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 The need to whinge and demonstrate

09.10.19. The right to demonstrate is a part of democracy. The trouble is that there are more people today with nothing to do, like a paying job, so it’s good day out creating mayhem for everyone else trying to get to work and pay taxes so cretins can afford to play and disrupt—just for fun!. Their day begins after searching social media sites for the best demo—like choosing from a list of current movies. Climate demos are the rage. Oh what fun it is to glue yourself to the road in the middle of a busy intersection. It should a required module for a PhD. Anyway, It’s Captain Cook time again and Mrs Ed’s NZ has taken up the cudgel. Too bad Cook wasn’t still alive to flog a few scumbags on the gratings—entertainment for the majority—that’s democracy?
A flotilla of ships including a replica of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour has arrived in New Zealand, meeting both celebration and protest. The Endeavour made its way into the town of Gisborne’s port on Tuesday as part of an event known as Tuia 250, which marks 250 years since first contact between the British and New Zealand’s native Maori. 

Source: ABC

New Zealand divided over history on 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival

Dozens of protesters were waiting for the Endeavour as it arrived into Gisborne, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, claiming that marking the beginning of British colonisation was offensive.
“For the Endeavour to be berthing in our waters at this time shouldn’t just be unsettling for Maori, it should be unsettling for everybody,” Marise Lant, who led the protest in Gisborne, told the ABC.
Demonstrators flew the red and black Maori Tino Rangatiratanga flag and claimed to have burned nine Union Jacks, representing the murders of nine Maori people at the hands of the Endeavour’s crew shortly after their arrival in 1769.
“We’re aiming to get people talking about the experiences of their ancestors, and particularly elevate the stories from the Maori perspective, which have been overshadowed by the European perspective to date,” Tamsin Evans, deputy chief executive of Tuia 250, told the ABC.
“Really it’s a conversation starter for the nation.”
During a visit to Gisborne over the weekend, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand needed to “talk about our history much more openly”.
“We were only really telling, I believe, 50 per cent of the story, and not always telling it well,” Ms Ardern said, as quoted by TVNZ.
The Endeavour replica, which is based at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, left Australia in September.
James Cook celebrations 1970
The Maritime Museum offered packages costing between $1,450 and $9,730 to join the Endeavour’s voyage, promising the opportunity to “learn about New Zealand’s dual-heritage”.
The ABC contacted the Museum for comment.
The Tuia 250 Voyage will make various stops around New Zealand from October to December at what organisers call sites of “significant cultural and historical importance to both Pacific and European voyaging”, aimed at provoking “honest conversations about the past” in order to “navigate a shared future”.
The Endeavour is one of six main boats on the Tuia 250 along with two Maori double-hulled canoes known as waka hourua, a vessel from Tahiti, and other heritage European ships.
Announcing the vessels taking part in the flotilla earlier this year, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh said the event would, “be so much more than simply focusing on what happened in 1769 when James Cook … and the Endeavour crew arrived in [New Zealand].”
“Tuia 250 acknowledges the stories from those first onshore encounters between Maori and Europeans, both good and bad, so we can learn about our history in a balanced and respectful way.”
In September, The Ngāti Kahu tribe banned the flotilla from landing in the town of Mangonui, which was later removed from the voyage by the ministry.
“For some of us, this is an awkward conversation to have,” local resident Matai Smith was quoted as saying by the Gisborne Herald, adding that Tuia 250 was an opportunity to “further educate the next generation”.
But Ms Lant, the protest organiser, said James Cook “doesn’t represent anything” for Maori people.
“He is part of our history that was forced on us, not one we wanted. I don’t have that closeness to Europe or Britain,” she said.
“It’s their right to celebrate whoever they want to. But unfortunately, my people believe we have a history with Captain Cook that doesn’t benefit us.”
Other Maori activists have said they intend to put Captain Cook “on trial” for crimes against indigenous people.
British High Commissioner for New Zealand Laura Clarke said last week, the UK “regretted” the deaths of Maori upon first contact, however stopped short of a full apology.
“I acknowledge the pain of those first encounters,” Ms Clarke said during a speech to Maori leaders.
“I acknowledge the deaths of nine of your ancestors … who were killed by the crew of the Endeavour.”
Next year, Australia will mark 250 years since James Cook’s first voyage to Australia in 1770.
The Federal Government will give $6.7 million to the Maritime Museum so the replica Endeavour can circumnavigate the country, stopping at 39 different spots along the way.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Honeybadger 09/10/2019, 8:16 am

    The maoris in NZ are just like the aborigines here with their non stop demands for preferential treatment, financial demands and whingeing.
    Just like here, caucasians are fed up with their ongoing rewriting of history. Before colonialism brutal warfare was endemic in maori society.

    • Albert 09/10/2019, 8:53 am

      Hear, hear, Honeybadger. I have to wonder about those 9 Maoris killed by Cook’s sailors. Was it “murder” or was it more likely that they showed aggression threatening the safety and lives of those sailors. My money is on aggression.

  • DT 09/10/2019, 8:32 am

    Remind her that New Zealand was part of New South Wales before Federation, when the Kiwis decided to go their own way rather than join the Commonwealth of Australia.

    New Zealand remains in the Australian Constitution today, and delegates attend our Constitutional Conventions and other meetings, we have even discussed a single currency, and of course agreed on free trade based on CER, Closer Economic Relations, including freedom for citizens to travel back and forth between our two nations.

    Had New Zealand remained a part of the State of New South Wales or had become a State within our Commonwealth the Kiwis would have not needed to become directly involved in foreign affairs and trade, and the expense would have been paid from a much larger taxation base, costing much less per capita. The Kiwis discovered that the cost of a Defence Force was significant so they cancelled their order for Australian assembled F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and sold their old fighters to depend on the ANZUS Treaty for defence forces from Australia and the United States to look after them.

    Poor cousins, they get a bit mixed up at times, some are well balanced with a chip on both shoulders. And now they have globalist socialist leader who appears to be intent on making a nuisance of her herself.

  • Penguinite 09/10/2019, 9:52 am

    The Maoris are already agitating to rename the place Aotearoa (Island of the long white cloud) and with a PM of maori extraction verging on the next election are likely to succeed!

    • DT 09/10/2019, 10:30 am

      What about the original people?

      The Moriori are the indigenous Polynesian people of the Chatham Islands (Rēkohu in Moriori; Wharekauri in Māori), New Zealand. Moriori originated from Māori settlers from the New Zealand mainland around the year 1500. This was near the time of the shift from the Archaic to Classic Māori culture on the main islands of New Zealand. Oral tradition records multiple waves of migration to the Chatham Islands. Over several centuries these settlers’ culture diverged from mainland Māori, developing a distinctive dialect, mythology, artistic expression and way of life.

      Early Moriori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation; later, a prominent pacifist culture emerged (see Nunuku-whenua). This culture made it easier for Taranaki Māori invaders to nearly exterminate them in the 1830s during the Musket Wars.Currently there are around 700 people who identify as Moriori, most of whom no longer live on the Chatham Islands.

      During the late 19th century some prominent anthropologists proposed that Moriori were pre-Māori settlers of mainland New Zealand, and possibly Melanesian in origin. This hypothesis was taught in New Zealand’s schools for most of the 20th century, long after it had fallen from favour among academics.


      • Peter Sandery 09/10/2019, 11:31 am

        Had you not mentioned this, DT, I would have. I am always sceptical of any call from a group of people saying how they are the First People to “walk this land”. The information you have outlined is readily available for anyone with a modicum of research ability and I am surprised that journalists have not picked it up and run with it.

      • DT 09/10/2019, 12:59 pm

        Even worse Peter I dislike “first nations”.

      • Aktosplatz 09/10/2019, 8:28 pm

        If the term ‘First Nation ‘ is bandied about, ask them what the name of their Nation ever was. They can’t tell you, because an ad hoc collection of nomadic tribes hardly constitute a ‘Nation’ First or Second or anything.

        The First Nation Name for this Continent is Australia, and that of New Zealand is New Zealand.

        Both Countries have Constitutions that embrace everyone for instance.

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