Get ready to throw up!
Rampant media bullshit and deceptive fantasy continues, unabated, by pseudo-historians, re-writing history to suit a certain agenda. What follows is another great example of never letting the facts get in the way of a good story.
This particularly harmful and nasty piece appeared on Stuff on 2 August 2018, under the title: Treaty of Waitangi: What was lost
The opening few words give the whole game away.
When the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, Maori owned more than 66 million acres of land. By 1975, almost 97 per cent had been sold or taken.
Two wrongs which could never be right in that first sentence.
1. In those days, there was no such thing as “Maori,” in the way that word is used in later times to describe a diluted race in a collective way. There were many quite separate and different tribes. Tribes which were constantly at war with one another – killing, stealing, enslaving and eating the vanquished.
2. Those tribes owned no land at all. There were no survey pegs, no planning maps and certainly no lands & deeds registry office. Rather than ownership, tribes certainly had possession of ‘their’ land, but possession was not nine tenths of the law. Any tribal group only possessed a piece of land for as long as they could defend it from another tribe that wanted to take it from them.
Over several decades, Maori were stripped of their land, their economy and many of their cultural touchstones. The very existence of Maori people came into question. Data journalist Andy Fyers quantifies the scale of the loss for Stuff’s NZ Made/Na Niu Tireni project.
3. The main reason that the existence of the tribes came into question was the inter-tribal wars and genocide that raged between them, reducing the population drastically. When some tribes got their hands on muskets, the slaughter of other tribes raged on an even greater scale.
In the nasty bit of Stuff propaganda is this info-graphic. Click on the image to see the alleged progression.