Friday, December 19, 2003

Read All About It

Te Ope Mana a Tai is an excellent website for understanding the seabed and foreshore from the Maori perspective. It will only get better in the next few days as new material gets posted.

I especially like Ngati Kahungunu's advice to Helen Clark regarding the issue. In an essay called Time - If We Only Had Time Ngati Kahungunu have some gentle words for Clark:

"Don't panic, Helen. Slow down. Breathe through the nose. Don't allow the drunkeness of power or opportunity blind you to proper and fair process. Don't make eunuchs of our Maori MP's. Don't force us to be anti-government and anti-social."

It's the same kind of cool advice that Tapu Misa offered in her excellent column a few days ago.

With all these calm, cool and above all, reflective commentators in the Maori community, who is really looking like the hasty radical?