Dr John Robinson is far from the only academic to voice alarm at the Treaty brownwashing scam.
This from the Herald archives about historian Dr Giselle Byrnes’ experience with the Waitangi Tribunal.
(Note: the paragraphs below are cherry-picked for easy digestion, not all consecutive.)
The tribunal – one of New Zealand’s more controversial institutions – has become a nursery for the rewriting of New Zealand’s history.
It seems a laudable enterprise. But questions are emerging about the academic validity of the history the tribunal is producing.
In a new book, The Waitangi Tribunal and New Zealand History, Victoria University historian Dr Giselle Byrnes lays damning charges against the tribunal, describing its attempts to write history as a “noble, but ultimately flawed experiment”.
The tribunal, she says, is not writing “objective history”. Rather, the reports it produces are deeply political and overwhelmingly focused on the present. It commits the ultimate faux pas of judging the past by the standards of the present.
Tribunal history also has a strong Maori bias, Dr Byrnes says. Maori characters and stories are given much more emphasis and weight than Pakeha characters and stories. “The reports increasingly champion or advocate the Maori cause.”
This is not the first time an historian has questioned the academic integrity of the history produced by the Waitangi Tribunal. Other historians – including Keith Sorrenson, Michael Belgrave and Bill Oliver – have raised similar concerns.
Other academics are also concerned, but reluctant to say anything publicly, Dr Byrnes says.
“I know that many historians have felt some kind of disquiet about the sort of history the tribunal has been producing over the past few years. They haven’t spoken out about it because most historians have liberal political leanings and they don’t want to be seen as undermining or criticising the whole process.”
“This is an area of energy and activity that is exposing a huge amount about our history. We need to pay it serious attention because the tribunal is publishing these historical narratives and people are buying these books thinking they are truthful accounts.”
Dr Byrnes … believes the tribunal should make overtly clear its inherent bias, otherwise there is a danger that lay people reading tribunal reports will be misled.
“If you don’t read the reports alongside the legislation it does look like it’s very biased history.”
Her experience sounds eerily similar to that of sceptical climate scientists.
Now this was from 2004. But if you think the Treaty brownwashing process has become more balanced in recent years, stay tuned.
Thanks for this article to Ross Baker of the One New Zealand Foundation.
On Tuesday evening I witnessed an extraordinary confession.
It was at the launch of Dr John Robinson’s explosive new book Corruption of New Zealand Democracy — A Treaty Overview.
This book is a smoking musket that exposes how the New Zealand state is prepared to lie in order to con the public into believing that its Treaty guilt trip is real and the grievance gravy train justified.
Author Dr John Robinson, a socialist, confessed that, much to his shame, he once caved in to an ultimatum by his state agency clients to doctor his findings on the cause of Maori 19th century depopulation to fit the government’s politically-correct pro-Maori, anti-Pakeha, Brit-bashing myth.
If he did not comply, he would not be paid for his work.
If you’re pressed for time or hungry for the meat, zoom down to the paragraph just below the graph.
Otherwise, let me tell you a bit about the author…
Dr John Robinson is no ordinary doctor. He earned his doctorate at MIT. (The one in Massachusetts, not Manakau.)
He’s got two Master of Science degrees — in mathematics and physics.
He’s lectured at several universities.
As an interdisciplinary research scientist, he’s penned reports for all manner of respected, if acronymically-challenged, outfits, from the DSIR and OECD to the UNEP, UNU and UNESCO.
He’s researched and written books and papers on social science, energy, agriculture, business, transport, capital, the future, and the history of Wellington’s south coast.
He’s become a sought-after expert on Maori history, most recently writing a book on the Battles of Tapu Te Ranga (the island in Island Bay).
Lest you suspect his European ancestry may prejudice him against Maori, the book is full of evidence that Dr Robinson is a committed lefty, with a history of what the Left smugly call ‘heart politics’.
As a student in Boston and a lecturer in Rhode Island I travelled to Washington to join in a massive civil rights demonstration… Back in New Zealand I joined in the struggle for equal pay for women.
Not the sort of backstory that suggests racism, I think you’ll agree.
In fact, he seems to me to be a dangerous apologist for Maori gangs, perhaps even worthy of Lenin’s ‘useful idiot’ tag, coined for those who cuddle up to evil in the vain hope of reforming it:
When in the 1980s I interviewed the leader of Black Power in Auckland, he described how they were working to keep their children from a similar way of life, by building a thriving set of businesses to provide useful employment.
I believe the current equivalents are called P labs, John.
The gang problem runs deep, and has been created by successive governments, which … have so demonised these groups of young people that they have increasingly turned to antisocial and criminal activities.
The poor wee things — victims of demonic democrats. Yeah right.
Anyone who believes bureaucrats and MPs are the root cause of these ‘young people’ becoming thugs and drug dealers is asking to be called all sorts of things. But anti-Maori surely isn’t one of them.
Yet this thug-hugging liberal does not mince words when describing life in pre-colonial Aotearoa:
Maori culture was not just dysfunctional but mad, criminally insane.
The consequences of those decades of killing, social disruption, destruction of crops, infanticide, fear and uncertainty was a society in shock.
There was widespread desolation and devastation among Maori communities.
I say it again: this was before 1840, not after 1984.
(Though the author also has much to say about the effect of what he calls ‘voodoo economics’ on Maori in recent times.)
But back to the good doctor’s CV.
Dr Robinson has been hired to research and report on matters Maori by the following:
the Faculty of Business Studies at Massey University
the Royal Commission on Social Policy
the Ministry of Maori Affairs
Te Puni Kokiri
the Wellington South Coast Historical Society
the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice
the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit at Victoria University
the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.
And it’s the last of these organisations that he’s referring to when he says:
I was ordered to emphasise a catastrophic social experience that was contrary to the data.
The Crown Forestry Rental Trust was the funder. The client was the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit at Victoria University.
Dr Robinson picks up the story (extra paragraph spacing by me for ease of reading):
Considerable sums are spent on employing academics and researchers to write reports supporting claims before the Waitangi Tribunal.
The Crown Foresty Rental Trust assists Maori to prepare, present and negotiate claims against the Crown, including funding research that is required to support the claimant’s argument.
Total assistance from the Trust to claimants in 2010 was $34.5 million. This is seriously big money and has a considerable impact on the direction of research into Maori history…
…Such directed efforts have a decided effect on the development and viability of university departments, and on the vision of the past that is told to the public and taught at schools and universities.
The subsequent emphasis then influences political debate and the direction of common law in New Zealand
I have worked in that industry.
In 2000 I analysed Maori demographic and land information for the northern South Island.
The data told a simple story. There was no correlation between land holdings and demography.
In other words, contrary to what his state paymasters wanted him to pretend, the decline in Maori population in the late 1800s was not caused by Maori losing their land.
Neither, surprisingly, did introduced European diseases have a lot to do with it.
There is no evidence that disease was a main cause of that decline, although it no doubt contributed.
By far the major cause, says Dr Robinson, was the lack of breeding stock caused by the slaughter of tens of thousands of young Maori males in the Musket Wars of the 1820s and 30s.
So Tariana Turia was right: there was a holocaust in New Zealand. It wiped out around half the population. Its perpetrators made the Rwandan Tutsi-butchers look like conscientious objectors.
But those perpetrators were Maori, not Pakeha.
An interesting and tragic irony was that even after this worldbeating orgy of ethnic cleansing, the male population still outnumbered the female. How could this be?
Seems it was also the custom of Maori to slaughter their daughters — for meat.
They stopped when they found the settlers valued their daughters more highly than they did — as prostitutes. Maori adapted quickly to commerce.
But this next bit is what really made me sit up…
My report was emphatically rejected by the Crown Forestry Trust. They claimed that it would obscure the true nature of the supposed “cataclysm” which afflicted Te Tau iwi between 1850 and 1900.
However, the data showed that there had been no such cataclysm. In fact, a demographic recovery was evident…
…But before I was paid, I was required to rewrite my report, to argue a deleterious impact from land loss during that period; that message had to be written in.
Extraordinary. Not so much that state standover tactics occur. (I’m told it’s rampant.) But that Dr Robinson has been brave enough to admit his reluctant compliance, on the record, in print.
Needless to say, I am not proud of that work, when I adapted the analysis away from the facts to fit the client’s requirements.
I hope you’re proud of yourself now, Dr Robinson. Because your revelation will, like the Climategate emails, change the way we view our supposedly non-corrupt state.
Significantly, I was not instructed to look further at what the numbers had to say. I continue now with the analysis that would have been followed by anyone free to search for the truth.
And he goes on to detail not just the true cause of Maori depopulation, but a catalogue of the corruption of language, education, politics and the law by the relentless Maorification movement.
And that movement most certainly includes the present Key/Finlayson regime. I’ll be telling you much more about them in upcoming posts.
As a plain English crusader, I particularly appreciate Dr Robinson’s exposé of the state’s deliberate, reprehensible misuse of language:
a lack of clarity and unbiased research has hindered the development of suitable and adequate policy, and continues across what remains of science in current New Zealand.
(And not just New Zealand, if recent climate science skullduggery is any guide.)
I found this sentence about Chris Finlayson’s deliberate obfuscation particularly chilling:
The National-Maori government has rewritten the foreshore and seabed legislation. I wish to be thorough and so tried to understand the text. I failed.
Now bear in mind this is no high school dropout scratching his empty head over the muddle-headed meanderings of some cardigan-clad clerk.
This is a doctor from MIT speaking about legislation crafted by the supposedly Honourable Christopher Finlayson MP, an avowed champion of plain English law.
(So much so that he compered the last Writemark Plain English Awards. I know — I recommended him for the job. I was friends with him. I used to believe he cared about New Zealand, not just Aotearoa. I was wrong.)
So how is it that in Finlayson’s law, according to Dr Robinson:
key words have many meanings and the operative meanings will be defined later by claimants.
That’s right, folks, by claimants. How sneaky is that?
It shows that Finlayson is every bit as naive or as biased (almost certainly the latter) as that other notable white Maori separatist, Doug Graham.
Dr Robinson cites what Graham had to say about legal linguistic precision in his day:
Treaty legislation has long been deliberately unclear. Former Treaty Minister Doug Graham stated in 1997 that this lack of clarity was no accident or inadvertence on the part of Parliament. Parliament has handed over the task of writing law to the courts.
And so it remains fourteen years later. The judges make our laws, and entrench the Maorification of Everything.
To allow them to do so, the Activist-General, formerly known as the Attorney-General, creates the foggiest legislation he can get away with.
He does this so his fellow-activist judicial mates can have free reign when called upon to clarify the confusion.
We’re being conned by a confusion conspiracy, and it’s time it was blown wide open.
Dr Robinson sums up our predicament well:
Modern society is founded on the concept of equality before the law. That principle has been established through centuries of struggle. It is stated in Article 3 of the Treaty and brought freedom to Maori slaves after 1840.
He reminds us that the British did not just end British slavery in 1833. They also ended Maori slavery in 1840.
The advent of law and order also put an end to centuries of Maori cannibalism and decades of utu-based slaughter.
The Jews may have invented the saying ‘an eye for an eye’. But it took Maori chiefs — or should that be chefs? — to make it a culinary reality.
When a tribe had shot and hacked its way to victory over its neighbour, the triumphant chief would go cannibalistic. And it was his rival’s eyes that were the first items on the menu.
But back to the book.
Final word to Dr Robinson:
But New Zealand is spinning wildly away from equality to race-based privilege and separate development. That terrible evolution must stop.
The book is called The Corruption of New Zealand Democracy — A Treaty Overview by John Robinson. It’s only $20 and you can read it in an evening.
Once you’ve read it, you’ll never believe the government spin on the Treaty and Maorification again.
My apologies for not getting this post done by yesterday, as I intended. Needed the time to get it right.