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Northland Age 16/8/18
I read today in another newspaper that the government has given $750,000 of taxpayer funds for the rebuilding of the dining room at a marae in Kawhia. The report mentioned also that three other marae in Northland, have been given a total of $2·9 million for “rebuilds”.

The report went on to inform readers that Oranga Marae, funded by taxpayers via the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development, has a 2018-19 budget of $17·5 million “to support maraes by ensuring that cultural taonga and traditions are preserved for future generations. It assists to build, repair, and restore whares, while also encouraging maraes in the revitalisation of tikanga, te reo Maori and matauranga Maori”. Well, a few questions arise from this.

One might ask whether $750,000 is not a little extravagant for the rebuilding of a dining room. One might be able to purchase a whole house in Auckland for that much.

But, then, this will no doubt be an extravagant dining room, with all the cooking and food storage and preparation facilities/utensils traditional to Maori, in the spirit of revitalising Maori tikanga.

Another question that could arise in the narrow minds of those mean-spirited taxpayers who've so far forked out billions to part-Maori via the Treaty gravy train is, When are part-Maori gonna be expected to start paying their own way?

When Mike Rashbrooke writes in his lengthy letter (last word, August 14) “British sovereignty was, as far as Ngapuhi and the Waitangi Tribunal are concerned, not acquired by their knowingly ceding it by the act of signing the treaty”.

He, like that Tribunal, obscures the known facts of history.

The words of those chiefs who spoke against signing on February 5, 1840, make it crystal clear that they knew that by doing so they agreed to become subordinate to the Governor, himself a subject of the Queen.

To quote just one of them, Te Kemara: "Governor high up, up, up and Te Kemara down low, small, a worm, a crawler - no,no,no." He signed the next day.

Who is whinging, Mr Rashbrooke?

The Press 16/8/18
Joel Maxwell (Aug 13) seems intent on creating division in Aotearoa with his vitriolic opinions targeting European New Zealanders. Tolerance, understanding and forgiveness need to be part of our multicultural society, not finger-pointing and blame at specific groups. We should all be looking through the same lens to a future where we feel valued and respected. Climate change is our biggest threat so we must stand united to confront the challenges ahead.
RACHEL DU VAL, Hillsborough

The Press 15/8/18
I can’t understand the persistent criticism of Don Brash. He speaks only the truth and he does so calmly and honestly – he is no rabblerouser. He wants to shore up democracy and equality for all.

What is there to take offence over that? I find his attitude refreshing.

I noticed in the Weekend Press that iwi were included in the consent process for a driveway. We are all represented through elected councillors. What justification is there for unelected, unrepresentative iwi to be involved in these processes?

Is this New Zealand’s version of democracy in action? Are other people happy with these arrangements? I am not and would be delighted if our political representatives could speak out as Brash is doing.

His views are not minority views, as some would have us believe.
L TUFF, Prebbleton

NZ Herald 15/8/18
It seems to me that there are three really futile aims being pursued by humankind. Firstly to achieve world peace, secondly to find intelligent life on another planet and thirdly to settle all claims under the Treaty of Waitangi.
MIKE JARMAN, One Tree Hill.

Maybe toning down the haka isn't such a bad idea. After all you can have so much culture jammed down your throat.

Wanganui Chronicle 15/8/18
Act party policy has always been to reduce Parliament to 99 MPs, and abolish the Maori seats. Even without the Maori seats, Maori are well represented in Parliament.

The leaders of Act (David Seymour), National (Simon Bridges), and NZ First (Winston Peters) are all Maori. Yet most Maori vote for parties led by Pakeha — Labour and the Greens.

Do the Maori seats benefit Te Tiriti millionaires? I don't know, but the seats do little for ordinary Maori people. It is time they went.
Northland Age 14/8/18
Have you heard about the Kohimarama conference of chiefs, 1860? Of course not.
One of the most significant events in our nation’s early history, the largest gathering of Maori leaders after the signing of the Treaty, has been purposely ignored by selective historians, compliant politicians, educators, the media, recalcitrant Maori and Treaty revisionists for obvious reasons.

This was a meeting of some 200 chiefs with Governor Thomas Gore Browne. He encouraged them to speak openly, fully, and raise any questions of concerns over the Treaty.

As many of them had been present at Waitangi in 1840, they knew the commitment of the Treaty.

They unanimously confirmed that the Queen was the sole legitimate ruler of the country, with the term kawanatanga meaning sovereign.

They disparaged the Tainui Kingite movement in the Waikato, describing it as ‘child’s play,’ and not representative of Maori.

Kingitanga was a movement that started as a rebellion against the Crown, and therefore a breach of the Treaty.

Tainui tried to claim equal government with the Crown, a claim that was not granted by the Treaty. The subsequent confiscation of their land was considered legitimate by the conference and the great Maori scholar, lawyer and Cabinet Minister Sir Apirana Ngata.

Subsequently, government, through the offices of Christopher Finlayson, has given large financial compensation, the ridiculous ‘Top Up’ clause and national apologies for this lawful confiscation.

That the present-day population of New Zealand should apologise for actions over a 150 years ago is ridiculous. Ignoring this major event in our history is gross official deceit.

Not one of the 122 MPs has the professional integrity and courage to challenge the politically motivated perversion of our history, or to research Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent, our true founding document.

When Hongi Hika returned from England he had exchanged all the gifts the King had given him for 300 muskets when passing through Sydney on his return to New Zealand.

Ngapuhi then went on a rampage south, slaughtering an estimated 60,000 of their defenceless, unarmed countrymen, but soon realised the southern tribes were arming themselves and would travel north for utu — revenge. The French, who the Ngapuhi feared, had also established themselves at Hokianga, and were showing interest in claiming New Zealand for France.

The chiefs wanted to put Britain between them and the French.

In 1831, 13 northern chiefs wrote to the King, asking him to be their guardian and protector, not only from the French but also from their own people — the southern tribes. The King acknowledged this request by sending a resident, James Busby, to New Zealand in 1833.

In 1835, Busby tried to get the chiefs to sign the Declaration of Independence, but as usual tribal tension and fighting took precedence over politic co-operation, and he could only attract 26 signatures at the time. Maori were now completely out of control.

A very old Maori gentleman asked the question, “Do you know why Ngapuhi were so keen to sign the Treaty?” He replied, “Ngapuhi had more muskets than any other tribe, and under the leadership of Hongi Hika in 1820 had gone south slaughtering, eating and taking slaves of hundreds of his fellow countrymen.

This had continued for about 10 years until the southern tribes had gained enough muskets to lodge a counter attack on Ngapuhi for utu — “revenge”. So now Ngapuhi owes the government big time.

Dominion Post 14/8/18
Joel Maxwell's crude generalisations of Maori and non Maori maybe free speech, but his opinions are also bordering dangerously dose to incitement.

Waikato Times 13/8/18
Hamilton has a diverse ethnic population. According to the Department of Statistics, there are more Asians in Hamilton than Maori. Why do the Asians not have a seat as well?
BRIAN MAIN, Hamilton

NZ Herald 13/8/18
For years I have expressed the view, hitherto regarded as politically incorrect, that the All Blacks are not well served by the haka.

Too often the vigour and spirit expended on the prematch performance results in a lacklustre first 15 minutes of the game when the opposition takes advantage of the unnecessary and primitive ritual.

The currency of the haka has also been devalued by the multiplicity of inappropriate occasions on which a poor rendition is performed by unqualified persons. Let the haka be restricted to its proper place as an element of Maori ceremonies.

Nelson Mail 13/8/18
It is impossible to tell whether Shade Hippolite's story (Nelson Mail, August 8) is factually true or merely an amalgam of the stories claimed by Maori youth.

Regardless, it appeared on the front page primarily for the message it bears - that, based on a single instance, we are still a very racist society, and Maori youth typically bear a daily cross of negative stereotyping.

I am more than three times Shade's age, and have shared schoolrooms, army barracks and university flats with Maori.

Maori also are prone to stereotyping white people.

My flatmates supposed that being Pakeha meant that I had always benefited from privilege, doors had magically opened before me, and I never had to struggle for anything.

My actual experiences of life are most different to their assumptions.

Wanganui Chronicle 13/8/18
Now here is a tip for all you racial. gender-inconclusive. left-wing. radical non-conformists. Pick up the phone and mention 'security concerns" to protest against any speaker who may have a contra view to yours and you have won the battle before it has even commenced.

Phil Goff folded, Jan Thomas surrendered.

It appears laws have no place in our society when those most expected to uphold those laws can use their positions of 'authority" to render the laws ineffective.

Free speech is dead in this country, because there will always be some person with an opposing view or slightly different skin colour who will claim oppression, ill-treatment or special rights and threaten protest action.

This is so farcical that if a person was to notify the council that the Anzac Day Parade was to be the target for a protest, the council would rightly have to forbid it for "security reasons'.

Can you imagine the damage a bunch of ageing veterans could do to a group of protesters who p• •••d them off?

Like almost everyone else, my ancestors came here by boat. But l am denied equality by the separatists who increasingly rule all parliamentary thought.

Or is it a social media "fake news" phenomena where a ‘bot’ button can generate thousands of fictional support messages?

We have the Don Brash denial of "free speech" at Massey University fiasco, and the Wanganui High School Joseph Parker motivational speech "apartheid" reversal — and not a race relations conciliator in sight.

A deceptive monologue of past wrongs consistently emerges, followed by claims for earth, air and water.

Settlement is achieved by more and more money being shipped from our collective economy by threat.

Bay of Plenty Times 13/8/18
From the rather rude and disparaging remarks (Opinion. August 10) made about Dr Don Brash. I am assuming that the writer does not know him.

I, on the other hand, am fortunate enough to be well acquainted with this kind and generous man who I would describe as a "gentleman. He is also highly intelligent and very interesting to listen and talk to.

What Dr Brash is trying to achieve is simply equality for all New Zealanders, irrespective of race.

How can it be unjust or racist to ask that all New Zealanders are treated with the same respect and have the same rights as every other New Zealander?

To argue that some branches of society should have more rights or benefits than others. just because of the colour of their skin or historical background, is exactly what Dr Brash is trying to extinguish.

He is not racist, people misconstrue his views without fully understanding his reasoning which is that all New Zealanders should be treated equally.

Waikato Times 11/8/18
What is wrong with the mayor and councillors of Hamilton, in that they want to leave democracy behind and return to feudalism?

There is no agreed Maori voice, let alone a Maori world view, and certainly not anything based on any democratic process. Leaders are there based on privilege by birth.

So why pander to the newly emerging Maori wealthy elite by putting unelected Maori seats on important council committees?

Treating them as a coherent minority ethnic group is apartheid, which, as a country, we were against in the past.

With numbers, and, for goodness' sake, the voting rights on these committees, I ask "what is their skill" that other non elected members were appointed for?

This placing of ordinary citizens below a favoured minority hark back to the Magna Carta and there will be hidden resentment when our equal citizenship is removed by seeming stealth.

The comment that Maori wards for the council table would have "caused a furore" shows that ratepayers want to retain their democracy.

There are Maori members in all the major parliamentary parties through their own efforts, so do we need this apparent local paternalism?

Waikato Times 10/8/18
Hamilton is a wonderful city with a wide and growing number of different ethnicities. Some of these would have large and measurable numbers of our citizens.

Now that the council has resolved to appoint one group to have representation on the governing body, is it intending to offer the same opportunity to other groups?

It certainly was an interesting week in New Zealand politics last week, what with bomb threats from a Green Party supporter against overseas visitors who were planning a speaking event at the Powerstation, and hate speech against Don Brash promoting his assassination by semi-literate gang members.

Also a state-funded school, Whanganui High School, promoted a speaking event open only to Maori and Pasifika males.

It seems threats of violence, hate speech and racist/sexist discrimination is now accepted in New Zealand as part of the political discourse, which is a shame, because I thought such activities were illegal.

Dominion Post 10/8/18
There is irony in the decision to ban Don Brash from speaking at Massey University on the one hand and the waste of $1 million on a rebranding exercise to rename Victoria University of Wellington on the other.

Are these academic leaders (and our city council) completely out of touch with society – or perhaps they reflect it?

What worries me is the growing propensity to label as ‘‘racist’’ anyone who expresses a contrary opinion on the Treaty of Waitangi or anything to do with tangata whenua. This is blatant bullying in an effort to silence them. How long before they’re called ‘‘dissidents’’? I’d trust most New Zealanders would know hate speech if they heard it. Expressing a contrary opinion is not hate speech.

Increasingly, New Zealand is looking like a cross between Animal Farm and the abhorrent apartheid regime in South Africa. Freedom of speech is being stifled and racebased legislation is becoming commonplace.

Hamilton City Council has just adopted a system of representation on council based solely on race, without the appointees attracting a single vote in an election. Sounds like apartheid to me.

Rotorua Daily Post 10/8/18
Are we as crazy as the rest of the world with all this so-called PC crap?

The so-called offensive sign at Hell's Gate has been removed. What for?

When Billy T James, our most loved Kiwi comic was on TV not too many years ago, he did skits of Captain Cook and Hone Heke and took the mickey out of Maori and European.

Did we think it was offensive? No, it was great humour and I bet that Maori blogger Moata Tamaira used to have a laugh as well.

Howard Morrison and his quartet made a record about Puha and Pakeha and put him in the pot many moons ago and we loved it.

Now little ole NZ seems to be so PC ... I say. come on, get back to the laughter and fun we once had

Northland Age 9/8/18
I’ve just read Anahera HerbertGraves’ ‘Inside an Iwi’ article on paedophilia, and while her quote of research that 71 per cent of child sex crimes in New Zealand are committed by Pakeha males may well be correct, her own interpretation thereafter is not.

Quote “. . . or 50 per cent of those who identify as Pakeha, are responsible for 71 per cent of all paedophile offending.” What she is saying here is that half the Pakeha males, or one out of two Pakeha men, are paedophiles. This is patent nonsense.

A full breakdown of the statistics would have been helpful. What we don’t know from her article is what percentage of paedophiles are female. What percentage came from other races.

Her final sentences, based on her interpretation, are easily explained: “In that context, this extraordinary statistic is a shock. But the silence around it is not a surprise.”

From her own figures 74 per cent of the population identify as Pakeha. So if paedophilia was equally distributed among races then you would expect that 74 per cent of child sex crimes committed by men to be committed by Pakeha, but her quoted figure is 71 per cent. Lower than expected.

Thus the silence — there’s nothing in her figures.

Wanganui Chronicle 9/8/18
There was a cry of racism that boxer Joseph Parker might just be speaking to Maori and Pacifica males and their fathers at a motivational event.

This is not racism it is just recognition of what is recognised — that this group has specific needs when it comes to motivation in education, a well-documented situation.

This was a very good idea and would have had good results for this group. Many of them learn better among their own kind

These upset people are just going for what might be termed 'the low-hanging fruit’.

We do have a problem with racism in New Zealand and it is being foisted on us by Maori through the Waitangi Tribunal.

If these people were genuine, they would be protesting the Maori roll and Maori seats in Parliament— plus the attempt to have Maori wards.

We also have a real problem in the area of free speech It appears journalists will be a thing of the past as they will only be allowed to have an opinion already decided for them.
G R SCOWN, Wanganui

Dominion Post 8/8/18
Today I was due to speak to Massey University’s Politics Society in Palmerston North, which invited me two and a half months ago.

Yesterday, vice-chancellor Jan Thomas announced the university had cancelled the booking due to ‘‘security concerns’’, my involvement with Hobson’s Pledge, and my views on Maori wards on councils, which she says ‘‘come dangerously close to hate speech’’ and fail to recognise ‘‘the values of a Tiriti o Waitangi-led organisation’’.

She also references my ‘‘support’’ of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (which was merely support of their right to speak, not an endorsement of their views).

The vice-chancellor’s position is a disgraceful contradiction of publicly funded universities’ role in hosting robust debate and the free exchange of ideas.

Tomorrow night I am scheduled to take part in a debate at the University of Auckland. We now fear it too will give in to the vocal minority. It must commit to providing a secure environment for free speech, lest it spark a domino effect that will wipe away the long-standing tradition of free expression on university campuses.

These issues are not limited to university campuses. Several visiting international speakers are now all vulnerable to the ‘‘thug’s veto’’, by which anyone can shut down speech they disagree with by threatening violent protest. [abridged]
DON BRASH, Free Speech Coalition

The propaganda being distributed by a government department to our newspapers regarding the Treaty is getting tiresome. I grew up with alcoholic parents and was out on the street at an early age.

I learned to be careful with money. I saved and invested and made a life. Inequality does not come from the system and cannot be blamed on others. It is the choices we make in life that determine our situation.

Joel Maxwell (August 6) expresses his delight that ‘‘a gorgeous collection of Pakeha ’’ has ‘‘gone and broken up the set’’.

He refers to the Hamilton City Council voting for five Maori to sit on some key committees, entitled to full voting rights on those committees and to salaries paid by Hamilton ratepayers.

Maxwell rejoices that ‘‘Johnny and Jane Redneck can’t get rid of them through a referendum’’ as if this was a triumph for accountability and good governance. But Maori won’t be able to get rid of them either at local body elections. That was among Democracy Action’s objections: the appointees will not be accountable to voters for their decisions.
BOB EDLIN, Pauatahanui

Queen Victoria was the reigning British monarch when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and for nearly 60 subsequent years. The Duke of Wellington was a Tory politician and a soldier, famed for all-round excellence in killing and with no connection to Aotearoa New Zealand.

The irrelevant man of war gets his name attached to a volcano and suburb in Auckland, the capital city, its harbour and its university. Queen Victoria gets a modest mountain range south of the Buller Gorge and a valley near Kaitaia. And Victoria University of Wellington.

Roll over, Your Majesty, and stop complaining. You’re just a woman, after all, and Professor Guilford says it’s time to be in earnest about erasing your name because it may confuse some people. Tough, but you have to understand that this is what happens to female historical figures. As a woman, you simply can’t expect to compete with a high-output soldier, let alone with a veterinary nutritionist-turned-vice-chancellor. [abridged]

The Press 8/8/18
The sooner people don’t decide to lump others in groups based on skin colour, geographical situation and so forth, the better.

No matter what "race" you may be, there are also "goodies" and "baddies". There would be no movies, novels, operas, religions etc without them.

Whatever your skin colour, or geographical origin, you are unique. It is uncool to think you are better than anyone else.
PETER BOOL, Halswell

Waikato Times 8/8/18
Do you want to live in a democratic nation or in an ethnically favoured country?
Follow the media. The choice is yours.

Wanganui Chronicle 8/8/18
Well done to Joseph Parker coming to Wanganui High School to give a motivational session to students.

However, I was shocked to read that this closed motivational session is available to Maori and Pasifika students and their dads only.

What? Since when are our public schools being permitted to implement race-based activities?

What an uproar there would be if someone promoted an event and publicly excluded attendance by Maori and Pasifica folk.

In today's society we teach children that racism is bad and for a high school to publicly exclude students from an event based on their ethnicity is wrong

Wanganui High School can't sugarcoat this — it is racism at its worst

Gisborne Herald 4/8/18
I was most interested to read of the “wahi tapu” status declared on the site of the Battle of Ohaeawai.

I must be one of very few Pakeha New Zealanders to have had a ancestor on two sides of the family to have been present at that battle. My great-great-grandfather Thos. Finch was a private in the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot at the battle. My triple-great grandfather J.R. Clendon was also present, along with the Rev. Williams, as a non-combatant adviser to Colonel Despard.

The Press 7/8/18
The renaming of Linwood school makes me wonder whether I have missed the discussion regarding the use of Maori names that seems to be common at the moment. Are we happy with this realignment?

Taranaki Daily News 6/8/18
I contend that a highly relevant 'map' was missing from the recent article: 'Extent of Maori Land Loss'? The map that shows the forced displacement, resettlement or exile of nearly the entire indigenous population from Auckland south, including the mass exodus of Taranaki tribes, to Wanganui-a-Tara, and on to Te Waipounamu.

The outcome of 39 years of inter-iwi conflict between 1806 and 1845, (The Musket Wars) that resulted in the conservatively estimated death in battle, of over 18,000 souls. Plus an unknown number forced into slavery, or worse.

Pre-1840, this country had been in a state of near incessant inter-tribal warfare, and utu.

Depending upon which side one's allegiances lay, the actions of any party could have been viewed as being either cunning plans and strategic master strokes, or acts of back stabbing treachery and treason.

One of the most significant outcomes of all of which was the radically altered and once traditional boundaries from pre-1806. Locally, we can still see one such prominent local boundary marker, in the form of the 'Fitzroy Pole' at the intersection of Smart Rd and Devon Rd. To which end, a similar practice of surveying and marking boundaries with poles has been used all around the world for millennia.
TIM BUSBY, Taranaki

Gisborne Herald 3/8/18
I don’t know what Treaty Maui Whangapirita (July 31 letter) is talking about but the true Maori language Treaty of Waitangi that most chiefs signed makes no mention of the foreshore and seabed being promised to Maori. If he believes the “promise” is in Article 2 then that clause promises to all the people of New Zealand — not just Maori.

Whangapirita seems misinformed when he talks about an island in the Hauraki Gulf. The foreshore and seabed does not encompass dry land, only the area made wet by the tide and seawards out to 22km. Further, any private landowner (Maori included) is entitled to prohibit others from accessing/crossing their land.

He believes that Maori are the true custodians of the foreshore and seabed. Well, under British law “the sea from high water mark to a point three miles out belonged to the Crown”. Therefore, due to the chiefs ceding sovereignty in 1840, New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed was deemed to be in Crown ownership and any customary rights to this resource was extinguished by the Treaty. This was clearly affirmed in the 1963 Court of Appeal Ninety Mile Beach case ruling.

If Maori thought they owned the foreshore and seabed, then most Treaty of Waitangi claims would have included it. None did.
However, I and no doubt most New Zealanders do agree that we can all share it and its bounty. But to do so it must not be “privatised” (Customary Marine Title).

Waikato Times 4/8/18
Hamilton City Council instructed staff to find another way of appointing unelected iwi to council (Waikato Times, August 1). I thought they were instructed to make savings. What is it, spend or save?

What does cultural diversity have to do with running our water, waste, sewage and essential services'

Remuneration for these five new unelected seats will be $54,000 to $68,000 per year plus $12,000 technology costs, with full voting and speaking rights to be given at committee level. Our mayor, who unsuccessfully tried to change council's name, is now set to take it a step further.

Cr Ryan Hamilton said "it's an opportunity that has to be taken", yet ironically he stood and restood at least four times before being elected. He stood on his own merits, as I believe everyone should. Why should others have a free pass?

What about other sectors of our rate-paying community? Will they feel aggrieved they have no representation or voice around council? What about women - only three elected to council? What next, gender-based seats as well?

Let's not forget our rates have to be increased because HCC spends more than it earns. Now HCC is creating five unelected seats with salaries, despite supposedly looking to make savings.

Cheese and crackers, anyone?

Dominion Post 4/8/18
Readers will welcome the series When New Zealand was made (August 2). They will also be hoping for a balanced coverage.

It is important to realise that not all Maori were good and not all settlers were bad.

The excessive damage done to Parihaka, remembering that no lives were lost, needs to be set against incidents such as the massacre of more than 65 innocent settlers and kapapa Maori, and the subsequent destruction of property, carried out by Te Kooti and his warriors at Matawhero.

As the writer in the article observes, this history is not in dispute.

The article also notes that the history of our country has not been adequately taught in our schools. The author and the public will be pleased to know that this is being rectified. In 2017 Philippa Werry brought out a textbook entitled The New Zealand Wars and later this year another text One Law or Two Monarchs? will be published.

Some history is in dispute and interpretations change. Fortunately, teachers of history and social studies are careful to balance fact and opinion in their tuition, and encourage students to form their own opinions based on evidence.
ROGER CHILDS, Raumatf Beach

The Press 4/8/18
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern proposes that abortion should be taken out of the Crimes Act and treated as a "reproductive issue of choice for women".

Right to Life believes this idea and current law are in breach of Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi. When the treaty was signed in 1840, the Crown gave assurances that Maori would have the Queen's protection. That protection included the right to life of Maori from conception to natural death.

In 2017, 13,285 were abortions reported in New Zealand, 3111 of these on Maori women. If abortion is decriminalised, it will result in more pressure and coercion imposed on Maori women to terminate.
KEN ORR, Right to Life

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 3/8/18
Democracy is a very precious principal in a free world and anyone who tries to water it down in any way is playing a contentious and unpopular game.

For the last 50 plus years in Katikati we have elected local people to represent us. Prior to 1989 this local group was called a community council, which I was on from 1977-1989.

The government made some changes: the Katikati County Council became the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the KKCC became the Katikati Community Board. During Tony Dauphin’s chairmanship it changed to a ward board to better represent rural people. Now two out of four members are rural people!

Council recently proposed some race-based representation, along with four other councils, but all were soundly defeated by an indignant public.

Council then supported Local Government NZ to ask government to make that compulsory. NZ First has given an assurance there will be no race-based legislation in this trimester.

Now we are told council is proposing to form selected committees. The detail is currently lacking, but is it a back door way to achieve racially chosen people? What number will be on the committee? What is the criteria for selection? Have you the support of the people in this move? Where does democracy fit in all this? (Abridged).
N MAYO, Katikati

The Press 3/8/18
I read your article Maori Land Loss (Aug 2.) with interest, especially the bit where, in 1857, 1.14 million acres were sold in North Canterbury for about $57,000.

In 1956 I purchased a house in Beckenham for $5400 and sold it seven years later for $6000. Today it would be worth more than $300,000.

Can I ask the Government to compensate me?

Gisborne Herald 2/8/18
I wonder if it is timely to remind people that they have until August 24 to make submissions to the New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, regarding the proposed name change to Poverty Bay.

An instructive website is the GDC one as follows:


Hawkes Bay Today 1/8/18
Mr Toro Waaka and his fellow “Treaty Settlement Groups representatives” seem determined to destroy the application of democracy (by which regional councillors are elected) and replace it with the tribal leadership style that pre-dated the Treaty of Waitangi, in which ordinary citizens play no part in deciding who is going to make decisions on their behalf or what those decisions are. They need to be reminded that “governance” was given to the Crown by the tribal leaders who signed the Treaty, specifically to end the intertribal warfare that had decimated the Maori population prior to 1840.

It is sad to see the reference to the recent claims of “Treaty Partnership” which does not rate a mention in the Treaty itself, along with the “processes and mechanisms for the sharing of decision making”. There was no provision in the Treaty for Maori to have special status above that of other citizens. Indeed Hobson, who signed on behalf of the Crown, said “Now we are one” to each of the tribal signatories on February 6, 1840. That acknowledged that all had equal rights as British citizens, there was no provision for an elite group to have rights of “consultation” on matters affecting the whole population.

The Press 1/8/18 (A few words section)
Who is Joel Maxwell (July 30) to tell Simon Bridges that, as a part-Maori, he should learn te reo?

If Bridges sees himself more as a citizen of the world than as a Maori, that is his prerogative.

Dominion Post 1/8/18
I have been quizzically reading Joel Maxwell's articles. What is he really getting at? If he was getting pleasure from learning Maori he would not be so belligerent.

Now I think he has allowed me to put my finger on it (Come on Simon, put your best foot forward, July 30). He berates Simon Bridges, believing that because Bridges has some Maori blood coursing through his veins, he should be taking a year off from his busy political life to learn the Maori language.

This leads me to believe Joel thinks he has failed in the world the majority of New Zealanders live in. This is leading to him venting his spleen on us regularly.

Joel, enjoy your journey into the Maori language world and, when you are fluent, you will be able to explain to us uncouths and the busy the advantages it will bestow on them.

Sunday Star Times 29/7/18
King Tuheitia had a chance to avoid the horrendous loss of mana for Tainui caused by the Serious Fraud Office raid, when, a number of years ago, he took the extraordinary step of sacking a top Tainui figure over a critical report she wrote about the tribe's finances.

He removed Tania Martin, an elected official, as the chairwoman of Waikato-Tainui's parliament, Te Kauhanganui, which represents the tribe's 66 marae.

Martin, who represents Hiiona Marae, was dismissed after writing a report to tribal members that criticised spending by Tainui's executive board, Te Arataura.

Te Arataura chairman Tuku Morgan said the king had to intervene. "There's only one boss in Waikato-Tainui," he said.

Well, good, because that one boss may have to answer questions.

There will be some major falls from grace, mark my words, and no doubt Martin will be on the sideline cheering the SFO on, thinking "what delicious karma".

Gisborne Herald 28/7/18
I was bemused to see the front page of our Herald showing a possibly illegal map of our shoreline, with our local area (possibly just the river mouth) named as Turanganui a Kiwa.

I have understood that this name, according to the National Geographic Board, is not an officially-recognised name and should not be used on a map. How strange that it appears on this front-page map and also (still) remains on local road signage.

Are our local council and newspaper above the law and therefore beyond reproach? Can the editor please explain why this name was used on the map in our paper?

For goodness sake, it is illegal. It may be a historical name for Maori, but it is not an officially recognised name for any part of our district.

To the best of my knowledge, it means “The great standing place of Kiwa” and applies to the area of our river mouth, not the entire “Poverty Bay” area. However, it now appears that the “Kiwa” area has grown from the Turanganui River.

Is it not now time that those responsible for illegally using this name be brought to task? If any of us broke the law, we would suffer the consequences. Let us see the law upheld on this occasion. Why was Poverty Bay not on the map?

Local iwi also seem to be in a place of discontent over who owns rights to what area. Surely if iwi cannot decide among themselves over who owned what, then let us revert to nobody owns these areas — they belong to all of us.

To the ratepayers of Gisborne, re the proposed name change to Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

I was shocked to see on the front page of The Gisborne Herald on Tuesday, July 24 a map showing the areas along our coast from Waikanae to Pouawa. Did anyone else take note that the name Poverty Bay was missing? In its place, Turanganui a Kiwa.

This name has not even been approved. At best it should have shown Poverty Bay/Turanganui a Kiwa. Perhaps there was not enough room to print the whole name.

This was an early warning that the name Poverty Bay will be dropped if we allow this name change to occur.

On August 24, submissions to the NZ Geographic Board close. You have until then to either post a letter or submit an email giving your reason why the name change should or should not be adopted.

Everyone needs to take the time to do this.

You can email: nzgbsubmissions@linz.govt.nz or drop a short letter to: The Secretary, NZ Geographic Board, C/- Land Information NZ. P O Box 5501, Wellington, 6145

That board has asked that you give a reason why you want or don’t want this name change to occur.

This is the last chance for you to have your voice heard on this subject.

Racists remarks in council are not a good look, but neither are continuous references to Cook being a murderer. We the “pakeha” (which I consider a racist term) should not have to continually be told about the sad few days when some Maori people got shot. There are lots of bad days in this world and the thing to do is get over it and get on with life.

Mrs Akuhata-Brown was not there, nor were the others so ready to pass judgement. Perhaps the crew were seriously threatened, maybe not, it’s history.

We will never sort out these differences when a councillor wants to take down colleagues over a private comment. It should have been sorted out in-house, not become a big deal for the local paper.

I worked on state houses for many years and I was told I was a honky, a pakeha pig and told to f... off on many occasions. I took it on the chin and just would go to the next job. I did not report it to Housing NZ as I knew some people were having tough times, and that they did not really mean it anyway.

Mrs Akuhata-Brown has lifted the lid on this issue and may I say that this is not the first time she has mentioned what they are saying, that Captain Cook was a murderer. The same situation happened when Meng and his mate opened the Waikanae walkway.

I have said some derogatory things during my 74 years that I regret. We are not perfect. It’s not a perfect world.

Let’s be mates and work together. Let’s follow the lead of the campaigners in Kaiti who are helping put food in the mouths of their people by stopping the pokies. Good on you all, you can be very proud of yourselves.
Waikato Times 28/7/18
Tom O'Connor (July 21) may well claim the word Pakeha is not an insult, but the problem with the term is that it refers to everyone who is not Maori no matter what race or ethnicity.

Being Maori means being tangata whenua and therefore holding a special status that comes with ethnic-based rights and a superior recognition of culture and beliefs.

The term Pakeha is not in itself derogatory, but it does by definition carry a cultural inferiority. For these reasons, Pakeha is an inherently racist term.

I am of European heritage, of Welsh and Scottish descent. I don't describe myself as Welsh or Scottish, and nor as a Pakeha, but rather as a New Zealander or a Kiwi, because these are inclusive terms.

They include everybody who considers New Zealand home, be they of European, Asian, African or American extraction and is also inclusive of Maori.

We need to be country where we celebrate our differences, where our diversity enriches us, where ethnicity matters but does not bestow privilege, where all all citizens are united equality under the law. If we continue down the path of separatism and don't unite as New Zealanders, we will fail as country.

Hawkes Bay Today 27/7/18
In Tuesday's Hawkes Bay Today, the Vice-chancellor of Massey University, Jan Thomas, accused Hobson's Pledge as coming "dangerously dose to hate speech" in our opposition to the creation of separate Maori wards in five districts of New Zealand earlier this year.

She is quite wrong.

Our opposition to Maori wards was based on our strong support for the principle that political representation in New Zealand should not be based on race.

The large number of Maori New Zealanders who have been elected to Parliament without the crutch of the Maori electorates shows just what patronising nonsense it is to suggest that Maori wards are needed to enable Maori representation in local government.

She writes that Te Tiriti [of Waitangi], with its emphasis on partnership, respect and tolerance, has much to teach us all."

She appears to be unaware that Te Tiriti makes no mention of partnership, and the idea that Te Tiriti created a partnership has been descnbed as absurdby political leaders as different as David Lange and Winston Peters.

TeTiriti guaranteed to all New Zealanders the same rights, no more and no less. For that, we should all be hugely grateful.
CASEY COSTELLO Co-spokesperson for the Hobson's Pledge Trust

Gisborne Herald 26/7/18
Re: Boundaries in dispute, July 24 story.

Having read about local iwi in-fighting over the coastline around Gisborne, my view is that not one of these groups have a right to the foreshore and seabed. However, one stupid government after another has seen fit to pander to them.

The truth is that all New Zealanders of all creeds and colour own the foreshore and seabed.

It is time as a nation that we grew up.

These customary title claims are similar to the gravy train of the Treaty of Waitangi, and disrespect the intention of the Treaty that New Zealand would be one nation, one people.

This is not a racial view but one of fairness.

We are being held to ransom.

One nation, one people! One nation, one people!

Northland Age 26/7/18
A friend told me of a critical article that mentioned me several times had appeared in the Northland Age (‘It’s a duck’ by Wally Hicks, July 19), and sent me a copy. I would like to comment on some of the issues raised.

Why consider the problem, why does it matter? I have two reasons. One is that I am interested in the story of our country and what happened. The second is that a false picture of British wrongs has been spread, generating grievance and demands for payments for supposed past wrongs – and leading to the racial division of New Zealand in law.

Any understanding must be based on facts. I am a scientist, and try to follow the ideal of facts-based scientific reasoning, and I find that others agree. To this I add the obvious, that cause precedes effect. In the case of the nineteenth century Maori population, the decline was readily visible in 1840. Colonisation brought stability and the population steadily recovered. The decline was over after 50 years (a rapid change for a demographic transition) with population increase following in the twentieth century.

A population is reduced by deaths, by disease, accident, old age and war. This is balanced by new births, babies born to mature women. If there are too few fertile women, the births will not be enough to replace the deaths and the population declines. If there are too few young people – and most particularly, young girls – there will be a shortage of breeding stock later and a future decline is assured.

The census measures from 1857 showed a considerable shortage of young, and even more, shortages of girls and women. Counts by missionaries around 1840 showed similar imbalances. A pre-modern population of this type requires around 40% of young to assure stability; the observed 25% of young was clearly inadequate.

This imbalance and population decline did not occur suddenly, but had been created in the past and was the consequence of the previous inter-tribal wars. There had been two major demographic consequences of that warfare: deaths in battle and thereafter, and the poor health and fewer births resulting from the widespread social disruption.

The population was further seriously affected by the observed relative shortage of females – girls and women. The reason why there were significantly fewer girls than boys, as well as fewer women than men (despite the fact that the male warriors were the first to fall in battle), is the widely reported practice of infanticide, which was mostly female infanticide (the killing of new-born girls).

The practice of infanticide was recognised by a Maori, Nayti, when he appeared before a select committee of the House of Lords in 1838. As historian Margaret Orbell wrote in 1978, “Abortion and infanticide seem both to have been fairly common. … With infanticide it was usually the mothers who killed their children, and it was usually females who were killed. … In the first decades of the nineteenth century, nearly all European observers were agreed that males considerably outnumbered females in the Maori population.”

All of this was noted by many observers, including Maori, before 1840 and for a long time after. It is not racist to consider the facts.

Wally Hicks appears to hold himself out to be an authority on ducks (‘It’s a duck’ Northland Age, July 19) but is clearly naïve, ill-informed and misinformed on all other matters.

For Mr.Hicks information, Waatea News, Maori Television, NZ Herald and Scoop are also referenced on Kiwi Frontline, do they also ascribe to Kiwi Frontline’s terminology and give it credence, support and affirmation?

The Kiwi Frontline site looks to be a centrepoint knowledge base that has compiled a wealth of credible information, from many sources, pertaining to the escalating Maori vested interests, duplicitous efforts and attempts to control and take sovereignty of an apathetic​ New Zealand via mistruths and reinventing history.

The ‘Introduced Diseases’ entry on the KF site clearly states that “From the files (Auckland University Library) of History Professor James Rutherford only 13,000 maori deaths between 1801 and 1840 were by disease and other causes - that is only 333 per year”, it was certainly not Dr John Robinson as Mr.Hicks states. A PDF link as to how Rutherford arrived at this conclusion is at the bottom of the KF ‘Introduced Diseases’ entry.

Incidentally Dr John Robinson is a qualified reputable research scientist and futures scholar with mathematics and physics degrees subsequently obtaining an internationally recognised PhD from Massachussetts of Technology (US) - not some homegrown “mail order” type PhD in the likes of culture, mythical creative history or fabricated language. Having been hired to research and report on matters Maori by the following: the Faculty of Business Studies at Massey University, the Royal Commission on Social Policy, the Ministry of Maori Affairs, Te Puni Kokiri, the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice, the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit at Victoria University - He is well qualified to comment on most things maori.

When Mr. Hicks stated that Dr. Muriel Newman and Hobson’s Pledge used the term ‘daughter slaughter’ (‘Democracy is broken’, June 14), I challenged him to produce evidence of this (‘Many small voices’ June 19) but, to date he has not done so – need I say more about his credibility?

Summing up in a nutshell without further ado and putting it succinctly the only conclusion to be reached is that Mr. Hicks is wrong in his assertions and will undoubtedly continue to be wrong in the future.

Dominion Post 26/7/18
Joel Maxwell is to be commended for learning the Maori language (July 23). Learning a language as an adult is much more difficult than learning as a child.

Along the way, with luck, he will also learn a few uniquely Maori things that go with the language which, from his writings, he has yet to discover. Among them is accepting one's own shortcomings without blaming others.

In the past few weeks, Joel has blamed almost everyone for not having being taught the language as a child, castigated Pakeha baby boomers for dispossessing him and his new-found Maori people, and found racism at every turn.

There are few people more annoying than new converts to anything, be they born again church-goers, non-smokers, reformed alcoholics, repentant wife-beaters or vegetarians. Joel's writings put him in that category.

As a reasonably bilingual Pakeha of the baby boomer generation who started life in a predominantly Maori community in the middle of last century, I have found his comments laughable and a little sad.

Learn Maori by all means and enjoy it for what it is. Don't boast about it or use it as a weapon. That denigrates both speaker and the language itself.

Northland Age 24/7/18
Bruce Moon never seeks to diss, demean or dismiss Maori culture or intelligence he merely patiently and fastidiously corrects the misinformation that people like Mike Rashbrooke (letters 12/7/18) try to propagate and regurgitate.

With regard to the claims that Ngapuhi chiefs did not cede sovereignty, the overwhelming and indisputable evidence was that they did just that - we have their speeches at Waitangi, Colenso’ s recordings, Reverend John Warren’s recordings, and the fact that tribal warfare, slavery, female infanticide and cannibalism ceased.

Further we have Hobson’s words to the chiefs before they signed - "You yourselves have often asked the King of England to extend his protection unto you. Her Majesty now offers you that protection in this treaty ... But as the law of England gives no civil powers to her Majesty out of her domain, her efforts to do you good will be futile unless you consent” - and after robust debate consent they did.

Anyway it was irrelevant as British sovereignty was acquired in so many other ways.

Finally it defies logic to believe that, arguably, the Greatest Empire of the 19th century with the utmost reluctance sailed half way around the world to go into a ‘partnership’ with a menagerie of warring maori chiefs who were begging for protection.The British did not do partnerships at that time and there is absolutely no shred of evidence they did.

Like many of his ilk Mr.Rashbrooke appears to place a lot of misplaced faith in the findings of the discredited lamentable controversial Waitangi Tribunal (WT). A Ngapuhi elder recently had this to say about the WT - The Tribunal makes up and fabricates history as it goes along. It has turned out to be a body that is bringing about apartheid in New Zealand. The Tribunal is a bully. Go against it, and you will be labelled a racist or worse. It seems the Tribunal exists to make some lawyers, and a few elite Maori very rich.

Brian Priestley MBE said about the WT > “It would be hard to imagine any public body less well-organised to get at the truth".

Dr. Michael Bassett CNZM QSO a respected noted political historian who was on the WT for 10 years said “what you have been dealing with for the last 30years are some very inventive people stretching the wording of the Treaty so far it is falling apart because of the games that are being played with it.” (NBR March 2005)

Tribunal history shows/demonstrates a strong unacceptable race based maori bias. Dr. Byrnes says Maori characters and stories are given significantly more emphasis and weight than Pakeha characters and stories. "The reports increasingly champion or advocate the Maori cause." Other historians - including Keith Sorrenson, Michael Belgrave and Bill Oliver - have raised similar concerns.

As a former Waitangi Tribunal researcher Dr. John Robinson now a noted commentator was forced to ‘rejig’ his findings, which were not what his state masters wanted to hear, in order to get paid.

Any outfit that seeks to be applicant judge and jury deserves all the criticism it gets and the immeasurable conflicts of interest involved nullify all the WT decisions.

Many public polls and referendums clearly show that Mr. Rashbrooke’s claim to be ‘thinking like a New Zealander’, is clearly out of step with what the vast majority of New Zealanders think, so perhaps he falls into another category?

NZ Herald 24/7/18
Simon Wilson appears to be a very busy person. Columnist, propagandist for Auckland Transport, cheerleader for a totem pole which “will become Auckland’s largest and best visitor attraction, by far”. Not a chance. The same man proclaimed “The Lighthouse is a great work of public art, quite possibly Michael Parekowhai’s greatest work, and it will be renowned. It will make the city renowned.” It didn’t.

Herald on Sunday 22/7/18
Happy for Ngati Whatua to spend their own money on what they like but why should ratepayers fund a religious idol?

Maybe a bronze nude sculpture of Mayor Phil Goff at Bastion Point would be a good incentive for him to get back to the bare essentials of Local Government?

We do NOT need another statue on Bastion Point. What a waste of money. Maori claim that it is their land — if they want it, let them pay for it. I suppose Phil Goff wants it to look like him seeing as he seems to go along with the idea.
DAWN CHOTE, Stanmore Bay

NZ Herald 20/7/18
According to the recent survey of religious beliefs published in the Herald,

33 per cent of New Zealanders identified as Christian. The percentage following traditional Maori beliefs did not register. A year or two ago the cross on Mt Roskill was removed because it was deemed not to “fit”, yet an enormous Maori goddess on Bastion Point would be acceptable, according to the mayor. Go figure.
JOHN LEMAN, Mt Albert.

I was amazed to learn on reading Professor Jan Thomas’s article on free speech that she considered the Hobson’s Pledge network, when opposing the establishment of Maori wards, “as dangerously close to hate speech”.

I suggest she read Hobson’s Choice constitution. Simply stated it is, “One Treaty, One Nation”. Under The Treaty of Waitangi, Maori were given the same rights as all British citizens, no more and no less.

I have no problem with her closing comment on “partnership”. All New Zealand ethnic groups should work in partnership with each other.
PETER SEWELL, Campbells Bay.

Your correspondent Susan Healy misconstrues the recent citizens’ initiated referenda to enable electors the right to choose whether or not they support racebased council representation. Instead, she claims this was a campaign against Maori having a voice on local and regional councils.

This is patently untrue. Maori have just as much right as any other citizen to stand for a seat on council, and are frequently successful when they do so.
SUSAN SHORT, Meadowbank.

Northern Advocate 19/7/18
What is it with councils that they are funding "wants" rather than "needs"?

Whangarei with Hundertwasser and now Auckland with Papatuanuku both costing millions when there are thousands living in poverty, and homeless.

Surely a supply of affordable houses, and adequate infrastructure to go with it must take precedence over these expensive 'wants'.

With dysfunctional families and a greater proportion of Maori in the prison, health, unaffordable rentals and lower education level systems, any money should be prioritised for fixing these first before spending millions on statues and fancy buildings.
MARIE KAIRE Ngararatunua

NZ Herald 18/7/18
Move over Jesus, make way for Papa the Earth Mother. Christianity is out, primitive mythology is embraced. In the past proposals to erect a Christ figure overlooking Auckland Harbour and a cross on a hillside have been rejected. Now it seems Auckland’s mayor has set aside $1 million of ratepayers’ funds to facilitate plans to erect an image of Papatuanuku at Orakei.

The Shane Jones criticism of the proposed monument was scathing and fully justified. Jones was also right when he nailed Air NZ for abandoning the regions and laid into the Fonterra executives for being out of touch. Jones is right on the money here as opposed to Phil Goff, who is losing the plot. Auckland could do a lot worse than Jones as a future mayor.
DAVE MILLER, Lake Tarawera.

What a ghastly concept the proposed “pole” statue for Bastion Pt appears to be. Tourists visiting Hawaii can readily identify the big bronzes of King Kamehameha as the last Hawaiian monarch and even in our own Napier, Pania of the Reef sits elegantly on her plinth as a beautiful part of history.

Why has the idea of a recognisable traditional Maori woman standing aloft above our harbour been reduced (but not the cost) to a questionable carved kauri symbol, so abstract in design no one will know what it represents?

NZ Herald 18/7/18 (Short & Sweet section)
Can we hope that the proposed monolithic icon at Bastion Point does not display the scowling imagery of most Maori figures.

If the Auckland Council feels the need to increase visitor appreciation and understanding of Maori, they might consider re-creating an authentic historic pa on Mt Wellington instead of an overlarge statue. Pa are uniquely associated with Maori, statues are not.

Let those who want a statue on Bastion Point pay for it. Taxpayers’ money would be better spent on stopping sewage going into Auckland’s harbour.

Dominion Post 18/7/18
Several letter writers have expressed their dislike at being termed Pakeha. Those who dislike the tag have every right to express their dislike and to use a public forum in which to do it.

Fact: the word Maori did not originate from the first inhabitants of this beautiful land, but was introduced by missionaries in the early 19th century to term the above said people into one group.

We called ourselves "people of the land" or tangata whenua; wherever a village was situated the people there were of that land.

We don't necessarily like the term Maori, yet are branded with it I have a "spit's worth" of native blood in me; indeed I am more Scottish than tangata whenua, but I am branded as Maori whether I like it or not. [abridged]
Northland Age 17/7/18
Your correspondent Mike Rashbrooke (‘Clear as mud,’ July 12), despises the ‘colonial Brits’ from whom he’s descended.

And, while dismissing the intelligent conclusions of professor Bruce Moon, offers his own “understanding of the personal motivations and ethics of sundry [of his ancestral] European colonialists around that time”. Oh, yes, we’ll all give Mike’s understandings priority over those of Mr Moon.

Mike, your foaming at the mouth over your despicable European settler ancestors and the noble Maori savages is just so much twaddle. Indeed, too much twaddle.

The celebrated long-serving Maori parliamentarian Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan told us that there was “precious little aroha before the arrival of the missionaries”.

Fantasising doesn’t really help, Mike.

Mayor Goff will find no shortage of supporters for his decision to exercise pre-emotive judgment and cancel the Canadian speakers from feminist and ethnic groups who may feel vulnerable to their disclosures. On what grounds did he decide there was a threat to public safety? If someone suggested threatening protests then surely that is a case for the police?

There was a similar council cancellation recently in Nelson, where noted historian Dr Bruce Moon was booked to give a lecture on the Treaty of Waitangi in a public hall. The mayor cancelled the lecture on receiving threats from anonymous sources of disruptions that the mayor considered might endanger public safety. So decisions on freedom of speech are decided by anonymous self-appointed arbiters using illegal threats.

This power of vocal pressure groups is becoming more prevalent in the administration of Western societies.

NZ Listener 16/7/18
In addition to Weet-Bix, another post-colonisation English word that Māori needed to adopt was helicopter ( Letters, July 14).

But far from settling for the humdrum, they coined my favourite term, waka topatopa, an imaginative mix of transliteration and onomatopoeia and such a satisfying sound to roll off the tongue. We Pākehā need to steal it by putting it in the NZ edition of the Oxford Dictionary, and be quick about it before those Australians claim it.

Otago Daily Times 13/7/18
THE forebears of today’s bornagain kaitiaki were not such great guardians of marine mammals as we are being led to believe.

Dolphin, seal and whale remains were found in middens along our east coast by University of Otago researchers (ODT, 10.7.18).

Irrational deference and delusion continues unabated.

Waikato Times 13/7/18 (Also published in Sunlive 13/7/18)
A governmental Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission is to be set up and it will be chaired by Sir Anand Satyanand, respected lawyer, judge and former ombudsman and governorgeneral. It is expected to take three years and will doubtless cost many taxpayer dollars. Public submissions on the issues are requested.

It is to be hoped that, at its conclusion, the preponderance of Maori and Pacific Island children in state care is not blamed on colonisation and the solutions of the problems not be made entirely the Government’s responsibility. That Sir Anand’s comment, ‘‘Through truth comes joy,’’ will extend to full and frank investigation, and that the issues of parental responsibility and of differing ethnic and cultural practices be researched and reported accurately and completely.

NZ Herald 13/7/18
Mayor Goff will find no shortage of supporters for his decision to cancel the Canadian speakers’ venue from feminist and ethnic groups who may feel vulnerable to their disclosures. On what grounds did he decide there was a threat to public safety? If someone suggested threatening protests then surely that is a case for the police?

There was a similar council cancellation recently in Nelson where noted historian Dr Bruce Moon was booked to give a lecture on the Treaty of Waitangi in a public hall. The mayor cancelled the lecture on receiving threats from anonymous sources of disruptions that the mayor considered might endanger public safety. So decisions on freedom of speech are decided by anonymous self-appointed arbiters using illegal threats. This power of vocal pressure groups is becoming more prevalent in Western societies.

Dominion Post 11/7/18
Joel Maxwell (9 July) writes: "I can't tell you what Pakeha means."

The problem with the term Pakeha is that it refers to everyone who is not Maori, no matter what race or ethnicity.

Being Maori means being tangata whenua and therefore holding a special status that comes with ethnic-based rights and a superior recognition of culture and belief.

The term Pakeha is not in itself derogatory, but does by definition carry a cultural inferiority. For these reasons Pakeha is an inherently racist term.

I am of European heritage, of Welsh and Scottish descent. I don't describe myself as Welsh or Scottish, nor as a Pakeha, but rather as a New Zealander or a Kiwi, because these are inclusive terms.

They include everybody who considers New Zealand home, be they of European, Asian, African or American extraction and is also inclusive of Maori.

Maxwell writes that it is Pakeha who need to have generosity of spirit. Maori also need to be reminded that generosity of spirit has to be reciprocal and that they also share this land with those whose ancestors came later.

If we don't unite as New Zealanders we will fail as a country.

Bay of Plenty Times 9/7/18
I wholeheartedly agree with the dismissal of the two salesmen regarding the voicemail message left on Narelle Newdick's phone.

I have been in the past referred to as a honky by Maori people, but that goes unaddressed.

l’m also of Irish descent and every year on March 17 it seems okay for everyone to take the mickey out of my race, and I find that racist.Its time to get over the racist thing and move on because it ain't going away.
ALAN RYAN Welcome Bay

Herald on Sunday 8/7/18
With Auckland motorists now experiencing eye-watering high fuel prices, the supposedly cash-strapped Auckland Transport, the main recipient of the new fuel tax, has recently announced the introduction of automated announcements in Maori on the city’s trains.

This feature wouldn’t have come cheap — with the reported difficulties the train’s Spanish manufacturer had with installing it — and demonstrates how out of touch AT is with what most people actually want from the city’s transport organisation.

While the people of NorWest Auckland cry out for train services to be extended to Kumeu/Huapai to provide an alternative to heavily congested roads, AT ignores this and chooses to waste money on train announcements.

The only useful announcements made on the trains come from the crew — ironically AT and train operator Transdev want to remove them.

Weekend Sun / Sunlive 6/7/18
It should be obvious to even the least mentally astute politician, public official or local councillor that, as indicated by the results of the five recent regional polls on establishing Maori wards, the majority of the population is against racially-based and biased legislation, yet governments seem to favour a Maori-slanted agenda. The same results have been shown in all other areas where similar polls were taken.

Surely the terms and concepts of Maori and Pakeha are anachronistic and we are all now New Zealanders, with equal rights and responsibilities. The idea that a person with one-eighth Maori ancestry should have privilege over one without Maori blood is absurd.

A census of seven million people world-wide found only one 33-year-old woman with exclusive Maori DNA. One can therefore dismiss the idea of full-blooded Maori.

Any legislation, government-approved schemes or national organisations that give exclusive advantage or special treatment to Maori are undemocratic and untenable. What other Western democracy is so ethnically divisive? Our claims to exclusivity should be that we are New Zealanders.

It is also time for the media to become objective in its reportage of ethnic issues and present fairly all points of view. (Abridged).
B JOHNSON, Omokoroa

Dominion Post 5/7/18
Joel Maxwell says that Europeans who cannot take a joke about themselves or their world are racist (July 2). That can be debunked by turning it around and poking fun at Maoridom — writing Maori as Mouldy, say—and calling those Maori who complain about it racist.

Perhaps they are, but it could also be that they just don't like having the mickey taken out of the way they pronounce te reo. A bit sensitive perhaps, but not necessarily racist.

What is good for the goose is good for the gander and Maxwell's association of humour and racism is not credible either way.

We despise in others that which we most fear in ourselves. Maxwell sees racism everywhere and calls Europeans who "flinch at humour at their expense" racists, bigots and rednecks "living in the gutter," and villains, "like the gorgon".

This is hateful stuff and possibly due to conflation of his own feelings with his percep-tion of others. What he sees as their "strange, angry preoccu-pation with their own resent-ment" could come from him.

Taranaki Daily News 2/7/18
Did I really read this correctly? In the Thursday Taranaki Daily News it was reported that Murray Bidois was convicted on seven counts of obtaining $66,000 from the Ministry of Social Development by deception.

No reparation was sought and he was given a 5-month home detention sentence.

But, and this is what astounds me, this was deferred until July 2 so that he could attend a ceremony at Waitara Marae "because he is an important person in the community"

Is this really punishment for blatant dishonesty and who cares how important he may be, he should be treated as any other criminal. Shame on him and our justice system.

Marlborough Express 2/7/18
No-one I know has any desire to ditch our anthem because some foreigner made a mess of singing it. To compare it to a dirge [June 29 in the Marlborough Express] is not displaying much sense.

New Zealand is, and its people are, far from dead.

A relic is an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical interest, so yes, our anthem is just that.

It is sung, for example at occasions which celebrate the lives and sacrifices of all the young men who left our shores to defend our freedom. It is not necessary to be religious to show empathy and goodwill to our fellow beings.

The meanings of the Maori "version" of our anthem bear no relation whatsoever to the original.

In fact it would be interesting to print the Maori version in your newspaper, for the edification of your readers.

The word "clunky" is derogatory and the words are the result of being written in a time when life was a bit more lyrical and are therefore totally appropriate.

Perhaps you would like to see operas and Shakespeare's works rewritten.

Finally, for your edification, the triple star referred to in our anthem is the set of three islands which comprise New Zealand.

Wanganui Chronicle 2/7/18
I congratulate David Cotton for voting against putting the ‘H’ in the spelling of Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council.

Here is the letter I sent the regional council, which was totally rejected: "I read in the paper (May 24) you are debating whether to insert the "H" in Wanganui.

"At the time, I wrote to all Wanganui District councillors, the New Zealand Geographic Board and the Minister of Land Information, Louise Upston, that there is no ‘H' in Wanganui.

"I sent a copy of the Treaty of Waitangi document which 14 Wanganui chiefs signed on May23 and May 31,1840, signing it as 'chiefs of Wanganui'. There are six Wanganui places in the South Island spelt without the ‘H’.

The Wanganui Maori chiefs accepted this pronunciation and spelling in 1840, so who are you to change it 178 years later?"

Earlier letters can be read here in Letters Archives > https://sites.google.com/site/kiwifrontline/letters-submitted-to-newspapers/letters-archives