Damian Light, United Future
There is definitely tension, especially on some issues, however I believe that we are in a better place than we used to be. Treaty settlements are being taken seriously and helping to heal some of the wounds of the past. That said it’s naive to think that compensation (money or otherwise) will ever absolve some of the shocking crimes of the past. It’s not a case of forget but forgive, which can only happen with serious attempts to reconcile the past and improve the present and future.Is there more that can be done – always. The key is dialogue and open conversation. We need to get better at listening and learning from each other. We are so lucky to live in an incredible multicultural county and together we are the most unique place on earth.
Anne-Elise Smithson, Greens
I don’t think the relationship between Maori and Pakeha is sour, no.