NZ First are right on this one

Clayton Mitchell NZ First

There is a Twitter parody account that makes a mockery out of proposed bills. NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell’s proposed members’ bill was mocked for trying to fix something that does not need fixing. I can understand some people thinking that a law to make English an official language of New Zealand is a bit is like legislating to officially state that the sky is blue, but what might seem blatantly obvious to us today may, one day, need legal protection.

Screenshot from the Draft for consultation

It was not that long ago that I discovered it was legal for a man in New Zealand to rape his wife or de facto partner until New Zealand passed legislation in 1986 that protects any person in a marital or de facto relationship from having non-consensual sex, regardless of their relationship with the offender. Most of us would have assumed that rape is rape regardless of your relationship with the rapist and were unaware that it was not, actually, illegal.

One year after legislation was passed to make the rape of your wife or partner illegal Te Reo Maori was recognised as one of the official languages of New Zealand and, in 2006, the same was done for New Zealand Sign Language.

Despite this, the language spoken by the vast majority of New Zealanders, English, has not been given the same legal recognition or protection.

For many of our immigrants to New Zealand English is not their native language. If we do not value our language enough to give it legal recognition and protection why should immigrants to New Zealand bother to learn it at all?

The English language is part of our county’s identity and our culture and if we don’t protect it we will eventually lose it. The fact that we haven’t so far tells me that the worldwide trend to not respect, and to dismiss anything to do with, white culture and values is alive and well in New Zealand.

 


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