Please watch this extraordinary speech by Samoan Niuean New Zealand schoolboy Joshua Iosefo. It’s something everyone interested in race relations should see.
As a professional speaker and former Toastmaster, I’ve seen a lot of speeches in my time, right up to world championship level.
TV3’s John Campbell obviously felt the same way, and featured a re-shot, slickly edited, but more clinical version of it on his show.
I prefer this raw version. It’s Joshua giving his speech live to an assembly of his Mt Roskill Grammar School peers.
Most heartening to me is the standing ovation he well and truly earns from his ‘brown brothers’.
Our Pacific citizens seem to have a more positive, law-abiding attitude than Maori.
Pasifika people are 7% of New Zealanders and commit 11% of the crime — not much more than their share of the population.
Maori, meanwhile, despite being massively more indulged by the state than their Polynesian cousins, make up 15% of the population and commit 49% of the crime.
Could Joshua’s attitude — and the wildly popular reception to his message — explain the difference?
Thanks to James Clark for painting such a glowing picture of ‘Brown Brother’ that I just had to interrupt my day and watch it.
For those who requested the words, I’ve posted them here.