Mandela was entirely justified.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called some of the actions of the para-military organisation he founded, and would not denounce, a "gross violation of human rights". Of the 200 civilians who died in its terror, 140 were black.
Yeah, but you can’t say it.
Can and should. The organisation he helped found planted land mines, conducted bombings (inlcuding, for example, shopping centres and bars) and torture. Many (most?) of its civilian death were black.
G Edgeler: Terrorist? Patriot surely.
Are the two really contradictory?
Margaret Thatcher called Nelson Mandela a terrorist
Nelson Mandela was a Terrorist.
accepting NZ Super, a Parliamentary pension, and an MP’s salary all at the same time.
Are you sure it was all three at once?
A partial result - the select committee has recommended that the bit of the law that would allow the executive to amend references to "crime" in statutes by regulation should be removed. If there are any such references remaining, it will be up to Parliament to make the amendments itself.
The specific changes around the computer crime offence and other such matter stay, however.
So there would have been a time between a re-enrolment and census filing where I would have had rather different answers to that question.
I'm sure you're not the only one, but I suspect there won't be many.
It is a little frustrating, but if people take offense at a word, then using the word for them is offensive.
Pretty much. There are a lot of words that weren't offensive when first used, but which have taken on such a meaning. A number of words dealing with disability probably fit in this. And it's not just New Zealand with racial/ethnic words: a teacher I know had gasps from students when first using the word black in relation to the US civil rights movement.
Really? How does that work?
Ethnicity is more self-identified. Someone may know that they have one Māori great-great-grandmother, but consider themselves Pākehā (or Han Chinese, or whatever), not self-identifying as Māori in any way.
The question: 'are you descended from a Māori?', however isn't a question where changing how you feel can change the answer.
Thanks. I meant the (main) ethnicity question rather than the specific Maori ancestry one.
Ah, I see where I differ. I see the ethnicity question as asking about ethnicity, and the ancestry question as asking about something different: your race, and the race of your direct ancestors.
What would the numbers look like if they used the main Ethnicity question instead?
Is there a main ethnicity question? There's an ethnicity question, but I didn't think there was a question which asked you your main ethnicity.
However, if the answers to the ethnicity question were used, the number of Māori seats would be slightly lower, as the number of people who are of Māori descent is higher than the number of people who include Māori as one of their ethnicities.