An anti-racism hikoi in New Plymouth is reaching its end today, but Mayor Andrew Judd hopes it sparks a nationwide conversation about Maori-Pakeha relations.
Hundreds participated in the three-day march, which was organised to show support for Mr Judd after he announced he wouldn’t be standing for the mayoralty again due to the abuse he received for championing Maori issues.
Mr Judd was spat at and abused when he announced the council wanted to introduce a Maori ward, which received a resounding ‘no’ vote in a citizens-initiated referendum.
Mr Judd believes Pakeha have an inherent privilege and need to understand that if Aotearoa is to become a more harmonious society. Read more »