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When TVNZ's Miriama Kamo was a newsreader, one day, she took the opportunity to do a non-news item on the pronunciation, in English, of placenames of Maori origin.  Now you can find issues where Whites are racist towards Maoris, but this is one where Maoris are racist towards everyone else.  What the racist Kamo explained to viewers was that Maoris had feelings about placenames -- i.e. when speaking English, we should all pronounce them as if we were speaking Maori  (One example might be pronouncing Paraparam -- or "Pram", as it is often called -- as Paraparaumu, which is very long-winded).

What the racist Kamo did not mention -- and probably does not even realise -- is that Non-Maoris have feelings too!  The Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori chiefs (as Hone Harawira points out, democracy is not really a Maori thing!) and Queen Victoria of Great Britain.  So how is her name pronounced in Maori?  As "Wikitooria", that's how!  There are lots of other examples like this.  Of course, for the racist Kamo, Non-Maoris don't have any feelings! 

In Countdown supermarket in Wainuiomata, one day, a child was rude to me, so I complained to her mother (a Maori).  She abused me.  Soon a man (a White) came into the store, saying loudly that someone had called his wife a "black cunt".  I assumed that she had lied to him, and explained to him that I had said no such thing.  Recently I have had an even worse example of this kind, where a Maori woman butted into an argument which had nothing to do with her, and told me to "go back where I came from," which is racist, and then said that she had been here longer than I had, which is both racist and irrelevant -- as well as probably being untrue.  I replied by saying that she should go back to Hawaiiki.  Later, it turned out that it was being claimed that I had called her something like a "black cunt", so I suppose that lying Maori women are in the habit of accusing Non-Maoris of calling them "black cunts", because it works well, as a tactic!

On the other hand, I can see Education Minister Hekai Parata's point about pronouncing children's names correctly.  When I was a teacher, I certainly hope I did that.  But then, I know a lot of languages.  For the average person, it is totally impossible to pronounce all names accurately -- in fact, even when they think they are pronouncing them correctly, they are probably getting them wrong.  For example, tone languages such as Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and the relevant West African languages are an impossible challenge for most Maoris and Whites to pronounce correctly, and the same applies to South African "click" languages, and so on and so forth.  So Hekia Parata (an extremely able woman) is not particularly realistic.  Some people harass me to find out how my surname "should" be pronounced, when none of my family pronounce it the way it was pronounced several generations ago -- and in fact most of the family don't even know how it was pronounced, and get it wrong when they try to explain how it was pronounced!

 

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