This is Aotearoa New Zealand – Dame Susan Devoy

A Dunedin man who slammed anyone who supports te reo Māori as a “boring bigot” in a recent opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times needs to remember exactly where he lives, says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

“Anyone who complains about te reo Māori being used and celebrated in this country need to get one thing straight: this is New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand – so get used to it,” said Dame Susan.

“This year marks 30 years since te reo was made an official language of its own country. We’ve come a long way since then but it’s clear that some of us have longer to go than others.”