Let local Maori decide on name
How come Michael Laws thinks he knows more about Maori language than the Maori people?
That’s what many of us are asking after his latest bout of verbal diarrhoea when he said that no way would he allow the word Wanganui to be changed back to its original and correct spelling of Whanganui.
Laws will rally the troops on the beaches and make sure Maori don’t get their wish because in his words: “Wanganui has always been Wanganui and the majority of people in his city don’t want change.”
The rationale is so stupid I’m tempted to question his sanity, which is up for debate given his idiotic dance routines on Dancing with the Stars, and particularly when you hear his racist talkback rants.
Who could forget him calling the King of Tonga a “fat brown slug”?
The reality is that Whanganui Maori want their language and history respected.
Whanganui became Wanganui when a 19th century local newspaper misspelt it and didn’t bother to correct it because Maori language then wasn’t given any respect or priority.
As far as the majority not being interested in supporting the Maori argument, do you think that might just be because the majority, who are Pakeha, don’t know the history and many of them don’t care?
Of course majorities aren’t always right either.
A lot of men didn’t want women to have the vote, gay people to have equal rights or black people to have equal status in South Africa.
If I was to accept that rationale, I’d hate to know what the majority think of this column.
Not that I’m asking for a vote on that and please no letters of complaint to the editor.
The only complaints I want to see would be about that maniac mayor of Whanganui who thinks he knows more about the Maori language than local Maori.