I used to think and was led to believe by those who should
know that we have nothing to fear from Maori moves towards greater involvement
in how this country is run - especially in the control over the use of our
Like most kiwis wanting a peaceful path towards reconciliation
and meaningful compensation for past mistreatment of Maori by agencies
representing the Crown, l have been proud of the settlements that in most cases
appeared to be fair, recognising as we must, that nothing will ever truly
compensate for some of the significant losses that have occurred.
It is clear that none of the settlements that have been
negotiated would have happened without the large amount of goodwill contributed
by Maoridom itself.
As a nation, the progress we have made towards
reconciliation (which is light years ahead of any other county on the planet)
is almost entirely due to the genuine desire by both parties for a shared
future. Hopefully those aspirational attitudes will continue until we reach a
stage where we can all claim that justice has finally been served.
Only then will we be free to move on towards a society that
allows equal opportunity for all who would benefit from the egalitarian model
that is within our grasp.
Unfortunately, recent events suggest we are fools if we
think any of that is possible.