In his immigration policy launch speech, Winston Peters complained that
[w]e have now reached the point where you can wander down Queen Street in Auckland and wonder if you are still in New Zealand - or some other country.
The problem is that many of those whose presence Winston is objecting to, and who make Queen St an "alien" place to his elderly supporters, are citizens, whether by naturalisation or birth. And as such, they have as much of a right to be here as Winston himself. Unless Winston is proposing stripping people of citizenship on the basis of ethnicity - something which might stir some memories - so he can "send them back where they came from", those who are feeling culturally insecure will just have to get used to it. Just as they have had to get used to Maori asserting their cultural identity (though I expect many of Winston's mob of adoring pensioners aren't too happy about that either).
I should really have made this point in saturday's post, but I was pursuing another angle then...