At the time this seemed an extraordinary statement and I couldn't figure out his reasoning. You do not spend more than thirty years in the New Zealand education sector without weathering relentless assertions of the bicultural promised land.
From pre-service training, and throughout our education careers, biculturalism has been presented as step number one, and multiculturalism as step number two. It was asserted that the former would naturally segue into the latter, in fact, it was a necessary prerequisite for the latter.
No one dared to challenge the reasoning, or to ask for concrete and enduring examples as proof of this assumption.