OPINION: A basic citizenship test will actually help make better Kiwis.
It doesn't need to be negative like New Zealand First's proposal, but instead could be a positive barrier to getting to the absolute privilege of becoming a New Zealand citizen.
It could include some relatively easy questions canvassing te reo Māori, New Zealand history and some cultural references.
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It could even ask for a favourite New Zealand place, with the answer left on paper for future generations to enjoy.
It could make the granting of citizenship more special for everyone - not just those that are granted it, but Kiwis that are already here.
As for 'values'? Well, memo to Winston Peters and New Zealand First: you will never define our values.
Our values are all around us - 'kindness' was nicely defined by the Prime Minister in the global stage.
'Opportunity', 'adventure' and 'equality' are others I can easily name.
In my opinion, it would be great if these values were defined by New Zealand - not by New Zealand First.
Watch Patrick Gower's appearance on The Project.