By Editor, Alan Tristram
Joel Maxwell, one of the best of Kapiti’s younger journalists, has hit a raw nerve with his remarks about Maori wards — and racism.
In case you missed his article, this is part of what he said in his Stuff article headed:
‘Thieving Pākehā neighbours have been stealing our stuff for years’
He said: ‘Paranoia won big last week. A swath of referendums around the country crushed the latest decent and reasonable efforts by councillors to create Māori wards in places like Manawatū, Palmerston North and Whakatāne.
‘I have written about the wards before – that, unlike other council wards, they could be undone by referendums.
‘I didn’t feel confident about their chances for survival.
‘Even so, there were a couple of things that struck me about the poll results. Firstly, the return rate was astonishingly high – nudging returns for actual council elections – and so was the anti-Māori vote.
‘Secondly, the phrase “we’re all in this together” never seemed so terrifying.’
‘Living just over the fence’
And he drove his points home with his view of Pakeha from his part-Maori background: ‘There is apparently a chunk of Pākeha in the middle of everything, bridging the Left and Right, operating from fear and its associates, spite and stupidity.
‘They live right over our fence.’
Roger Childs’ view
Note: See the article on May 28 by Roger Childs, which comments on Joel’s piece.
And for the full Joel Maxwell article, go to <https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104216640/joel-maxwell-thieving-pkeh-neighbours-have-been-stealing-our-stuff-for-years>