water rights, or to all these “special privileges” that Māori get and other New Zealanders don’t. But that’s just a political veneer. Underneath it, you’re giving permission for people to say horrible things, to unleash prejudice, to target Māori because they are Māori. And thanks to you, people think it’s all good as long as they use the rhetoric of tackling Māori privilege that you have happily constructed for them.
All Māori react to your tirades very differently. Some, like me, take to social media to tell you to shut up. Others hear what you say and think, “Here we go again.” Most tend to cringe and wonder how many others think the same way as you.
Nothing good comes from sugar-coating hate speech. What it tends to do is linger in the memories of those affected decades later. Don, you’re like those ladies at my speech competition – totally ignorant of the long-lasting effects of your rude and racist remarks. Those ladies didn’t understand that from that day on, I made sure whenever I’ve been asked to “bring a plate” I over compensated – and still ate nothing. They didn’t know that their words would mean my cousin has refused to attend “Pākehā events” ever since. And that, to this day, I still feel embarrassed to eat at social events as somewhere deep in my consciousness I worry that people will judge me for it because I am Māori.
Don, you shouldn’t say things if you don’t understand the far reaching effects they will have. You’ll never undo the hurt of Orewa or the impact of your latest rant. Thousands of 11-year-old Māori kids will have their identities shaped by the prejudices you have helped to nurture, legitimise and unleash over these past years.
And trust me: no one is going to forget what you have said. People will tell stories about you, Don, like I have about those two ladies from Huntly – to show that the horrible things some people say can cause a lifetime of pain.
Mā te wā”, Deborah

All I can say to Casey Costello is…why would you want to be the spokesperson for Hobson’s Pledge? Even the picture used to push for cash are teenagers from another country...why not have a nice cup of tea, relax and enjoy life, in a country that's learning to live life in a bi-cultural way that spreads hope rather than fear and racist stupidity and honours our promised commitments. 

Peter J Wheeler

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