Open letter to Government and the Prime Minister on the Mandatory teaching and learning of Maori and other major “Maorification” related agenda issues.
Prime Minister, I must take strong issue with Government’s well publicised agenda and action to make the teaching and learning of Maori language mandatory in our schools and the learning/speaking of Maori a precondition to working for the Government Service (arguably to facilitate “stacking” the Public Service with activists keen to reinforce and support Government’s Maorification agendas).
Latin has recently been deleted from school syllabuses because it no longer has utility as a language and would therefore be wasting some 15/20percent of time available to students for educational options much more relevant, useful and beneficial to their future lives.
Surely this too is true of Maori, a language spoken/used by very few, including relatively few to very few Maori. “Maori” is without significant utility in New Zealand and is TOTALLY WITHOUT UTILITY internationally. If individuals choose to learn Maori outside of the formal education system, fine, over to them, but to make Maori mandatory is, as with Latin, a total waste of the all too limited time available for our children‘s education, which would, as already noted, be much better spent on subject options much more relevant, useful and valuable to our children’s futures.
English is our language of communication in New Zealand and is in effect our only spoken and written language. In addition, English is THE major international language of communication for tourism, commerce, and law. Even in China it is mandatory to learn both English and Mandarin, but not Cantonese, a language widely spoken in Southern China.
Language is about facilitating communication and in this essential respect English is far and away the World’s most internationally used language for communication. Seeking to make the teaching and learning of Maori mandatory is, it seems, a deliberate ploy for political purposes, pandering to Maori activists in caucus but, in turn, reflecting a seriously distorted perspective and ideological bias in Government’s governance stance. IT IS NOT ON!
Closely linked to this is the question of we New Zealanders getting bombarded on Television every night now by presenters, no doubt ultimately operating under Government instructions, spouting Maori phrases which none of us understand or are interested in. We’re sick of such a blatant and childish attempt to force “Maori” upon us. There is a Maori TV channel specifically set up for those who have a need for or desire to listen to Maori spoken. It should be left at that rather than using the Maori language to reinforce a politically driven and grossly out-of-perspective ideological obsession.
The extension of this politically driven philosophy is further reflected in Government’s action in renaming and seeking to primarily identify and refer to Government Departments etc by Maori names.
New Zealanders DO NOT want this.
Not only are these names meaningless and totally confusing to practically ALL (near 100 percent) New Zealanders (let alone international visitors and tourists) — THEY ARE NOT WANTED.
These actions smack of Government arrogantly rubbing its authority in New Zealanders’ faces simply to make that point and to demonstrate its power, while knowing full well that New Zealanders almost unanimously don’t want these things.
The words “an unwanted and unwarranted abuse of power” would seem to sum it up.
Further, the Government’s expressed intention to replace existing non-Maori street and place names by renaming them with Maori names, in line with their (Government’s) Maorification agendas is NOT WANTED and NOT JUSTIFIED.
Even further, even more contentious and totally unacceptably politically manipulative, is the planned misinterpretation of, reinvention of and rewriting of the Treaty of Waitangi for purely political purposes. In particular to manipulate and seek to establish relationships which were never in, implicit in, or ever intended under the Treaty.
There is no “partnership” created, intended, or implied between the parties under the Treaty. Quite simply, the “Crown”, as the Titular Authority, DOES NOT EVER enter into, or seek to create, partnership arrangements.
Again, this grossly dishonest intended manipulation is clearly all part of, and driven by, the Government’s Maorification agenda.
In the same way and for the same purposes, is Government’s intention to rewrite our (New Zealand’s) early history in order to “whitewash” early Maori (actual) history by writing-out/ excluding the inter-tribal warfare, murder, rape, cannibalism, and slavery, quite common among Maori tribes prior to the arrival of European migrants/settlers; and, as well, to minimise the very extensive, hugely positive cultural, societal, and other very major contributions/advances resulting from the arrival of the colonists — including the majorly important introduction of farmed animals (for their planned farming) for food and milk supply, and for their wool and hides etc.
As with religion, the clear political purpose is to “brainwash” our children from the earliest possible age and shape their thinking, to believe for life, ONLY WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO KNOW AND BELIEVE — a collection of deliberately structured lies — shaping their thinking for ever, to suit your own political purposes.
This smacks of the extensive study of, training in, and consequent knowledge and deep understanding of communication strategies and the power of “managed” communication (and it’s use) in manipulating thinking. Not dissimilar to the highly manipulative and effective communication strategies used by - and practised by - Germany before and during WW2. All this deliberate, gross distortion, is to support and supposedly give greater credibility to Government’s Maorification strategy and agendas.
At best it is totally dishonest manipulation. This must not be allowed to happen.
Let’s put all this in context:
1) New Zealanders DO NOT want Maorification.
2) New Zealanders DO NOT want separatism and division.
3) New Zealanders DO NOT want apartheid.
4) New Zealanders DO NOT want imposed Maori control and rule or shared power.
5) New Zealanders DO NOT want our history tampered with or re-written.
6) New Zealanders do not want the Treaty of Waitangi re-interpreted, misinterpreted or manipulated in any way to “fit” the Government's political purposes.
New Zealanders DO WANT an open, honest democratic system and democracy with fair, open and HONEST Government/governance for all New Zealanders.
Prime Minister, I would remind you, on behalf of all New Zealanders, that you and your Government DO NOT “OWN” New Zealand.
New Zealand IS NOT your “toy” to do with as you wish.
New Zealand belongs to ALL OF US.
Your Government was elected to govern for all of us (evenly and fairly), NOT to “RULE” us and NOT to just (fraudulently) pursue your own ideologically held beliefs — which were TOTALLY UNDISCLOSED during the election process .
You are observably governing (TOTALLY UNMANDATED) for the benefit of (at most) ONLY 15 percent of the population (Maori) — more accurately in the self-interest of only the activists in your caucus and their external “activist-associates” — and, as well, in the interests of your own “observably obsessive” self-held ideology.
Even the interests of around 70 percent (more than two-thirds) of the LABOUR VOTERS who helped put your Government into power are being TOTALLY ignored, if not abused.
New Zealanders are totally opposed to the gross ideological bias with which your Government is governing (“RULING”) us. It is TOTALLY REJECTED AND IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
You are not entitled to use (and abuse) your position as a vehicle to, almost solely, just pursue your own ideological convictions.
Hugh Perrett, a member of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame, is the former managing director of Foodstuffs and founder of the Pak n' Save discount grocery chain.