When did we vote to change our name to Aotearoa New Zealand?
by John Ansell
Email from the Constitutional Advisory Panel,
arrogantly assuming you support a national name change.
In its first email of the year, the Constitutional Advisory Panel has already concluded that you want to change the name of your country.
When did you vote on that, you may well ask?
You didn’t? Tough.
In lock-step with all mesmerised Maoriphiles who infest our academo-bureaucratic complex, this faux-neutral, fawningly racist panel has airily decided that the nation founded and known for 370 years as ’New Zealand’ is now ’Aotearoa New Zealand’.
The Duplicitous Dozen have nailed their colours to the mast, and those colours are brown.
It’s a decision dripping with irony.
After all, shouldn’t a group of constitutional advisors be the very first people to insist that any tinkering with the most sacred parts of a nation’s identity — such as its name – must first be signed off by a majority of voters?
Shouldn’t the appropriate constitutional vehicle for such a momentous change be a referendum?
Not an email?
So who are these constitutional con artists who want to engage with you with a steamroller?
The rigged panel of Griever Maori and Appeaser Pakeha
charged by the National-Maori alliance with misrepresenting
your desire for a Treatyfied constitution.
They are, from left: Dr Leonie Pihama, Hinurewa Poutu, Emeritus Professor Dr Ranginui Walker, Hon. John Luxton, Deborah Coddington, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Emeritus Professor Dr John Burrowes QC, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Peter Tennent, Peter Chin, Bernice Mene, and Sir Michael Cullen.
And this is their first progress report on what they amusingly refer to as The ’Conversation’ So Far.
These people believe in skirting the courtesies of democracy.
In holding themselves in contempt of the court of public opinion.
In overriding the will of the people whose views they are charged with seeking.
And why are they afraid to talk openly with us, the pesky majority?
Because these unelected, unrepresentative political stooges know full well that the vast non-Maori majority do not share their enthusiasm for such things as ditching the only name this country has ever had.
About which I must briefly digress…
New Zealand was Nu Tirani in 1840
Before the arrival of the British, Maori had no collective name for the country as a whole.
In fact, they didn’t even think of it as a country. Because it wasn’t.
These islands were simply a battleground for dozens of violently independent, crypto-communist cannibal dictatorships, whose shared a common hobby: butchering, enslaving, and eating each other.
When, in 1840, the chiefs very sensibly decided to bury their hatchets and let the British run a proper country, they called it ’Nu Tirani’ — the closest a language with no Zs, Ls or Ds could get to ’New Zealand’.
‘Aotearoa’ was the Maori name for the North Island until well into the twentieth century. Apirana Ngata referred to it as that in his brilliant Treaty of Waitangi — An Explanation in 1922.
As Matthew Dentith helpfully confirmed on this blog recently, the proper Maori way of saying New Zealand is ‘Aotearoa Me Te Wai Pounamu’ — ‘North Island and South Island’.
Some (though not Matthew) would say that was a bit of a mouthful for the name of a country.
Repeat, repeat, repeat
But back to the Constitutional Steamroller Panel.
The change management strategy of these and other name-changers is to publish their unauthorised name whenever they can get away with it. Like Hitler, they know that if they repeat the Big Lie often enough, it will sink into the public mind as fact.
(They know this trick works. They’ve been using it for decades to embed their twisted history of the Treaty.)
Telling evidence of this name-change-by-stealth strategy is provided in the book Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in — you guessed it — Aotearoa New Zealand.
Here’s a sample page where authors Sean Phelan, Verica Rupar and Martin Hirst use the name Aotearoa New Zealand seven times and New Zealand twice.
Seven ANZs and two NZs. Mesmerised Maoriphiles
trying to change the name of our country by stealth.
A good analogy for the incremental name change is the ‘merger’ of the ANZ and National banks. (Really a takeover by the ANZ.)
In the beginning, there were two separate banks: ANZ and National — just as there are two (Maori and English) names for our country: Aotearoa and New Zealand.
Then ANZ took over the National — just as the Aotearoans would like to take over New Zealand.
And for a time, to appease the customers of the National, the ANZ owners considerately shared double billing as ANZ National — just as the appeasers (if not the grievers) now speak of Aotearoa-New Zealand.
As with ANZ National, so with Aotearoa New Zealand?
But then, the inevitable end game.
After everyone had got used to the takeover, the ANZ quietly dropped the National Bank name, Suddenly, it was just ANZ.
And so it will happen with New Zealand, if the Treatygaters have their way.
First, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Then simply Aotearoa.
Look at this stamp, in which our official name has been downgraded to an afterthought. Clear evidence that this process is already underway…
Stamping out New Zealand
The downgrading of New Zealand has already begun.
Look, I won’t object if we decide to call our country Aotearoa, or Aotearoa Me Te Wai Pounamu, or even John Keyland for that matter.
(I didn’t say I’d like it. But I won’t object.) Not if the change is decided by referendum.
And that’s my point. We, the people — not they, the elite — must decide.
After announcing its new name for the country, the Constitutional Advisory Panel’s email continues with its pretence that it actually cares what you think…
A “broad range of views”?
Not if the Te Papa Treaty ‘Debates’ are any guide.
We’ve got until the end of June to make sure they hear our views — whether they want to or not.
I’ll be contacting them to see if they’re honest enough to front up to a public meeting, as co-chair John Burrowes told me they “almost certainly” would.
I, for one, would engage with them civilly, provided they do the same.
But of that I can’t be confident, given the tweetings of Panellist Leonie Pihama after my appearance on Native Affairs with Joris de Bres and Ella Henry last year…
After watching me advocating racial equality on Maori TV,
Constitutional Advisory Panellist Leonie Pihama condemned
me as a right wing redneck and racist
Add to that Deborah Coddington, who has been lauding the Treaty ‘Debate’ speech of Matthew Palmer on her Facebook page, and being sarky to anyone who doesn’t favour the Palmer plan to put the Treaty into law.
Meanwhile, I hope you Wellingtonians will join me at the latest Te Papa Treaty ‘Debate’ – this one specifically about the Constitutional Review – this Thursday at 6.30pm.
Those planning to bear witness to the latest farce — and perhaps chat to an Advisory Panellist or two — might like to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.