The “Warrior Gene” target article by Hook has been commented on by several peers who raised numerous issues. Most agreed that the assignment of a gene to Māori to account for occasional behavioural problems is not warranted. In addition, they raised other issues such as the effects of politicians and the media as well as the need to address the problem through Māori tikanga (custom). It is also proposed here that the “Warrior Gene” problem should be addressed by a body of ethicists such as that of the Bioethics Council a body established by the previous Labour Government to promote intercultural understanding on issues involving modern medicine, health and custom. Racial profiling is also discussed and its dangers to Māori noted.

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