Common Questions and a Response



A question and response format exploring commonly made racist statements. Context and examples give focus to issues relating to the South Island and to the Church.

Table of contents

Includes questions such as: What do you mean by Racism? But Maoris are just as racist as Pakehas – they hate Pacific Islanders don’t they? Shouldn’t Christians just love one another? What about Maori seats? What about Maori Affairs Department? I can’t see that we should feel unduly ‘repentant’ for the way they’ve been treated? Why are you making me feel guilty for something I didn’t do? I worked for what I got, why can’t I keep it? Maori language has no literature it isn’t useful, What is your tribe? We Pakeha don’t have a culture, There is no major issues involving Maori land in the South Island, Who is the official voice of the Maori people? Who do we believe? Some of my best friends are Maori and they don’t talk like this, Maori people are easy-going and lazy, why try to change them? The Maoris themselves are colonist – what are the Morioris? Some people seem to be advocating separate development – isn’t that apartheid? Why can’t we all just be one people?



Primary author: Nairn, Mitzi

Author biography: Pākehā

Publisher: National Council of Churches Programme on Racism

Publication format: Education hand-out, Fact sheets

Publication date:

Publication place: Tamaki Makaurau,

Publication availability: Yes

Publication location: Treaty Resource Centre

Catalog reference: AMNC-4 (Programme on Racism) and APW-1

Collection: Mitzi Nairn

Sector: Church

Formal group: Tauiwi Anti-Racism

Culture related topics: Racism

General related topics: Behavioural change, Equity/justice/fairness

Historical period: 20th