Moving to the right side of history now

LETTER

Re: Sestercetennial hijacked, April 9 letters.

The serial writers of both articles are well known for their right-wing, scaremongering racist views.

In the early 21st century there has been a tectonic-like global shift in the way historical issues of equity, fairness and justice are now being addressed.

We here in Aotearoa-Turanganui are part of this movement — moving on the right side of history by acknowledging our dual history, our commonalities, and shared humanity.

Tangata whenua have long been disenfranchised, dispossessed and disempowered because of cultural domination and bias by the colonial settler culture and some of their descendants. Finally, the dreams, aspirations and narratives of Maaori are now being heard and acted upon through affirmative action and common sense.

The days of picking up the scraps from under the white man’s table are well and truly over. Something to be proud of in this place we all call home.

Mene mene teksil upharsin

Wally Te Ua

Re: Sestercetennial hijacked, April 9 letters.

The serial writers of both articles are well known for their right-wing, scaremongering racist views.

In the early 21st century there has been a tectonic-like global shift in the way historical issues of equity, fairness and justice are now being addressed.

We here in Aotearoa-Turanganui are part of this movement — moving on the right side of history by acknowledging our dual history, our commonalities, and shared humanity.

Tangata whenua have long been disenfranchised, dispossessed and disempowered because of cultural domination and bias by the colonial settler culture and some of their descendants. Finally, the dreams, aspirations and narratives of Maaori are now being heard and acted upon through affirmative action and common sense.

The days of picking up the scraps from under the white man’s table are well and truly over. Something to be proud of in this place we all call home.

Mene mene teksil upharsin

Wally Te Ua

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John Fricker - 5 months ago
I like the way you immediately attempt to take the moral high ground by labelling anybody with a different view to yours as racist, right wing etc. Total nonsense. All this does is show you and your ilk in your true light.
How can you live a happy life with all this bile deep inside you? Your second to last sentence is an admission that the wrongs of the past are no longer present.
I have no idea what the last line says, no doubt that will also be held against me.

Clive Bibby - 5 months ago
You aren't the first and won't be the last to smear me as a racist Wally.
It's used so often these days that it must be failing to provide the kick it once did, considering it is such a baseless claim. As an insult, it has no effect because most people know it to be untrue and it goes nowhere as a counter argument.
However, may I humbly suggest you do something else that would at least give me satisfaction - answer the questions I pose, if you or someone you know has the ability to do such a simple thing. I promise not to be offended, as long as it is the truth.
Nga mihi

Bob Hughes - 5 months ago
I am somewhat surprised our commenters deny the home truths Wally Te Ua offered up.
I reckon one would need to be a racist to be unable to accept "cultural domination and bias by the colonial settler culture and some of their descendants" has not or does not exist.
So let's get behind the "affirmative action and common sense" and have racial harmony in Aotearoa/New Zealand, "this place we can all call home" - as Wally so nicely put it.

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