Posted by: eileenandrory | January 21, 2010

Race based politics

So, i’ve been thinking of the particular race based politics we have in NZ, and i have been trying to resolve the need to avoid imperial cultural aggression yet still have a political/judicial/social system which does not discriminate.

Does that make sense?

What led me to this blog was that i found a job title which read “Injury prevention Maori” now on the surface this does not sound unreasonable but after a little thought i surely we should not be narrowing injury prevention down to a single race, rather if there is a need for an ‘injury prevention officer’ then their responsibilities should encompass the community. 

That’s just an example.

The Treaty of Waitangi also has me worried, it talks about Maori and Pakeha, but my kids are neither, where do they stand in the grand scheme of things?

On the other hand i don’t want Maori culture to be lost, it makes us kiwi’s without it we would just be re-located poms. Yet (and i hate to use the ‘R’ word) sometimes the other minorities in NZ don’t get the same treatment as Maori.

Aren’t we all Kiwi’s?

This is not coming across very well at all.

Let’s get away from race for a moment… How do we all feel about legislation requiring more women to be appointed to senior management? I can’t remember where requires businesses that operate in that country to employee X number of women to senior positions.

On the surface this is fine, for whatever reason women are under represented in business.

But does legislation devalue the roles that women will be required to take in business?

OKAY I GAVE MYSELF A BREAK TO THINK ON THIS AND NOW I THINK I CAN BE MORE CLEAR…

I agree that the past has required race/gender based bias enforced by legislation, it was needed to redress the balance you know the thing get more women into management, more black people into executive positions etc.

But do we still need that sort of thing today? MMP allows representation,  race relations legislation provides similar recourse.

Hmmmm

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