Hosking, speaking about the latest marae ban, says Waitangi Day is now treated as nothing more than a day off as opposed to a proper day of recognition and that Key should consider flagging it.
Here is David Rankin, a descendent of Hone Heke on the subject
Ngapuhi "crying wolf" over Marae Ban
Threats by self-appointed Waitangi Marae caretaker and cleaner Kingi Taurua to ban politicians from the marae on Waitangi Day are empty and a case of Mr Taurua "crying wolf" says Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin.
"Mr Taurua has a long history of hating. This time, he has turned his attention to the TPPA, and without understanding the benefits it will bring to our people, is trying to organise a ban of politicians at the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi," says Mr Rankin.
Mr Rankin, who is a descendant of the famous Ngapuhi chief Hone Heke, says that Taurua criticising the TPPA "because it has become fashionable for left-wing types t do this." He challenges Mr Taurua to identify how Maori interests will be harmed by the agreement.
"All I see," says Mr Rankin, "are opportunities for us to benefit through greater employment education, and intellectual property opportunities. This is what the TPPS will bring to Maori. It's just that a few people don't want us to prosper because they will have less to complain about."
Mr Rankin has praised Mr Taurua for his work as a caretaker and cleaner at Te Tii Marae, but says that does not qualify him as an expert on international trade agreements.
The racist tag is simply a politically correct mechanism for shutting down freedom of speech as are all the other politically correct tags.
Contrast this with the robust defence of free speech by the first female Vice Chancellor of Oxford University Professor Louise Richardson
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Professor Louise Richardson, a terrorism expert and the first female to hold the office since records began 800 years ago, is "comfortable with institutions giving platforms to extreme speakers because to do otherwise would be to stifle free speech. Universities should be places where students confront views they find objectionable and learn to argue down opposing views rather than ban them. We should be very permissive unless someone is inciting violence".
Richardson's comments echo those made by Barack Obama at a town hall meeting last September, the difference being that the President was addressing the converse issue.
Discussing what the likes of comedian Jerry Seinfeld regard as a climate of student-driven, political correctness-inspired censoriousness in American universities, Obama said, "I've heard of some college campuses where they don't want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don't want to read a book if it has language that's offensive to African-Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal to women. I don't agree that, when you become students, you have to be coddled and protected from different points of view."
Most Kiwis have already flagged Waitangi Day. It is meaningless. It is time the government took notice of the people and create a National Day we can all celebrate as New Zealanders.