New Zealand: Outrage at calls for Waitangi (Maori) burqa ban

Members of the public at Waitangi during the Waitangi Day dawn service (NZME.)

he banning of the burka at Waitangi has angered Maori and Muslims alike.
A call by a Ngapuhi hapu leader to ban the burqa at this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations has outraged Maori and Muslim.

Why would it ‘outrage’ Maoris when it is something totally alien to their culture?

Te Matarahurahu hapu elder David Rankin said the traditional Muslim dress should be banned at next week’s 175th anniversary at Waitangi because it symbolises “Islam’s direct threat to our rangatiratanga (sovereignty) and our culture”.

There is nothing “traditional” about the burqa. It doesn’t belong in New Zealand or anywhere else.

Mr Rankin said his comments were intended to spur debate about “droves” of Maori converting to Islam, a religion which he said “condemns cultures that do not comply with its rules”…

  • FactsWillOut

    Burqa bans do nothing.
    We need more people willing to stand up and ridicule the people that wear them.

    • BillyHW

      We need to ban muslims!

      • FactsWillOut

        +10 for saying Muslims, instead of cop-outs like Islam or radicals.
        Too bad the government is on the Muslims side.

      • Frau Katze

        Now you’re talking! Burqas are just a symptom.

  • BillyHW

    “has angered Maori”

    I think what they meant was liberal journalists were angered on behalf of Maori.

    • Exile1981

      Actually it angered the Maori who have given up their culture to join the cult of death – islam. The article does mention that a lot of Maori have converted lately.

      • Kiwi

        Those would be the overrepresented Maori in jail!

        • Exile1981

          Yes for some reason the religion of peace seems to be over represented in Canadian jails, and I here the same if true of the US, France , England, Sweden, Norway…. well pretty much all the EU.

  • dukestreet

    Somehow, I can’t see it bothering Maoris,except for those who’ve converted and become Muslims. The left is using this, as usual. He is correct and the Maoris are very careful to maintain their culture. Anyone who has one sixteenth of Maori blood can get benefits similar to natives in Canada so, there are a lot of them.

  • Suzanne

    Ill be there in a few weeks.