If you think talkback radio is angry at the idea of changing the North Island to the Maori name of Te Ika-a-Maui, imagine how incandescent with rage they will be when they realize Te Waipounamu is Maori for ‘Isle of the crimson necks’.
Now we seem to be getting culturally shaped by Gen Xers and Gen Y over marriage equality, why shouldn’t we start pushing for Maori names for our very boring ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’ and add Aotearoa instead of New Zealand?
Maori culture is a strength to our country, not a weakness. It makes us unique, I am proud to call myself a Pakeha rather than a ‘European New Zealander’ but I suspect that pride has something to do with me being a Gen Xer and seeing that legacy as a positive rather than a negative.
To me the Treaty gives me legitimacy to call this country home and it sets the power relationship between the Crown/Government and its peoples. That role stipulates that it is the Crown/Government responsibility to protect our rights as citizens and in that light we should embrace the Constitutional reforms that are being currently debated.
The fears, bigotry and racism of NZs older generations should be pushed aside with the ease we are seeing Marriage Equality being pushed through. Gen X and Gen Y should proudly uphold Maori culture as part of us, as part of what makes as unique as New Zealanders.
The appointment of a closed minded squash player who wanted to play in apartheid South Africa as Race Relations Commissioner and the recent comments of an old dickhead to sterilize Maori smokers are all examples of old thinking by an ancient generation whose only relevance is in their tyranny of the electoral majority.
Their petty garden variety bigotry of yesteryear should be buried with Paul Holmes. Rejoice in our enlightenment being the future.