John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first…
New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM
New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister says, despite thousands dying in the land wars after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
In an interview on Northland’s Te Hiku Radio yesterday, John Key addressed the Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that the Maori chiefs did not cede sovereignty to Britain when they signed the Treaty in 1840.
The report did not affect the Government’s authority to rule over New Zealand, Key said.
The tribunal last week found the rangatira, or Maori leaders, who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi agreed to share power and authority with Britain, but did not give up sovereignty to the British Crown.
Key said iwi still had a role – including in co-governance of the Waikato River and having input into planning decisions – but the Crown was now the body responsible for governing New Zealand.
Issues over the translation of words such as kawanatanga (governance), used in the Maori text of the treaty, had to be examined in the context of what was happening at the time.
“In my view New Zealand was one of the very few countries in the world that were settled peacefully,” he said.
“Maori probably acknowledge that settlers had a place to play and brought with them a lot of skills and a lot of capital.”
…this new whitewashed chapter of our history will be news to those killed in the many conflicts throughout our history and at Parihaka. What’s most disturbing about this is that it is a real insight into Key’s honestly held belief that NZ was settled peacefully. The dominant culture that benefits from injustice never wants to focus on that injustice, thus in Key’s world, Maori and Pakeha were great mates and the rare times settlers did do wrong will get mopped up by the Tribunal process. Let’s all have a beer around the BBQ.
The fact that Maori lost 95% of access to their land in a century doesn’t matter on Planet Key. I’m not sure an indigenous culture who almost died out from colonisation would consider that ‘peaceful’. For a leader who can’t remember if he supported the Springbok Tour or not, history really isn’t his strong point.