Our changing population mix is bothering the tangata whenua – will the Asians want special funding too?

May 25, 2014

Alf is bound to sit up and take notice, when warnings are sounded about the future of special arrangements for our indigenous people.

He is apt to think there should be no special arrangements for anyone – not based on race, anyway – but the horse bolted on that one years ago.

Vast sums of money are dished out from the public purse each year for Maori purposes and increasingly special seats are provided around council tables and in other public bodies for Maori appointees.

Never mind. It’s all in the name of the Treaty partnership, and we shouldn’t question these arrangements – not too shrilly, anyway – lest the indigenous portion of our citizenship get the idea we disapprove of giving them a helping hand.

We get a whiff of the problem that is looming (if it hasn’t already arrived”) from an Asia NZ Foundation survey.

It shows Maori views on Asian immigration have deteriorated in the past year. While most New Zealanders increasingly saw the benefit of Asian immigrants, 44 per cent of Maori believed New Zealanders were more negative towards people from Asia compared with a year ago.

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