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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 25. 6 October 1972

Humanist' Yes — To Pakeha

Humanist' Yes — To Pakeha


In reply to Margaret Davey's letter entitled 'Down a Local Brown" in the Salient edition of Thursday 28th 1972:

Miss Davey as an atheist/humanist cannot accept what she beleives superstition. I will not attempt to impose hers on me. What I will attempt to do is bring to her notice some simple facts:
1)As any anthropologist will tell you, all cultures are based on superstitions, to explain the "unexplainable."
2)If Margaret Davey were to deign to attempt a course in Maori studies she would find how little she really knows about Maori tribal arrangement. Everyone has an opportunity to express his point of view. The elder would soon find his authority undermined should he at any time disregard popular opinion. I refer Margaret Davey as an example to the ostracism of Te Tahi
3)It is true that the Maori was, and is, a fiery fellow. If Margaret Davey were to even slightly consider a course in Maori language she would come to understand just what these "war like" haka refer to. Margaret Davey has obviously never heard of a certain Ngati Porou haka of procreation.
4)Dear Margaret Davey, if your mana, your land, your very identity were stolen from you, you would be forgiven for imbibing a little.

Yours Darkly

T.C. Roa.