No, we are not Aotearoa – but destructive neo-tribalism is well under way.

 The 100 Days – Claiming Back New

One of the most heartening things to see happening in New Zealand today is so many now fighting back against what has become a regressive form of tribalism, heavily promoted by Jacinda Ardern’s Labour coalition.

The agenda outlined in He Puapua, in spite of all her government’s disclaimers, makes it quite plain that the planning is for a powerful minority of those of part-Maori descent – no matter how tenuous – envisaged as not only sharing governance over the whole country, but in fact with institutions established on racist grounds having the right of veto over the wishes of the majority. This has already happened in the health sector, where this Maori right of veto, incredibly enough, is now embedded. It is also on the agenda for the infamous Three Waters proposals.

We are now basically engaged in a cultural civil war, with highly wealthy neo-tribes able to influence social and political outcomes because of their economic power. Related to this is former Prime Minister John Key’s decision to surreptitiously send Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to the UN to sign The Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, which has subsequently caused a great deal of damage.

It was not only utterly inappropriate for this to have been done with no consultation with the country – even in utmost secrecy – but doubly so, given that Maori were not indigenous – but proudly traced their ancestors’ arrival according to the canoes in which they came. That they in fact succeeded others who had arrived before them was freely acknowledged by the ancestors of today’s part-Maori  – and substantiated by archaeological evidence… even though considerable political pressure has been applied to suppress such evidence.

It is in fact this declaration – irrelevant to this country  – which is now being used by Ardern’s government to support the divisive and damaging racial divide being inflicted upon New Zealanders in the name of ‘diversity’  – a weasel word with the equivalence of promoting divisiveness and disunity.

It can be laid at her government’s door that a petition is now circulating to make English an official language of New Zealand. It has of course always been, and still is, our most relevant and important language. However, the damage being done to social cohesion – let alone intelligibility – is illustrated by the fact that most government communications, local government papers and those from other institutions nationwide are now frequently headed in Maori – spoken by a very small number of New Zealanders.

Untranslated words and phrases –  inserted indiscriminately into English sentences and contexts – contribute to the confusion relating to much of what is now being inflicted on the country. Moreover, this largely now reinvented language has no relevance whatsoever outside New Zealand, and is incomprehensible to the majority of the country – whereas English, one of the most important international languages – is used in communications on the world stage.

Interestingly Rachel Boyack, a recent Labour Party MP, is now calling for backing from fellow MPs for her private members Plain Language Bill which will require all government departments to use plain language in their documents, and on their websites, to make their intent, their communications and planning easier to understand.

This should put the cat among the pigeons very nicely, as the increasing proliferation of words and phrases unintelligible to the majority of the country would of course no longer be permitted. This would very much go against the grain for those extremists long pushing for English to be pushed into second place.

Our Prime Minister’s own response to this – given that her apparent intent has been in the opposite direction – will be interesting.

© Amy Brooke.

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