Post by Kiwi Frontline on Sept 11, 2019 4:38:50 GMT 12
Nelson Mail 11/9/19
CULTURE AND CRIME "Culture breaks a vicious cycle" (Nelson Mail, September 7) is indeed encouraging. Brad Ngaronoa has discovered the strength all individuals gain from consciously identifying with his/her culture.
We must support programmes such as this.
However, we must carefully consider exactly how we go about doing this - and must be fully aware that cultures change with each generation.
When different peoples meet, their cultures mix and change.
Our children will develop their own way of looking at life, their own way of living their lives.
To have so many Maori in our prisons is unacceptable - and seems to have come about only since the 1940s, when Maori began to flock to our cities, leaving their culture behind.
The way forward is to embrace programmes such as this one, and not to introduce a shared power structure, dual nationhood, separate judicial systems etc.
The way forward is to accept the Treaty of Waitangi as it was always understood: "We are one people." ANDY ESPERSEN, Nelson