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English Not An Official NZ Language

Posted by 1Law4All on July - 4 - 2015 with 10 Comments

English Not an Official Language in NZ Legislation

Did you know that New Zealand has two official languages and English is not one of them? The two official languages are Sign Language – made official in 2006, and the Maori Language in 1987.
MP Simon Bridges confirmed that there is no law that enshrines English as a NZ official language. To correct this, he suggested a petition saying that he will present such a petition to Parliament. The wording has been approved by the Clerk of the House. English is our common language and we must ensure it becomes an official language of our country.
Each petition sheet is quite easy to fill in, for family, friends, neighbours, workmates etc. So far, very few people have declined to sign it. If you have a business, (or know of one you could ask), it could go on the counter. Your local RSA is likely a good option.
The Petition was launched in Tauranga and it will be running for a few more months. Contact the petitioner (Robin) on 27-2331595, or by e-mail or download/print petition forms from here  – use the printer icon to print. Once a petition page is full of signatures, the address to post it to is on the bottom of the form.
– Robin Bishop (abridged)

10 Responses so far.

  1. Bert says:

    Well funnily enough Maori are not indigenous so I guess we’re even.

    • Atrout says:

      Bert, what do you assume to be indigenous? Is it the first inhabitants of a region or those arrive later and supplant the first arrivals? What proof have you that maori were not the first to arrive here?

      • Mark Law says:

        There is lots of archaeological evidence that there were at least 3 and up to 5 distinct peoples here before maori arrived and on a good day maori people admit to this. Some of these races were white but not warrior people and that’s why they were eliminated by maori.
        They were more advanced then stone age and were here before the last eruption of Taupo maybe as early as 250BC.
        One glaring example is the kilometres of old drainage canals around Dargaville that predate maori and maori did not have the tools To undertake such excavations.
        There was also an archeological dig done at Atiamuri, South Waikato in the 50s that was studied before the hydro lake was filled that pre-dated maori (you can google this) For some reason the site was bulldozed after and the information gathered is hidden under The Official Secrets Act

        • Atrout says:

          Hi Bert, much appreciate your information. I have no problem accepting that preMaori contact and settlement is logically possible and indeed likely. What is needed is a sustained effort to bring evidence into the public domain. Surely some solid documentation is out there somewhere. It should also be an international scandal if any information is suppressed. Unfortunately you can expect no help from any archaeologist trained in NZ. There is an unwritten rule that any material produced should NOT be in conflict with vested interests for Treaty claims. Even under the Resource Management Act, archaeology is being used, at the cost of landowners, to limit legitimate land use. Local Government is forcing landowners to hire archaeologist to examine and monitor works where archaeological remains are impossible. Some archaeologists are doing rather well out of this practice. The landowner is not allowed to chose an archaeologist other than the one selected by Councils and the Iwi.

          • Mark Law says:

            There is a good book that has a lot of information called To the ends of the Earth. It has 3 authors one a Kiwi (Hillerman) but you have to order it on line as bookstores won’t stock it.
            When this book came out Academics from the NZ universities reckoned it was a fabrication but the book had a good reference of where the information came from

      • Wayne Norton says:

        Bert, this article has nothing to do with Maori being indigenous. It’s just like the rest of the world says about kiwis – “Ignorant kiwis always try divert attention toward Maoris.”

  2. Wayne Laurence says:

    What evidence do we have for the above article being true. It sounds like an April fools joke, but in the wrong month. The argument lacks verifiability.

  3. Atrout says:

    I would suggest that readers have a look at the NZ Herald
    article about cultural overlays in the Paritai Drive area in Auckland
    . Note that the iwi spokes person states that there is nothing to worry about. This may seem to be reassuring at the moment but elsewhere in the country similar overlays sit dormant until the iwi board changes and a new member wants to exert some influence over the residents. These overlays are undemocratic whether dormant or vigorously applied. It is racist no matter what guise it is in and has little to do with heritage. It might work if administered as a community committee but not a race based one.

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