Syd Jackson

  1. If providing legal rights for Māori children in courts is violence, then we are guilty of it.
  2. As tāngata whenua we should be seeking nothing less than the restoration of what we once had.
  3. We wanted to eliminate racism in this country, and that developed very quickly for me into the belief that we really had no option but to take the country back.
  4. We focused on making our people, strong, proud and … arrogant, of who they are and what they are.
  5. I started to study political science and have been a political junky ever since.
  6. I believe the Maori in the Anti Apartheid movement were the balls of the movement. We were the kaha of the movement because we were fighting not only for the rights of our brothers and sisters in South Africa but for our rights.
  7. We have never talked about any desire to input violence into this country. But that essentially violence has been imposed upon us by colonialism.
  8. I was not prepared to be threatened at gun point with a gun being directed at my stomach from 6 feet to be intimidated to get into a police car when I knew that I did not have to. I was very calm as I knew instinctively that if did or said anything wrong, that that gun would be discharged and I would be dead.
  9. If running a petition to have Maori language taught in schools is violence, then we are guilty of violence. If making submissions to the statutory revision committee on the Race Relations Act is violence, then we are guilty violence. If providing legal advise for Maori children in courts is violence, then we are guilty of it. But at no time have we taken part in any action that could be construed as violent.