Hi everyone, before I get into this story, a quick update on how we are going raising $1750 for a new web site! Below is a letter from one donor. I found it very moving.
Hello dear Julian, many thanks for your email calling for help with the fighting fund.
Democracy doesn’t come cheap.
Just this minute I have transferred $30.00 in to Stopcogovernance bank a/c. Sorry it is
not more but if 60 subscribers deposited that amount you would have sufficient to pay
I only hope you receive the total amount without difficulty.
I am a pensioner and pledge to gift a further $30.00 in 3 weeks time.
You are doing a marvellous job, please don’t falter under the heavy load.
Yesterday, more people kindly donated. Total donations so far come to $585. Thank you!
So $1165 to go. Please give. The donors to date are:
Chris $20, RDDB $30, J and Jo $20, TD $50, SC $125, Warrick $100, LR $50, OB family $100, Kim $20, PM and J $20, Miss RA 50
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OK, let’s crack into the Sir Apirana Ngata story
New Zealanders are being driven like unwilling cattle towards co-governance and so called ‘Maori self determination.’
I am absolutely certain that what Maori are doing is wrong and unconstitutional, but I need more evidence [as if we didn’t have enough evidence already!] to back up my intuition and my gut feelings.
Enter Sir Apirana Ngata.
Sir Apirana Ngata served in Parliament from 1905 – 1943. He was a lawyer, and often acted as Deputy Prime Minister. At the time, he was called “the Father of Parliament.”
Fluent in Te Reo, he was revered and highly respected by Maori. He would have actually met some of the chiefs who signed the Treaty at Waitangi in 1840.
Over the past few days, I have been studying a paper he wrote (originally written in Maori) where he explains the Treaty of Waitangi.
What is interesting for me is that he was much closer to the 1840 event of Waitangi than any of the Maori radicals alive today.
It is a general law of historical research that the closer a witness is to the event being studied, the more veracity their testimony / opinion holds.
As such, Sir Apirana Ngata’s explanation of the Treaty completely debunks all the fraudulent fabrications peddled by Maori activists about the Treaty today.
Ngata is adamant that the Treaty:
· Was not a partnership between Maori and the British. So out the door goes co-governance. It’s not mentioned once in this paper.
· Was principally about Maori becoming British citizens. This was a huge prize for Maori. The chiefs wanted law, order, and protection and to come under the government of the British. For this, they willingly ceded sovereignty of their land to the Queen “entirely and forever.” Says Ngata “British Law has been the greatest benefit bestowed by the Queen on the Maori people.” (page 14). He goes on to say “The second part of the [second] Article “and imparts to them (that is, to all the Maori people of New Zealand) all the rights and privileges of British subjects”, is the most important part of the Treaty of Waitangi. This is the part that impresses the Maori people most.”
· Guaranteed to Maori only the land that they owned at the time of the Treaty, not the whole of New Zealand. Maori squabbled vigorously among themselves over who owned what so the British enacted the Maori Land Act in 1962 to judge between tribes as to who owned what and after that, land titles were issued to them. In other reading that I have done on this subject, it is reported that by 1840, Maori had sold most their land to settlers. Estimates are that 2/3 of New Zealand belonged to settlers. The other 1/3 was either owned by Maori or was no man’s land, like the Southern Alps. So the cry of radicals today “We want our land back!” is nonsense. In reply, we should say “The British never took your land! All they did was govern it, which is what you invited them to do via the Treaty!”
· Gave ownership of the seabed and foreshore to the Crown. Ngata says “British law states that the sea from high water mark to a point three miles out belongs to the Crown.”
· Was intended to give Maori the undisturbed use of their land which they owned at 1840 but this land would be governed by the British e.g. the British system of boundaries and titles would apply to Maori land, the same as all other land in New Zealand; they would pay rates on their land, the same as other settlers would pay rates, and so on.
· Made everyone equal. So out the door goes separatism, racism, and apartheid. “[under the Treaty] Maori and Pakeha are equal before the Law” (page 12)
· Ngata defends the government confiscating Maori land. In essence, he is saying that when Maori rebelled against the British, they broke the law, so needed to be punished, and land confiscation was one punishment available to the British. Maori had agreed in the Treaty to put themselves under the law of the British, so they have nothing to complain about!
I could go on, but I won’t.
Really, when one reads Sir Apirana Ngata’s explanation of the Treaty and compares it with today’s radical Maori view of the Treaty, they are COMPLETELY different.
Why trust Sir Apirana Ngata’s interpretation of the Treaty over today’s Maori radicals? Well, Sir Apirana Ngata was:
1. Smarter – he was a lawyer.
2. As already mentioned, he was living much closer to the event of Waitangi than radicals today. No radical today can claim they met in person some of the chiefs who actually signed the Treaty.
3. He was more Maori, in every sense of the word, than any of the radical Maori today.
Conclusion? There is massive fraud and deception going on today, and it’s got to be stopped.
You can read Sir Apirana Ngata’s explanation here