Wrong again, Maori Guy.<quoted text>
Wrong again, Guts. If you want to cite equal treatment on the one hand, then you cannot also cite the 2004 F&S as equal treatment given the Acts specific targeting of customary Maori title while not also including private title. Thats the ironic beauty of this little fact of history. It just shows you up as the hypocrite that you are.
True equal treatment in this case would be one of two things: Either the Crown packages existing sections of relevant private title together with customary Maori title and declares all of it for the benefit of all New Zealanders, or the Crown honors the Treaty and the fact that it never ownership (as was established by the Court of Appeal) and grants title to Maori, thereby allowing both Pakeha and Maori to keep existing title.
Allowing private title to exist on the one hand, but extinguishing only Maori title is not equal its prejudicial, and prejudicial by definition!
The problem is that Pakeha get deathly afraid at the prospect of Maori owning anything, and as far as Im concerned this is a significant albeit unmentioned acknowledgement of the fact that Pakeha socio-economic power has historically been tied to Maori land.
Maori dont need Pakeha to pay for anything. Thats just you expressing your prejudice and bias once again. A far more equitable ideal would envision Maori using Maori resources to generate employment, income for workers and tax revenues in exactly the same way we did between 1790 and 1860. Historical precedent is on my side, so if you choose not to bother yourself with actual history, then youre welcome to continue to dwell in your self imposed ignorance.
The fact is Guts, the process of colonization and land acquisition by the Crown has denied Maori an equal opportunity to participate in the economy after 1860. Pakeha colonization of NZ was too successful. It took too much.
Each successive generation of Pakeha since the Land Wars has been able to pass on accumulated wealth, and this accumulation of wealth combined with unequal access to education and social services has meant that over time, the socio-economic gap between Pakeha and Maori has increased to create unequal distribution of wealth, education, housing, employment opportunities, and health and so on as we see it today.
Opportunities do exist for Maori today, and will continue to improve over time. I am living proof of that, but these opportunities have only been readily available to Maori within the last 50-60 years or so.
There is a widening socio-economic gap in this country, but it isn't just restricted to Maori.
How do you explain the newcomers to these shores that have not had the benefit of "the accumulation of wealth" that you cite? I'd argue that I'm one of these folk...there were no intergenerational hand downs of wealth for me, and yet I've come through okay.
Also - improvements in opportunities for Maori? I'd suggest that even with another 60 or 70 years, you'll still be seeking more. Even if the government went out and gave every man woman and child in this country a million dollars, Maori would still have their hand out for more. This appeasement process is never ending.
Meantime, you're still happy being the one trick pony mate? F&S. Customary title...just some fancy name dreamed up by a PC do-gooder, to help make Maori feel more entitled and to ease the white guilt trip which has been foisted on to us, as far as I'm concerned. And like I've said numerous times, how many of the "average Maori" in South Auckland would benefit from this 'customary title'...sweet fa. Regardless, it's time to change your tune, and give us some REAL WORLD tangible examples of things that non-Maori get which Maori aren't entitled. I can only assume you can't, since I've been asking for SUCH a long time now.