Post by Kiwi Frontline on Mar 19, 2021 18:59:47 GMT 12
Weekend Sun (Tauranga) 19/3/21)
ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION In response to Peter Dey (The Weekend Sun, March 12, page 24) I see Margaret Murray-Benge, a voice for the silent majority, has been misinterpreted.
The crux is we are one people because our ancestors of both races chose not to remain separate, hence early Maori and European inter-racially mated.
It is what it is yesterday, today and probably tomorrow.
No-one refutes Maori have their separate identity in historical culture, as do European and other New Zealand races. Our inter-racial bonds are unique and beautiful. To try and peddle an open-ended demand of ownership and privilege by piggy-backing on one's Maori ancestry smacks of greed and apartheid. I question the calculated refusal to stop using the Treaty of Waitangi as a crutch. Both races have shaped our nation.
Let’s ponder the uniqueness of descendant Maori with European surnames and vice-versa. This serves as a reminder we are a nation aptly called New Zealanders.
To purposefully drive a wedge between races is insidious and divisive. Our genetics undeniably tell the story and no-one can refute that. So let’s play fair in the game of privilege and entitlement. LANA TE WIATA-WRIGHT, Ohauiti.