How to complain about Herald series

“Despite their loudmouthed, righteous preaching and straw-manning against ‘hate speech’ and racism, the New Zealand Herald is now the publisher of a systematic, targeted anti-white crusading hit piece. How ironic.”

That was a comment on Facebook about “Land of the Long White Cloud – confronting NZ’s colonial past”, a seven-part series published by the NZ Herald in print and video in the week of October 20.

We think a few complaints should be sent in to the new Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon, to see what he does.

For your convenience, we have outlined a pro forma complaint. Of course, you probably have your own reactions that could be much more interesting than ours. Our supporters could easily send in 1000 complaints. Would he ignore them?

The complaint form is at https://www.hrc.co.nz/complaint-form/ There are boxes to fill in. You can cut and paste from here if you wish.

You must enter your name and contact details, and there is a section seeking to create a demographic profile of complainants.

You are complaining about “Land of the Long White Cloud – confronting NZ’s colonial past”, a seven-part series published by the NZ Herald in print and video in the week of October 20.

Your complaint is because you believe you or people you know have been discriminated against because of your colour, ethical belief, ethnic or national origin, political opinion, race, and that this constitutes racial harassment.

When did it happen? In the week of October 20.

What happened? The NZ Herald published a targeted, anti-white, crusading, hit piece.

“Racism”, according to Oxford English Dictionary, is “the theory that human abilities are determined by race, but “racialism” is “belief in the superiority of a particular race, and refers to antagonism between races”.

The Herald series singles out Pakeha New Zealanders as racist and unwilling to admit it. This offends you as a New Zealander, either because you have English-Irish ancestry or because you disagree with racist attacks on fellow citizens.

The New Oxford Companion to Law defines “hate speech” as “expression which is likely to cause offence or distress to other individuals on the basis of their association with a particular group”.

The allegation that Pakeha New Zealanders should feel guilty and should do something about it has offended you.

What kind of solution would you like?

The Race Relations Commissioner should publicly warn the NZ Herald to desist from and apologise for singling out Pakeha New Zealanders as racist.

The Race Relations Commissioner should also publicly warn the NZ Herald to desist from and apologise for alleging that Pakeha New Zealanders should feel guilty for and do something about the alleged misdeeds of some people who lived here in the 19th century.

Let’s see if Meng Foon does anything to address the double standard on race relations in New Zealand.

“Land of the Long White Cloud – confronting NZ’s colonial past” may be accessed by copying that headline, pasting it into a search bar, and searching.

Petitions update

Thank you to all who signed our petition to welcome the visit of the flotilla including the replica of the Endeavour that carried Captain James Cook here 250 years ago. The visit continues until December 6. We set up the petition to counter another petition to stop the visit, claiming it was racist. They collected 3235 signatures, while we have so far collected 5353. Our petition may be signed at http://chng.it/jKMjXXMwGd

We launched another petition which asks Parliament to amend the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 to restore public ownership of the coastal area, put all claims through the High Court, and repeal customary marine title, while affirming customary rights. We have picked up 5493 signatures to date. We need your support. The petition may be signed at http://chng.it/stXwrrtFLY

Meanwhile, our petition to evict protesters at Ihumatao, and for the Government to allow both Te Kawerau a Maki and Fletchers to proceed with their lawful business, has collected 2644 signatures. The petition may be signed at  http://chng.it/xPN6P55k

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