As I told Te Karere yesterday (and they wisely left out of their state-sponsored hatchet job on me), there were numerous events from the annals of old Taranaki that a more honest Maori leader than Tariana Turia could, at a stretch, have described as ‘holocausts’.
One was the massacre of one-third of the Taranakis by the Waikatos in 1831.
Another was the 1835 genocide of the Chatham Islands Moriori by 900 Taranaki survivors of the aforementioned massacre.
Both of these ‘holocausts’ took place before the arrival of the supposedly murderous Pakeha.
Afterwards, there were the many barbarous atrocities perpetrated by rebel Maori against innocent settler families like the Gilfillans and the Gascoignes.
More on those in due course — including the murder of the Lavin family in Poverty Bay, whose children were thrown in the air and impaled on Hauhau bayonets.
But for now, here is an illustration of a poem written by a terrified Taranaki settler mother (published in the Wellington Independent of March 22, 1861).
If you’re pressed for time, go straight to verse three.
As one who knows the terror of writing, let alone rhyming, to a deadline, I can only stand in awe of her mental strength.
Now back to Tariana Turia’s hollow holocausts…
Oh yes, there was bloodshed: a small boy’s foot was accidentally trodden on by a trooper’s horse.
(That boy grew up to be the great Achiever Maori and Minister of Health, Dr Sir Maui Pomare.)
Hopelessly one-eyed Tariana Turia is the Treatygaters’ Exaggerator-General.
She is prepared to tell the complete opposite of the truth to gain support.
(Another of her fantasies is that Maori have been in New Zealand for thousands of years — a total fabrication.)
As you well know, Tariana, there certainly were holocausts involving Taranaki.
And they were perpetrated by your forebears, not mine.
Thanks to Trina for sending in the poem, and Brenda for the beautiful illustration.