Don Brash and Brian Edwards are complaining about the use of Te Reo on Radio NZs Morning Report.
This is Brian Edwards take…
…what the hell is their problem?
Honestly, if you feel alienated when you hear Māori being spoken, perhaps you need to reflect upon why that is.
I don’t listen to Morning Report after they defamed me in the 2014 election, so I don’t have a dog in this fight, but to me the use of Te Reo is inclusive and welcoming and unique. I can’t speak or understand much Māori at all but the immense pride I feel when my 7 year old daughter (who is in a Te Reo immersion class) speaks Māori fills me with an immense joy that makes me feel more like a New Zealander than anything else ever has.
Te Reo is a gift to New Zealand culture and promoting it and nurturing it is beautiful, if you honestly feel threatened by its use, that is a problem you have, it’s not a problem with actually doing it.
It seems deeply sad and ugly that a gift like Te Reo can be attacked in this manner, we are beyond this and all I hear in Brash and Edwards are the roar of tired dinosaurs who don’t appreciate they are extinct already.