There is some favouritism

LETTER

Re: Full of it . . . October 5 letter.

I was astounded to read this letter from Manu Caddie saying “You’re full of shit Mike”. It is fine to state opinions, but to target a person like this is disgusting. I also feel debate from John Porter about Pakeha privileges is very sad, as it incites racisim.

Whina Cooper said to Maori women to marry Pakeha men and make this nation “one people”. We protested against apartheid in South Africa, and helped defeat it. New Zealand is a country people from overseas look up to, where all races are welcome.

However, there are privileges that need to change, where some people do get favouritism . . .

I have represented recreational fishers in many forums for about 25 years. I strive for equity between the stakeholders, because we are all equal. A hugely unfair situation exists in New Zealand where Maori have the privilege to take undersized crayfish in numbers for important occasions, while others cannot. I wish we were equal.

Although I was born here, my parents came from France, which is often called the “Cultural Capital of Europe”. France has in its long-standing constitution three important words:

Liberte, which means freedom. Freedom to do what we like within the law of the land.

Fraternite, which means brotherhood. We are all brothers by race, colour and religion.

Egalite, which means equality. We are all equal, with no special privileges between one another.

My wish is that we here set an example. Let’s be one people and respect one another. Overseas we see terrorists killing innocent people almost every day, driven by religion and race.

So, please, respect one another, get over grievances and cherish this beautiful land we share together.

Alain JORION

Re: Full of it . . . October 5 letter.

I was astounded to read this letter from Manu Caddie saying “You’re full of shit Mike”. It is fine to state opinions, but to target a person like this is disgusting. I also feel debate from John Porter about Pakeha privileges is very sad, as it incites racisim.

Whina Cooper said to Maori women to marry Pakeha men and make this nation “one people”. We protested against apartheid in South Africa, and helped defeat it. New Zealand is a country people from overseas look up to, where all races are welcome.

However, there are privileges that need to change, where some people do get favouritism . . .

I have represented recreational fishers in many forums for about 25 years. I strive for equity between the stakeholders, because we are all equal. A hugely unfair situation exists in New Zealand where Maori have the privilege to take undersized crayfish in numbers for important occasions, while others cannot. I wish we were equal.

Although I was born here, my parents came from France, which is often called the “Cultural Capital of Europe”. France has in its long-standing constitution three important words:

Liberte, which means freedom. Freedom to do what we like within the law of the land.

Fraternite, which means brotherhood. We are all brothers by race, colour and religion.

Egalite, which means equality. We are all equal, with no special privileges between one another.

My wish is that we here set an example. Let’s be one people and respect one another. Overseas we see terrorists killing innocent people almost every day, driven by religion and race.

So, please, respect one another, get over grievances and cherish this beautiful land we share together.

Alain JORION

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John Porter - 14 days ago
Not until what was stolen by generations of Pakeha is returned in full. All you are concerned with is preserving the ill-gotten gains of white colonialism. That is not going to happen. You appear to be ignorant of the universal principle of Reciprocity aka Karma. There's a complete rejection of your self-serving piece coming your way . . . very soon. Enjoy.

Is ism rools - 14 days ago
I think all commentators on this subject are missing the point.
If a person is disadvantaged in any way, why is racism or some other "ism" the first port of call in the search for a reason?
We all know disadvantaged folk of all races, sexual orientation and creed.
Why is a person's intelligence never mentioned? I'll answer my own question, because "isms" stop the debate getting that far.
If intelligence isn't a factor, why are billions of dollars spent worldwide in the pursuit of "an education"?
Then there is attitude, probably the most important factor of all.
Anyone can baulk the system and not enter into society, but there is a price to be paid by those choosing to take this road.
The truly needy are looked after by society; awkward, lazy buggers need to get rid of the chips on their collective shoulders if they want to succeed.
History is a useful tool; judging historical events by today's standards is absurd and irrelevant.
Humanity makes history with every passing second, let's keep the past in the past, learn from it and make the most of our all-too short lives.
Take responsibility for your life and stop blaming others if it isn't quite as nice as you'd like it to be.

John Porter - 12 days ago
To "Is ism rools" and other cowards. Anyone who is afraid to add their real name to their comments deserves to be ignored.

Is ism Rools - 12 days ago
To John Porter.
Then why didn't you ignore me?

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