June 17, 2016
Humility the key for historic walk
Marchers on today’s peace walk to Parihaka have been told they need to walk with humility in acknowledgment of the amount that is still left undone.
At the end of each day’s march since leaving New Plymouth on Wednesday, the marchers have taken part in two community conversations about race relations and how Maori can be represented.
Social activist Vivian Hutchinson, a veteran of the 1975 Maori Land March, says it’s humbling that when march instigator Andrew Judd was elected mayor on New Plymouth he had never been on a marae.
"I’m humble at the fact that we have mayors in this country who have never been on a marae, and that is on us, not on the Andrews of this world, that we are electing people that don’t know these things, that haven’t had these personal experiences. That’s a New Zealand that I feel that we need to fundamentally change," he says.
Vivian Hutchinson says while the treaty settlement process has led to conversations on marae and Maori settings, it has failed to touch the majority of Pakeha New Zealand.
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