Nelson Provincial Museum, Taranaki Wars Exhibition

Will the Nelson media run this?

First, please allow me a short whimsical diversion…

I’m writing this post at the “ranch” of American Kiwi Larry Wood in a beautiful valley just out of Nelson.

Believe it or not, I’m gazing at a hillside studded with bison.

Larry Wood's Nelson bison

Typical Nelson bison.

Apparently Teddy Roosevelt gifted a herd to New Zealand in the early 20th century, and guys like Larry have made sure they remain a going concern.

(He says they taste better than beef.)

OK, to get relevant…

Like me, Larry is allergic to politically correct BS and has volunteered to introduce me at tomorrow evening’s meeting.

I’ve just sent this press release to the local media about the hot local Treatygate issue:

‘Treatygate’ campaigner John Ansell says the Taranaki Wars Exhibition which has been running at the Nelson Provincial Museum since September, is a disgracefully one-sided, politically correct fantasy.

Ansell, who will be speaking at the Nelson Suburban Club at 7.30 tomorrow night [tonight], says many attempts have been made to alert the exhibition curators to a litany of errors, but they remain impervious to proven facts, and shamefully refuse to correct their mistakes.

Nelson Suburban Club

Nelson Suburban Club, tomorrow’s venue.

Ansell says dogged Nelson researcher Bruce Moon has repeatedly given the curators evidence of many historical inaccuracies in the exhibition, none more appalling than the claim that there was no cannibalism of the crew of the ship Harriet, wrecked off the Taranaki coast in 1834.

In fact, says Ansell, documents from the time record that twelve of the crew were killed and eaten, including the brother of captured settler Elizabeth Guard, who was given his flesh to eat, and whose severed head was repeatedly paraded in front of her.

The exhibition also wrongly claims that the 1840 meaning of the word ‘taonga’ was “all Maori treasures, material and non-material”, when in fact this is the modern meaning and the dictionary definition of ‘taonga’ current at the time of the Treaty was “property procured by the spear”.

“Even the most one-eyed latter day historian would have difficulty claiming that you could procure a radio frequency with a spear,” says Ansell, referring to the latest iwi leaders’ claim that Maori should receive a share of the 4G spectrum because it is a taonga.

Ansell will present evidence of a forty year, state-sponsored campaign of indoctrination of New Zealanders with an entirely false history of the Treaty, and will call for support for a New Zealand where all citizens have the same rights, live under the same law, vote on the one roll, and provide help to the needy based on need, not race.