Toko­roa’s gen­eros­ity ap­pre­ci­ated

Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Thank you to the street sell­ers, all stall vol­un­teers and business out­lets for dis­play­ing our do­na­tion buck­ets and to the Toko­roa pub­lic for their gen­eros­ity on Daf­fodil Day.

You all helped to raise $6200.50 for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Grate­ful thanks.

Cath Sul­li­van terms of rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Par­lia­ment. The Maori seats and Maori elec­torate are there­fore com­pletely jus­ti­fied.

This is cer­tainly not a case of ‘‘un­in­tended dis­crim­i­na­tion based on race’’ as the ad­ver­tise­ment pro­claims.

It is im­por­tant to note Maori seats and elec­torate do not rep­re­sent Maori as a race. They rep­re­sent Maori as a cul­ture and a com­mu­nity. The Maori seats are sym­bolic as they iden­tify Maori as more than just ‘‘another mi­nor­ity group’’ in New Zealand. They are war­ranted as recog­nis­ing the im­per­a­tive place Maori have in our con­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment as the in­dige­nous peo­ple of New Zealand. The Treaty of Wai­tangi talks of self-gov­er­nance and this is ex­actly how self-gov­er­nance is achieved.

As Ayn Rand once said, ‘‘In­di­vid­ual rights are not sub­ject to a pub­lic vote. A majority has no right to vote away the rights of a mi­nor­ity’’.

Ja­son Jowett, Toko­roa mem­bers of our im­me­di­ate and ex­tended com­mu­nity for their kind words and ac­tions re­gard­ing the Toko­roa High School Trust of which I am lucky enough to serve as a trustee. The re­sponse has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive with sev­eral mem­bers of our com­mu­nity al­ready signed up fi­nan­cially as con­trib­u­tors. The words of support in the su­per­mar­ket, at the sports­ground or by cor­re­spon­dence makes me be­lieve we are in­deed do­ing some­thing unique and truly ben­e­fi­cial for our com­mu­nity.

The long-term goal of rais­ing $1,000,000 seems im­pos­si­ble, but like any­thing in life if we want it bad enough and truly be­lieve in it, we will make it hap­pen. There is some­thing very spe­cial and hum­bling to know the fruits of our labour will be en­joyed by mem­bers of our whanau, wider com­mu­nity who have not been born yet, and long after we are gone.

The fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion in this town is a very ex­cit­ing one and our young peo­ple will one day feel blessed to have grown up in this won­der­ful place we call home, Toko­roa.

Dean Tereu, Trustee, Toko­roa High School Trust

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