Hold fast to our treasured name

LETTER

Re: Letters and article of February 9.

Matthew, I am no more racist than you. I have an opinion, and so do you.

The name at the front of a building or business shows the ownership of that entity. I guess you would be offended if the English version preceded the Maori. If you examine the hoarding outside the council building you will see that the depiction of the end result shows Gisborne District Council above the Maori interpretation. Why was that not the way the finished title was positioned?

As an aside, Josh Wharehinga disagreed with Malcom MacLean re the model endeavour ships being repaired. Josh also believed most people would not desire their return. Sorry Josh, but you quote the desires of “your people” — and did you ask more than 20 people? If we decided to place models of waka on the “poles”, would you be satisfied? When you get your consensus of opinions, make sure it is a balance of Maori and non-Maori.

Martin, re your friend’s quote “Why did Captain Cook call this place Poverty Bay?”, you know as well as I that he used the word “poverty” simply because he was unable to acquire fresh water and food.

Tokararangi, you finish saying: “. . . whanau who live in Turanganui and Ngati Porou area . . . hold fast to the treasured original name of Turanganui a Kiwa”.

I would ask all non-Maori residents of our area to hold fast to the name bestowed on our place by the first Europeans to land here. To us, perhaps, this treasured name of Poverty Bay is worth keeping. I would claim that no one anywhere in the world, takes the meaning of this title to be “destitution”, poorness, unfruitfulness, pauperism etc.

The appearance of these words is normally caused by those who do not and will not give their families the care they deserve.

Mike Mulrooney

Re: Letters and article of February 9.

Matthew, I am no more racist than you. I have an opinion, and so do you.

The name at the front of a building or business shows the ownership of that entity. I guess you would be offended if the English version preceded the Maori. If you examine the hoarding outside the council building you will see that the depiction of the end result shows Gisborne District Council above the Maori interpretation. Why was that not the way the finished title was positioned?

As an aside, Josh Wharehinga disagreed with Malcom MacLean re the model endeavour ships being repaired. Josh also believed most people would not desire their return. Sorry Josh, but you quote the desires of “your people” — and did you ask more than 20 people? If we decided to place models of waka on the “poles”, would you be satisfied? When you get your consensus of opinions, make sure it is a balance of Maori and non-Maori.

Martin, re your friend’s quote “Why did Captain Cook call this place Poverty Bay?”, you know as well as I that he used the word “poverty” simply because he was unable to acquire fresh water and food.

Tokararangi, you finish saying: “. . . whanau who live in Turanganui and Ngati Porou area . . . hold fast to the treasured original name of Turanganui a Kiwa”.

I would ask all non-Maori residents of our area to hold fast to the name bestowed on our place by the first Europeans to land here. To us, perhaps, this treasured name of Poverty Bay is worth keeping. I would claim that no one anywhere in the world, takes the meaning of this title to be “destitution”, poorness, unfruitfulness, pauperism etc.

The appearance of these words is normally caused by those who do not and will not give their families the care they deserve.

Mike Mulrooney

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Tony Lee - 6 months ago
Accusations and denials of being racist or expressing racist views.
I have a feeling that the majority of Pakeha have deeply entrenched feelings of white entitlement and privilege. It is incumbent on us all to examine critically our own responses and attitudes to bring positive societal change.
There is no great crime in admitting to being prejudiced - it is a learned behaviour; the tragedy is not trying to change.

Tony Lee - 6 months ago
Mr Mulrooney: "I would ask all non-Maori residents of our area to hold fast to the name bestowed on our place by the first Europeans to land here. To us, perhaps, this treasured name of Poverty Bay is worth keeping."

Hmm, no more racist? No comment. But this smacks of white privilege and entitlement - attributes usually present in racist writings.

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