Do yourself a favour and spend six minutes watching this speech from Kelvin Davis.
The Opposition says that they believe in equality, that Māori should be treated the same as all other New Zealanders. And do you know what? There isn’t a Māori who disagrees. That’s what we’ve been calling for for over 180 years. We’ve been wanting equal education outcomes. We’ve been wanting equal employment outcomes. We’ve been wanting equal health outcomes. We’ve been wanting equal housing outcomes. It would be nice if we could live as long as non-Māori and enjoy our superannuation for as long as non-Māori, given we too paid taxes for our entire working lives, although I hear that Shane Reti he wants us to be happy that we don’t die in our 30s as we did 182 years ago at the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He and his party’s top aspiration for Māori is for us to be grateful that we are alive.
And his conclusion:
The Opposition fail to acknowledge that their prosperity was made off the back of my whānau’s misery. My hapū in the day were left with nothing. They could have done with a Ministry of Māori Development to help them get back on their feet. They could have done with Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations, because I can tell you at that point the relationship between the Māori and the Crown was pretty sour. They could have done with the winter energy payment because they were made homeless when their pā was razed to the ground because they were made homeless at the start of winter. They could have done with the Human Rights Commission because their human rights were horribly violated and, as most of us are a product of our upbringing, the lack of equality through the generations has led to gross inequity.
Kia kaha Kelvin Davis.