In his article, "Be
honest, New Zealand is a ridiculous name", a racist idiot
called Damien Grant, who probably wants to change his name to something
like "Tama Karanati", says that the name "New Zealand"
is "ridiculous". You can't work for
an organisation which calls itself "Stuff" and have any credibility
on the topic of what counts as a "ridiculous" name!
Grant is a vicious racist, who operates a racist hierarchy, according
to which Maori names are better than Anglo-Saxon names and Anglo-Saxon
names are better than Dutch names.
He claims that the Anglo-Saxon name "New York" is an
improvement over the previous Dutch name, "New Amsterdam."
He gives no reason for saying that, so it is pure anti-Dutch racism.
He claims that the Dutch "liked slapping odd names"
on places. Nowhere does he explain why something is an "odd"
name and something else is not an "odd" name.
Referring to the Dutch, he says that "they are no longer
around in large numbers to take offence." So this racist "Tama
Karanati" person thinks that it is OK to offend a group of
people, as long as they are a small minority! Presumably, he thinks
that it was OK for a Taranaki tribe of Maoris to commit
genocide on the Morioris in the Chatham Islands, because the
Morioris are no longer around in large numbers to take offence at
being almost wiped from the face of the planet!!
He refers to Zeeland (in the Netherlands) as "an underpopulated
bit of swampland". If this "swampland" was in New
Zealand, he would refer to it as "a priceless wetland habitat
for vital, endangered species," but, because he hates Dutch
people, he calls it "swampland".
He complains that "Zealand" is a misspelling of "Zeeland".
In that case, could he please tell the Maori Language Commission
to ban all Maori words which are misspellings (and mispronunciations)
of English words, such as "rapeti" (= rabbit), "tepu"
(= table), and so on!
Tama Karanati does not even mention the Treaty of Waitangi, which
(in the Maori version) calls New Zealand "Nu
There is obviously racial discrimination
against Dutch people in New Zealand, because I have come
across a couple of Dutchmen here who have changed their names to