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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 7. Tuesday, June 18, 1963

NZ Racialism — White NZ Policy Very Subtle

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NZ Racialism

White NZ Policy Very Subtle

Maoris are being discriminated against in North Auckland. They are only allowed into the Public Baths on Thursdays—the day before the water is changed.

Father Haley revealed this when speaking to the WAC Camp during the holidays.

He also told of an instance where the head office of a bank refused to employ a Maori. A teacher had told a bank manager he had a bright pupil who wished to go into a good job. The manager declared that he would greet anyone with open arms. When told that the boy was a Maori, the manager had to refer the matter to head office, who would not employ the boy.

Father Haley said Maoris were becoming unfairly regarded as an inferior social group. Of the 90,000 under 16 many were moving to the towns. Bad housing and a high crime rate resulted. This shift and its consequences was a trend throughout South East Asia.

The Pakeha's theoretical ideas about the Maori were not realistic. Important sociological and psychological trends needed to be taken into account.

"The Hunn report was a disaster," he said. "The lack of sociologists had made it one-sided. Its professed policy was integration, its real policy was assimilation.

"New Zealanders give Hindus and Chinese the impression they are here on suffrance," said Father Haley at the WAC Camp.

They were becoming a race apart in New Zealand. The problem they present cannot be solved by ignoring them. Like the Maoris, they found difficulties in putting their talents to use. Graduates worked in greengrocer shops. Father Haley said he knew of one Chinese who worked in a bank serving only Chinese customers. There is probably similar discrimination against them by banks and large businesses.

New Zealand had a very clever White New Zealand policy, concluded Father Haley recently. Whenever there is an emergency overseas, she is always in first with an application for a couple of hundred refugees to care for.

In this way she gains a very good name overseas. But when a non-Britisher wants to come to New Zealand he finds it very difficult. Applications have to be made to the minister, who never publishes how many applications are received and rejected.