Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Biculturalism Versus Multiculturalism

Maori Affairs Minister Hon Tau Henare today continued his call for the Race Relations Office to include the Treaty of Waitangi in its focus.

Mr Henare said he was alarmed at the policy of "sameness" and multi-culturalism being promoted by the Race Relations Conciliator, Dr Rajen Prasad.

"Mr Prasad must remember that his office represents the partners to that treaty, including Maori, yet he is undermining our position by pushing a policy of multi-culturalism, which devalues the status of Maori.

"The Treaty of Waitangi should be the cornerstone to the Race Relations Office because it is that contract that formally allowed other cultures and races to settle New Zealand.

"Under the Treaty, Maori as tangata whenua formally allowed their lands to be inhabited by other peoples. I have called on the Race Relations Conciliator to ensure that that relationship, between Maori and the Crown (representing everyone else) as guaranteed by the Treaty, is promoted by his office rather than the policy of "sameness" that he is currently pushing.

"The reason why there is so much angst about race relations in this country is because there is no appreciation of the fundamental document that underlies this nation.

"Pacific Island people can understand the concept of tangata whenua because they too have a homeland. There is no other part of this world where Maori can vigorously promote their language and culture, or call home, except Aotearoa.

"That is the unique position of Maori, and everyone else in this country is sharing our homeland with us. That relationship can be harmonious as long as every person in New Zealand understands that relationship. If the Conciliator is interested in race relations he should not be muddying the waters by promoting that we are all the same, because we are not.

"Maori have a special place in this country, as first peoples, as tangata whenua, people of the land, and nothing can change that," Mr Henare said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news