If our forefathers made an agreement 178 years ago and over the next 50 years haven’t honoured it that is their sin, not ours.
New Zealand has come a long way, with people of many colours, races, and creeds. Now is not the time to right what some see as a wrong by creating Maori wards for our future.
Don’t belittle the successes of many Maori who have achieved by patronising actions like Maori wards. These people are valued because of success and lead the way.
My wife, a New Zealander of European descent, can’t stand in Maori wards, nor can she vote in them. If I stood for a Maori ward she couldn’t vote for me.
We are both Kiwis with roots in New Zealand history, but someone wants to divide us.
I was brought up with a song by the Maori show band The Kini Quartet called ‘Under the Sun’. A line says “In the land of the free like our own country, where our babies are taught as one, where they learn to be men lift up their faces and then, walk hand in hand, into the sun.”
A Sole, Athenree.