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TREATYGATE Part 2 — Maori Need Honest Ngatas, Not One-Eyed Duries

Fearless owner/editor of elocal, Mykeljon Winckel, has published a second Treatygate article from me, plus two pages of reader feedback from the first story.

Read the words of the story below, or double-click the pics, or check out elocal online.


Grievers Need Achievers As Leaders

Maori Need Honest Ngatas,
Not One-Eyed Duries

by John Ansell

The Treatygate snowball that your brave magazine elocal set in motion last month is already rattling the Griever and Appeaser elites as it builds into an unstoppable avalanche.

A week or so ago I was in the Maori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament being interviewed by Maori TV.

Gazing down augustly from on high were four huge, hand-tinted portraits of Achiever Maori leaders Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir Maui Pomare, Sir James Carroll, and Sir Peter Buck.

In 1922, Sir Apirana had been honest enough to say this about land confiscations:

“Some have said that these confiscations were wrong, and that they contravened the Articles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Government placed in the hands of the Queen of England the sovereignty and the authority to make laws.

Some sections of the Maori people violated that authority. War arose from this, and blood was spilled.

The law came into operation, and land was taken in payment.

(This itself is a Maori custom – revenge, plunder to avenge a wrong.)

It was their own chiefs who ceded that right to the Queen.

The confiscations cannot therefore be objected to in the light of the Treaty.” [1]

Sir Apirana could have added that not only did the rebels breach the Treaty, but they did so knowing what they stood to lose.

Governor Grey to the chiefs of the Waikato:

“Those who wage war against Her Majesty  or remain in arms must take the consequences of their acts and must understand they will forfeit the right to possession of their lands guaranteed to them by the Treaty of Waitangi.

These lands will be occupied by a population capable of protecting for the future the quiet and unoffending from the violence with which they have been threatened.” [2]

Same story on the East Coast:

“At Turanganui Mr McLean sent messages by Hauhau chiefs to the rebel sections of Rongowhakaata and Aitanga-a-Mahaki, warning them that unless they came in and made submission to the government they would be attacked and deprived of their lands and homes.

This offer met with no response.” [3]

Faced with insurrection, the government then did exactly what it said it would do.

And for doing it, you and I have just paid over $22 million for wronging Rongowhakaata.

What exactly had Te Kooti’s
Pai Marire 
(meaning ‘good and
peaceful’) Hauhaus done 
that was
so wrong? Just hacked, skewered,
shot and burnt 70 innocent
men, women and children, 
spectacularly the Lavin children,
who they threw
in the air and
impaled on bayonets.

We, in the simpering form of Appeaser-General Chris Finlayson, have also issued a grovelling apology for sullying the good name of the tribe’s poster boy, Te Kooti.

What exactly had Te Kooti’s Pai Marire (meaning ‘good and peaceful’) Hauhaus done that was so wrong?

Just hacked, skewered, clubbed, shot and burnt 70 innocent men, women and children, from babies to the elderly – most spectacularly the Lavin children, who they threw in the air and impaled on bayonets. [4]

Sorry about that, chief.

Sadly, the achiever values of the Ngatas, Pomares, Carrolls and Bucks have given way to the griever values of the Harawiras, Turias, Mutus and Itis.

Supposedly one of the more honest of this motley gang of professional mourners is longtime Waitangi Tribunal chair, Justice Sir Eddie Durie.

In 1999, Durie was remarkably candid about dodgy iwi claimants:

Some Treaty of Waitangi claimants have asked researchers to change findings that would be unhelpful to their cases, says the chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal.

Justice Durie said also that some tribes had even tried to make the payments of researchers conditional on findings being altered.” [5]

But it’s not just the tribes who’ve tried to doctor the evidence.

The Tribunal’s claim negotiator, the Crown Forest Rental Trust, has done the same.

And at least once, it didn’t just try, it succeeded.

The researcher who succumbed, then spilt the beans, was MIT Ph.D Dr John Robinson.

As a socialist, Dr Robinson may have been seen as a safe choice to ‘prove’ the Tribunal’s agenda that Maori nineteenth century population loss was caused by land loss.

Unfortunately, Dr Robinson preferred to study the evidence, and found the precise opposite.

His analysis showed that the overwhelming reason for Maori numbers dwindling in the second half of the century was the slaughter of tens of thousands of breeding-age males in the intertribal genocides of the first.

That plus the customary Maori practice of female infanticide. [6]

Dr Robinson regrets that he agreed to conceal his findings in order to be paid. But once safely retired he made good, telling all in The Corruption of New Zealand Democracy – A Treaty Overview.

Another insider to voice dismay at this uniquely Kiwi kangaroo court was that arbiter of journalistic ethics Brian Priestly, who in 1998 said:

Years ago I attended several sessions [of the Waitangi Tribunal] while advising the Ngai Tahu on public relations for their claims.

It would be hard to imagine any public body less well organised to get at the truth.There was no cross examination. Witnesses were treating with sympathetic deference.The people putting the Crown’s side of things seemed equally anxious not to offend.

In three months I don’t think I was asked a single intelligent, awkward question. I should have been.I resigned because I am basically a puzzler after the truth and not a one-eyed supporter of causes.” [7]

And so to today, and Sir Eddie Durie’s latest confession, when tackled about his conflict of interest in claiming water rights for his tribe from the Tribunal he used to chair:

 I believe we as Maori do not have the same luxury to observe the same ethics.” [8]

Since when was ethics a luxury – especially for a judge?

When reminded on TVNZ’s Q&A
programme that by law nobody owns
water, Durie shot back “That’s Pakeha
law. That’s a different law.”

Sir Eddie’s claim that water was more crucial to the Maori than to the British is insulting.

(How quickly the Griever focus has switched from the traditional obsession with land.) [9]

How does he think those landlubbers and their farm animals hydrated their squishy bodies?

With what substance did farmers irrigate their pastures?

What was that big wet wobbly thing that British warships and traders bobbed about on?

When reminded on TVNZ’s Q&A programme that by law nobody owns water, Durie shot back, “That’s Pakeha law. That’s a different law.” [10]

Yet he would know better than anyone that the Treaty says nothing about Pakeha law or “the Maori legal scheme” that he claimed existed, and everything about all New Zealanders having equal rights under one law.

With this outburst, Sir Eddie has become a one-man advertisement for a Colourblind State.

He and today’s other Griever Maori leaders dishonour the memory of Ngata, Pomare, Carroll and Buck.


[1] The Treaty of Waitangi – An Explanation, Sir A. Ngata, Maori Purposes Fund Board, 1922.

[2] Papers Relative to the Native Insurrection, Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1863 Session I, E-05.

[3] The New Zealand Wars, Vol. II, J. Cowan, p.125.

[4] Cowan, p.333.

[5] NZ Herald, November 17, 1999, p. A14.

[6] The Corruption of New Zealand Democracy – A Treaty Overview, J. Robinson, Tross Publishing, 2011, pp.11-20.

[7] Ngai Tahu claim: too little critical analysis, Evening Post, April 3, 1998.

[8] Dominion Post, August 11, 2012, p.C3.

[9] TVNZ Q&A, August 19, 2012, transcript of Sir Eddie Durie – Haami Piripi interview.

[10] Q&A as above.


PHOTO CAPTION: John Ansell calls himself a ‘conviction copywriter’, who hates selfish politicians, and is known for distilling political concepts into the plainest of English.

He created the ‘Iwi/Kiwi’ billboard series for National in 2005, two award-winning radio campaigns for Labour in 1987 and 1993, and in 2011 fell out with ACT over his proposed press ad headline ‘Fed up with the Maorification of Everything?’

He sees the racially-rigged National-Maori Constitutional Review as a major threat to our country and has founded Colourblind New Zealand to see if a referendum reinforced by a hard-hitting public education campaign can succeed where politicians have failed to halt the appeasement of Griever Maori.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last month’s Treatygate story in elocal launched John Ansell’s Colourblind State campaign to end racial favouritism. View Part 1 online at www.elocal.co.nz and comment on Part 2 on our blog.

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