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This is such a strange thing to require someone to know, especially when she doesn't deal with Maori land, and all sale is the same legally regardless of the ethnicity of the buyer. And the justification given for making this mandatory is incredibly tenuous, in my view.

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[–] [email protected] 0 points 4 weeks ago (1 children)

I dunno. I think their explanation fits:

"It's important that licensees when conducting there business and engaging with consumers are conscious of the fact that not everybody is like them, that different people have different cultural understandings and the way conducting oneself can have a negative impact on a person."

However, the thing that really makes me side with the REA is that I looked up the course. It's a 1.5 hour module. I'm sorry but if you go to court because you want to be a real estate agent but don't want to do a 1.5 hour module on cultural diversity... well then you're probably the person that needs it the most.

1/4 of NZers weren't born here, and 1/5 are Māori, so it seems like a valuable use of time for an old white lady wanting to work with the public in a regulated profession.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 4 weeks ago (1 children)

That does answer a question I had about this, namely how long the module takes to complete. 1.5 hours doesn't seem worth making so much noise about.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 4 weeks ago (1 children)

exactly why she should take it as part of all the other ongoing requirements for licensing agents must take yearly, no big deal, expect she's made it one

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago

I actually thought it would be a week long course or something, to be honest.