July 22, 2014
Colour blindness in Conservative policy
Historian Paul Moon says the Conservative Party’s Maori policies around Maori show a refusal to understand New Zealand’s history.
Professor Moon spoke at the party’s conference at the weekend, giving a run-down on the formation of the Maori seats and the way the Treaty of Waitangi has contributed to the country’s development.
He’s not confident he changed the minds of members who firmly believe Maori receive extra privileges, despite statistics saying the opposite.
" It’s partly racially based I suppose we have got one New Zealander that just doesn't see the problem. What Maori need to do according to these people is just work harder get an education and do what we've done become successful. This is the view and it just ignores so much of circumstances history and all sorts of other things and that New Zealand doesn't really connect or understand the other New Zealand. And this is a real problem it's not just a political thing it's much more than that " he says.
Paul Moon says Conservative Party members are against treaty settlements because they see them as giving their money to Maori.
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