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“A forward thinking pro-Maori paper”
By Roger Childs
Many readers will know that Alan Tristram, Editor of Kapiti Independent News (KIN), has decided that the paper will take a different approach to the treatment of Maori/Pakeha issues. That is his right as founder and owner of KIN.
He says that KIN is committed to the Treaty, to supporting Maori and to promoting Te Reo.
To back this up, he has decided not to publish articles and comments from certain historians and other readers who support their views.
As Alan has told me, on the treatment of Maori/Pakeha issues … our views completely differ …
Alan has often called KIN a broad church, which I’ve interpreted as accepting various opinions provided writers are not insulting or focused on attacking other individuals or groups without evidence.
I have often said that if there are readers out there opposed to particular articles on ethnic issues, why don’t they write counter-viewpoints, based on sound argument and evidence?
First let me say I have appreciated the opportunity Alan has given me to write and edit for KIN. Over the last six years I have either written, or formatted, over 2200 articles and only about 3% have related to ethnic issues.
It all started with my great hero Roger Federer beating Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final, so you will understand that I am devastated that he has been bundled out in the fourth round of the current US Open!
As regards my philosophy, I am unashamedly a socialist and believer in free speech; fiercely opposed to poisoning our land; and a seeker after the truth.
I have always been a great believer in equality – gender, age, ethnicity – and in teaching thousands of students over 40 years, treated everyone the same, in line with the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
I strongly resent the favouritism and separatism in present day New Zealand, and, like Alan, am committed to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi – the 1840 one.
Grateful thanks to you folk
To all of you out there who have contributed to making KIN a success, with a nationwide reputation for being forthright and fearless – the Independent in KIN – many thanks. Sadly, some like staunch supporters John Murray and Bill Benfield, have passed on, but they leave a rich legacy.
Many of you have sent in articles which I have enjoyed reading and formatting. I may not have always agreed with your views, but that has never been the point.
I have also appreciated the feedback you have sent in as Comments – some have been so good I’ve turned them into articles!
One might say that in my case a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, as I have written on every subject under the sun!
I’ve tried to produce articles which would be of interest and, in many cases, encourage debate on issues of the time. I’ve also enjoyed promoting local groups and businesses which do good things in the community.
So it is now time to move on. Thanks for your support.