Canterbury’s Ashley River mouth is the latest part of the foreshore and seabed to witness the bully-boy tactics of Griever Maori with an inflated sense of entitlement:
A Canterbury whitebaiter says he was spat on and verbally abused by a group of Maori for fishing at the Ashley River, north of Christchurch over the weekend.
The man, who only wants to be identified as Simon, was confronted on the beach after whitebaiting for three hours at the river mouth.
Simon says he was driving back along the beach when two elderly Maori blocked the road with their ute.
“This Maori lady came up to me and said, ‘You white piece of fu**en trash,’ and spat on the ground in front of me,” he says.
“She said, ‘This is our bloody land. Who do you think you are coming down here?’”
Except it wasn’t their ‘bloody land’. It was public land. And Simon no doubt thought he was a member of the public.
Parts of the land at the mouth of the Ashley River is administered by the Te Kohaka Tuhaitara Trust in partnership with the Waimakarirei District Council, but they don’t not have ownership.
Imagine what the Grievers will be like if they ever do have ownership.
To his credit, Simon’s Maori brother-in-law Marc was infuriated by the incident:
“I think it’s appalling. They don’t own the land, they don’t have fishing rights and it is just a few Maori idiots making the rest of us look bad and that pisses me off.
“I’m all for the rights of Maori but I’m also for the rights of everybody and everybody has the rights to be there. That’s it. Game over.”
Except it’s not over, Marc.
If we don’t stand up to these thuggish overgrown teenagers, I think we’ll find it’s just beginning.