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LETTER: Putting all the eggs in one basket

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Kata, Opinion


LETTER: Putting all the eggs in one basket

Letters for June 17, 2021

Dear Editor,

It’s not about financing the whole economy that’s what got us into our current predicament, it’s by relying on single sectors and industries, namely tourism. Too narrow focused.

It’s about supporting a practice that is already well set up on our islands, thanks to our ancestors who have continued to cultivate our fertile lands for centuries. We’ve done it before; we can do it again.

If Covid hasn’t shown us already, living off the land is a good thing, not working against it like seabed mining.

Also, public support is lacking for the ‘get rich quick’ scheme that is seabed mining. And it goes against our values as Indigenous Māori to involve ourselves in such a practice.

Brandon Mataio Jammae Ulfsby (Facebook)