One road will take Maori into a future in which they participate in the modern world, and contribute to economic growth and development, driven by technology development and employing people on high wages. They may also benefit from growing dividend streams as a result of significant investments in state owned enterprises.
The other road locks them into the world view of tribalism, and in particular enforces the religious beliefs of pre-European times, such as mauri, and taniwha and which regards science as the enemy – being the “latest force of colonization”.
This is the time for Government to clearly signpost the road both Maori and Pakeha should want Maori to chose, for their own benefit and for the general health of society. Namely, Government should make clear its preference for the policies and actions of the forward-looking modernists, over the policies and actions of the backward-looking reactionaries.
The story that follows may seem only loosely connected to these big issues but it retraces a journey that leads to this conclusion.