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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 37, Number 1. 6th March 1974

The Opening of Parliament

The Opening of Parliament

Oun Mihaka handing out leafletsl at the opening of Parliament. He had a banner declaring "You are Queen of White New Zealand Only".

The following open letter was distributed among the crowd at parliament to see he Queen arrive for the opening ceremony.

An open letter to Her Majesty the Queen of "England".

We the representatives of all the ethnic minority peoples of the so-called "Common-wealth Family" oppose your visit to the shores of our home for the undermentioned reasons.....

1)You are an imposter elected to your present position by the racist dictators who administrate our affairs, as Queen and Head of the British Commonwealth.
2)"Two races one people" this is only so between the "white English, European, colonizers" and the "white New Zealand offspring colonial majority".
3)At Waitangi many promises were made to us All but one was broken. You promised to keep our land, and you did.
4)Your past visits to our home have always left a bad taste in our mouths, to remember you by. (a) 1953 the Tangiwai disaster; (b) The Waitangi disaster.

And all the contributions you made to the bereaved of the unfortunate was to offer yours and your husbands sympathies and condolances.

Finally because of the dehumanizing, political and economical inequalities that exist today and the skilful deceptive measures, that your administrators go to present this racially equal and harmonious facade, we are compelled to continually oppose you status, and that which you represent.

Yours sincerely,

Na uri o nga tangata whenua: Ka whawhai tonu matou, ake ake ano.