This post is really just a quick warm up to get this blog going.
It seems there is no time to turn your back in NZ politics without things coming to bite you in the behind.
A while back over on KP in my post about the Maori Party I noted there were areas I did not want to go into because once you do it gets real deep real fast.
But in the wake of recent events with Winston thwarting Iwi over treaty settlements, The Kermadec Sanctuary becoming a political hot potato (and the related MPI fish dumping scandal) and a few more recent articles showing the Maori Party are gearing up for election 2017 (here and here) I think NZ politics is about to head out into deep waters AND I think that’s a good thing.
Because if the political narrative of the past 50 years has been anything to go by this discussion is long overdue and it’s well worth having.
And it’s not about race, or racial politics (although that is a component to be sure) but the future of New Zealand which is being discussed. What way do we want our nation to go and what do we want our nation to be and the oft neglected component in these discussions is something which many people (including myself previously) have always avoided discussing: our colonial past.
It’s a touchy subject and I am just starting to warm up to it but I think the only way forward is by having these little chats about who we are and where we came from because we won’t know where we are going until we do.
So for today I am simply saying I agree with this topic and I will be exploring a lot more in future as it’s a hard area to avoid if we want to be honest about what we are as a nation.
More to come.