AN OPEN LETTER TO TWO ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS AT WAIKATO UNIVERSITY
Dear Associate Professor Leonie Pihama and Associate Professor Tom Roa,
You have both seized the opportunity you perceive in the recent appalling tragedy in Christchurch to present what one of you calls “colonial terror and violence since 1642” with the other saying “Maori had been victims to acts of terrorism in Aotearoa in the past”. And Police Deputy Commissioner of Maori and Ethnic Services Wally Haumaha chimes in, about “historical killings of Maori at different times and across the country during early colonisation”.Read more
Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson told Parliament two years ago that the Crown apologised to the people of Parihaka for the rape of women and children. However, questions under the Official Information Act revealed that the only evidence held by the Government was testimony from two men to the Sim Commission in 1927 that “the women folk were gathering food for the people in the pa, for us, and the soldiers were assaulting the women folk. Some of those women got children through the soldiers”, as well as a lengthy opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times on March 18, 1882, which had a brief mention of “soldiers plying Parihaka women with rum”, an unreferenced assertion in a 1975 book titled Ask That Mountain, and handed down stories and a traditional poi dance.
You have until December 14 to put in your submission against Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene’s bill that would require a 75 percent majority in Parliament to scrap the Maori seats.Read more
An advertisement featuring Prime Minister Bill English waving the white flag of surrender with text attacking the National Party on a single standard of citizenship appeared in the Sunday Star Times today.Read more