Their fathers before them built this modern nation from scratch — with little help from the ancestors of the ungrateful separatists who now demand the fruits of that pioneering labour.
Our mothers and their mothers and grandmothers suffered unspeakable agonies in the cause of building New Zealand and keeping it free.
Have we, their descendants, become so spineless that we’re prepared to surrender that country, step by sneaky step, to a small clique of inter-related, separatist moneygrubbers — for fear of being called a name?
(By actual racists?)
Will the protestors who marched against apartheid in a foreign land stand idly by as the separatist creed takes root in their own?
I challenge all media to poll their readers on whether they want New Zealand to be a colourblind state, free of all forms of racial favouritism.
Just ask them.
If they don’t, then fine.
But if they do, then woe betide those media chiefs (I’m talking to you, Bernadette Courtney of the Dominion Post) who ignore the voices of those who keep them in business.
You will soon find yourselves paraded in other media wearing a red eye patch to signify your bias and your membership of the Treatygate brigade.
And woe betide our parliamentary dictator Key and his chamber of Chamberlains if he does not reactivate the democracy that he and his predecessors have so shamelessly suspended.
It is time our representatives got the message that the game’s up and they must start obeying the will of the people.
I challenge Achiever Maori (those who just want to be treated as equal New Zealanders) to tell their Griever Maori cousins: “You do not speak for me!”
Stand up and prove to us all that Achiever Maori (honest, law-abiding Maori who are quietly and proudly getting ahead under their own steam) outnumber Griever Maori (the motley descendants of the minority rebel chiefs of the 1860s who knowingly breached the Treaty and were punished accordingly) — professional Grievers who have twisted the Treaty out of shape for their own personal gain.
Prove that and the mana of the Mana and Maori Parties will evaporate.
Prove that and the reputation of Maori among your fellow New Zealanders will soar from the basement in which it now resides — just as it soared in the days of the Maori Battalion.
And that, I hope, will be a major by-product of the Treatygate/Colourblind State campaign.
This is not about race. It’s about attitude. It’s about shaking off the selfish tribalism that has afflicted all races, mine very much included.
Generations of politicians have managed New Zealand poorly. We’re not a rich country any more.
If we’re going to stop the slide, the only way is to pull together, not apart.