Pedro Gower has been doing some digging into David Shearer’s past and come up with his thesis about Maori, Water and Taniwha…which some 20 odd years later is now highly relevant….especially his belief on taniwha:
Labour Party leader David Shearer has long-held beliefs that taniwha must be respected when it comes to Maori and their interests in water. His views can be traced back to his master’s thesis, and he stands by them today.
Water has been the big political issue of the year, but when Mr Shearer was first asked who owned it he didn’t know.
But it turns out Mr Shearer has a degree of expertise on the issue – a master’s thesis in fact. It was called Between Two Worlds, Maori Values and Environmental Decision-Making.
In his thesis he advocated that “the belief in taniwha or spiritual pollution…while they may appear irrational to many…cannot simply be dismissed as irrelevant”. It’s a belief he still holds today.
“I absolutely stick by that,” says the Labour Party leader. He says we should acknowledge taniwha. “We have been doing that for the last 20-something years when we have made decisions around water.”
Nice to know that if you vote for Labour and David Shearer that you will be voting for Taniwha to come crawling out from under the riverbanks of this country…and we all know the only way to get rid of a taniwha…
I have heard of accepting diversity before but New Zealand is not ready for the first PM who believes in taniwha.