Granted but I do know – grew up among – die-hard kiwi blokes who were utterly blind to the validity of indigenous culture and claims.
That has now changed in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is difficult to pinpoint the agent of change but I will hazard a few possibilities.
1. The State took the lead with the Waitangi Tribunal and I urge readers to study its model. As indigenous groups expressed satisfaction with full and final settlement, confidence grew (among Pakeha*) that such settlement could be achieved – that is to say, they began to realize that the claims were reasonable and finite.
2. A number of writers (Michael King in particular) raised awareness through publishing popular biographies and Historical accounts. Through these, the “other’s” point of view became comprehensible.
3. 4th and 5th generation Pakeha (such as my own family – pioneering stock) found themselves more comfortable with a new generation of more integrated Maori leaders than with more recent immigrants (think Misrahim versus settlers).
4. Intermarriage and a new attitude to the whole idea of mixed race became not just acceptable but desirable, there was a paradigm shift in the aesthetic as the inescapable fact of Polynesian beauty and intellect became a component of the ideal.
I’m tempted to apologize for this brief, disjointed attempt to explain a complex process. As I re-read what I have written I see vast gaps – each item warrants a full essay. Suffice it to say that, in my opinion, the process of reconciliation requires more than a Western, purely material, approach. More important is the acknowledgement of past wrongs and the acceptance of the validity of the “other’s” culture, values and yes, aesthetic.
Zionism is a material culture. For all its claim to spiritual values, it is rooted in possession of real estate. It will fail.
*New Zealanders of European descent