Joris opines thusly:
As New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner I appreciate why such a policy would have been adopted, particularly because of the racial discrimination in sport that existed in South Africa under apartheid. However, there is no such discrimination in New Zealand: people of all ethnic backgrounds are eligible to play in New Zealand's national, regional and local representative teams, and alongside that, consistent with the principle of freedom of association, people are free to play together in any other combination.
The New Zealand Maori rugby team has a proud history in New Zealand and has the support of the community as a whole. He goes on...and on...
Joris ignores the fact that the South African National team is racially selected (this time whites are excluded) and that the Maaaori All Blacks exclude white folk.
Didn't we have riots over this in the 1980s?
You would also find that this issue would split opinion country wide, so no consensus and therefore support exists.
The intellectual rigor that leads the former silly putty manufacturer down this garden path ends up making further mockery of his mock position as NZ's "Race Relations" Commissar and calls into question his usefulness.
There is always his former Black & White Minstrels job to go back to I suppose.
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