Unmitigated Propaganda

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.

Stuff graphic

In it, the ‘ownership’ lie is repeated. There was no ownership!

The stark reality was that – in effect – the Treaty of Waitangi was asked for, by certain northern tribal chiefs for their protection and – if it hadn’t happened – the almost-annihilation of the tribes at one anothers hands might well have occurred.

Plaque from a Pahia churchyard. The text is replicated below:

IN 1831 THIRTEEN MAORI CHIEFS OF THE NORTHERN TRIBES PETITIONED THE KING OF ENGLAND FOR A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BRITISH CROWN TO BE SENT TO NEW ZEALAND TO ESTABLISH LAW AND ORDER AND GIVE PROTECTION TO THE MAORI PEOPLE.

IN RESPONSE KING WILLIAM IV APPOINTED JAMES BUSBY AS FIRST BRITISH RESIDENT WHO ON MAY 17TH 1838 LANDED ON THE BEACH NEARBY FROM H.M.S. IMOGENE. HE WAS ACCORDED A NAVAL SALUTE OF SEVEN GUNS AND GREETED BY SOME SIX HUNDRED MAORIS WITH A CEREMONIAL HAKA.

BOTH MAORIS AND EUROPEANS THEN ASSEMBLED IN THESE CHURCH GROUNDS. THE REV. HENRY WILLIAMS FORMALLY ASKED THAT THE GREAT SEAL ON THE ROYAL LETTER BE BROKEN AND THE CONTENTS READ TO THE GATHERING. THE MAORI TRANSLATION WAS GIVEN BY THE REV. WILLIAM WILLIAMS. THE BRITISH RESIDENT WAS CHARGED TO RESIDE AMONG YOU AND TO AFFORD BETTER PROTECTION BOTH TO NEW ZEALANDERS AND BRITISH SUBJECTS.

THIS CEREMONY WAS THE PRECURSOR TO THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF WAITANGI SEVEN YEARS LATER.

Far better that than a Governor Greys elegy on the NZ Maori tribes from a Pahia country churchyard.

As if to bear out the disparity between this pseudo-collective group referred to today as Maori, and the actual disparate tribes,  below is an excerpt from a 6 August media item:

Ngapuhi’s struggle: ‘People can’t even agree what damn day it is’

“People think about Ngapuhi as one people. We aren’t. Think about all the waka that came onto the shores in this rohe – there were many. The Government are telling us to get on the same waka and sign another document. We can’t because before I am Ngapuhi I am my hapū first, then everything else after that.

“We should sign and get the pūtea [money] for our people, but we need to do it for each hapū not as one group, eh. That’s what my nan keeps saying anyway. “What we need is a great rangatira [chief] to lead the way. We don’t have that any more. We are too busy fighting with each other while our people suffer. We’re our own worst enemy.”

How true.

And how easy it is for them to forget that their ancestors once heard certain words spoken by Governor Hobson at the signing of that Treaty at Waitangi.

He iwi tahi tatou

We are now one people

8 thoughts on “Unmitigated Propaganda

  1. I too read the article – and there have been several more – and was totally disgusted with Stuff for even publishing such rubbish and untrue history. There seems to be a concerted effort to brainwash the public and not only the public as they have published a new book for 10-12 years old to learn about the Treaty in schools. More reinvented history from what was reported about its contents. Where’s the push-back condemning this nonsense which is actually dangerous as young people will grow up with the wrong slant on our history.

  2. What a shame that the idiots of the left will dismiss this as racist. Thank you for printing the truth….just a shame that most will not see it. There are none so blind as those that will not see.

  3. I have been following this series with great frustration. Most of the figures given are outright lies and I have said so in the comments section. The whole series is some of the most shallow and worst writing that can be imagined. Many of the comments wonder just what special catastrophe we are being softened up for! The ignorance of the reporters is just staggering. The figures given as well as being lies start from 1993 for some reason. Is this the state of journalism today?

  4. These articles were published by Stuff without comment and, more importantly, without provision for reader comment, as if they were gospel. One can only presume that they are derived from the findings of that august, unbiased, infinitely taxpayer-funded body, the Waitangi tribunal, which findings are inevitably based on oral hearsay ‘evidence’ largely uncontested on behalf of the taxpayer.

  5. Northern Maori had already been on the verge of war with the French. If the British had not ‘settled’ the country, it may well have been overrun by the French, Chinese, Russians – whoever would have come first, and Maori could well be speaking any of those languages today, assuming they were spared annihilation. They would probably have killed themselves out of existence if left alone anyway. I would think a treaty giving them equal standing with the ‘invaders’ would have been a very slim outcome. But, you’ll never hear a word of gratitude from Maori toward the British who despite their civilized desire to bring stability to the warring tribes, are now blamed for every ill in history!

  6. There are one hundred and twenty-two politicians supposedly representing their constituents, all New Zealanders, yet not one has the professional integrity to stand against party protocols and seek the true beginnings of New Zealand as a nation but are willing to have corrupted versions carried on through to future generations. A corruption of the Innocent. Can one imagine the British or Americans permitting the revision and reversion of their heritage for political gain as has happened in New Zealand?

  7. The Waikato Maori sold their rivers and lakes to the crown in 1864 is not the only factor prejudicing the Tainui claim to land ownership in the Waikato they had once taken by force from others.

    Ngapuhi’s homeland in the upper North Island. Ngapuhi were a great fighting people. In the 1800s hone Heke cut down the British flag pole. It is recorded that he signed the Treaty of Waitangi. What Ngapuhi did in the Waikato is a concern. Between 1818 and 1823 Ngapuhi and other northern tribes launched a series of attacks. One major battle happened in 1822 when Waikato tribes were defeated at matakitahi. After the battle Ngapuhi left the Waikato and Tainui had also vacated the Waikato. Tainui account confirms Tainui gave up their claim to continues occupation of lands they once took by force from others.

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