Radio NZ reports quite clearly today about the legislation the Maori Party is threatening to draw its support for the National Government over:
The current law gives priority to placing a child with a member of their family or wider hapū and, if that was not possible, then to someone with the same tribal, racial or cultural background as the child.....But new legislation removes that priority, and instead puts emphasis on the child's safety.It is particular troublesome to identify "tribal, racial or cultural background" as a priority for placement. Why?
Because thousands of Maori children have mixed cultural backgrounds.
More Maori partner with Europeans than their own ethnicity.
Meteria Turei can blather on about the new legislation being state-forced assimilation but people are making their own choices about blending their ethnicities and will make their own decisions about making it work. Maori and Europeans are integrating rapidly. Voluntarily. Legislation needs to reflect this fact.