Iwi (Leaders) Get Richer And Richer

The only “sacred bond” Ngai Tahu has is with its bank account. Writer Bruce Moon

How much is enough?

By Roger Childs

Ngai Tahu doing well again.

Taxpayers will be incredulous to learn that on December 15 $370 million of their money was secretly handed over to two iwi. All credit to the Sunday Star Times for uncovering this and a big black mark against the government.

The other extraordinary element about the payments, is that they have been made on a continuing technicality.

How many people know there is a relativity clause that means Tainui and Ngai Tahu get a percentage, 17% and 16% respectively, of all other iwi settlements made by the Waitangi Tribunal?

This is Ngai Tahu’s seventh settlement!

Injustices/benefits from colonisation?

The Government and New Zealand should wear that redress earnestly, for the many injustices inflicted on Maori through colonisation which many communities are still paying for. Settlement bills have to be paid for. Stacey Kirk, Sunday Star Times, Sunday January 21 2018

This is an amazing statement which is unsubstantiated.

The Treaty was of huge benefit to Maori

By colonisation Kirk presumably means from the time of the Treaty of Waitangi on. The Treaty was in fact of huge benefit to Maori as it ended inter-tribal warfare which had killed c 40,000 people; it prohibited cannibalism, torture and human sacrifice; and led to the freeing of hundreds of slaves who were mainly women. All Maori in 1840 now became British citizens.

On the 100th anniversary of the Treaty, one of the greatest of all Maori leaders, Apirana Ngata said:

Let me acknowledge first that, in the whole of the world I doubt whether any native race has been so well treated by a European people as the Maori.

British rule, colonisation and subsequent development led to huge benefits for Maori in health, housing, education, transport, economic opportunities, employment, general living standards and increased security.

As for all New Zealanders, the benefits of “civilisation” were uneven and some Maori chose  not take advantage of them, but the vast majority undoubtedly made positive gains.

Did any Maori, perhaps apart from a few warlike chiefs, really want to go back to the feuding, inequality and insecurity of the violent pre-1840 era?

Time to stop the gravy train?

In recent years a number of Maori leaders have raised questions about the continuing existence of the taxpayer-funded Waitangi Tribunal and the way it operates.  It looks at claims on the basis of who owned the land in 1840, and there is no concern for the fact that in the hundreds of battles during the inter-tribal wars, territory was constantly changing hands

The Tribunal is a racist authority as no non-Maori can make claims. There can be no redress for the massacres by Maori of civilians and prisoners that occurred at Wairau, Pukearuhe and Turanganui, to name a few.

There are also serious questions on where the huge financial settlements end up. Some money goes on improving marae, community facilities and educational institutions, but most goes to the Trust Boards and iwi business. Not surprising, the iwi leaders who run these enterprises have become very wealthy.

Ngai Tahu leader, Stephen (Tipene) O’Regan is reputed to earn over a million dollar a year. (He is one 16th Maori).

Tax payer money handed over to iwi by the Office of Treaty Settlements, on the advice of the Tribunal, is now in the billions and most Maori have seen very little.

When asked by Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon about money going to rank and file Maori in the form of housing, health, employment and welfare, an iwi lawyer replied: It is not the role of iwi to replicate the services that should be provide by the Crown. Are they listening in London?

Could the new government step up?

Hobson summed it up well

With the large Ngapuhi settlement pending, Tainui and Ngai Tahu will probably have their hands out again. Lisa Tumahi from Ngai Tahu, says our economic redress continues to  remain relative with all future claims settled by other iwi.

Surely it is time for the government to look at a range of issues related to the the operation of the Tribunal and the inequalities of Maori electoral representation.

The separate Maori seats in parliament served a useful purpose in the late 19th century, but today there are many part-Maori MPs serving general electorates.

Winding up the Tribunal and diverting the money saved into social spending for all New Zealanders, would be popular with the vast majority of people, regardless of their origins.

After all, as Hobson first put it in 1840 He iwi tahi tatou (We are all one people).

 

 

This article is at best inaccurate and can be deemed misinformation.
Any taxpayers who bother to follow what is happening in the Maori world (perhaps not most Pakeha) will not be ‘incredulous to learn’ that Tainui and Ngai Tahu have received increased settlements – they will know already. And it seems only fair, in terms of inflation, just as Teina Pora’s compensation for wrongful imprisonment has now been increased.
There is nothing ‘amazing’ about the statement that ‘many injustices [were] inflicted on Maori by colonisation’. After all they lost all their economic well-being through Pakeha land purchase and confiscation, and the application of British law. And without economic independence no one has social, political or emotional independence, as shown in the world today. Many Pakeha moves apparently helpful to Maori, such as the four Maori seats in Parliament from 1867, were not so. They were a mere sop – on a population basis there should have been perhaps 20. Four were much easier to ignore and sideline, as happened.
To state that the Treaty ‘was in fact of huge benefit to Maori’ on the basis of the statements which follow is quite incorrect. Inter-tribal warfare had begun to tail off after the death of Hongi Hika in 1828 and the depredations of Te Rauparaha in the early 1830s. The Christian missionaries had a part to play in that, as they did in the elimination of cannibalism etc. Many slaves were freed before Te Tiriti was signed as thousands of Maori adopted (their version of) Christianity in the five years before the signing. Many were converted by former slaves before 6 February 1840.
For many years after its signing, the Treaty was ignored by the British and then the Pakeha government – they just assumed control which was not what Maori understood Te Tiriti to say. Hobson may have said ‘He iwi tahi tatou’ but he was put up to that by the missionaries, and it was not a reality for many many years after, and judging by the tenor of the article, it is not true today.
Graham Langton

In the post-truth era in which we live, where cultural Marxist-Maori separatist lies have replaced knowledge as the central product of the New Zealand education system, it is immensely heartening to see a newspaper with the courage to tolerate historical accuracy of the kind Roger Childs dispenses.

Independent Kapiti and Tauranga editors have been noticeable in giving voice to the views of the 80 percent of New Zealanders who have been so relentlessly and shamefully neglected by at least 80 percent of New Zealand politicians. Is it a coincidence that these areas are disproportionately populated by citizens who know what it is to have to fight for their country?