Chris McKenzie: Culture and identity integral to who we are
Chris McKenzie, Māori
Party Candidate for Te Tai Hauauru
released today from Tatauranga Aotearoa shows that
Māori families were generally positive and connected to
their culture, language and whānau. This is despite some
trying years following the significant global recession of
Chris McKenzie, candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru
believes that this shows the great resilience of our whānau
during tough times but warns against complacency.
and identity is integral to who we are and I believe that
the survey findings are the result of initiatives like
kōhanga, kura and wānanga and the growth of tribal and
pan-tribal organisations and leadership over many years"
said Mr McKenzie.
"We need to ensure, however, that this
growth continues as the long term viability of every Māori
initiative is constantly under threat or challenge. I intend
to make my contribution to ensuring ongoing support to
language revitalisation efforts and build on all the
wonderful initiatives that support our
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>