Irony borders on insane

LETTER

Re: Addressing 150 years of cultural theft, March 8 letter.

Kia ora Tim and absolutely agree. The irony in the debate around the naming of our bay is bordering on insanity. Those who write against the dual-name application seem to be blind to the irony inherent in supporting a name change that occurred 250 years ago as a consequence of a fleeting visit from a foreigner who certainly engaged in no consultation with the local constituency, while vehemently opposing the current proposal for actually — hang-on — no name change at all but simply a sharing of a name, a step towards acknowledgement of our region’s history, which began long before the Poverty Bay label was adopted.

Nicky Solomon

Re: Addressing 150 years of cultural theft, March 8 letter.

Kia ora Tim and absolutely agree. The irony in the debate around the naming of our bay is bordering on insanity. Those who write against the dual-name application seem to be blind to the irony inherent in supporting a name change that occurred 250 years ago as a consequence of a fleeting visit from a foreigner who certainly engaged in no consultation with the local constituency, while vehemently opposing the current proposal for actually — hang-on — no name change at all but simply a sharing of a name, a step towards acknowledgement of our region’s history, which began long before the Poverty Bay label was adopted.

Nicky Solomon

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