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There is more than one way to ruin any country – and to sabotage a democracy. The reminder is here in this column that a government that mandates how the language is used can control the minds of its citizens.
And to those think Latin is merely a dead language comes a corrective, illustrating how much more valuable it actually is for young New Zealanders to learn than today’s inauthentic te Reo.
The Ardern government is foisting off on us more and more unintelligible words and phrases – in many cases substituting newly-coined, by no means authentic Maori to replace the language we all share. Our institutions, organizations, agencies are now having their long-accepted names replaced, reinvented in many cases well past the point of authenticity, without any consultation whatsoever with New Zealanders. For example, we all knew what the New Zealand Transport Authority meant. What possible, sensible reason could there have been for changing its name to the largely unintelligible Waka Kotahi?
But wait! Apparently removing the long accepted names from all our government institutions to rename them in te Roe is to “revitalize them”. Some might think this arrant nonsense… Moreover, Miss Ardern knows quite well that New Zealanders have already strongly rejected replacing our nationally known name by Aotearoa – which was never even the equivalent Maori name for New Zealand. It doesn’t stop her doing so.
The attack on our common culture – which those of part-Maori descent also share through their own European ancestors – derived from so many contributing nations – from Greece, Rome, France – from the Arabians, Scandinavian, Celts and others – from the whole melting pot of peoples from whom our forebears and we ourselves are descended has contributed richly to today’s New Zealand.
It also now includes these from other countries who chose to come here because we were a democracy, underpinned by Christian ideals and values – in particular, respect for each and every individual, regardless of colour, sex, race or creed. So important are these stabilising ideals that we should only be admitting as immigrants those who subscribe to these values. Where there is dissent, and the promotion of separatism, as Samuel Huntington reminds us – cultures clash, with the inevitable fracturing of a society. There is every evidence this is now happening, under Ardern’s virtual rule.
None of us would be under any illusion today that our democracy is under attack from within by a very small group of those of part-Maori descent – by no means a majority – so apparently swollen with self-importance because of one part of their cultural inheritance that they are clamouring for co-governance of this country. Of course it can’t be allowed to happen – although it is not being been contested – on the contrary – by the Prime Minister. But every inch given leads eventually to a mile taken. And the twisting of the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi, whose simple provisions made it plain that all New Zealanders, at the time of the signing of the Treaty, now became subjects of the Crown, with equal rights and protection, is the weapon they are using.
They are in fact untruthful about the provisions of the treaty – conveniently calling it “a living document” – nonsense, of course, as its signing was anchored in time and place and means no more and no less than its plain statements and obvious intent.
However, the prescient George Orwell reminded us that if the language is attacked, so is the thinking. And this attack on our English is being intensified.
I was struck when recently ringing Parliament to have the normal announcement that I had contacted Parliament replaced by a long spiel in what I began to realise must be te Reo. When this individual had finished, then letting me know in English that I had reached Parliament, he asked if I would like to hear a little more Maori – or words to that effect. I said I certainly would not – that I had heard too much already that was totally unintelligible to me, and to by far the majority of New Zealanders… that it was simply discourteous to answer Parliament’s phone at length in any but our shared, and most important, national and international language – and that he had wasted my time and his own by not doing so.
He was pleasant, had obviously been told to do so, and said he would take this on board. Other New Zealanders who may want to speak to an MP in relation to any current issue many like to test this. Parliament’s number is 04 817 9999. If more New Zealanders would ring Parliament to register their views on important issues this would be a very useful tactic – particularly given that the Labour government is shockingly refusing to accept email submissions on matters of particular concern.
We know them all. And the excuse given for the imposition of today’s te Reo on the public, at enormous cost, can also, with so much else, be laid at the feet of a former National government, equally culpable in its own markedly racist provisions – including the disgraceful business of former Prime Minister John Key surreptitiously sending Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to New York to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – deliberately without letting New Zealanders know – nor even the media! Ardern has found this a convenient tool indeed on which to hang He Puapua – although of course Maori were never indigenous to this country – so it has no relevance here.
But the move now is being prioritised to override the very principles of democracy to give superior status to those belonging to powerful iwi – even when of markedly European descent – over and above those of the majority of this country. As a correspondent has stated:
“It is also a disgrace that New Zealanders have until only Wednesday 20 April to submit an objection to the outrageous, anti-democratic, proposed arrangement for new council wards – where the Maori wards get more seats per person than the general wards. “
Ardern’s government of course has no intention of taking any notice, but he is right in saying, “It is important to at least register as many objections as possible to help build momentum against the wider co-governance plot, and to put pressure on the individuals voting for it.” As he adds, “History will not judge them kindly”.
Please lodge your objection in time. To put it bluntly, those who don’t do so are so often part of the problem…
More and more New Zealanders are waking up to the fact that it is our politicians who have caused, and are causing, more damage to this country than any other group of individuals. It is good to have more and more New Zealanders coming on board to support our highly relevant movement which can give us the means to reclaim this country… to control our politicians – as the Swiss do – so that it is we who can decide on this country’s directions – and block all legislation which continually causes such damage.
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