24 Treaty myths, 89 racist Acts

Are we being conned by the treaty industry is a short book that highlights 24 myths and 89 Acts of Parliament that have fostered a culture of racial preferment in New Zealand. It could be required reading while we are all under house arrest for the next month.

The 32-page booklet, distributed by 1Law4All, says “the tribal elite and their collaborators in academia, the media, Parliament and the judiciary” misrepresented New Zealand history so that “European New Zealanders are portrayed as wrongdoers and Maoris (now part-Maoris) as the so-called victims”.

This was done to enable a minority group, “part-Maoris”, to get “special privileges and ownership of formerly publicly owned resources” like fisheries, forests, and the foreshore and seabed, and probably radio spectrum, the booklet argues.

Myths include that Maori are indigenous to New Zealand, that sovereignty was not ceded in the Treaty of Waitangi, that the Treaty formed a partnership between the Crown and “Maori”, that the Treaty is a “living document”, and that colonisation was bad for Maori.

The 89 pieces of racist legislation include the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, the Resource Management Act, and the Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992.

Are we being conned may be downloaded by clicking on this link https://www.hobsonspledge.nz/to_all_new_zealanders_are_we_being_conned_by_the_treaty_industry .

Maori name for Napier’s Bluff Hill

Napier’s iconic Bluff Hill that forms the backdrop for the port is about to undergo a mandatory name change under the Mana Ahuriri Settlement Bill, which has just been presented to Parliament.

Bluff Hill, Hospital Hill, and Middle Hill are about to be replaced by the name “Mataruahou”, which is a name no Napier hill residents have heard, ever.

Sturm’s Gully, on the back of Bluff Hill, that was named after Austrian-born botanist and horticulturist F. W. C. Sturm, who established a plant nursery there around 1865, will be changed to Karetoki Whare.

Five years ago, a proposal to change Perfume Point, the location of the former sewer outfall at the mouth of the Ahuriri marina, to Te Kareka, was defeated by a 11-1 vote by the Napier City Council after an outcry from locals.

This time people who live all over the Napier hill will have no say. The name will be imposed in an assertion of new-found authority by a newly created Treaty settlement claimant entity.

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