Manukau Courier : March 11th 2011
2 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 11, 2011 OPINION To help you protect your eyes this Summer we are offering a free tint and UV protection with any prescription glasses until April 1st 2011. The University of Auckland Clinics The University of Auckland offers a wide range of services at its teaching clinics. These provide the community with professional ser vices at competitive prices, utilising world-class research and equipment. Our services include: Health and Performance Hearing and Tinnitus Optometry Psychology Speech Language Therapy For more information about our services please visit www.clinics.auckland.ac.nz Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 9 923 9909 Great range of eyewear and lenses Our Optometry clinic offers the highest standard of care for eye examinations. We have a dispensing optician at each clinic location who, with our ﬁnal year students, will guide you through your options and provide the expert care you need to select the best choice of eyewear for you personally. This includes the choice of not only the frame design but the material, coating and colour of the lenses. To ensure the best care for your eyes we only provide prescription lenses to those who have had an eye examination with us. An eye exam costs $47 for adults and $30 for children and Gold Card holders. So come in and have a look at our range and talk to our friendly team or call 923 9909 to book an eye examination at our Glen Innes or Grafton Clinic. Protect your eyes against the summer sun "There is high UV radiation intensity in New Zealand with parts of the country receiving up to 40% more radiation than places of similar latitude in the Northern Hemisphere."* High UV radiation intensity damages eye tissue and can cause burning of the eye's surface leading to temporary 'snow blindness,' or in the long term cataracts can develop. It is especially important to protect children's eyes from an early age -- although it is never too late for adults to start protecting their eyes too. To help you look after your eyes, we offer a great selection of fashionable sunglasses at reasonable prices. All our sunglasses are designed to take prescription lenses. The dispensing team will guide you in selecting the best frame and lens package to suit your lifestyle. *www.niwa.co.nz Questions for Act over Maori special treatment Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM I'll be speaking at the Act Party's national conference this weekend and my subject is why Maori should have special treatment in this country. I'm looking forward to this opportunity and engaging with Act members. I intend to challenge them for the disgraceful way they have played the race card over the past few years. For too long their behav- iour and that of their leader Rodney Hide has gone unchallenged by the media. This no special treatment for Maori'' nonsense that Hide likes to spout about is one of the most dishonest and racist rants any politician can make. It is an extension of the rubbish that Winston Peters and Don Brash used to come out with. To say that Maori shouldn't have special treatment is not only to deny historical fact but is also designed to capi- talise on the ignorance and racism of New Zealanders. Maori do have special rights granted to them under the Treaty of Waitangi. The treaty acknowledged Maori tino rangatiratanga, ie, their absolute chieftainship or sovereign power. At the signing, the British Crown did not possess tino rangatiratanga or absolute chieftainship of the kind that Maori held but rather they sought simply to govern the country. The treaty clearly spells out the indigenous status of Maori which is confirmed by the Crown. That is why Maori have a special place in this country. That Maori were betrayed almost immediately by the Crown is not the fault of Maori. That they lost more than 60 million acres of land is not their fault. And just because poli- ticians over the years like Winston Peters, Don Brash and Rodney Hide choose to have historical amnesia and continue to play the race card again is not Maori people's fault. The treaty remains the central pillar of our consti- tution and those unique rights that were accorded to Maori in the treaty have not disappeared. They remain intact despite what has happened to Maori historically and despite the treachery from politicians. Their decision to constantly ignore historical evidence and perpetrate the myth that Maori are some type of privi- leged race is one of the reasons why race relations continues to stagnate and is perhaps the main reason why many Pakeha can't accept that Maori do have special rights under the treaty. That's not racism or prefer- ential treatment. It's just an historical fact and hopefully I'll get Act's membership to acknowledge it.
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