Try a little kindness . . .

LETTER

Re: Diversity best advanced naturally, August 3 column.

The writer uses language expressing his fear and concern about race-based selection but shamefully forgets that race-based selection has driven both local and national governance systems for the past 200 years.

In te Tairawhiti our population is roughly 50/50 Maori and Pakeha but this parity is not reflected in local governance like the GDC, DHB, and other institutions. In other words, Maori opinion is limited because most of the seats at the table are taken by non-Maori.

As well he sees diversity (“affirmative action”) being a major threat to the status quo, but in the 21st Century “unity in diversity” is now the norm in most democracies. Similarly, to meet the challenges we face today, institutions like the NZ Defence Force and NZ Police have implemented policies that encourage diversity in all its forms because of the added value this brings to their mission.

Like climate change, diversity, affirmative action, and race relations is an issue we can all support if we have empathy, understanding, will, and desire to bring about beneficial social and political change for ourselves and for future generations.

“Try a little kindness — open up the blindness of those narrow minded people on that narrow minded street” Glenn Campbell 1936-2017, entertainer extraordinaire

Wally Te Ua

Re: Diversity best advanced naturally, August 3 column.

The writer uses language expressing his fear and concern about race-based selection but shamefully forgets that race-based selection has driven both local and national governance systems for the past 200 years.

In te Tairawhiti our population is roughly 50/50 Maori and Pakeha but this parity is not reflected in local governance like the GDC, DHB, and other institutions. In other words, Maori opinion is limited because most of the seats at the table are taken by non-Maori.

As well he sees diversity (“affirmative action”) being a major threat to the status quo, but in the 21st Century “unity in diversity” is now the norm in most democracies. Similarly, to meet the challenges we face today, institutions like the NZ Defence Force and NZ Police have implemented policies that encourage diversity in all its forms because of the added value this brings to their mission.

Like climate change, diversity, affirmative action, and race relations is an issue we can all support if we have empathy, understanding, will, and desire to bring about beneficial social and political change for ourselves and for future generations.

“Try a little kindness — open up the blindness of those narrow minded people on that narrow minded street” Glenn Campbell 1936-2017, entertainer extraordinaire

Wally Te Ua

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Clive Bibby - 13 days ago
Not frightened about anything Wally - least of all the possibility of voters being asked to make choices of candidates based on merit.
I simply wanted to point out the potential unfortunate consequences of a system that is highjacked by individuals who want to misuse an election opportunity for personal gain. That is the risk associated with affirmative action or other similar selection methods when they are abused.
Oh, by the way Wally, I'm happy for you to call me by my given name.
I probably wouldn't be offended if you added "racist" or "robber" during your references to my existence either because I am confident that those accusations are laughable. It might make you smile so that would make it all worthwhile.
Take care
Clive


Joe Naden - 12 days ago
Tena koe Wally,
I read your reasoned arguments appealing to the other 50 percent of the population in Gisborne to share the power that they have held since 1840 more equitably with tangata whenua and I also read the arguments of the handful of spokesmen speaking on behalf of that 50 percent fabricating fault with your arguments for affirmative action. The latest being the danger of individuals hijacking the system for personal gain. This is so laughable when it describes the situation perfectly as it exists with their ilk being the hijackers, hogging the power and the goodies that go with it. His argument is so far-fetched, since the very point you are making is all about the unlikelihood of Maori ever increasing their minuscule share to enable them to engage in 'personal gain' . . . unless these naysayers are removed from the scene and replaced with, as you refer to them, 'kinder people'.

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