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Pardon His French, Mr Key!

Posted by te2ataria on January 13, 2010

Hone Harawira’s recent comments on New Zealand’s colonialism are “divisive” and “negative,” Prime Minister John Key said.

NOTE: He didn’t say Harawira’s comments were “untrue!”

In his speech last weekend at the Parihaka International Peace Festival, Mr Harawira said the “rape of Maori lands” continued.

Harawira made a perfectly correct, valid and truthful statement. To see what’s happening in New Zealand and to NOT call it the “rape of Maori lands” would be a denial. Unlike Mr Key and his people, Maori are NOT in denial.

“Last year I made the statement that white so-and-sos have been raping our lands and ripping us off and everyone hated me. All I was doing was holding up a mirror to New Zealand,” Mr Harawira said.

This, too, is a perfectly honest, valid and truthful statement. While we don’t often use the same “so-and-sos” language, we are not about to teach Mr Harawira how to suck an egg.


As John Key stands in front of his palatial home in St Stevens Ave, Parnell, Auckland, reportedly worth $9 million, one in six New Zealanders, both Maori and Europeans, live in poverty. Photo: Geoff Dale. Image may be subject to copyright

In fact, we many even be in disagreement with him on a number of issues. However, when it comes to the defense of Maori land, he speaks the same language.

Of course, Mr Key is at liberty to criticize him, but he is standing on thin ice.

“They [Harawira’s comments] are not helping the process they are actually hindering the process.

“I would utterly reject the perspective that Hone Harawira has on New Zealand’s history and the role of the settlers and others in New Zealand.”

But you would be in denial, Mr Key. Then again your people are used to that aren’t they!

“Key said the Government had formed a relationship with the Maori Party because they thought it was important to maintain a ‘positive, inclusive and forward looking perspective’ on race relations.” A report said.

Is that an implied threat, Mr Key? Are you going to let your “dogs” [paramilitary police] loose on Maori progressive again? What exactly are you suggesting? We would like to know.

“It is my view that the comments from Hone Harawira, both in his most recent speech and his comments pre-Christmas, are both reflective and quite divisive and they are ultimately negative.” Key added, though not necessarily in response to our question.

Asked what advice he had for Mr Harawira, Key replied:

“I think he should reflect on how we can best deliver a brighter future for all new Zealanders and I don’t think that really comes in stirring up a one-sided perspective on New Zealand’s history.”

Here’s our last question for Mr Key [for now anyway!]

How do you justify your amassed wealth of $50 to $80 million, when 219,627 New Zealand children live in poverty?

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Justice Best Served in Your Own Hands?

Posted by te2ataria on January 12, 2010

That’s the age old question, of course, but when it comes to recovering your stolen goods in New Zealand there’s no other option!

John and Wikatana Popata, the two brothers who slapped the PM  John Key around at Waitangi last year have occupied a plot land in the Far North to stop it being developed.

They occupied a former motor camp at the Taipa property during the weekend, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Their action was approved by the local Ngati Kahu iwi and said they wanted no land sold at Mahaetai at Taipa and they wanted the stolen land returned to Ngati Kahu.

At their 2009 trial the two brothers admitted assaulting John Key at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae last February to protest land being confiscated from Maori.

The court sentenced the two to 100 hours’ community work.

“Yesterday, John Popata said it was time for the land to be returned and if that did not happen, success might be measured in buyers keeping away.” NZPA reported.

“In our hearts we want it back. But would you buy land here if Maori were jumping up and down about stolen land?”

Ngati Kahu Treaty claims remain unsettled.

“Chief negotiator Margaret Mutu said the tribe was edging towards a settlement but many in the iwi were upset that private land, which is not covered by settlements, would not be returned to them.” The report said.

She said even if the settlement went ahead, they would still only get back no more than 20 percent of their stolen land.

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He Didn’t Like Enemy Choppers on His Land

Posted by te2ataria on August 13, 2009

Apartheid NZ – pakeha Injustice

Apartheid NZ Courts Suck, Big Time!

Daniel Whetu Ormsby, 44, of Tokaanu, was charged with, wait for it, “damage endangering or likely to endanger a helicopter in flight.”

He was also charged with assaulting the pussycat pilot with stones.

Meet the Guy Who Didn’t Like Enemy Helicopters on His Land

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[Defiant] Daniel [Whetu] Ormsby is led to court to face charges relating to rocks [allegedly] being thrown at a helicopter [in self defense,] Taupo, New Zealand, Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Credit: NZPA /John Cowpland. Image may be subject to copyright.

The helicopter allegedly suffered “$20,000 worth of damage,”  hit by 4 small rocks, as it idled on some of the remaining Maori land near Waihi Village,  south of Lake Taupo on July 21, 2009.

When asked why he throw a rock at the helicopter, Ormsby  reportedly “cited the Te Ture Whenua 1993 Act and said he lived by the principles laid out in its preamble.

That legislation is meant to ensure Maori ownership of the land.

The alleged attack which took place in self defense and the defense of the land, lasted less than a minute. How long would it take to pick up a rock, aim it at a helicopter, and hit it with such force that it causes that sort of damage?

Any way, that was 24 days ago!

Although the alleged offense took place 24 days ago, the apartheid  New Zealand’s racist court system has kept Ormsby in custody since July 21, 2009. That’s how “pakeha justice” works for Maori.

Whereas the law in most other countries forbids the police/ system to remand people in custody for more than 24 hours, New Zealand’s Apartheid system keeps Maori in cage for months.

Evil Judge James Weir once again denied Ormsby’ application for bail today and remanded him in custody until August 27. If Ormsby survives the customary “accidental murder attempts” while in custody,  he would appear in the High Court at Rotorua in two weeks, when he can re-submit another bail application. By then he will have been kept in a cage for 38 days.

Police have reportedly opposed bail previously, “saying Ormsby was ‘passionate’ and ‘driven’ to defend his land and his beliefs.” Reports said.

How is this called a “justice system” when you keep a man in a cage for 38 days because he threw a stone at a helicopter in self defense?

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