Poll doesn’t show racism

LETTER

Re: Open minds required.

Lara, I do have to take issue with your statement that because 70 percent of respondents to the latest poll disagreed with tikanga training, we have a problem with racism.

You appear to have adopted the attitude that anybody who questions the relevance of learning tikanga is automatically a racist. Your comment that anyone who finds your words offensive/impertinent simply reinforces this impression.

It will be a sad day if people cannot hold differing views without being accused of being racist.

My view is that if people wish to learn tikanga they should have the opportunity, if they do not wish to they should not be vilified. Like you I am happy to sign my name to this letter.

Michael Arnaboldi

Re: Open minds required.

Lara, I do have to take issue with your statement that because 70 percent of respondents to the latest poll disagreed with tikanga training, we have a problem with racism.

You appear to have adopted the attitude that anybody who questions the relevance of learning tikanga is automatically a racist. Your comment that anyone who finds your words offensive/impertinent simply reinforces this impression.

It will be a sad day if people cannot hold differing views without being accused of being racist.

My view is that if people wish to learn tikanga they should have the opportunity, if they do not wish to they should not be vilified. Like you I am happy to sign my name to this letter.

Michael Arnaboldi

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Lara Meyer - 17 days ago
Since Saturday afternoon, the poll is more balanced. I won't say thankfully because nearly half the respondents are not in favour of understanding the cultural mores of Maori. If that is a snapshot of this community I think it is still telling.

What I am perplexed about is why some people are adverse to the idea of tikanga training. What on earth is the harm of learning more about the culture of the tangata whenua? In particular, the reluctance of some people whose opinions and sphere of influence impact on the decisions being made in our region. Decisions which affect all of us.
How would you interpret a lack of interest, on the part of some community leaders, in learning how to be more culturally sensitive and treating people with unconditional positive regard?

Good on you for putting your name to your opinion. When I came back here a few years ago, it seemed like most contentious comments were made under a nom de plume. We are at least owning our ideas.