Political Correctness in New Zealand By Bruce Bennett

     New Zealand may be considered as a bug out location for the elite when the SHTF, but the land of the long white cloud, is still being put through the wringer of political correctness and the war on Whites. Captain Cook, watch out, they are out to cook you!

“A statue of Captain Cook will be removed from a hill in New Zealand following protests by the local Maori community which says its ancestors arrived there long before the famous British explorer. The council in Gisborne on the North Island said it will relocate the statue, which was erected in 1969 but has been repeatedly defaced by vandals who have daubed it in red paint, stolen its sword, and once covered Cook in a painted white bikini and sandals. Critics have described Cook, who landed in the area aboard HMS Endeavour in 1769, as a “murderer” and “crooked Cook”. Leaders of the local Ngati Oneone tribe say historical records show that Cook’s crew shot nine of their people, killing six. They say Cook’s arrival was eventually followed by European settlement, which led to their dispossession and the demise of their culture. Meredith Akuhata-Brown, a Gisborne councillor, said the council voted unanimously to move the statue, which stands atop a local ancestral hill known as Titirangi, to a museum as part of the 250th anniversary commemorations of Cook’s arrival. She said it might be replaced by a statue of Raikaitane, the Maori chief at the time of Cook’s landing. "It's significant because James never climbed Titirangi... and so for local iwi [tribespeople] it's been a massive disappointment that he's maintained that space for as long as he has," she told Radio New Zealand.”

     Fine, but if one is going to play the “we got here first” game, shouldn’t there be a debate about the fate of the Moriori?

“A SMALL Polynesian tribe enslaved and almost wiped out by Maoris were celebrating yesterday after hearing that they are entitled to compensation from the New Zealand government. The fate of the Morioris, about 200 of whom survive on the bleak Chatham Islands 540 miles east of Wellington, has been regarded as one of the darkest secrets in New Zealand history. Many European New Zealanders cling to a long-held belief that the Morioris were driven to the Chathams from the mainland when the Maoris arrived from the Pacific islands around AD 800. Historians disagree over the theory, with some claiming it arises from concerns about growing Maori claims and the legitimacy of European land ownership. But it is beyond dispute that in 1835 a Maori tribe seized a ship in Wellington harbour and sailed to the Chathams after word reached them that the Morioris were pacifists and would not put up a fight. Many Morioris were killed in the massacre that followed and the survivors were enslaved. Their lands were occupied by the warlike Maoris. By 1870 there were only 100 Morioris left and the then Native Lands Court officially assigned 97 per cent of the islands' land area to the invaders, the Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama tribes. The Morioris received only the remaining three per cent.

Tommy Solomon, the last full-blooded Moriori, died in 1933 and by the middle of the 20th century it was wrongly believed that the tribe was extinct. But a handful of descendants took a case to the Waitangi Tribunal - a judicial body set up to hear Maori traditional land grievances against European settlement - which yesterday upheld their claim for compensation. The tribunal said that after the 1835 invasion the Morioris were housed inadequately, forced to undertake "extreme labour", brutalised and gratuitously killed by their Maori overlords. "In 1862, Moriori elders made a plea to the government for relief, listing the names of 226 killed and 1,366 who, they wrote, had died of despair, but the government did not respond."

The report continued: "Despite the difficulties of distance, it was feasible for the Crown to have intervened. The continued survival of the Moriori as a people is now at risk as a result of the loss of people at this time." The recommendation for compensation will now go to the government. Maui Solomon, one of the claimants, said after hearing the tribunal's ruling: "I feel the emotions of my ancestors. It is a vindication that we were not conquered. You can't really conquer the spirit of a people." Another of the claimants, Denis Solomon, described the report as "a beacon lighting up our future."

"It confirms what we have long known, and it corrects the many hurtful myths about the Moriori people that we have lived with for generations," he said. Evelyn Tuuta, a spokesman for the Ngati Mutunga Maori tribe, said: "I wouldn't wish what happened on anyone." But put in context, she said, such practises were "custom at that time and occurred throughout the country. I'm quite sure that what was done then was appropriate, although it is totally inappropriate now."

     Perhaps the chattering class in New Zealand can discuss this once they have finished knocking over poor old Captain Cook?



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