In less than 100 years, Māori lost 95% of their land.
Colonial policy like the Settlement Act simply stole land from Māori and left them with no cultural or economic base.
It is no shock or surprise that the Māori race were almost wiped out at the turn of the 1900s.
When you hear pakeha claim the colonial experience has been a blessing to a stone age indigenous peoples the way Don Brash claims, they are either racists or ill informed fools.
The negative impact of that colonialism isn’t some historic scar that is simply forgotten and moved in from because the injustice of it is here, living and breathing right now.
We see it in the incarceration rate from a racist judiciary and prison system.
We see it in the terrible health, education and poverty levels.
And we see it with the State stealing Māori babies.
Today, right now the State is trying to steal land again.
The land at Ihumātao was confiscated in 1865 and local Māori HAVE NEVER stopped fighting that theft…
Ihumātao, a west-facing peninsula on the shore of Auckland’s Manukau Harbour, is the city’s oldest settlement. In 1863, the land was illegally confiscated from Māori. Sacred hills were quarried, 800-year-old burial sites were demolished, archaeological remains were destroyed, a sewage-treatment plant was built over traditional fishing grounds, and a dye spill killed the local creek.
…the State says the land will now be used for social housing.
The tactic is to find someone amongst the local indigenous population willing to sell the others out, make an ‘agreement’, claim the land confiscation is legal and respecting the wishes of locals, repeat over and over again.
Fuck that, it’s not the State’s land to decide what to do with the land, it is for Māori who are the decedents of that theft who own the land and make the decisions about it.
The protest at Ihumātao has been building and building and now the State has moved the pigs in…
A woman who boarded a truck outside the housing development site at Ihumātao has been arrested.
More than 50 demonstrators and a similar number of police officers are at the site in Māngere where a group occupying the land had been moved off yesterday.
About 100 people including mana whenua and local iwi protested peacefully during the night.
Tensions rose after a woman at the cordon climbed on board a contractor’s truck heading into the grounds, and police tried for more than 20 minutes to remove her.
Police later arrested the woman.
Protesters said police broke an agreement that no more vehicles would be allowed onto the site after they had earlier allowed machinery through.
…so are we going to allow the State ti repeat this confiscation? Are we going to allow the NZ Police to fulfil their original creation as a force to beat Māori with? Are we going to allow this to continue?
Only an enormous eruption of anger and a mass arrival of of New Zealanders from around the country to sit in solidarity with Māori is going to stop the State.
We either stand now against the State as they steal more Māori land or we acknowledge we are the collective problem.
The address is Ōruarangi Rd, Māngere.