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Weekend Sun / Sunlive 18/1/19
The middle class - the invisible third of New Zealand who are groaning under the weight and working all the hours God sends to fund everything in this country,

But no worries, we can still pay more says this coalition government.

A government who has signed the ‘Global Migration’ pact to say ‘please bring in every dead beat and car bomber from around the world - our middle class will fund all until retirement!’

Give them all our free healthcare and pensions. Many baby boomers (and parents) who built and funded NZ’s infrastructure and the ‘think big projects’ are now refused their entitlement - the fruits of their labour. Just give to all and sundry, but just not the people who worked for it!

Mr Cullen [from Labour class of 84] is away dreaming up more ways to tax we middle class. It seems it’s possible to keep sucking blood out of a stone just for our government to squander it.

Our so-called indigenous people think we owe them everything, so it’s the middle-class Kiwi again who must pay all. Not the people from 170 odd years ago.

Tax? The wealthy and Maori are exempt, along with Asians and Indians who run their cash society so don’t pay tax. The public servants get their big wage rises, but not the working middle class who work for a pittance!

You can only keep sucking blood out of the stone for so long, because in the end the middle class become the poor. Then who funds all?
C HUMPHREYS, Katikati.

Rotorua Daily Post 18/1/19
A letter on January 1 referred to children being caned or strapped for speaking Maori at school and being forced to speak English.

I do not recall any strapping happening during the time that I was at school and I am nearly 100. I attended a number of country schools during my childhood and this is where one would expect to see this happen, if ever. Corporal punishment ceased in New Zealand schools in 1987.

What I did see when visiting my Maori mates during my school years was a couple of Maori mothers say quite forcefully to their children, “Do not speak Maori here, English is the future for you”.

Those days Maori and Pakeha were friendly to each other, but over the past 25 or so years one sees that some people are working hard to drive a wedge between the races. Let us hope that they never succeed.
JOHN SMALE, Ngongotaha

I was not surprised to read the letter from Tuehu Harris, the acting chief executive of the Maori Language Commission, promoting that to learn te reo you must speak it every day (Letters, January 12).

Other letters this last week supporting te reo at our local library have really struck me as virtue signalling — that is, nice to promote, but in reality totally impractical.
Just imagine if commerce in our city, and our country, was carried out in te reo.

Sure, te reo has a role today in a place like Rotorua to promote our unique cultural difference, plus of course for those people who wish to learn and speak it.
But to have it rammed down your throat at our public library as A. N. Christie experienced is a step too far, in my view.

This example is just the tip of the iceberg here in Rotorua, as there is no doubt in my mind that our council in the past five years has promoted the Maori view more so than any other council in New Zealand.

Dominion Post 17/1/19
The Chatham Islands is a microcosm of the worldwide practices of hunter-gatherer, tribal societies, developed from time Immemorial (Divided tribe, Jan 12). The rise of powerful flgures and families also is obvious within and between Maori tribes on mainland New Zealand.

Common to tribal societies with oral languages is a belief in the great works of their ancestors. These basic philosophies arise from the need to protect territory and thus access to food resources.

The intrusion of the people of European societies into tribal lands has brought knowledge. food, materials and the laws of democratic behaviour and governance. Not only have the tribal ways been superseded, but the preservation of tribal culture has become dependent on the availability of the new ways.

Chatham Islands society provides a sober warning of the inadequacies of tribalism.

Northern Advocate 17/1/19
Marae KaIre's letter of 22/12/18 clearly states "Maori fishing rights" in Inshore bays and gulfs, her letter of 2/1/19 concedes there may be none, I will leave it to readers to decide if the former letter was mischievous or not.

A Marae trustee chairperson is authorised to issue permits to gather protected seafood for funerals or those terminally ill etc, however the recipients of these seafoods are not confined to race, so again this is not a 'Maori fishing right'.

Her opinion that most people of Maori descent wish to protect our fisheries is commendable, however It Is my opinion that most New Zealanders do so as well.

There seems to be a common condescending and indeed racist believe that maori somehow are natural conservationists, however there is no gene for conservation.

I don't know who the"we" are in Marie's letter of 2/1/19 who impel over-zealous seafood gatherers to return excessive shellfish to the beds, I hope that “we” are authorised officers and not a vigilante group? If It is the latter, this is a foreboding example of what could happen to curb even legit fishers should tribal claims to our beaches be successful

Wanganui Chronicle 12/1/19
I read with great interest Dr Danny Keenan's opinion piece (January 4,19) titled. "A pledge that never was?" and Dr Don Brash's well-researched reply (January 6) titled: One people just reality of Treaty".

Both centre around whether or not the phrase "He iwi tahi tatou" ("We are now one people") was said at the Treaty signing in 1840, or whether it was dreamed up 50 years later by one William Colenso.

It is clear, a least in my eyes, that these pieces were written by two well educated gentlemen, but their views around how Maori/non-Maori relations came to be in their current state are poles apart, and leave me wondering if the ongoing disharmony between Maori and non-Maori will ever be resolved.

History would certainly suggest that had European settlers not arrived when they did, Maori would likely have come very close to wiping themselves out, such was the savagery of the inter tribal wars at the time.

Yes, there were skirmishes between British troops and pockets of Maori after the arrival of European settlers, but these were minor in comparison.

Dr Keenan and others spend a lot of time blaming the current state of Maoridom on the rights or wrongs of the Treaty signed 179 years ago, and hew Maori were conned out of their heritage in the process - some of which is indeed, true.

This government and the government beforehand are addressing this with massive payouts and symbolic return of lands.

A question I have often asked is: Why is it that despite the many millions of taxpayer dollars in settlement paid to numerous iwi over the years, that many members of those same iwi are still over-represented in our unemployment figures, our imprisonment numbers, our health spending, the number of people living in poverty, living in over-crowded houses and cars?

At the same time, those who fight for and win the payouts appear to live very well
This inequality between the haves and the have-nots within Maoridom leaves me wondering if we, as New Zealanders, will ever be "one people".
ROD ANDERSON Castlecliff

Re: Dr Danny Keenan's article in the Wanganui Chronicle (January 4).

Whether Governor William Robson said "He iwi tahi tatou” ("We are now one people") as each chief signed theTreaty of Waitangi on Februan 6, 1840, at Waitangi with a handshake from Hobson is immaterial.

The Treaty made tangata Maori British subjects if they gave up their kawanatanga/governments to the Queen. Article I.

Once the Treaty of Waitangi Was signed by over 500 chiefs, about 75.000 tangata Maori became one people under one flag and one law with the British subjects living in New Zealand. They were given the "same rights as the people of England" (or "We are now one people"). Article 3.

Article 2 explained to tangata Maori they would be guaranteed their land, their settlements and all their property — the same as all the people of England.

This is English law and neither Hobson nor Queen Victoria had the power or authority to give tangata Maori any special rights in the Treaty not enjoyed by all the people living in New Zealand and none were given.

Interesting to note, the Treaty a Waitangi was ruled "A simple nullity" by Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast in 1877 and “if it was not in our legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi was not legally binding" by the Privy Council in 1941.

Both these rulings have never been overruled but have been completely ignored by our historians, the government and the Waitangi Tribunal.
ROSS BAKER One New Zealand Foundation

Rotorua Daily Post 11/1/19
Letters to the editor January 8 refered to children being caned or strapped for speaking Maori at school, and being forced to speak English. Is this convenient history.

I do not recall any strapping happening during the time that I was at school and I am nearly 100 years old. I attended a number of country schools during my childhood and this is where one would expect to see this happen, if ever. Corporal punishment ceased in New Zealand schools in 1987.

What I did see when visiting my Maori mates during my school years was a couple of Maori mothers say quite forcefully to their children. “Do not speak Maori here English is the future for you.”

Those days Maori and Caucasian people were friendly to each other, but over the past 25 or so years one sees that some people are working hard to drive a wedge between the races. Let us hope that they never succeed.

Wanganui Chronicle 11/1/19
Phillip Thomson (letter. December 21) knows his history. He is right in everything he has written when he says there were people here before the Maori

This leaked document that Phillip has mentioned is the sale of Wanganui. which the Maori chiefs sold to the Europeans. No wonder this document was supposed to be in secret. The block sold contained 80,000 acres.

Maori never owned land as they only occupied it until other tribes invaded and took it off them.

In Wanganui, in May1840, Edward Jemingham Wakefield purchased 40,000 acres of land on the banks of the lower Wanganui River from 27 chiefs.

The natives believed in the existence of other beings who lived in communities and built pas; these people were called Patupaiarehe. Maori originally took the land off the earlier inhabitants.

Northland Age 10/1/19
We learn that a Taranaki tribe, fighting to keep possession of Moriori land, is calling its victims “conquered and subjugated,” as well it might. Nevertheless, it does no harm to look at the process by which this occurred.

It is carefully related by the late Michael King in Moriori: A people rediscovered, (Viking, 1989) and may be described accurately as one of the most extreme examples of genocide in recorded history.

Ritual cannibalism on an overwhelming scale with brutal enslavement of the few survivors make it a holocaust on a level with anything perpetrated by Nazi Germany. That it was perpetrated on a people who truly practised peace and pacifism make its mockery by subsequent Taranaki tribesmen in their nasty cult at Parihaka into what must be one of the bitterest ironies of all times.

As King reports (p.66): “For the Maori participants ... this ... was simply tikanga . ... As Rakatau noted with some satisfaction in the Native Land Court in 1879, 'We took possession ... Not one escaped ... it was in accordance with our custom"'.

King continues: "It was nothing more nor less than Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama would have expected ... had they themselves been defeated in combat. What was DIFFERENT (Kings emphasis), however, was that ... the adversaries were NOT (King's emphasis again) Maori. The Moriori were subject to a different customary law." It was an invasion of another country.

Many times since have the Moriori remnant unsuccessfully sought justice, recognition and restoration of their customary rights in their former island home. It would be yet another cruel irony if again they were to be dismissed and the Taranaki tribes confirmed in their possession of those lands they took with such almost unimaginable cruelty.

Those Taranaki tribes, not taxpayers, should pay reparations for their sins.

When he tackles world social media about breaching New Zealand suppression orders in the Grace Millane case, does Justice and Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little know what’s what? Well at least the district court judge got it right when refusing name suppression, but then the accused attracted most of the publicity himself by appealing that decision, which will simply delay the inevitable until late January.

Really, it makes little difference whether the accused’s name is published now or later, and it’s absurd to suggest that his right to justice has been prejudiced in any way.

Little has already shown by his recent farcical offenders-only Justice Forum (victims input excluded), attended by 600 malcontents costing $1.5 million (twice the budgeted cost) that he has scant regard for what the public think. Then of course he just splurged another $9 million, along with the obligatory fawning political apology, on the Pirihaka Maori nonsense, in my view based on mistruths and a creative rewrite of history, notwithstanding Kiwis (the irrelevant majority) are heartily sick of this stuff too.

Likewise Little has little public support for the Pike River re-entry plan, costing $36/40 million, which simply rewards consultants and contractors, with the likely outcome achieving nothing. To be fair, Little is just the willing messenger because this lunacy was of course NZ First/Labour/Greens policy.

The pressing question is, do nontransparent unaccountable leftists and socialists displaying their usual ignorance/arrogance while ignoring reality ever get it right? Frankly, to be honest, the duplicitous National Party are currently no better.

There are racists in my country and I don’t know what to do,
I’m so sad at not being equal, I am feeling rather blue.

They say they are entitled to a bigger vote than me,
Cos they had an ancestor come from Hawaiki.

We’re in the same family, sports and workplace too,
But they say they are superior, and want to mount a coup.

They are taking over gov’ment, hospitals, and schools,
Scaring away the talent and changing all the rules.

Doctors, nurses, teachers too, don’t need to have good sense,
As long as they achieve in Maori cultural competence.

The kids no longer know their sums, or learn to read and write,
But they’re very good recounting the propaganda tripe.

History has been rewritten, the truth now removed,
Some shady lies and myths are all that are approved.

If we’re building something big, we have to get consent,
But this means shifty payments, to someone rather bent.

They want our drinking water, mountains, harbours, beaches, seas they’ll take,
Politicians just hand them over, it’s like they’re also on the make.

We must worship te ao Maori, but no one tells us what that means,
I think it must be hidden in those big, flash limousines.

We can no longer have free speech and ask for common sense,
They say that means I’m racist and being rather dense.

Not even Santa can be safe, gone is his glorious red,
To be replaced by hooks and feather cloaks instead.

Why are these racists in my country, I really want to know?
But their head honchos just laugh at me, as their bank accounts gather dough.

It’s greed, power and lust, you fool. Nothing ever changes.

We’ve read the history books, you see and learnt how through the ages,
The meek and mild can be manipulated, made to hand over all their wages.

Elections? Bah! There’ll be no standing on our merit.
We’ll be entrenched and like scoundrels, all power we’ll inherit.

Like Jews in Nazi Germany, we’ll turn you into slaves
We’ll make you hated and you’ll be digging your own graves.

So the racists rule our country, we pay for their expertise,
In what I’m not too sure, while they have us in a squeeze.

We fund their lawyers to walk all over us,
And we’re respectful, we don’t want to make a fuss.

We fought against apartheid, but that was overseas,
Here in New Zealand, we dare not show displease.

So we sit and watch our country, as democracy’s destroyed,
At least we haven’t caused upset by being paranoid.
THE POET, Auckland

Wanganui Chronicle 7/1/19
Danny Keenan (Chronicle, January 4) accuses William Colenso, who he calls a mission printer, who was present at the Treaty signing and who wrote a book in 1890, of making up history as he could not have remembered in such detail 50 years later. That may be true, but it is a fair guess that he had notes from the occasions.

In Danny's last two lines he does worse; he remembers the thoughts of Maori in 1890.

We know memories can be short and altered for gain. That's why we have lawyers; they write up an agreement and the parties sign to protect from forgotten or made-up memory.
G R SCOWN Wanganui

Wanganui Chronicle 5/1/19
In the Wanganui Chronicle. December 29. we see Harry Haitana's claim that "the Government of the time had literally stolen" Mangapapa and a claim that “... the land was never put up for sale".

To a casual reader it would appear the land was taken without payment by an earlier Government, but a simple search reveals Harry's grave allegation and claim to be wrong.

To quote from August 11, 1879, MA-MLP 1, 1899/20 78. Wynard and Purchas, Solicitors, to Native land Purchase Commissioner, Auckland, 30 January 1895, MA.MLP 1:

“On 11 March 1893 Wiremu Kauika wrote to the Native Minister (Cadman), offering to sell Mangapapa 1C1 and 1C2 Blocks (Wanganui) to the Crown. Mangapapa 1C had been through the Maori land Court. and there were 49 names in the original title,” Kauika wrote, “I advertised it in the newspaper a short time for leasing purposes but now they (the owners) wish me to sell it hence this letter to you. That land is in the midst of European land, the road runs right through it, there are cattle and sheep on it, if there had been only 4000 acres in the block, Europeans would have bought it but as it is they cannot legally do. It is good land suitable for the growth of grass.”

The requested purchase took place, although not at the price Kauika originally sought. I do not know the accepted (note: accepted) price, but then, as it is today, sellers asked for top prices. For example, In 1912, the Crown was offered a block of Maori freehold land In Kalwaka for £97,132 which today, allowing for inflation, would exceed $16 billion.

The facts are clear. The 49 owners asked the Crown to buy Mangapapa, the Crown and the owners agreed a purchase price, the Crown paid the agreed price and Mangapapa was sold. Not stolen.

These types of falsehoods, if repeated often enough, can eventually be touted as fact and, accordingly, must be challenged when ever they are made.
V W BALLANCE, Westmere

Potanga Neilson (Letters; January 3) says that a Confederation of United Tribes was established in 1808, and then in 1816 formed courts to enforce laws based on tikanga Maori.

That story comes from a false account that has been debunked in several articles in the Maori News website. There we learn that this Ko Huiarau, the cult that claims to be the Maori Parliament 1808-1947, Is complete nonsense.

During the period that this cult claims that law was formed and enforced, the country was actually in a state of complete anarchy. Tribes were at war, not joining in any such confederation.

In the one five-year period, 1820-1825, one In eight of the Maori population died in the inter-tribal wars; the toll in the 40 years 1800-1840 was at least 43,600. Their confederation was nowhere to be seen.

Neilson should stop spreading made-up stories, and we should all recognise the great good done to Maori after northern chiefs recognised the failure of their well-documented effort to set up a Confederation of the United Tribes in 1835 and whole-heartedly supported the handing of sovereignty to Britain by signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

Bay of Plenty Times 5/1/19
I have written individual letters to every MP on three occasions, a total of 366 and also to several ministers.

I have received 19 "pro forma" acknowledgements but not a single reply or answer to my queries from any member.

I have also contacted 18 national newspapers on this lack of accountability by government with no results.

We appear to have become a voiceless society, censored. Are our Parliament and its members unapproachable, not answerable to their constituents?

Has the media completely renounced any responsibility in this matter, repudiated any need to keep the public informed? If so. what is their purpose? Where is their social responsibility?

Rotorua Daily Post 4/1/19
I had cause to phone our public library over the holiday period.

On this particular day the website said the library was open, however it was not, and my phone call was greeted with a lengthy message not in my language, English.

This is not acceptable. If there are those who wish to foist te reo upon us, so be it, but that message should be secondary. I take strong exception to having to wait through an unintelligible diatribe until I receive the information I require in my own language.