Equality at issue
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