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Divisive rhetoric chips away at communities


The following letter to the Gisborne Herald appears under the title above and the name of Eddie Tuhaka:


Rawiri Waititi’s divisive comments and behaviour against the present Government, calling them a white/Pākehā Government, is racist and unacceptable. He and the rest of them did not complain when they all got their pay increase from the white pay review board.


As a Māori, he/they do not speak for me and many others. In the future, when he retires from Parliament and gets a handsome superannuation payout for life from the white Government, he will have done absolutely nothing for Māori.


His tipuna, Hone Waititi, who was a teacher, educationalist and a great community leader, will not be happy with his behaviour. The great work done by Hone and other great leaders, such as Sir Apirana Ngata, will be undone by this man.


I did not know that there was a Māori Health Authority until the present Government said they were going to close it down. If I’m sick, I go to my GP; if I have an emergency at home, I call the ambulance; if I need medicine, I go to the chemist, etc. With these and many other health services available for us all, what does the Māori Health Authority do? With a shortage of medical staff across all departments, where are they going to get their staff, medical specialists and money from?


Having spent many years in the military, many of my fellow soldiers were Pākehā, but we did not look at each other as Māori or Pākehā, just fellow soldiers/mates. We served alongside and trained with military personnel from many other countries. Comments were made to us about how well we worked and trained closely together, and how our camaraderie was strong.


Make no mistake, the Māori/Pākehā working combination in the military is second to none, and I know this is the same in many other areas of our workforce/ community. There were also many Pacific Island mates who served, which made our camaraderie even stronger.


In the NZ Police, our instructors at Police College were Māori, Pākehā and Pasifika, and of course this is right across the police force itself.


Continued divisive rhetoric by this guy will slowly chip away at our communities. Meanwhile, he will still happily be picking up his increased pay cheque.


Lastly, the words from Sir Apirana Ngata, used at our last Anzac Day: “We are of one house. If our Pākehā brothers fall, we fall with them.” And I know from experience, that this will always go both ways.


Eddie Tuhaka



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pat.j.dyer
pat.j.dyer
12. Juni

Rawiri Waititi is a worthless steaming pile of cow dung.

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An insult to cowshit....

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sharenmm1
sharenmm1
12. Juni

New Zealand needs much much more of such rhetoric. Thank you, Eddie Tuhaka, for taking the time to write and submit it to the Gisborne Herald. Thank you Gisbirne Herald, for printing his letter. Thank you BBH for sharing it. This gives me hope.

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Its time for Luxon to step up and decide where NZ will head in a better world. It matters not any ethnic background. The little things need to be done right so that the big things can be done right. "Make your bed" PM Luxon to encourage tomorrow to be better. Everyone is in this boat together and must paddle together. That is not presently happening, Separating out Maori from the rest will jut see the boat flounder and probably sink despite a democracy. The subject is taking the focus off the work that NZ needs after the last government did exactly that at massive cost to taxpayers and the future of NZ. If a shark starts to circle you…


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dpcam1
dpcam1
07. Juni

Good on you Eddie. It's time for all Maori who don't support Waititi to stand up and say so. At the moment all he'll be engendering in Pakeha is resentment and confusion; with many wondering why are my taxpayer dollars being spent on such a divisive character?

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Imagine if we gave these clowns the keys to car...


We would be receiving aid from Rwanda in no time.


Luxon needs to go hard at these idiots.

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Hard - very HARD...nothing compares to all out full scale democracy vs tribal governance ! Its one or the other now so step up.

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