We have a sanitised new history of New Zealand and we have the history full of facts and interviews with eyewitnesses. A $50-million treaty settlement with a small group of claimants from Hawke’s Bay called Ngati Hineuru that was passed into law on June 29, 2016, is an opportunity to compare the two histories.

The sanitised new history says that from the mid-1860s some Hineuru converted to Pai Mārire and Panapa, the Pai Marire leader amongst Hineuru, established a Pai Marire settlement.

The Hineuru settlement summary says:

In 1866 Panapa and the Hineuru rangatira Te Rangihīroa wrote to the Crown that they would come with a party to coastal Hawke’s Bay in response to a Crown invitation to meet. The Crown viewed this party as a threat to the region’s security. In October 1866, after the expiry of an ultimatum calling for their surrender, Crown forces attacked a group of people, including Hineuru, camped at Ōmarunui. On the same day Crown forces also intercepted and surrounded, and then subsequently attacked, another group led by Te Rangihīroa near Pētane. About 35 Māori, including Te Rangihīroa and other Hineuru people, were killed in the two attacks. Crown forces subsequently pursued Hineuru and other Māori, who escaped the attacks, into the Hineuru rohe and plundered the kāinga at Waiparati as well as the surrounding area. By the end of 1866 Hineuru had abandoned nearly all of their kāinga and cultivations due to conflict with the Crown. (1)

However, James Cowan, in The New Zealand Wars: The History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering period, published in 1921, wrote:....

Read Mike Butler’s full article here > breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/07/mike-butler-hineurus-sanitised-history.html


In the course of compensating the Maori for land confiscations under the Waitangi Tribunal, today’s generation is seeing yet another “full and final settlement,” among the multitudes of “full and final settlements” that have compensated Maori for the same grievances repeatedly for generations.

The latest of these is a State settlement with Ngati Hineuru. These “full and final settlements” not only involve millions of dollars of State funds awarded to Maori tribes, but are accompanied by an official “apology.” The apology to the Ngati Hineuru is particularly interesting.

When someone asked me whether I had heard of the massacre of 130 Ngati Hineuru prisoners in 1869, I replied I had not. However, based on studying the Parihaka matter, my interest was piqued as to whether this is yet another historical distortion. The newspaper report to which my correspondent referred reads:….

Read Kerry Bolton's full informative article here > www.righton.net/2016/07/08/historical-revisionism-the-acceptable-variety/