Tokoroa’s generosity appreciated
Letters to the editor
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.
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