Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell.
This guy has got his head screwed on right as far as I am concerned – his thoughts on suicide.
Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell says he never meant to upset anyone by writing a column suggesting New Zealand should take a ‘hard line’ approach and suicide victims should not be glorified.
“If a child commits suicide, let us consider not celebrating their lives on our marae; perhaps bury them at the entrance of the cemetery so their deaths will be condemned by the people,” he writes in his column in the Rotorua Daily Post.
Suicide prevention groups are horrified by the article, but Mr Flavell says he was just trying to get people talking, to find a solution.
He says he formulated the controversial views after attending a concert run and organised by local youth in Kawerau.
The town has seen 10 youths commit suicide in the past 12 months, while two Rotorua teenagers committed the same act in the past three weeks.
Mr Flavell says these numbers are too high.
“I say we are at a point now where we say, ‘that is it, no more. No more suicides’.
I hold the view they be treated as murderers. Suicide by definition is in fact self murder. Under most statutes it is an offfence. Am actually sick of the bleeding hearts pouring out sympathy to these idiots because all they are is poor me’s not accepting responsibility for themselves and their actions. It is in fact quite trendy to commit suicide, most of these kids actually dont realize its quite final. It aint X Box where you push the replay button.