You can not have a united nation without a single official languge. Bi-lingualism has caused huge problems in Canada. It is literally tearing the nation apart while in certain American states like Florida, Texas and Arizona there have been legislative moves to protect English as the official language so as to stop these states falling into two sectors – English and Spanish.
However, at least in Canada the problem arises from a sector of the population who speak and have continuously spoken French with many of these people not understanding English. That is not the case in New Zealand where Maoris for several generations have been speaking English and for the most part do not understand Maori. The recent addition of Maori as an official languge was sold to the public as a harmless, if not touching, gesture but has now turned into a monster with the language police of Maori radicals demanding that it be rammed down out throats with ever greater vehemence.
Even the Geographic Board, influenced by its pushy member, Stephen O”Regan (an Irish New Zealander with a very slight trace of Maori blood), has been busy renaming several well known sites, mountains, etc. and there are threats to take away the very name of our country, the name under which tens of thousands of servicemen gave their lives in two world wars.
Maori – like all languages – should stand or fall by the number of people who want to learn it. It should not be propped up by an endless flow of taxpayer dollars as is the case at present.
In the 2011 Budget $75 million of public money was allocated by the National Government for the promotion of Maori languge and culture through Te Mangai Paho, Maori Television Services, Te Putahi Paoho and the Maori Language Commission.
More than a billion taxpayer dollars have been spent over the last twenty years to fund “kohanga reo” – early childhood centres for Maori kids to have total immersion in this little spoken languge and from which they emerge often barely able to speak English, thus holding them back for the rest of their lives. This suits the tribal elite very nicely as the continuance of a Maori underclass can be used for extracting ever more taxpayer dollars, which usually finish up in the pockets of corprate iwi.
All this public money is effectively being wasted on a dying language and in a country where many children can barely understand English grammar or know where to put a punctuation mark.
If people want to learn Maori, then let them – but not with our tax dollars. The billion dollars plus that New Zealand has spent in recent years to prop up this little spoken languge could be used to reduce taxes, thereby stemming the flow of skilled people to Australia and elsewhere. It’s time to get our priorities right – free from the influence of manipulative Maori radicals who seem to hate all that Western civilisation has brought to New Zealand, including our beautiful English language.