Although there’s been a lot of mainstream coverage of Goff’s Orewa-lite speech there hasn’t been much analysis yet. That seems appropriate for a politician as irrelevant as Goff but I’m struck by the dearth of support he’s received from The Standard and Red Alert. They haven’t even mentioned the speech – it’s hard not to read the vacuum as an embarrassed silence.
I went back and took a look at Brash’s Orewa speech – I note that it also had the title of ‘Nationhood’. Here’s Brash in 04:
So let me begin by asking, what sort of nation do we want to build?
Is it to be a modern democratic society, embodying the essential notion of one rule for all in a single nation state?
Or is it the racially divided nation, with two sets of laws, and two standards of citizenship, that the present Labour Government is moving us steadily towards?
Here’s Goff yesterday:
We can choose our future based on principle and with the interests of all New Zealanders at heart.
Or we can have a country where one New Zealander is turned against another, Maori against Pakeha
the topic I will focus on today, is the dangerous drift towards racial separatism in New Zealand, and the development of the now entrenched Treaty grievance industry.
. . . the government is keeping the grievance going.If you can never settle Treaty grievances, there can never be healing, and you keep alive a grievance from one age into another.
National is absolutely committed to completing the settlement of historical grievances. We will ensure that the process is accelerated and brought to a conclusion. It must then be wound up
We must address grievance, but we must not sustain it.
What we are seeing is the emergence of a population in New Zealand of multi-ethnic heritage – a distinct South Seas race of New Zealanders – where more and more of us will have a diverse ancestry. Hopefully, we will get joy and pride from all the different elements that go to make us who we are.
There is so much New Zealanders have to be proud of, so much we have to achieve together. We can be proud of the bi-cultural foundation of our nation and the multicultural nature of our community today.
We will deal with the foreshore issue by legislating to return to the previous status quo . . . Public ownership leaves room for recognising limited customary rights, but we will not allow customary title.
The government has a choice between sticking with the status quo, which guarantees access but allows for agreements around customary rights, and the alternative of never ending court battles.
Labour believes in access for all New Zealanders, with respect for custom and heritage.
Obviously Brash went furthur – he promised to abolish the Maori seats, Goff isn’t there yet. But it is essentially the same speech with the same title, updated for contemporary issues.