ETHNO-NATIONALISM OR DEMOCRATIC-NATIONALISM: WHICH WAY AHEAD FOR NEW ZEALAND?
PROFESSOR ELIZABETH RATA - Faculty of Education, University of Auckland (30 June 2021)
“We will have to decide whether we want our future to be that of an ethno-nationalist state or a democratic-nationalist one. Ethno-nationalism has political categories based on racial classification – the belief that our fundamental identity (personal, social and political) is fixed in our ancestry. Here the past determines the future. Identity, too, is fixed in that past. In contrast, democratic-nationalism has one political category – that of citizenship – justified by the shared belief in a universal human identity”.
A HIGH STAKES ELECTION
DR MURIEL NEWMAN - NZCPR (11 July 2023)
“Our only hope is a change of government and a new administration determined to not just halt the social and cultural revolution that has divided our society and eroded the fundamental principles of our democracy, but to reverse it”.
CO-GOVERNANCE SMOULDERS IN ELECTION RUN-UP
GRAHAM ADAMS – THE COMMON ROOM (13 July 2023)
“In New Zealand, the general election on October 14 will be to some extent a judgment on the extensive co-governance policies implemented by the Ardern-Hipkins administration across a broad array of policy including water management, planning standards, health and education.
THE PRINCIPLE OF THE TREATY
DR JOHN ROBINSON (22 July 2023)
“There is only one principle set down in the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, one that we can all embrace and follow in 2023 – we are all equal, not divided by race.
If only the Waitangi Tribunal had recognised this fact, New Zealand would be a far happier, united, nation today, not split by racial division into two unequal peoples”.
VIEWPOINT: HOW TRIBALISM STUNTS AFRICAN DEMOCRACY
CALESTOUS JUMA - BBC NEWS (27 November 2012)
Although published over 10 years ago, this opinion piece contains salient lessons for NZ today. It speaks of the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics.
ALL ARE EQUAL
DR MURIEL NEWMAN – NZCPR (20 July 2023)
“As a society, we’ve been caught unprepared for the racial discrimination Labour is rolling out across our country. What they are doing is unacceptable in a free society founded on the democratic ideal of equality before the law”.