Marama Fox on the Māori presence at the recent parliamentary protests

A Free Speech Union conversation

Marama Fox

Free Speech Union spokesperson Dane Giraud speaks to former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox about the Māori presence at the recent parliamentary protests. Marama (who would be briefly trespassed by Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard) spent a number of days on the ground and offers a detailed account of the Māori presence at the protest – who they were, why they were there – and what turned an initially positive and legitimate protest sour.

Marama discusses her opposition to mandates and the controlling impulses of the current government before discussing whether te reo Māori (the Māori language) – as the indigenous language of New Zealand – is a free speech issue, and how getting future generations to speak the language could hold the key to better race relations.