Like many other kiwis, I am thoroughly sick and tired of people being offended by absolutely anything that hints at something other than their own narrow view of the world, particularly here and our history.

They seem to forget that New Zealand’s history belongs to all of us, not just to part-Māori. That we have our own views on how things happened, backed up by historical facts and documented evidence, not just feelings and word-of-mouth-Chinese-whispers.

There is an article on Stuff by Cate Broughton

Below are some excerpts and our comments on them:

‘Offensive’ Christchurch Gondola time tunnel attraction mispronounces te reo, ‘celebrates’ colonialism

Installed in 2006, the time tunnel takes visitors through a brief history of the area, narrated by a Pakeha girl who pronounces Māori as “Marry” and Kia ora as “kee-oar-ra”.

Nothing wrong with it being narrated by a Pakeha girl. After all it’s a history of the settlers in the region, which were Pakeha. So the choice is obvious and preferable. I haven’t seen or heard the display, but this is how I see pronouncing words in a language different from the one we speak every day. It is respectful to try and pronounce a word from another language as it should be spoken. However, it’s not always easy to get correct so I don’t condemn anyone who can’t manage it.

Trying, genuinely, to do the right thing is all that should be necessary. If no attempt is made then this is something that should be changed. But this is the only change necessary.

Key milestones include the formation of Banks Peninsula from volcanic activity, the growth of native forests where moa birds roamed, the arrival of Māori and European settlement.

The tour ends with a roll call of Canterbury’s “high achievers” – all of whom are European – including suffragist Kate Sheppard, aviator Richard Pearse, athlete Jack Lovelock, war hero Charles Upham, cricketer Richard Hadlee, TV personality Phil Keoghan, singer Hayley Westenra and rugby player Richie McCaw.

Some visitors say the brief depiction of early Māori, the poor te reo pronunciation, the exclusion of any Māori high achievers, and the “glorification of colonisation” left them feeling “sad” and offended.

“Some visitors”? How many exactly? 1 or 2?

Nothing to complain about here. If the “high achievers” are all European and that is an issue, then please provide the owner with the names and achievements of Maori people from the area who would qualify to be added to the display. Or maybe there are only European names on the list because they were the only “high achievers” available to be on the list?

None of the professional offendees offered to say sorry for their culture hunting moas to extinction, either. Selective recall – much? No surprises, there.

Former Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon said he found the ride “insulting and a bit of a joke” when he visited the attraction after the Christchurch earthquakes.

“Was I impressed? Absolutely not. I thought it was one sided. There’s a whole history that just didn’t start in this country with the coming of the European.”

From what I understand, the display is about the Settlers. It is not about pre-settlement times, so why would those be included?

Anahera Clarkson, who is Ngāi Tahu and Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, visited the attraction with her 3-year-old son and Canadian partner in January and found it “super offensive”.

Clarkson said Māori were represented as “scary” primitive-looking mannequins, while European settlers were celebrated for turning Christchurch into a “thriving city”.

“It was like colonisation was a positive thing for New Zealand. I could literally feel my tīpuna [ancestors] and their disappointment.”

Clarkson relayed her concerns to a staff member and posted a Tripadvisor​ review.

She wanted the company to close the ride until it could present a more accurate and balanced representation of Māori.

I would say that Māori warriors of that time would look very scary to any European person not used to seeing them. So nothing to complain about there. As for looking primitive – Māori were a stone age culture. They were primitive. Again, nothing to complain about.

European settlers did turn Christchurch into a thriving city, and colonisation was a positive thing for New Zealand! Colonisation put an end to slavery, cannibalism, female infanticide and endless revenge and territorial warfare. It brought advancements in technology, standards of living, life expectancy terms, medical procedures and so on.

Clarkson sounds like a professional offendee. Always looking for things to be offended by and complain about. Why should the company close the ride and lose all that revenue just to appease snow flakes like her? Why should they change their display to show some false representation of Māori just to prevent the weak minded from becoming offended by the truth?

Sullivan would not give details of the updated ride as it had not had Rāpaki hapū sign-off, nor about when the ride would be updated.

“We invested significant money in it already and it’s something we would like to continue to do but the current economic climate doesn’t allow us to do that at the moment.”

She said changes were planned for “some of the imagery and also the story”.

“One of [the changes] is very much around the car park, we’re looking at putting native planting in there, so looking to weave the story of local iwi into that planting.”

In other words, they have caved in to PC pressure and are in the process of brown washing the story and display and perverting our true history. It’s time people stopped caving in to offended-by-anything-and-everything-part-Maori demands and stood firm. This country belongs to all of us, not just to 15% of the population. Just as modern part-Māori have their stories and histories, the descendants of those early settlers have their stories and their history and a right to tell their stories in their own way.

Stories which do not need the approval of professional offendee, rabidly racist, contemporary part-Māori.

15 thoughts on “Christchurch Gondola Heritage Time Tunnel Offends the Perennially Offended

  1. This country, which will one day soon be known as Aotearoa, is going to the dogs. Maori culture is invading every aspect of life and anyone critical of this is termed a racist. Add to this the 50,000 immigrants arriving every year and it won’t be long before the New Zealand we knew and loved will be gone forever.

  2. It’s not just that they are offended – that’s bad enough and totally indefensible – but that they seek to alter history ultimately to advance their cause. The story of Rangiaowhai deserves to be better known. Inventing an incident in 1864 which is suddenly ‘discovered’ in 2014 by a group of schoolgirls (guided by their teachers…) in which 144 Maori were supposedly locked inside a church and deliberately burned to death. The only problem is that it never happened. There is actually no evidence at all that it did. This is an ongoing process in which many people who should know better are complicit. This process seems to have a long way still to travel but has to be resisted and exposed at every turn.

  3. re the Church burning. Didn’t research show that the church was actually built at a later date than the reported incident and wasn’t the actual death toll only one.

    1. Well there were three churches in the settlement at the time and three still there later- although I understand that one did burn down in the 1880’s – much later. Point is that James Cowan for one interviewed people from both sides and recorded the facts. The schoolgirls and their teachers just did the oral -chinese whispers thing and got a garbled story which has become ‘fact’ when its actually a lie. Only one example as we are faced with many other examples almost daily now.

  4. Reading the above sickens me literally. The knot inside me is a combination of frustration anger and the thoughts of the inevitable of what lies further down the track that frightens me. There will come a day when Maori will break the camel’s back and decent NZ’ers will cry enough. I cannot predict there being no violence. The ones expressing racism are culpable and have shown they are capable of creating it. The spineless who in government pledged to represent New Zealand citizens are just as much to blame. Their blatant and flagrant disregard for democracy stuns me. I respect the skill of the Maori minority representing the greedy with their chicanery and subterfuge how cleverly they camouflage motives with never ending accusations of Pakeha’s (read everyday NZ’ers) racism. How long can we stand by watching them run a muck on other peoples land and watch police do nothing. Why don’t we fight back and create situations whereby the police have to move them on so objections can be solved civilly in legal channels. My friends don’t want to come down to that level. NZ’ers want fare and just democracy, not racist favouritism to the so called elite and rambunctious Maori activists. They wouldn’t stand back watching us cut down their statues and cultural carvings insidiously pervading public places. The use of a double edged sword has its consequences. Time NZ’ers stood toe to toe with this bs and joined the Maori activists with their racist slurs they propagate and flashed our own democratically worded slogans and signs. Big things have little beginnings and like the treaty of Waitangi the situation NZ is now in started with the lie that is today’s Treaty. It is not the origonal that bequeathed total equality to all NZ’ers regardless of race and signed by the largest majority of all NZ’s Maori Chiefs. There was never any suggesting in the original and signed treaty of a partnership. The Maori responsible for spreading pure lies amongst their people for their own agendas which the gutless media so eagerly print can’t prove the mis truths because they didn’t have a written language at the time of the said atrocities. Written history by the historians and early settlers in NZ show Maori lies for what they are. We are being brown washed by lies greed and deceit while our governments do nothing.
    Signed Darryl Gibb

    1. Well said Darryl,
      And I whole heatedly agree with every thing you’ve written.
      Absolutely brown washed with maori lies.

  5. I totally agree with your closing remarks in this article, and it’s time we give all this PC business which is BS anyway the boot in this country while we still can.

  6. Lets be brutally honest about “maori culture”…it’s stoneaged barbaric violence, with murder, slavery, greed, infanticide and cannibalism. No written language nor numerical system. No wheel. Couldn’t even deduce that killing all the Moa would lead to their extinction. Now, to try for some cred, they come up with a whole load of LIES about “maori world view”, “maori science” their alleged navigation skills, the hilarious maori new year and maori views on this and that. Everything maori are claiming now as their culture, is actually culturally appropriated from Europeans.

    1. i am an ocean sailor of many miles THEY may have left HAWIKI – where ever that was – they FOUND nz by CHANCE – they are not ‘of the land’ – they came from somewhere – IF THEY THINK they are indigenous WHY do they believe when they die their spirit goes from CAPE REINGA back to their spiritual homeland. Something i heard long
      I believe 1LAW FOR ALL – sick and tired of this corrupt brainwashing and our slothlike politician who kowtow to the maori – David Lange said aroujnd 2000 THE TREATY IS A CONTRACT – how did WE allow it to become A LIVING DOCUMENT AND A PARTNERSHIP …..!!! F….k we need to somehow get united and STAND UP !!!

  7. I’ve never heard a Maori call Paris “Parie” – should the French be offended? When I was young we understood different Maori Iwi had differing dialects. Who is now determining which is correct?

    1. Absolutely Maurice,
      Another point that I often remark on is that, as we all know, maoris didn’t have a written language so we organized one for them, ( I haven’t heard any thanks for that ) So because maori is maori and English is English, when we speak using our English language and a maori place name comes into the conversation, surely it’s our prerogative to translate maori into English, so that the word rolls off our tung in an understandable way.
      Translating maori into English, what’s so disgusting about that ?
      When we hear the lefty media on the radio, they talk pigeon English, mixing both languages, sounds like third world speak, the rest of the English speaking world have no idea what has been said.

  8. I’m all for one law for all, I’ve seen photos of the Littlewood Treaty (the authentic English version of the Treaty of Waitangi – which enshrined “one law for all”) it’s truly time for a reset of our political system, take a look at the New Zealand Public Party, a vote of no confidence in our marxist inspired sytem and a vote for a New Zealand constitution and Bill of Rights that represents Kiwis…

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