Equality in New Zealand

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    New Zealand is a small nation in the South Pacific. It's population of four and a half million are multicultural.

    In 1986, New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law Reform followed in 2005 with the Civil Union Bill.

    Now in 2013, the people have legalised Same Sex Marriage and the Parliament tonight passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. The Ayes were 77 and the Noes were 44 and New Zealand proudly becomes the 13th country in the world to sanction gay marriage.

    If we can do this in our little piece of paradise, other countries should follow our lead. The time has come to overcome homophobia and bigotry and live together in a new age.

    KGB.
     

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    The ironic thing is that I was told the Kiwis are about 50/60 years behind culturally. Well, in your face, person who told me.

    You still all have a funny accent though. :p
     
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    You may as well add France to that list, even though it hasn't gone down well to say the least!
     
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    Yay go New Zealand! Our turn will come this summer.
     
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    How long do you think though to New Zealand has it's first Maori prime minister?
     
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    His father was born in Australia although of Irish descent,his mother was Heni Materoa herself the granddaughter of two Maori chiefs.

    I don't understand the bit about it being one hundred years ago.

    After inserting what I imagine the original questioner meant, the word "until", I was just pointing out it had already happened.By the way the Prime Minister is elected by the party not in a general election.
     
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    New Zealand and France.:D

    Double dam, I was going to post a reply similar, but you beat me to it.:eek:
     
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    So in other words, it's not like he was some off-the-street Maori guy.

    Because it was a hundred years ago? What about since then?

    Well, not to infer what the questioner was intending, but it would seem there was an attempt to point out the lack of Maori PMs.

    Obviously.
     
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    If the idea is to say NZ could do better at equality for Maori and others then the answer is yes.If the question is have they done better with equality issues than most other western countries then the answer is yes,hands down in some cases.
     
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    I agree, and I think that was the intent of the original question. They do well, definitely, though.

    Nope, not making a comparison.
     
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    If the Kiwis operated at all like the US congress, each round of floor debate would be initiated with a series of Hakas.
     
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    I'd be game for that. That would be cool, as long as the Spice Girls don't insult everyone like they did when they did it..

    However, just thinking seeing Pelosi, Feinstein, and Bachmann doing the Haka makes me want to break out with a serious case of garbage gut. :eek: :D

    EDIT: though I still am waiting for someone down there during any House or Senate debate to break out in the Harlem Shake. ;)

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    New Zealand has no senate, just a Westminster styled parliament, a house of representatives of 121 members. They presently operate under a Mixed Member Proportional representation (MMP)

    And yes, NZ has been leaders in many fields of endeavour, though this thread was originally about NZ becoming the 13th country to enact gay marriage.

    KGB:cool:
     
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    Found this important message sliced on a sandwich

    The worst fears of conservatives have come to fruition after New Zealand’s approval of gay marriage suddenly and unexpectedly resulted in polygamy, bestiality and interspecies marriage.

    “We were warned about the slippery slope but just didn’t believe it,” lamented New Zealand’s President Peter Jackson. “If only we had listened to conservative Christians, my daughter would not now be married to two horses and a rooster. Truly the fabric of civilization is unraveling before our very eyes!”

    Reports of nearly 500 human to fish weddings are flooding in, with the number expected to increase. Richard Dawkins went online with apologetic words as he reported that due to spawning methods, Fish-People would soon outnumber humans in the region by 30 to 1, taking our jobs, eventually learning to feast upon the flesh of man until our species is no more, and the Fish-People rule the Earth. Attempts to overturn the destructive gay marriage law have been unsuccessful as the law was sealed into place with a magic Maori love song. “We … told you,” said Pope Francis, “We gdf told you this would happen”.
     
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    Great message, and terrific knife control by whoever sliced it into your sandwich!!:eek:
     
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    Congrats New Zealand!!!

    Maybe someday the USA will get there. Too bad we have a lot more stupid than a good chunk of the world :/
     

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