I’ve just finished listening to Radio Live’s Waitangi broadcast with Willy Jackson and John Tamihere.
JT gave a typically one-sided account of the execution of over 100 surrendered Maori soldiers after the Siege of Ngatapa in Poverty Bay.
I couldn’t let that stand, so phoned in to advise listeners that the officer who ordered those executions was the Maori loyalist Ropata Wahawaha.
He did so in defiance of his British commanders, to avenge his earlier ill-treatment by the rebel tribe.
Execution of surrendered prisoners was not the British way. But it was the Maori way.
I asked Tamihere why he did not say the executioner was Maori, or talk about the shooting in the back of 11 surrendered settlers by Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata in the Wairau Massacre (now minimised to the Wairau Affray) in 1843.
I asked him why we were paying the descendants of Te Rauparaha $10 million (as part of a much larger settlement) for the loss of their ‘marine empire’ — meaning the right to paddle their canoes across Cook Strait and butcher and eat Ngai Tahu.
I unloaded the literally gut-wrenching report from the Battle of Kaiapoi that Te Rauparaha slit open the belly of a live pregnant woman, ripped out the embryo, and roasted it on a stick.
As far as I know, there’s no Pol Pot Ping Pong Palace in Phnom Penh or Adolf Hitler Memorial Synagogue in Poland.
And yet despite this, and many other acts of cruelty by New Zealand’s most vile cannibalism, we do have a Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.
Talking of atrocities in Poverty Bay, I asked Willy and JT why we were paying off the descendants of Te Kooti for the loss of his reputation, when his soldiers’ deeds included tossing the three little Lavin children in the air and impaling them on bayonets.
I don’t think Willy and JT are used to hard facts being marshalled against their one-eyed indoctrination programme. Nonetheless, Willy told me that they’re going to invite me on as a guest.
If they do, they can expect a lot more facts where those came from.
Callers Kevin and David clearly supported my stance, one guy said they gave me too much time, and Jean gave a plug to this blog, for which crime she was immediately cut off.
David got into an argument with Dover Samuels for outlining my call for a New Zealand where all citizens have the same rights, live under the same law, vote on the one roll, and have their taxes spent to help people according to need, not race.
Samuels said: “Anyone saying we should all be equal must be living on another planet.”
Planet Democracy, perhaps?