Mayor no Grand Old Duke

(So saith Chester Borrows, MP for Wanganui. Reproduced from the Wanganui Chronicle)

June 24, 2016
Sometimes I regret not being available for the opportunities that present. There have been many occasions when I have felt I could have tried harder to be in a place at a time when history was made. Last Friday’s hikoi to Parihaka from New Plymouth is a case in point.

Funnily enough, the reason I couldn’t be there is intimately connected to the Parihaka story as I was sitting in a Select Committee Treaty of Waitangi Settlement hearing in Palmerston North listening to the Rangitane Claim.

There will be many who will continue to think this hikoi was all about Maori Wards and the New Plymouth District Council but they are wrong. The march was about the racist response to the mayor who promoted the idea. That response being the name calling, spitting, threats and other abuse was the whole reason why there was a need to march.

Of course it wasn’t! And of course Chester doesn’t get it. No matter how much such nastiness directed at Judd goes against the fair go kiwi way, when pushed too far, it was some citizens’ response to the Mayor’s unilateral instigation of unwanted, undemocratic racism on the Council.

The other ratepayers democratically expressed their contempt for Judd’s racism via the ballot box. Yes – that’s right – Democracy! Something Judd and Flavell have publicly complained about. If only the Councillors who supported Judd had the decency to go the same way as he’s chosen: into history’s hall of racist infamy.

It is exactly the sentiment that needs to be railed and rallied against. Every time I post online or write about the celebration of an event involving Maori I am lambasted by the haters and wreckers who want to write a different view of history.

Yet this is not about different views, it is about the right to hold a view and not to be spat on, sworn at and threatened. Funnily enough the worst vitriol is saved for the Pakeha showing an understanding of tikanga Maori and a desire to see long held wrongs set to rights.

Long held wrongs are not necessarily rightly held wrongs grounded in fact or reality. It’s laughable to suggest that the Waitangi Tribunal has any interest in the truth or uncovering it. It is just a racist, bleeding heart squanderer of taxpayers’ money and resources. All based on warmed-over, re-hashed, hand-me-down oral history fantasy stories, well smitten with “Chinese whispers” syndrome and slanted with a view to getting the money.

Opening a meeting using Maori words of greeting or correctly pronouncing Maori place names is enough to incur the wrath of those who would rather we remain ignorant. It was the same when I publicly agreed with the installation of an “h” in Wanganui. It was the same when I attended meetings to discuss West Coast leasehold land arrangements in 1996. Bastion Point, the same. Every Waitangi Day, the same.

Thankfully the voices are getting croaky and softer with old age. Theirs is an olde worlde view. Younger people get it.

No they don’t. They’ve been brain washed and propagandised, since early childhood.

I recall my first visit to Parihaka, which was at the launch of a new police initiative to address youth crime in the mid-90s. It was the first official police visit since the pa was sacked by Bryce and the Armed Constabulary in the 1880s yet the police never saw the significance of it all. There was no acknowledgement of the wrong done. There was no presentation and certainly no apology. I was absolutely and completely embarrassed having, at that time, only recently learned of the history of Parihaka.

A very well spin-doctored version, no doubt!

How come we were never taught that story at school? Why was this history not part of the School Certificate or University Entrance syllabus? Is it now part of any educational core subject?

Having now visited many sites where Taranaki Maori were held captive around New Zealand; the caves and the urupa, and having returned to Parihaka a number of times, I have a view on such things as a shared history.

I have understandings of colonialism and obviously about the pertinence of the Treaty of Waitangi which I have gleaned from the books written by the leaders of the colonial forces, the recent settlers, current and former historians like Cowan and James Bellish, and Michael King and from listening to tangata whenua.

Try Judge Maning’s book, as well as T L Buick’s. You might just read some unsanitised tales of what really went on, written by people who actually lived in those times, free of political correctness. And you show your ignorance of the Treaty so well. For, if you read the Treaty of Waitangi, Chester, they’re called tangata maori! Tangata whenua is a title they’ve arrogated for themselves, many years later!

I wish many others would take a more global view of what went on in New Zealand, this God’s Own Country, as we struggle our way towards a civilised society. But people want what they read to reinforce what they believe not what challenges those sentinels of their inner selves. This was hit home when I publicly commented on a push to set aside a specific day to commemorate the Land Wars.

Andrew Judd’s march to Parihaka with the 400 plus others last week was not reflective of the Grand Old Duke who marched troops up just to march them down again. It was poignant, timely and relevant. So much so that it is an indictment that it needed to be done. Many will scoff, which only goes to underline that poignancy.

I wish I’d been there to lend my weight to his wheel because if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

Too late Chester: you’ve already fallen for all the lies, spin and politically corrected versions of history. Versions which you want to believe, because it suits your political tenure. Try following Judd’s example. It would do Wanganui the world of good.

14 thoughts on “Mayor no Grand Old Duke

  1. Unfortunately the comment about younger people accepting the “Maori view” is true.
    Have you noticed that when the Treaty is mentioned there is never any reference to the preamble? You know, the bit that leaves no doubt about Maoris accepting the Queen as their sovereign.
    Even Te Papa museum displays the treaty with the preamble obscured by shadow.
    Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter (NZ’s first constitution) is ignored and there is no reference to the “Littlewood” document from which the Maori version of the treaty was translated.
    All schools should include study of Sir Apirana Ngata’s explanation of the treaty, plus studying the transcript of the Kohimarama Conference.
    Also an explanation of what is meant by “equal rights for all New Zealanders” under one law.
    If both parties signing the treaty had a complete misunderstanding of what the other side took as its meaning (activists – we did not cede sovereignty; white guys – you agree to accept the Queen as overall Big Kahuna) then surely any court of law would adjudge the ‘contract’ to be invalid.

  2. Chester Burrows can take his place amid all the brainwashed in this country who have been fed reinvented history. He obviously has absolutely no idea of our true history so should either keep quiet or make an effort to learn all about what truly went on.

  3. I have just read the article by the MP for Wanganui, Hon Chester Borrows re, “The March to Parihaka” (Wanganui Chronicle 24 June 2016) and am amazed at how little he knows of New Zealand’s ‘true’ history. Another brainwashed zombie!

    Taranaki lost their lands to the Waikato in 1835 with those not killed or taken as slaves, fleeing South where they later commandeered the Rodney and travelled to the Chatham Island slaughtering the peace loving Morori or farmed them”like swine” into virtual extinction. The few remaining Taranaki people, under the protection of Dickey Barrett, sold a large area of the Taranaki land to the New Zealand Company, which was later significantly reduced in size after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

    The Governor paid off the Waikato and gained ownership over the Taranaki lands returning certain areas of the land to the returning slaves that had been released after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. The Taranaki that had fled south asked if they could also return and the Governor gave them permission on the understanding that they remained on the north side of the Waitara River. They broke their promise and began fighting with the “despised” slaves, destroying many innocent settlers’ farms, houses and/or killing their stock. Troops were brought in to quell these “rebels,” confiscating some of their lands that had been returned to them.

    Parihaka was built on Government land, where the squatters continued to annoy the government by pulling out survey pegs and destroying farms and freshly planted crops. After some 16 years, the troops were again brought in and Parihaka was invaded without casualty with Te Whiti being tried for sedition in New Plymouth on the 14 September 1881 and jailed for 14 months. When he was released he returned to Parihaka but caused no more problems.

    Mr Borrows also states Maori were “tangata whenua” but when the 500 plus chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 they acknowledged they were “tangata Maori.” Rev Henry Williams also knew this when he translated the Treaty from English to Maori. There is no mention of “tangata whenua” in the Treaty, only a distinct race of people called “tangata Maori.”

    This true history can be found at Archives New Zealand, Wellington.

  4. Further to my earlier comments, MP Chester Borrows completely overlooks Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/letters Patent, our ‘true’ Founding Document and ‘first’ Constitution. The Treaty of Waitangi was an agreement between a distinct race of people called “tangata Maori” and Queen Victoria whereby Britain obtained sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand and “tangata Maori” were given the same rights as the people of England.

    The Treaty of Waitangi put New Zealand under the dependency and jurisdiction of New South Wales for some twelve months, (21 May 1840 – 3 May 1841) until Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated the 16 November 1840 separated New Zealand from New South Wales on the 3 May 1841 into an Independent British Colony with its own Governor and Constitution to from a government to make laws with courts and judges to enforce those laws under one flag, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

    Any actions or omissions by the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi would have to have occurred before the 3 May 1841 because after the 3 May 1841 Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent superseded the arrangements made under the Treaty of Waitangi with New South Wales and New Zealand became an Independent Crown Colony in its own right. Therefore, any actions or omissions by the Crown after the 3 May 1841 would be breaches under Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent and not the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Unfortunately, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent is completely ignored by Government, the Waitangi Tribunal, our historians, Te Papa and our legislators. It is time Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent, our first Constitution and true Founding Document was given its rightful place in New Zealand’s history. Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent is held in the Constitution Room at Archives New Zealand, Wellington.

  5. Chester Borrows has failed to mention Waikato Maori invaded Taranaki and caused the slaughter. In Maori lore being taken as slaves or fleeing forfeits all rights to land. The New Zealand Company bought a large part of Taranaki land from a handful of Taranaki Maoris who had hidden from the Waikatos, claiming ownership as conquerors of the land which the British paid Waikato for.

    Te Whiti built a village on the confiscated land British owned. There was selling of women into servitude, including sexual servitude – a feature of Maori society both before and after the arrival of settlers. Parihaka through much of its history was diseased-ridden and filthy. In 1879 fever broke out and no efforts were made to prevent the free movement of Maoris to and from Parihaka. In 1884 a breakout of cellular erysipelas occurred, so government sent in a doctor and medical supplies. Doctor O’Carrol says he never saw anything dirtier, the human, pig and dog excrement being up to one’s instep all around. Women were seen with their breasts eaten away with the disease.

    Jean Jackson Ngai Tahu historian said Parihaka women were put to work making corn liquor and she suspects Te Whiti kept his followers drugged. After sixteen years some Maoris were destroying settlers property. Troops were sent into Parihaka as it was crown owned land. Troops destroyed parts of the village. Guns and ammunition of all kinds were found.

    Te Whiti was receiving vast quantities of food, goods and money from his followers, paying for the privilege of attending feasts at Parihaka, they had to pay for eating their own food. Te Whiti’s fortune was estimated as 60,000 pounds, a delegation of the young Maori party stated that Te Whiti’s a fraud who could do no good for Maori. They urged the Maori to work their land rather than throwing money away on Te Whiti.

  6. It is good to read the truth about events that were recorded, the truth is always the best….. I agree that it is about time that the Waitangi Tribunal, the Government and other part-Maori and Europeans who are not acquainted with the facts, should read the book “One Treaty One Nation”

    1. Mr G.E. Jorey writes that all should read “One Treaty One Nation” but while this is a very well written book, the Treaty had nothing to do with our Nation. The Treaty gave Great Britain sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand and tangata Maori the same rights as the people of England. Queen Victoria or Lt Governor did not have the power or authority to give tangata Maori any special rights or privileges in the Treaty not already enjoyed by all the people of England. No more, no less. Hobson’s statement, “He iwi tahi tatou” meant tangata Maori were now one people with the English, but it did not mean New Zealand was one Nation as New Zealand became part of New South Wales.

  7. Chesters almost reight – judds no grand old duke but he is a grand old d**k head . in fact they both are they make a good couple of noble morons

  8. How much longer will we have to put up with these lies and deceit? The Maori party and the Waitangi Tribunal should be dissolved forthwith. That New Zealanders are one people under a (so called) democratic government is a given, but these institutes are doing their best to denigrate it. Each government is leaving it for the next, and the current prime minister doesn’t want “hikois from hell”. The current bludging Maori elite (notice I said elite) are just parasites and must recognize that their ancestors took, the land from the original inhabitants of New Zealand. The Maori people that I talk to about this do not want a bar of this nonsense. What a farce! Let the true history of New Zealand be told!

  9. The real lesson is not in the ugly details of the past… Opinions are like armpits there’s two and they both stink… The real lesson to be learned from the history of our country is who like the British see our country of interest to them now and what are they prepared to do, like the British, to take it from us what ever it takes. There was nothing the Maori could do to stop this those many years ago. It’s a matter of when and not if, keeping in mind the Maori controlled these lands for much longer than the Government/Crown currently have. So based on that who will control this country in 1 to 500 years from now or do most people not even really care…

    1. Tangata Maori have not always controlled New Zealand, but they were the people that controlled it when Britain gained sovereignty over all the islands of New Zealand in 1840. Todays “Maori”, a mixed race of New Zealand citizens that can claim a minute trace of tangata Maori ancestry are trying to control it again today. These are not the “tangata Maori race” that controlled New Zealand when they gave its control to Great Britain.

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  11. This is an interesting statement from our new Governor General in her Swearing-In speech. In exercising her functions as Governor-General she would “respect and honour the unique partnership between the Crown and Māori, as enshrined in our founding document, Tē Tiriti o Waitangi”. Just another brain-washed academic!

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