Mayor Andrew Judd is trying to get you to buy into his guilt trip

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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. 

“If we don’t, we’ll always have what we’ve always had, which is something that’s not working,” says Mr Judd.

“I know that because a simple question was put to my community around inclusiveness and it got a reaction that was telling of who and where we’re at as a country.

“That has to change and it needs to be done in a respectful, peaceful and tolerant way.”

Since he announced he would not be seeking re-election Mr Judd has been inundated with support from around the country.

Mr Judd says while the support has been uplifting, it had not changed his mind.

He believes running for Mayor again would cause divisions and do more harm than good.

“This is beyond a mayoralty, this is really about who are we as New Zealanders. What conversations have you had in your house? Your workplace? With yourself even?”

“Consider what I put forward on the journey that I’ve taken as a New Zealander whose ideas of the past were clouded by having a colonial upbringing.”

The hikoi will finish up at the historical community of Parihaka later today which Mr Judd says is fitting due to its historical significance as a place of peace in the face of gross injustices by early European settlers.

Democracy sat Judd on his arse when people voted against having a Maori ward. Instead of accepting the will of his voters, he’s chucked his toys and called his voters a bunch of racists.

He’s no longer relevant. The next mayor, the next “racist” mayor, is clearly going to ensure voters are not encumbered with a guilt-driven social justice warrior.

 

– Newshub


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