Around 100 people came to my talk at the Nelson Suburban Club on Wednesday.
It was a good turnout, considering none of the local media picked up on my press release, and the only promotional ads were quite small.
I extended my slide show to present photos I’d taken at the Nelson Museum’s Taranaki Wars Exhibition, as well as recent Treatygate protest action.
Thus my talk ran to 90 minutes. But no one seemed to mind, and there were some good questions at the end.
(Well, actually one person minded. A drunken heckler called me a racist bigot, before being jumped by about ten audience members. Thanks guys!)
The Nelson Museum Taranaki Wars Exhibition accepts
the Maori view that accounts of the cannibalism of
the Harriet’s crew were ‘sensational’ .
Here’s the view of Captain Lambert of the Harriet’s rescue
ship. I asked the audience what motive a British captain
would have had to lie to the House of Commons.
After running through my Treatygate evidence at length, I proposed my positive solution: a Together New Zealand organisation that would demand a unified, non-racial state and an end to the National-Maori-Labour-Greens policy of state-sponsored separatism.
Many people have been urging me to start a single-issue political party. So I asked the audience to be honest with me.
I asked them whether, when push came to shove, they really would vote for such a party. Or whether, in the end, they’d still feel too wedded to, say, the National Party’s economic policy, or the Labour Party’s social policies, to sacrifice their normal voting habits for a single issue.
I told them I would quite understand if they were not prepared to go that far.
But despite my exhortation for absolute honesty, over 90% of the audience raised their hands to say they would vote for a party whose sole policy was to remove the Treaty road block.
Now obviously the audience was hardly a cross-section of New Zealand society.
But equally obviously we should explore the concept further, since those 100 people probably share the views of 80% of New Zealanders on the issue of racial privilege.
I will soon be setting up the Together New Zealand Trust. If we get enough support, the next step may well be a Together New Zealand Party.
Coming soon: detailed pictorial posts on the latest Te Papa Treaty Debate, Waitangi, and the Nelson slide show.