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Written by Catherine Delahunty / Scoop   
Tuesday, 06 February 2007

Catherine Delahunty

Mihi to tangata whenua and to elders of the Tangata Tiriti movement Personal introduction

My greetings to the poet doctor, the man of law and lore, the woman who has been a visionary teacher and is a Te Tiriti based gardener.

I am proud to stand here with these leaders of the best of Pakeha culture. They give me hope.

But the past and present state of the majority of the Pakeha nation is one of denial. Denial that we even exist as a nation, which uses democratheid (apartheid by majority) in maintaining control of Aotearoa. Democratheid is by no means a complete system or we would not be finding growing numbers of Pakeha supporting Te Tiriti events such as this one, but a powerful systemic injustice remains.

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Some Pakeha do give meaning to this love when they fight alongside tangata whenua to protect Ngunguru Sandspit

Today at Mahia some Rongomawahine are protesting against subdivision of their coast and at the roads through their urupa. But again Pakeha who love the outdoors and say they are passionate about Mahia Peninsula are very thin on the ground. What is the meaning of our professed love of this country and if we want to be here, why can’t we support the manawhenua in their acts of love? Some Pakeha do give meaning to this love when they fight alongside tangata whenua to protect Ngunguru Sandspit or hold hands with them on the foreshore at Ahipara.

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