For those of you who found the letter to Rodney a bit long, or pompous, here is a short precis of why all New Zealanders should encourage Maori to be culturally assertive and proud of their language and culture.
Kapo-o-pango haka at its debut.
I am a pretty poor specimen of a man but I think we can all agree this is powerful stuff delivered with intensity and mana.
If a lot of hard work and suffering had not gone into battling for the rights of land, language and culture down to the present day we wouldn’t have this haka.
We would have this.
I rest my case.