In his controversial Orewa speech a few years back, Don Brash argued that the Treaty process was out of control, that race-based political correctness is infecting the institutions of our society, and that we are headed towards a racially divided nation, with two sets of laws and two standards of citizenship.
He contended there could be no basis for government funding based on race, no basis for separate Maori electorates, no basis for introducing Maori wards in local authority elections, and no obligation for local government to consult Maori in preference to other New Zealanders.
There was huge support for Brash’s boldly expressed opinions. There was widespread denunciation of him as a racist, too.
On balance, New Zealanders have opted to avoid being branded racists. We turn a blind eye to the gradual evolution of two sets of laws and two standards of citizenship, if we don’t actively encourage it.
Hence Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has been encouraged to call for universities to consider open entry for some students.
Yep. Maori students.
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