John Key and Appeaser-General Chris Finlayson have just awarded $22 million of your money to the East Coast tribe Rongowhakaata for wrongs supposedly done to the Hauhau mass-murderer Te Kooti (above).
The Treatygaters don’t tell you, but most Maori tribes remained loyal to the Queen in the rebel wars of the 1860s.
One of the greatest loyal fighters was Ngati Porou’s Ropata Wahawaha (top).
Here’s what he had to say in the Poverty Bay Herald of April 30, 1884, at the prospect of the newly-pardoned Te Kooti revisiting the coast where he had butchered so many innocent settlers and Maori sixteen years before.
It was said that Te Kooti had been wrongly imprisoned on the Chathams because he had been wrongly accused of treachery when fighting for the Crown.
If he was not an enemy before his imprisonment, he certainly was afterwards.
If Arthur Allan Thomas or David Bain had ‘done an Anders Brievik’ on his accusers, as Te Kooti had done again and again on his, what would we make of their claim of friendship?
Thanks to Trina for her newspaper detective work.
COMING SOON: Key and Finlayson’s latest appeasement offering: $75 million to Ngati Toa, for upsetting New Zealand’s most depraved cannibal, Te Rauparaha.