National's race-relations policy seems to have moved from "one law for all" to "one language for all" (or maybe "speak English or die") with Wayne Mapp criticisng Statistics New Zealand's decision to offer a joint English / Maori census form in some areas as politically correct bilingualism. According to Mapp,
Statistics New Zealand has decided our country should not only have two official languages, but that we should also become bilingual... When did we have the debate on whether New Zealand should become bilingual?
While the Hansard isn't online, I'd hazard a guess at around the time Parliament passed the Maori Language Act 1987. This made Maori an official language of New Zealand, and explicitly allowed it to be used in legal proceedings. Since then, we've also seen wider use in Parliament and by government departments, and a growing (but still far from complete) tendency towards making government services more accessible to Maori speakers through greater use of the Maori language. Why? Because that's what being an "official language" means.
Statistics New Zealand's use of bilingual census forms is nothing unusual - and nothing new. As the article points out, they first started using them in 1996 - when National was in government. What has changed is that they're using them more widely - as the default in areas where Maori is widely spoken rather than being available only on request. And I don't see any problem with this. Unlike Mapp, the sight of written Maori does not fill me with fear and loathing and a sense of cultural insecurity; instead, it's an affirmation of New Zealand identity, as well as a useful practical step to ensure that everyone in New Zealand can participate in the census.
But then, I get the impression that Maori's ability to participate in the census (and by extension, government and society) is not exactly foremost in Wayne Mapp's mind. Instead, his "anti-PC" crusade is all about returning to the "good old days", when New Zealand was run by dead white males, for dead white males, and anyone who wasn't a dead white male (women, Maori, immigrants) could bugger off. Fortunately, our society has come a long way since then. Unfortunately, Wayne Mapp (and from the sound of it, his leader) doesn't seem to have realised it yet.