Meanings can change
Can we have an end to illinformed dogmatism about what the word Pakeha means.
Meanings change, and the word Pakeha means what we Pakeha make it mean.
If it has a bad meaning, we should look to ourselves and how we behave towards other races.
People who say, ‘‘We are all New Zealanders (and I am that and nothing else)’’, elevate their own – usually Pakeha – ethnicity to the norm, ‘‘plain’’, ‘‘vanilla’’ standard model New Zealander, from whom all others deviate, because the others then have to call themselves ‘‘Maori New Zealanders’’, ‘‘Chinese New Zealanders’’ etc, to keep their own, not-so-privileged, identity.
It is as if Ford cars were just