If you're anything like me, you saw the front page story on the decision to fly the Maori flag (look, no ironic quote marks!), thought "That's good," turned the page, and became engrossed in news of Tiger Woods' latest mistress.
People on Your Views, however, are nothing like you and me.
"Should the Tino Rangatiratanga flag be used on Waitangi Day?"
For balance you would probably need the New Zealand First flag up there too.
He died in World War One and Two? That's commitment. Now, to find the part in the story where it said anything about changing the flag...
You mean you didn't see the notices about the hui up in the marae? Surely you heard the kaumatua talking about it? Oh.
And yes - as a pakeha I feel very offended that I didn't get a choice regarding a Maori flag. But I'm used to it; so far no other nations whatsoever have so much as asked me what I thought of their new flags.
Apartheid was truly terrible. The way that white South Africans made the government display their own flag next to the national flag in public places on one day of the year truly makes the blood boil.
Who needs racism by stealth when you can just blurt it out in a public forum?
Ian of Kerikeri writes:
I've considered your proposition, and have come up with the following solution.
The Head Maori
I agree with you, pCb - NOT!
"I'm sick to death of hearing all this racism towards Maori. I want to hear some racism aimed at the Chinese!"