“…I get sick of people bleating about the special privileges that Maori are supposed to be getting.
We got that line from Don Brash in his ugly Orewa speech and, to New Zealand’s everlasting shame, Mr Brash and the National Party immediately shot up in the polls.
Don’s dumb speech and the support were demonstrations of just what an ignorant society we have.
You could spend hours listing the ways in which the mainstream Pakeha establishment has undermined Maori and helped deprive us of our tino rangatiratanga.
It’s nonsense to suggest that, because the country has a system for “settling” Treaty breaches, it’s all being sorted satisfactorily and that there is now an even playing field for us all.
Let’s take just that issue of Treaty settlements.
The compensation for the theft of our land comes out, on average, at a bit under 2 per cent of the losses.
In other words, Maori are writing off 98 per cent of the debt.
Naturally, that’s not our preference.
It’s just that the Government has taken the stance that 2 per cent is all it can afford.
No real debate.
Take it or leave it.
Some privilege, eh?..”
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