1700s – Māori are close to 100% of the population and are self governing.
1800s – Settlers arrive, start fkg sht up
1835 – Māori: “We independent, better rec.”
Settlers: “YOLO BITCHES”
1840 – Crown agrees to take responsibility for their settler fk ups and promise to respect Maori rights. Sounds like a deal to some Māori.
Also 1840 – Pākeha pretty much straight away forget that promise.
1852 – Crown says “You know that promisey thing we said yeah well bye” and skips on their deal leaving us with the settlers they were meant to protect us from who get to essentially wear the Crown.
The Not-Crown-Crown establish an all white government to make the laws for NZ, 37 white seats, no Māori representation, even though at the time Māori outnumbered Pākeha 40 to one.
1867 – Māori seats established to recognise our right to be represented in our own land as acknowledged in The Dealio.
By now our population has already declined by 50% due to disease and conflict.
Still, on a per capita basis we should have had 14 to 16 members. Pākeha awarded themselves 72 representatives. We got 4.
Of course Māori couldn’t vote UNLESS they individualised their land title (which of course made it easier to alienate).
So on top of violating The Dealio, and taking up space that wasn’t theirs, they also forced land alienation in order to acquire the rights already guaranteed by The Dealio in the first place.
1867 – 2017 can be summarised as much of the same fkery with a bit of to-ing and fro-ing but like most parts of the colonial tale the injustice has lasted long enough that Pākeha feel this is how it should be cause that’s how it’s always been and anything less would somehow be a breach of THEIR rights.
Way to go Nu Zullind.
Tina Ngata (Ngati Porou) works for indigenous university Te Wananga o Aotearoa as a diploma and degree-level educator in indigenous environmental leadership. She lives in Te Tairawhiti and blogs underneath the name “The Non-Plastic Maori” about issues relating to indigenous rights and environmental issues.