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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Indigent Indigene

Remember the self proclaimed indigenous Minister for Wainuiomartians? Appears he misled the house when he claimed to have "rooted out" race based policies blah blah blah. Trouble is, he forgot to root around in his own office.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3306292a6160,00.html

Well someone should ask the callow youth (Oxford definition of swain) who looks after indigent immigrants. Three weeks ago, a friend of mine applied for a job advertised by the Immigration Department and was sent a job description. Amongst the characterisitics and qualitites required of applicants was an 'understanding of Treaty Principles.'

Of course my friend could not resist and phoned up some poor bugger at the employment agency. She politely asked if someone sould tell her what the "treaty principles " are so that she could make sure she understood them before interview time arrived. Her request was met first by silence, then by stammering confusion, then by "I don't know, I'll refer your question to the employer."

That was three weeks ago. Maybe Paul Swain is still trying to figure out what they are. He should ask Mallard and then get Cullen to change the odd word or two where there is need for two meanings, one for Maori radicals and the other for the rest of New Zealand. It's called nuancing.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 6/08/2005 09:42:00 am

1 Comments:

Blogger Lucyna said...

Oh that's almost funny. My sister in law told me that they had to do singing and dancing in Maori to improve their knowledge of the treaty of waitangi. I asked her if she was allowed to refuse, she said that if she'd refused then it would go down on her performance review and she's most likely not get pay increases.

6/08/2005 10:07:00 am  

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