Te Herenga Waka Marae, 46 Kelburn Parade, Wellington,
venue of the third NZCPL Constitutional Debate.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me, with my 11.00 am meeting in Waikanae followed by a drink with Lindsay Perigo.
The first event should go well. The second could be dangerous. (‘Perigo’ is Portuguese for danger.)
So could the third. Assuming I’m fit to drive back to Wellington — and assuming the man on the roof doesn’t get me! — I’ll be at the above Te Herenga Waka Marae, 46 Kelburn Parade, at 6.30pm for the third of the NZCPL Constitutional Debates.
Here’s the blurb:
Maori Aspirations for Constitutional Change
Featuring Tai Ahu, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Veronica Tawhai, and Valmaine Toki
This debate brings together four newer voices from the Maori community to discuss the nature of Maori aspirations for constitutional change, broadly conceived.
The discussion will move well beyond the status of the Treaty of Waitangi, and include consideration of alternative models of Maori-Crown relationships, the development of a kaupapa Maori or tikanga-based constitution, and Maori constitutional aspirations in the context of indigenous peoples’ rights at the international level.
I hope to see you there. Oh, and if you’re wondering what that character on the roof is so steamed up about, here’s the back view…
Kupe and dog, Te Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University.
As I write, I’m listening to the National Radio broadcast of Constitutional Debate II, to see whether they broadcast the first and second questions, asked by myself and John Robinson respectively.
(Encouragingly they did broadcast my first question last week.)
UPDATE: They did broadcast both our questions — well done, Radio New Zealand.
They also broadcast a much better question from a young man whom I congratulated for asking Dr Maria Bargh:
“I have a dream that one day my daughter will grow up to be judged on her merits, not on the colour of her skin. If the electoral racial preference becomes entrenched, how will I explain to her when she grows up that she is a second class citizen, and how will I explain to her that I let it happen?”
Bargh gave an oily, wriggly, incoherent answer that amounted to: “I couldn’t care less.”
Maria Bargh is a tribal one-eyed racist and a danger to New Zealand.