The Moderator has released a message for Te Wiki o te reo Māori, Māori language week 2023. Rt Rev. Hamish Galloway writes:
What about an identity that is more closely aligned with our languages? This is certainly trending upward in our collective consciousness. It is not without knockers. There have been opinion pieces in the media lamenting the way some of our political parties are playing the race card. In August, Joel Maxwell wrote an article in Stuff with the headline “As election looms, can we have a safe campaign season for Māori?” In the article he pleads with politicians not to inflame, exploit or pander to anti-Māori bigotry.
Read the full message here.