When today’s Griever Maori complain about land confiscations, they conveniently forget a few things:
- The rebels breached the Treaty when they waged war against the Queen.
- They’d been warned they’d lose their land if they did so.
- Much of that land was returned — or compensation paid (unnecessarily in many cases).
- If the Maori had won, they would have confiscated a lot more than land!
The above clipping is from page 95 of The First Colonist, Mike Butler’s book about his great-grandfather, Samuel Deighton:
Four hundred anti-pakeha Maoris formally surrendered at the junction of the Waiau and Wairoa rivers in March or April 1866. Samuel Deighton took the oath of allegiance.
“Captain Deighton and his clerk sat at a table … a Union Jack flag was flying overhead, and as each native came forward he bowed to the flag, took the oath of allegiance to the Queen, and sat down … Loyal chief Pitera Kopu said:
‘For your offences your lands are confiscated, but you will not be landless; the government will allot you reserves, which will be Crown-granted to you for your use and occupation’.”
That last quote came from Thomas Lambert’s The Story of Old Wairoa and the East Coast District, North Island, New Zealand, page 591.