Manukau Courier : April 11th 2014
2 MANUKAU COURIER, APRIL 11, 2014 NEWS $ & www.manukaucourier.co.nz Office Ph 272 7017 Editor Judith Tucker Sales Manager Stuart Palmer " # Deliveries Ph 525 2022 Fax 633 1958 Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 634 5600 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 13) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday to Clendon, Clover Park, Favona, Flat Bush, Goodwood Heights, Hill Park, Homai, Mahia Park, Mangere Bridge, Mangere Central, Mangere East, Manukau Central, Manukau Heights, Manurewa, Manurewa East, Middlemore, Otahuhu, Otara, Papatoetoe, Peninsula Park, Puhinui, Randwick Park, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Wattle Downs, Weymouth, Wiri. 70,362 !$ UC@QVaaG@8PHQ6I` 68SPTT CruhqhuvvuTurhHq " ' ' Irarhyhqyh trvv & ( Thyyhvr rr $ 9rh rq # Vshv & ! 6puh trs r vpr " " Phrtr # $ Uutu # & A r y " ( Dhpvv & 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. Box 76-400, Manukau. ! Shvphvr # !" Eqvpvhyurh vt $ !# 9rrqr & !$ 9rr v hvs qh qh r # " # 9PXI Bihpxhqrhy % ! 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The millions spent on this three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be better used on writing a new constitution for us to become a republic, with the Treaty of Waitangi being accepted (as it is now) as our founding document. That doesn’t make me an anti-royalist but a pro-New Zealander. We cannot ever forget or totally discard our ties to the motherland. Our histories will be forever entwined but it really is time we cut the apron strings to England and started creating our very own history. The pull on the heart strings for the monarchy is wavering. When the Queen Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM first visited in the 1950s the crowds, Maori and Pakeha, were wall-to-wall. As head of state she was afforded the appropriate level of respect, as are William and Kate. While these two can still pull a crowd there’s nowhere near as much interest as there was all those years ago. We can still become a republic and retain some links to the monarchy. As many will know, my mum June Jackson is a dame honoured for her work with Maori and prisoners. And while I’m very proud of Mum, I’m opposed to these types of honours. However, I accept that the majority of Kiwis favor them. But that doesn’t mean we are forever trapped into this space of being subservient. While I don’t agree with some of the more radical protesters like Dun Mihaka, who famously mooned William’s parents Prince Char- les and Princess Diana in 1983 in Paraparaumu, I get why he did it. Had Mihaka held a sign on the street voicing his concerns of English domination over Maori, his act would never have made world headlines or escalated Maori grievances on to a global stage. Now is the perfect time for us as a country to have a constructive conversation on how we shape our future for our kids and grandkids. This doesn’t have to be a shouting match about the rights and wrongs of the past. 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Immigration New Zealand is giving Settlement Support New Zealand a helping hand by providing a new information service from July 1. This will include answering settlement-related phone and email questions by the Immigration Contact Centre, from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and extra support to employers. Face-to-face support will be provided for new migrants and more settlement information will be online. Call Immigration NZ on 914 4100 or go to immigration.govt.nz.
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