Maori rat

Related to Maori rat: Kiore, Polynesian Rat

Māori rat

n
(Animals) a small brown rat, Rattus exulans, native to New Zealand. Also: kiore
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And efforts are sometimes criticised as condescending: When a police car was designed using Maori language and artwork, it was denounced by some as insensitive because of the higher Maori rates of arrest and imprisonment.
The dominant discourse persists in fabricating explanations of Maori predisposition to antisocial behaviour and crime, such as the 'warrior gene' hypothesis (Hook, 2009), however Maori rates in offending better reflect the vast and profound impact of a history of colonialism (Quince, 2007).
Although there was some controversy about definitions of Maori ethnicity, between 1986 and 1992 non-Maori SIDS rates decreased from 3.6 to 1.6 per 1000 live births, while Maori rates only decreased from 7.4 to 6.9 per 1000 live births (Mitchell et al.