A recent survey by Asia NZ Foundation (ANZF) has revealed there is a deepening resentment to Asian immigrants from Maori.
The survey monitored the responses of New Zealanders towards the Asian population since 1997, and found that non-Maori kiwis have become more positive towards Asians but that Maori see them as competitors; the (ANZF) report reveals.
The Asian community are blamed for taking jobs from Maori, driving Maori to Australia, lacking cultural understanding and competing against Maori for cultural funding.
Paul Spoonley of Massey University told TV ONE’s Breakfast show, “Maori are much more concerned that Asians are not contributing economically to New Zealand and that they take jobs from New Zealanders and that they don’t mix”.
He says “the attitudes of Maori towards Asians is becoming increasingly more negative.
Trend Data from 2000 shows very noticeably that non-Maori New Zealanders and Maori are heading in different directions, Mr Spoonley says.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse told TVNZ’s Q and A show that he doesn’t know how widespread the opinion is throughout the Maori culture but that it would be a shame to see the country return to biculturalism.