Myth No. 13.
There is no harm in “co-governance agreements” between Crown and Maori.
Incorrect. Co-governance agreements are a violation of both democracy and national sovereignty. Co-governance undermines the power of our democracy to make decisions for the general good since unelected tribes have effective veto powers and see things only from their own narrow interests. Co-governance agreements drive a sword through the nation’s sovereignty and are undermining our hard won democratic institutions.
Myth No. 14.
The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa.
Pre-1840 the Maoris did not have a name for the whole of New Zealand as they had no sense of a Maori nation – just tribes.
In 1643 the country was named New Zealand by the States-General (Parliament) of Holland and this has been its name for 370 years. “Aotearoa” as a fanciful name for New Zealand began only in 1890 when S. Percy Smith used it as a make-up name for the whole country in his fictional story of Kupe. The word “Aotearoa” did not appear in the Treaty of Waitangi – for obvious reasons.
Myth No. 15.
Tuheitia of the Waikato is the Maori king.
Like all other New Zealanders Tuheitia is a subject of Queen Elizabeth II and no monarch can be the subject of another. It is legally impossible. He might be a chief – even a high chief – but a king he is not. He is not even regarded as a king by tribes other than his own.
Myth No. 16.
Maoris (“tangata whenua”) have a greater claim to New Zealand than other New Zealanders.
There is no such thing as an ethnic Maori and there do not appear to be even more than a few half-castes – a result of several generations of Maoris preferring to breed with Europeans rather than with their own kind. What we now have is a successor race of part-Maoris with more European blood in them than Maori, thus negating the concept of so- called “tangata whenua”.
Furthermore in a modern democracy that is committed to equal rights for all citizens it is both absurd and offensive that any racial group should have superior rights to other New Zealanders. The mere chance of whose boats arrived first is irrelevant.
Myth No. 17.
Maoris deserve special grants and privileges because they are at the bottom of the socio-economic heap.
Yes, a certain percentage of part-Maoris are not doing well – certainly a higher percentage than for other groups. However, poorer people of all races should be helped on the basis of need and not race.
Far too much of the taxpayer funded Treaty settlement and other race based monies have gone into the pockets of the pale-faced tribal elite – people like the multi-millionaire Irish New Zealander, Stephen (alias Tipene) O’Regan (one-sixteenth Maori).
Myth No. 18
The modern revival of tribalism is a good thing.
No, it’s not. It was tribalism that caused the Musket Wars (1800-40) in which around a third of the Maori population were killed (around 43,500 killed as opposed to 2,800 killed ON BOTH SIDES during the Maori wars of the 1840s and 1860s).
It was to get away from this terrible chain of killings – one utu (revenge) leading to another – that the chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi so as to become united under a single and indivisible Crown. For governments to try to re-tribalise one part of the population of our diverse democracy is an affront to those like Tamati Waka Nene and the other wise and far-sighted chiefs who signed the Treaty in 1840.
Tribalism didn’t work for New Zealand before 1840 and it won’t work now. It is a curse that should be kept in the past instead of the tribal elite and appeasing governments using it to undermine the sovereignty, unity and democracy of the nation through “co- governance agreements,” a fictitious “partnership between Crown and Maori,” separate Maori wards in local government, etc. that are creating a new type of apartheid of two nations instead of one.