Myth No. 19
Treaty settlements are for the redress of historical grievances.
Not any longer. More than $3 billion have been transferred from the taxpayer to small, private tribes of part-Maoris and there is no record of any one of them ever saying “Thank-you.” In assessing how many millions of dollars to hand over to these re-created tribal groups the Office of Treaty Settlements uses a “quantum” basis. The size of the settlement will depend largely on the number of people to-day who claim membership of a particular tribe, even though they may have less than 4% of Maori blood in them.
Other determinants of the amount are “the benchmark set by existing settlements” and the amount of land that the tribe held in 1840 regardless of how much of it they have sold since. These periodic handovers of tens and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are based on factors other than genuine “historical grievances.” It is effectively a protection racket – buying off the bullying tribal elite so that they won’t mount big protests that disrupt society and the economy – and they are sold to the public as “redress of historical grievances”.
Myth No. 20.
The Waitangi Tribunal acts like a court.
No, it doesn’t. Not true to its original purpose, it has become a biased Maori advocacy group that accepts unreliable oral evidence ahead of written documents so as to extract as much money out of the taxpayer as possible. Telling lies – as it did when it said that Maori did not cede sovereignty in 1840 – is a normal part of its racially biased and verbally fabricated behaviour. This Tribunal is the enemy of truth, honesty and a unified nation.
In South Africa the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that was set up to deal with the problems that had occurred under apartheid, was wound up after five years, having achieved a task much more challenging than in New Zealand. The Waitangi Tribunal has been going for nearly 40 years, providing an army of cultural consultants, etc. with millions of taxpayer dollars. It has already done enough harm to the country and needs to be abolished.
Myth No. 21
The high imprisonment rate of part-Maoris is the result of colonisation and the Crown not honouring the Treaty of Waitangi. No, people are imprisoned for things they have chosen to do. By 1936, Maoris/part-Maoris made up just 11% of the prison population. This was much closer to the period of colonisation than now. The fact that 83 years later part-Maoris make up around 51% of the prison population is due not to colonisation but to bad choices made by so many of them.
Myth No. 22
In the 1800s Maoris “lost” most of their lands.
Apart from the relatively small percentage of land confiscated as a punishment for rebellion in the 1860s (See Myth No. 12) Maoris did not “lose” their lands; they sold them for valuable consideration at a mutually agreed price. Whether they spent the proceeds wisely or not was their own choice. There is a world of difference between “losing” something and selling it. In addition to “Maori land,” people of Maori descent also own general land.
Myth No. 23.
Most New Zealanders see nothing wrong with Maori privileges; it is only a few fuddy-duddies who object.
79% No to special Maori seats in parliament (Submitters to the Constitutional Advisory Panel)
82% No to compulsory Maori language in schools (yahoo Xtra poll)
96% of non-Maori students of Year 9 and above do NOT learn Maori despite it being an available option in many schools
(NZ Herald, 23 July, 2014)
85% No to special Maori housing (Bay of Plenty Times, 20 April, 2013)
81% No to “Maori are special” (Close Up poll, July, 2011)
81% No to Maori names for North Island and South Island (Stuff poll, 2/4/13)
82% No to “h” in Wanganui
(Referendum conducted by Wanganui District Council, 2006)
79% No to a special Maori voice on the committees of Rotorua Council (Rotorua Daily Post, 9/5/14)
79% No to Maori wards, Waikato District Council, April, 2012 80% No to Maori wards, Hauraki District Council, May 2013 79% No to Maori wards, Nelson District Council, May, 2012 52% No to Maori wards, Wairoa District Council, March, 2012 68% No to Maori wards, Far North District Council,
82% No to special Maori wards on New Plymouth Council, May, 2015 80.03% No to Maori wards, Kaikoura District Council,
78.2% No to Maori wards, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, May, 2018
77.04% No to Maori wards, Manawatu District Council, May, 2018
68.87% No to Maori wards, Palmerston North City Council, May, 2018 56.39% No to Maori wards, Whakatane District Council,
70% want Maori wards in local government abolished (Consumerlink, Colmar Brunton poll, March, 2012)
68% want the Waitangi Tribunal abolished (Ibid)
Myth No. 24.
Those who oppose special rights and privileges for part-Maoris are “racists.”
This is a contradiction in terms and is propagated by people who are either mischievous or just misinformed. Special rights / privileges for one race are a violation of the democratic principle that we should all be treated equally. To demand this is not being “racist.” The real racists are those of the radical tribal elite who are trying to subvert our democracy with their never-ending race-based demands.