Equal­ity at is­sue

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

I was prompted to ad­dress the con­cerns raised by the piece of pro­pa­ganda that was iron­i­cally la­belled ‘‘Dis­crim­i­na­tion’’ in your news­pa­per last week.

The ad­ver­tise­ment claims ‘‘Maori seats and the Maori elec­toral roll (should be) abol­ished on the ba­sis that separatism is not the an­swer to Maori ad­vance­ment. Equal­ity is’’.

Let me ad­dress this is­sue. The ad­ver­tise­ment speaks of equal­ity. Equal­ity doesn’t al­ways mean treat­ing peo­ple in ex­actly the same way. Quite the con­trary. Equal­ity should be un­der­stood as ac­com­plish­ing the same or sim­i­lar out­comes.

What is sought is a Maori pres­ence and voice in Par­lia­ment which re­flects the pres­ence of Maori in the wider pop­u­la­tion. With­out the Maori seats and Maori elec­torate, there would be no equal­ity in

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