This is the first of a series of posts designed to bust the myths created by the Treaty of Waitangi grievance industry — myths shamelessly presented as truths by your government.
If you think it rude of me to expose these facts, tough. If conmen are going to tell lies about my forefathers, I’m going to tell the truth about theirs.
Much of what you see below is distilled from New Zealand in Crisis by Ross Baker of the One New Zealand Foundation.
In the plainest English I could muster, here is the boiled-down background to the drafting and signing of the Treaty:
c.1350 — Maori meet the tangata whenua
Maori history tells of seven canoes arriving from Hawaiki in around 1350AD.
They find New Zealand already inhabited by people they call the tangata whenua.
Maori historian Dr Ranginui Walker confirms: “The traditions are quite clear: wherever crew disembarked there were already tangata whenua (prior inhabitants).”
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Well, I don’t know what you’re reading, and whether you like it, but that’s what this post is for. In fact, a lot of the books I’ve read, and a few I’m reading now, have come from readers’ comments on posts like this.
I usually read only one book at a time, and have been reading only nonfiction, but now I’m reading multiple books at once. The one I’m concentrating on—as it’s big and I need to finish it before I go to Antarctica—is this biography of Churchill (click on all books for the Amazon link). It was published in November of last year and was highly rated.
I’m reading it because I finally grew tired of not knowing all about Churchill’s life. I’d read the first two volumes of William Manchester’s The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, which was fabulous—along with Robert Caro’s biographies of Lyndon Johnson and…
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This is T.L. Buick’s account of the petition from 13 Ngapuhi chiefs that the King responded to in my earlier post.
For ease of reading, I’ll spread out the words below.
Then I’ll show you some blow-ups of relevant parts of the original English and Maori documents.
You will notice some words which have a bearing on what Maori are claiming today.
First, the words:
TO KING WILLIAM, THE GRACIOUS CHIEF OF ENGLAND
KING WILLIAM — We, the chiefs of New Zealand assembled at this place, called the Kerikeri, write to thee, for we hear that thou art the great chief of the other side of the water, since the many ships which come to our land are from thee.
We are a people without possessions.
We have nothing but timber, flax, pork and potatoes, we sell these things, however, to your people, and then we see property of the Europeans.
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