Maori and Pacific Islanders Getting Precious

Hekia Parata has upset the Unions again.  It makes you wonder if she is just doing it all on purpose.

Ms Parata told teachers at the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) conference in Wellington that one of the most common things Maori and Pacific children tell her is that teachers don’t know how to correctly say their names.

“It starts with pronouncing names correctly. It’s one of the most common things I hear [from] focus groups with Maori and Pacifica kids.”

Diddums on the students.  As per usual Maori and Pacific Islanders think they are special.  Perhaps they can worry more about their appalling educations standards than someone saying their name incorrectly.
Try going through life being European with a surname requiring constant correction.
Better than that, try being Asian, especially Chinese.
They are prepared to use an English first name to make it easier for teachers.  And still manage to top the class.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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