Education and empathy required to heal divide

LETTER

Re: Understanding goes a long way to achieving unity, March 12 letter.

Pat, what an outstanding letter.

Bigotry is alive and well in Tairawhiti. So, thankfully, is a balance of views and enlightenment from significant people.

Historical documents have reinforced your message about a different view of Maori over many years, but that version has not been a part of the regular curriculum in many schools. (However, I do wish to acknowledge that some enlightened schools did give a fair reflection of the issues and the impact of cultural interaction of this nature.)

I too congratulate the councillors who voted 13 to 1 to go with a dual name. I would have thought that the messages from Maori scholars, kaumatua, kuia and people such as Anne Salmond and Tim Marshall would encourage empathy for the tangata whenua who have been impacted on so negatively.

However, empathy is not part of the current trend.

Education and empathy will go a long way to heal the divide. I am forever idealistic.

Geoff Meade

Re: Understanding goes a long way to achieving unity, March 12 letter.

Pat, what an outstanding letter.

Bigotry is alive and well in Tairawhiti. So, thankfully, is a balance of views and enlightenment from significant people.

Historical documents have reinforced your message about a different view of Maori over many years, but that version has not been a part of the regular curriculum in many schools. (However, I do wish to acknowledge that some enlightened schools did give a fair reflection of the issues and the impact of cultural interaction of this nature.)

I too congratulate the councillors who voted 13 to 1 to go with a dual name. I would have thought that the messages from Maori scholars, kaumatua, kuia and people such as Anne Salmond and Tim Marshall would encourage empathy for the tangata whenua who have been impacted on so negatively.

However, empathy is not part of the current trend.

Education and empathy will go a long way to heal the divide. I am forever idealistic.

Geoff Meade

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John Fricker - 3 months ago
Thank the Lord for the presence of "significant people" in our midst.
Where would we poor old plebs be without their superior knowledge and benevolence to lead us?
Dare I offer "better off"?

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