Those who disagree stirred

LETTER

Re: Irish ancestors able to escape suffering, Oct 4 letter.

Mr Naden, I recently discussed a couple of the letters to the editor with a friend whose ancestry is Maori, Irish and English. You would be surprised to know he said you had left a most undesirable impression.

I certainly hope I do not cast the same race-based shadow as yourself. It sounds as though you create quite a stir among the people who do not agree with your opinions and philosophies.

You stated that you thought Henry Koia expressed what all schooled-up Maori think of people who espouse the “drivel” that the Mulrooneys of this world dish up about Maori. That’s your opinion.

It seems as if many Maori disagree with you. I have no doubt Europeans also disagree with my views, but I do always state that mine are opinions.

You stated that I should know better as my Irish ancestors suffered the same colonisation as Maori. (I had one Irish ancestor, a great-grandfather). You said I “He” had Aotearoa to run to and “Maori had nowhere to go”.

Firstly, I didn’t run anywhere, I was born here. Second, why did Maori leave where their “grassroots” were? Was it that bad in their original homeland?

Also, they could have headed for Australia where I’m sure they would have been well treated (yeah right).

Getting back to the colonisation of Ireland, they did not have a document — with the value to Maori — that Te Tiriti offers.

To finish, Naden does not appear to be a Maori name. Can you not accept the fact that if one of your ancestors had not “fraternised” with a coloniser, you would not exist? Tell me, Mr Naden, where would you be without colonisation?

Mike Mulrooney

Re: Irish ancestors able to escape suffering, Oct 4 letter.

Mr Naden, I recently discussed a couple of the letters to the editor with a friend whose ancestry is Maori, Irish and English. You would be surprised to know he said you had left a most undesirable impression.

I certainly hope I do not cast the same race-based shadow as yourself. It sounds as though you create quite a stir among the people who do not agree with your opinions and philosophies.

You stated that you thought Henry Koia expressed what all schooled-up Maori think of people who espouse the “drivel” that the Mulrooneys of this world dish up about Maori. That’s your opinion.

It seems as if many Maori disagree with you. I have no doubt Europeans also disagree with my views, but I do always state that mine are opinions.

You stated that I should know better as my Irish ancestors suffered the same colonisation as Maori. (I had one Irish ancestor, a great-grandfather). You said I “He” had Aotearoa to run to and “Maori had nowhere to go”.

Firstly, I didn’t run anywhere, I was born here. Second, why did Maori leave where their “grassroots” were? Was it that bad in their original homeland?

Also, they could have headed for Australia where I’m sure they would have been well treated (yeah right).

Getting back to the colonisation of Ireland, they did not have a document — with the value to Maori — that Te Tiriti offers.

To finish, Naden does not appear to be a Maori name. Can you not accept the fact that if one of your ancestors had not “fraternised” with a coloniser, you would not exist? Tell me, Mr Naden, where would you be without colonisation?

Mike Mulrooney

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Rae O'Connor, Auckland - 2 months ago
Mr Mulrooney, you are an embarrassment to yourself and I wish you would keep your opinions to yourself. They are not doing anyone any good. Just useless really.

Gordon Webb - 2 months ago
And Ms O'Connor, you have not contributed anything to the debate.

Impressed - 2 months ago
Wow!!
That's a very impressive knockout blow delivered in your last paragraph, Mr Mulrooney!

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