Potemkin wrote:You mean the Maoris have only just noticed that all these white fuckers have started to settle on their land...?
Economically, they were significantly better off as a result of British settlement. The same cannot be shown for post-war immigration waves, regardless of where the immigrants came from.
Political Interest wrote:
They are a relatlively large portion of the population. They constitute fourteen percent of New Zealand. That is not a very large number of people, granted, but it is still much larger than any other indigenous groups in lands where Anglo-Saxons settled.
As far as I am aware they are a fast growing ethnic group. In my opinion this is very positive. I am always in favour of all efforts to restore the position of the Maori people in their native country.
It would not surprise me that they would be skeptical about mass immigration. Afterall, mass settlement from Europe already ruined their demographic position long ago. Why would they want more migration to make them an even smaller portion of the population in their own country? I think Europeans in New Zealand should assimilate and integrate into the local culture which could include learning Maori when the time comes.
If I remember correctly they were expected to be around 20% of the population by 2040. I don't know how much immigration would change that projection, if at all.
The argument I've heard, among others, is that they might become "just another minority" in the future, as newcomers might have less appreciation for their status as the indigenous population and over time erode the current consensus and legal arrangements.
As for the majority assimilating into a minority culture, this is just not going to happen which should be obvious for anybody with a modicum of understanding about human nature. It's not a question of right and wrong, but what is realistic.