This government is made up of numpties: This isn’t my description, it was that of a former National PM. They seem to be committed to hacking everybody off. It feels like there is a very limited range of experience around the Cabinet table.
Thankfully many for many of us Te Reo is now simply part of our lives – We are still going to call Waka Kotahi and Turanga by their names. Te Reo will still be treasured and reflected on TV and Radio. Many of us will continue to learn it. Some will struggle but we will keep at it, because it is important, it is part of us, it can not be taken away from us.
On the issue of the Māori language here was a twitter note during the week: Auckland Councillor Richard Hills makes this point via X:
“Kia ora. This is a small section of the Māori Language Act 2016, passed under John Key, supported by National & ACT! Read the act & you’ll see that the resurgence of Te Reo Māori & much of the work that was progressed under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership was ramped up under Key.” Richard Hills via X
Then I was sent an excerpt from Wikipedia about Nicola Willis. She had rubbished one of the official languages of NZ in the morning and had to withdrawal her comments in the afternoon.
The quote from Wikipedia reinforces the fact that our political parties are promoting people who have had very narrow life experiences. This comment applies to both parties, including our last PM. This is a problem which we all should cogitate over as we vote.
After graduation, she took up a position as a research and policy advisor for Bill English and went on to serve as a senior advisor to John Key in 2008. In 2012, Willis joined dairy co-operative Fonterra, taking on senior management roles, as well as serving on the board of Export NZ, a division of lobbyist group Business New Zealand.