Auckland Harbour Bridge Flag
This tiresome event rolls around with depressing regularity every year, and this year Pita Sharples is the self anointed cheer leader.
Pita wants the ‘so-called’ Maori Flag flown on the Auckland Harbour Bridge during Waitangi Day.
I’m inclined to agree with Tau Henare who says it’s a publicity stunt for the Maori Party, and that there are significantly more pressing issues Pita & Co should be concerning themselves about, like the looming unemployment that will surely affect lot of Maori.
There’s no agreement that this is a flag that represents Maori and it seems it’s a bit like the Maori Party claiming to represent Maori, which isn’t entirely accurate.
New Zealand is made up of a mix of immigrant cultures – including Maori – and if you extend the logic we could probably give each group a week to fly their particular flag, or we could just stick a line of flag poles up and see if we could set some record for the most flags on a harbour bridge – it could be a tourist attraction.
The whole point is that it’s political. Maori like Sharples see the flag as representing a goal of Independence for ‘Maori’, people who think this are usually pretty careful about not pointing that out too much because it will piss off the majority of NZders who feel that New Zealand should be a country where no particular groups is treated preferentially based on cultural differences, and the thought of legal Independence for a particular cultural group is highly undesirable (putting it politely)!
A flag that is a political movements flag is not something that should be flown on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
There should be only one flag if there’s going to be one, and that should be the New Zealand flag that represents everyone here.