In her weekly opinion piece in Saturday’s Herald, Lizzie Marvelly gets into a tizzie, claiming that enquiring about her ethnicity or ‘Maoriness’ is rude, and may be the result of ignorance or malice, and that it is her own business.
Wrong! Ms Marvelly, when you put on a professional writer’s hat and have your opinions published in the public media, the public have a right to know those attitudes that govern your opinions so they can judge their quality, accuracy and worthiness. Once they are published your opinions become common property. Many see your weekly column as having ethnic and sexist agendas.
As for “the deepest and most personal part of your identity,” your” iwi affinity,” consider the following anomaly.
There are no full-blooded Maori. No Maori has more than half-blood. A large number have more colonial forebears than they do Maori ancestors. By your perennial photo, your name, the public knowledge of your celebrated family and your own mention of British and Czech blood, I surmise that you are no more than one-eighth Maori.
But you seem to claim only that part of your heritage as being of any relevance, and by putting on your Maori cloak you are willing to accept the Waitangi Tribunal’s approved and Treaty settlement payouts for alleged land confiscations 160 years ago that were carried out by settlers.
Settlers comprise seven-eighths of your own forebears. Perhaps it is they who should pay. So forget the bathos and get professional. to prevail in New Zealand over the PC garbage that currently abounds.