Re: White Man Claims He's Indigenous
Re: White Man Claims He's IndigenousWould the true natives please stand up.
Manuwai Heihei <manuwai_heihei@...> wrote:
30 July 2004 By NICK VENTER
Race Relations Minister Trevor Mallard has been
advised to "read the Treaty" by Maori colleague Dover
Samuels after saying it does not confer special rights
Mr Mallard made the claim in the speech in which he
described himself as an indigenous New Zealander.
"There is a myth that the Treaty gave Maori extra
rights over and above those of other New Zealanders,"
he said. "Maori have no extra rights or
privileges under the Treaty or in the policy of the
New Zealand Government."
Mr Samuels laughed at Mr Mallard's description of
himself as an indigenous New Zealander but said he was
surprised by his comments about the Treaty.
"I think perhaps my colleague should go and read the
words of the Treaty. Quite clearly there is a spirit
in there that acknowledges the custom and
the position of tangata whenua in New Zealand."
Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said Mr
Mallard was indigenous "to the extent that he was born
in New Zealand, but he will never be tangata
whenua because there is only one tangata whenua and
He did not agree with Mr Mallard's view of the Treaty.
Associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere also
questioned Mr Mallard's Treaty comments, saying: "It
might not confer special rights but it definitely confers
rights which are different to others. We have spent 20
years discussing that in our jurisprudence."
It was now up to Mr Mallard to back up his claims, he
Maori Party leader, and former Labour colleague,
Tariana Turia said Mr Mallard was trying to dissociate
Labour from its previous policies. However, she said
he could qualify as an indigenous New Zealander by
dint of his ancestry.
"When I first came into Parliament he did tell me that
he had whakapapa," she said.
She said Mr Mallard was trying to create a perception
the Government had never based policy and programmes
on race, but it had.
Closing the Gaps, which came out of a Te Puni Kokiri
report, had been an attempt to address Maori
"I have never had any difficulty with people who are
generationally from here saying they are native to New
Zealand," she said. "I accept that, but whether
they are indigenous, I question that, because they
Mr Mallard said he was not Maori.
"Tariana and I did have a discussion about whakapapa.
I think she is slightly confused because we were
discussing my kids and their ability to speak Maori."
1. Having existed in a region from the beginning:
aboriginal forests. See synonyms at native.
a. Of or relating to aborigines.
b. often Aboriginal Of or relating to the indigenous
peoples of Australia.
also Aboriginal An aborigine.
1. Originating and living or occurring naturally in
an area or environment. See synonyms at native.
1. Existing in or belonging to one by nature;
innate: native ability.
2. Being such by birth or origin: a native Scot.
3. Being one's own because of the place or
circumstances of one's birth: our native land.
4. Originating, growing, or produced in a certain
place or region; indigenous: a plant native to Asia.
a. Being a member of the original inhabitants of a
b. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such
inhabitants: native dress; the native diet of
6. Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with
other substances: native copper.
7. Natural; unaffected: native beauty.
8. Archaic. Closely related, as by birth or race.
9. Biochemistry. Of or relating to the naturally
occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a
a. One born in or connected with a place by birth:
a native of Scotland now living in the United States.
b. One of the original inhabitants or lifelong
residents of a place.
2. An animal or plant that originated in a
particular place or region.
[Middle English, from Old French natif, from Latin
na¯ti¯vus, from na¯tus, past participle of na¯sci¯, to
SYNONYMS native, indigenous, endemic, autochthonous,
aboriginal. These adjectives mean of, belonging to, or
connected with a specific place or country by virtue
of birth or origin. Native implies birth or origin in
the specified place: a native New Yorker; the native
North American sugar maple.
Indigenous specifies that something or someone is
native rather than coming or being brought in from
elsewhere: an indigenous crop; the Ainu, a people
indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan.
Something endemic is prevalent in or peculiar to a
particular locality or people: endemic
disease. Autochthonous applies to what is native and
unchanged by outside sources: autochthonous folk
melodies. Aboriginal describes what has existed from
the beginning; it is often applied to the earliest
known inhabitants of
a place: the aboriginal population; aboriginal nature.
See also synonyms at
USAGE NOTE When used in reference to a member of an
indigenous people, the noun native, like its synonym
aborigine, can evoke unwelcome stereotypes of
primitiveness or cultural backwardness that many
people now seek to avoid. As is often the case with
words that categorize people, the use of the noun is
more problematic than the use of the corresponding
adjective. Thus a phrase such as the peoples native to
northern Europe or the aboriginal
inhabitants of the South Pacific is generally much
preferable to the natives of northern Europe or the
aborigines of the South Pacific.Despite its
potentially negative connotations, native is enjoying
increasing popularity in ethnonyms such as native
Australian and Alaska Native, perhaps due to the
wide acceptance of Native American as a term of ethnic
pride and respect. These compounds have the further
benefit of being equally acceptable when used alone as
nouns (a native Australian) or in an adjectival
construction (a member of a native Australian people).
Of terms formed on this model,
those referring to peoples indigenous to the United
States generally capitalize native, as in Alaska
Native (or the less common Native Alaskan) and Native
Hawaiian, while others usually style it lowercase.
2. Intrinsic; innate.
[From Latin indigena, a native. See indigen.]
in·di·gen (i<breve>n'di<breve>-j?n, -je<breve>n')
also in·di·gene (-j?n, -je¯n')
One that is native or indigenous to an area.
[French indigène, native, a native, from Latin
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