Further proof today from the NZ press of the layers of racism that pervade New Zealand’s society, and that the concept of multi-culturalism is dead in the water in the youngest country on earth.
A new poll shows “Maori dislike Asian immigrants more than any other group of New Zealanders” and they blame them for taking jobs, driving Maori to Australia and not not showing due reverence to the much maligned Treaty of Waitangi.
Massey University’s pro vice-chancellor, Professor Paul Spoonley said:
“The diversity of New Zealand is beginning to undermine the investment we have in biculturalism. [Maori] don’t believe new migrants are sympathetic to biculturalism and the Treaty…surveys show Maori have an increasingly negative perception of Asians. It is caused by “competition in the labour market . . . and competition for cultural resources”
Maybe that’s because in most highly developed first world countries, very few people favour bi-culturalism over multi-culturalism?
“According to an Asia NZ Foundation survey, Maori views on Asian immigration have deteriorated in the past year. While most New Zealanders increasingly saw the benefit of Asian immigrants, 44 per cent of Maori believed New Zealanders were more negative towards people from Asia compared with a year ago.
That is well above the 27 per cent of all New Zealanders who are less positive towards Asians than last year.
A majority of Maori also believed New Zealand was allowing too much investment from Asia.
While having no particular issue with Asians, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira (whose policies include restricting immigrants from buying homes and requiring them to build) said Maori are worried about the effects all immigration has on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand.
“I think Maori are specifically concerned about immigration. They don’t see that the Treaty is being properly protected. If more and more people come here that don’t know about it, then there is the likelihood that less people will want to care about it. But Maori people do,” Harawira said.
Census 2013 figures show 598,605 people of Maori ethnicity living in New Zealand, the second largest ethnic group in the country, after pakeha, with 14.9 per cent of the population.
The Asian population is now New Zealand’s third largest at 471,711, according to the census. It has grown from 6.6 per cent in 2011 to 11.8 per cent in 2013.
Spoonley predicts that within the next two decades the Asian population will be larger than the Maori population…” source Stuff.co.nz
Asians now make up the largest group of new immigrants in New Zealand and have overtaken the traditional haul from Britain.
It has been stated that within a few years Maori will form a smaller cultural group in NZ than people from Asian countries. Maori also fare better in Australia than they do in New Zealand and make up a larger proportion of the Kiwi population there than they do in NZ.
How foolish is it then for NZ to continue its racist bi-cultural policies, why shouldn’t all New Zealanders be treated as equals, why should it matter what their ethnic origin is, or the colour of their skin?
It seems that the problem here is not the number of non-Caucasian migrants coming in to New Zealand but the treaty of Waitangi – a contentious document that has caused nothing but friction between Maori and Paheka ever since it was signed in February 1840. Its signing is solemnly revered on New Zealand’s national day ever since.
‘He iwi tahi tatou’ obviously doesn’t extend to others, especially Asians.