Apr 12, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

New Feature: Are We There Yet?

2 min read

From now until the election in November, TangataWhenua.com will be releasing a series of articles that focus on the wish list of Generation Xers; their hopes, dreams, aspirations and vision for New Zealand society.

These articles are foreshadowed by almost 30 years of experimentation, especially in relation to economics and race-relations. Generation Xers follow directly after the Baby Boomers and were born between1965 and 1981.

In some ways, Xers came of age or are the children of the revolution that occurred in New Zealand society between 1984 and 1996.
In 1984, following the civil unrest of the broader protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Maori demands for recognition of the Treaty, the Springbok Tour and the downturn in the global economy, the Fourth Labour Government came to power.

They faced two crises: race-relations and economics.

Upon taking the reins of power, the Fourth Labour Government implemented a reformist agenda that introduced two key policies: neo-liberalism (Rogernomics) and biculturalism.

These two policies would change New Zealand society markedly. From 1984 to 1996, New Zealand underwent a period of systematic reform now characterised as a revolution, which was initiated by Labour and continued by National.

Throughout this period, successive governments implemented into social policy a number of key reforms that centred on addressing issues relating to race-relations and economics. The reforms would result in a change of electoral system from FPP (First Past the Post) to MMP (Mixed Member Proportional representation) which is now, in 2011, under review.

Any experiment should have an outcome or outcomes and after nearly 30 years of social experimentation, now is the time to ask Are we there yet?

What are the issues that are important to our generation?

The contributors to these articles are Mums and Dads, sisters and brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, friends, academics, teachers, journalists, writers, researchers, analysts, activist poets and artists, professionals, workers and beneficiaries. Theyre our neighbours, the people in our communities and come from all walks of life.

Each has something to say about how they see New Zealand. Some accounts are personal, others political and some expressed through poetry or art.

They may not answer the question of Are we there yet, but they may provide another insight into a path not yet taken.

“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
Our achievements are not ours alone but belong to the many

Nga mihi aroha, nga mihi miharo.
Are We There Yet Contributors 2011.

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