Remember when Paul Henry wasn't sure if our Governor General was enough of a New Zealander? He wanted someone who "looked" and "sounded" "more of a New Zealander" than Anand Satyanand.
Remember when New Zealand Police prosecuted New Zealand citizens as overstayers because their names sounded Polynesian or they looked brown, even though most overstayers were from the UK and Australia?
Well, we have the latest installment of You're Not A Real New Zealander Unless You're White, from the party that brought us the dawn raids, with Phil Twyford able to tell from last names whether or not people belong here. This time it's Chinese people that are targeted, and as Keith Ng has already pointed out, Winston Peters couldn't have said it better.
Whiteness is like a magic card that gets you into all the best places. Sure, it impacts on people differently, but it makes any other area of your life where you might be missing out easier, automatically.
I lived in the UK for 12 years, courtesy of a Scottish grandmother and a friendly (to me) immigration system. I was always at home there - despite not being from there - until I opened my mouth and my kiwi vowels pierced the stiff upper lips of those nearby. Whiteness travels well, even for bogan queer girls.
Someone with a "Chinese" last name might have been here since 1860. When will they be allowed to say they belong? When will Phil Twyford be ok with them becoming a homeowner?
Alongside the vicious racist dog whistling of Twyford, there's the complete idiocy of blaming the lack of housing in Auckland on an ethnic minority, rather than on the greed of those profiteering from our ridiculous, out-dated property laws. You know who should be an easy target, Labour, when it comes to Auckland housing being inequitable? You know who you should be able to ask questions about, when we have some New Zealanders living in housing so awful it's making them sick, or so cold it's killing them?
People making sure there's no such thing as a capital gains tax, while they rake in their dosh each week from multiple, million dollar properties, just because our economic systems make it possible. It's not racist dog whistling you need, it's whistle blowing on the Richwhites.