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  • Government’s failure to send representative to Kīngitanga hui a missed opportunity

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    16 January, 2024
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    Government’s failure to send representative to Kīngitanga hui a missed opportunity  

    The Free Speech Union calls out the Government for failing to send a representative to the Kīngitanga hui this weekend and missing an opportunity to participate in an important discussion. The role of The Treaty/Te Tiriti, te reo, and race relations more generally are fraught and complex issues. Wananga and kōrero are crucial, and we commend the Kīngitanga for this kaupapa, says Jonathan Ayling, Chief Executive of the Free Speech Union.

    “Amidst complex disagreements surrounding The Treaty/Te Tiriti, constructive dialogue is what’s needed to make a path forward. That is exactly what the Kīngitanga hui is providing at Tūrangawaewae Marae this weekend. The Government should have a representative there. It is disappointing that they declined this opportunity to participate in free speech and exchange perspectives.

    As the Government is taking a policy stance on The Treaty/Te Tiriti, they ought to embrace the challenge of hearing dissenting voices and seek to understand these with a spirit of manākitanga and kotahitanga: respect and unity, despite differences.

    “The Kīngitanga’s national hui was announced in response to growing concern at the Government’s policies regarding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. They invite all to foster dialogue and greater unity on these contentious issues.

    “We support the Kīngitanga’s initiative to talk, discuss, debate, and listen and look forward to joining this hui.”

    ENDS

  • Free Speech Union welcomes announcement of Kīngitanga hui and applauds call for constructive dialogue

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    07 December, 2023
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    Free Speech Union welcomes announcement of Kīngitanga hui and applauds call for constructive dialogue 

    In response to growing concern at the Government’s policies regarding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Kīngitanga has announced a national hui to which ‘all are invited’, to foster dialogue and greater unity on these contentious issues. This is a positive response and the sort of leadership we need to ensure that New Zealanders are able to speak openly on these important questions, says Jonathan Ayling, Chief Executive of the Free Speech Union. 

    Differences alone do not cause division- it is the manner in which we address them that does. All New Zealanders have the right to be free, frank and fierce in their speech. This should be done while embracing opposing views with a spirit of manākitanga and kotahitanga; care for one another and with a desire to have unity despite our differences. 

    “Where so many would seek to silence discussions that have the potential to cause division, Kiingi Tuheitia’s royal proclamation will create an environment where all Kiwis can kōrero and wānanga; we have written to him to applaud this decision to facilitate a tolerant and inclusive discussion, and to offer our support in this endeavour.  

    “Inflammatory rhetoric exists on both sides of this discussion, yet the way to beat bad ideas is with better ideas; not silencing opponents or resorting to personal attacks and dogma. As New Zealand seeks to consider this complex debate, we call on all actors to take up the Kiingi’s kaupapa and use free speech and constructive dialogue to set a path forward. 

    Kia rangona te kōrero!” 

    ENDS

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