Pakeha merciful says loyalist chief
by John Ansell
This cutting comes from Mike Butler’s book The First Colonist about the life of his great-grandfather, Samuel Deighton.
Deighton was the first colonist to step ashore at the first settlement, Petone.
For the next half-century he was involved in many defining events of our early history, including fighting the Hauhaus on the East Coast.
In a letter he relates this warning by loyal Maori chief Pitera Kopu to 400 defeated rebels at Te Kopane, near Wairoa, in 1866.
(Did you know that only a minority of tribes rebelled against the Crown, and that most tribes remained loyal?)
Kopu makes the remarkable point that “the tikanga of the Pakeha was one of aroha (mercy)”.
He was therefore restrained from imposing the more traditional Maori punishments of enslavement, death and devourment.
I’ll soon be submitting my question for a ‘one vote/fix all’ referendum.
This will demand a Colourblind State, where all government funding and representation must be based on need, not race.
Meanwhile, my own search for funding for the Treatygate public education campaign goes on.
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