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Yes, I’m a real Māori

Ian Taylor |  29 September 2017

I guess you could say things have changed since that day, back in 1961, when a teacher hit me across the head whilst proclaiming, for all to hear, “You’re not on the pa now, hori!” I was 11 years old and had just arrived at boarding school from a small rural village on the East Coast of the North Island.

On discovering that this Pakeha-looking kid who went to a largely white Catholic boarding school and did pretty well academically was actually part Maori, the Pakeha reaction was almost universally, "Ah, but you're not really Maori!''

But, all these years later, that memory resurfaces every time I hear, or read, that Maori need to climb down off that Treaty bandwagon of theirs and listen to “middle New Zealand” because in middle New Zealand we are all equal. 

 

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