Te Pati Maori’s sports policy on its website makes the following claim:
“It is a known fact that Maori genetic makeup is stronger than others.”
The notion that some racial groups are superior or inferior has been discredited, used to justify racial discrimination and, when taken to its extreme, resulted in some of history’s worst crimes. It is deeply concerning that a sitting New Zealand political party is promoting such a divisive idea.
Two weeks later Te Pati Maori is still promoting the idea that one race is genetically superior to others on their website. They have clearly ignored Meng Foon’s concerns.
The commissioner was quick to label NZ Police as racist over his concerns with Police Ten 7, and he had no issues laying into Simon Henry over his remarks about Nadia Lim, he also had a go at Amy Adams for getting a colleague’s ethnicity wrong by mistake. Why is he so reluctant to criticise Te Pati Maori?
ACT agrees with the goal of the Office of the Race Relations Commissioner to encourage harmonious race relations. However, to do this the commissioner needs to be willing to stand up to all examples of racial discrimination, not just pick and choose issues depending on his ideology.
He should use his position to strongly and publicly denounce Te Pati Maori’s position. Promoting the idea that one race is genetically superior has the potential to coarsen the tone of race relations in this country.
If the commissioner is incapable of doing this that just shows what little value he is adding, and that he is perhaps even taking race relations a step backwards.
David Seymour is a New Zealand politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Epsom and Leader of ACT New Zealand since 2014.