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How do Maori respond to the next wave of colonisation?

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MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Statistics released by Statistics NZ show that the Asian-NZ population will overtake Māori by 2038...

Statistics released by Statistics NZ show that the Asian-NZ population will overtake Māori by 2038...

The broad Asian ethnic group will increase the most over the period. This group’s population is projected to rise from 540,000 in 2013 to 1.2-1.4 million in 2038. The Pacific ethnic group is also projected to rise significantly, from 340,000 in 2013 to 530,000-650,000 in 2038.

The Māori population is projected to surpass 1 million by 2038, with growth in all regions.

The impact of the Asian-NZ population tripling in the space of 20 years and overtaking Māori has political, economic and cultural ramifications that haven't been discussed yet it's a debate that is already running.

Chinese influence in NZ politics has been recently criticised by University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady whose academic report, 'Magic Weapons: China's political influence under Xi Jinping' is a damning insight into allegations that the National Party have become compromised by Chinese business interests.

Senior National Party figures who all have personally vested commercial interests with large Chinese companies, economic policy that benefits these aforementioned Chinese companies and an extraordinary allegation that China have purchased NZ Farms to test Chinese military missile targeting with near space weather balloon testing sites all add up to serious questions about China's growing power over the political and economic direction of the country.

How do Māori fortify their position in NZ society when they face a second great wave of colonisation?

I think Māori can only retain the bi-cultural framework of our country by forcing trough Constitutional amendments that recognise that bi-cultural framework. An upper chamber of Parliament that was 50-50 split between Māori and Pakeha that could act as a House of Lords Parliamentary handbrake on any legislation that compromises the Treaty is one solid solution to cement in place the special relationship Māori have as the indigenous people of NZ.

If real power is not protected from external influence, we end up with the situation we now have with the National Party where you question if policy is being written for Wellington or Beijing.

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