Leaflets distributed around Wellington’s northern suburbs are full of “disgraceful, despicable racist bigotry”, and should be thrown in the bin, MP Peter Dunne says.
Pamphlets promoting a campaign named Rolling Thunder were distributed to homes in Dunne’s Ohariu electorate this week, bearing the slogans “no special representation of part-Maoris in local government” and “end the stranglehold that one minority group has over the culture and life of the nation”.
Dunne said it was the second pamphlet about Treaty of Waitangi issues that had been dropped in letterboxes in his electorate in recent days.
“I acknowledge the right to free speech,” he said. “But I am nonetheless outraged that this type of nasty, racist drivel is being circulated by some anonymous group.
Here we go again. It is not racist to want one law to apply to all citizens. We have an apartheid system in New Zealand with separate parliamentary rules, separate education and the dawn of separate law enforcement. It is valid to want that to be removed and have one law to apply to a New Zealand citizen without taking into account if their race is Maori or not.
Similarly, it is a valid position to feel that too many of a certain kind of immigrant is being allowed to settle here. To take it to the extreme, how about we let in four million Syrians? Would it be “racist” to want New Zealand to have a more balanced immigration policy? Of course not.
These are valid issues of concern to people in New Zealand, and for Peter Dunne to label these people as racists is intellectually lazy.