Diversity going forward as equals is a strength

LETTER

On Friday a friend rang to wish me happy birthday and tell me he was delivering a talk at Waitangi that evening as part of the commemoration to remember and honour approximately 2700 Maori and Pakeha who lost their lives in the New Zealand Land Wars.

As well, the aim of the government-sponsored commemoration includes learning about part of our collective history involving conflict, as a way of promoting nationhood and reconciliation.

In time a similar forum will be held in te Tairawhiti. Which brings me to the main point of the letter.

The number of Maori and Pakeha residing in the district is nearly 50/50. The current Turanga nui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay debate has polarised many of us into those for and against a more inclusive name.

Like for the good people of Wanganui (aka Whanganui), the sky hasn’t fallen in.

Pakeha and Maori, all cultures, we are human beings — with the same hopes and aspirations for ourselves and for those whom we love.

Our diversity going forward together as equals is a strength, not a weakness.

Wally Te Ua

On Friday a friend rang to wish me happy birthday and tell me he was delivering a talk at Waitangi that evening as part of the commemoration to remember and honour approximately 2700 Maori and Pakeha who lost their lives in the New Zealand Land Wars.

As well, the aim of the government-sponsored commemoration includes learning about part of our collective history involving conflict, as a way of promoting nationhood and reconciliation.

In time a similar forum will be held in te Tairawhiti. Which brings me to the main point of the letter.

The number of Maori and Pakeha residing in the district is nearly 50/50. The current Turanga nui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay debate has polarised many of us into those for and against a more inclusive name.

Like for the good people of Wanganui (aka Whanganui), the sky hasn’t fallen in.

Pakeha and Maori, all cultures, we are human beings — with the same hopes and aspirations for ourselves and for those whom we love.

Our diversity going forward together as equals is a strength, not a weakness.

Wally Te Ua

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