Treaty breaches against Tuhoe detailed
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 1:01p.m.
The Crown is being urged to remedy its historic treatment of Tuhoe - including a 1916 raid to arrest spiritual leader Rua Kenana Hepetipa - in a damning new Waitangi Tribunal report.
The tribunal released the fourth part of its report on Te Urewera district claims on Friday, identifying several Treaty breaches by the Crown during the 20th century.
It is critical of a bloody police raid on Maungapohatu in April 1916, which saw Rua arrested amid a shootout that killed two young Maori, and injured three other Maori and four policemen.
The invasion "effectively destroyed" the functioning and vibrant community at Maungapohatu, the tribunal said.
The Crown acknowledges it breached the Treaty by not acting in a reasonable manner toward the community.
The report says that between 1840 and 1920, the Te Urewera people "suffered Treaty breach upon Treaty breach and loss upon loss" due to poverty, famine, disease and war.
There were ongoing economic issues, including with farm development schemes, which saw the Crown retain control of land until loans were repaid.
That lead to heavy levels of debt among Maori - more of which "could and should have been written off".
While that did not breach the Treaty, the schemes were unable to reach their full potential because so little land was left in Maori ownership beacause of earlier breaches.
The report says a breach occurred when the Crown wrongly transferred a Ruatoki water scheme - which it didn't own - to the Whakatane City Council in 1960, while a further breach took place when the Crown refused to pay compensation for a ban on milling in Te Urewera.
The tribunal said problems remain between Tuhoe and the Crown, and those need to be addressed.
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2/02/2013 8:51:32 a.m.
Adrians back and again is allowed to get his distorted views put up and looks like hes bought along one of his family in Ngaa.
22/01/2013 11:23:31 a.m.
@ NGAA RAUUIRA what a load of dribble, my heart bleeds (not)
26/12/2012 1:16:39 p.m.
Ngaa Rauuira wrote:
Same ignorant monocultural hegemonic uneducated people who can't even spell TUHOE correctly. Its sad that these views permeate mainstream media. Maori have developed an uncontrollable twitch over the fact that such distasteful mainstream majority views are held against Maori in their own country. Constant dismissal of the truth and a throwing of Treaty issues in the intellectual and political "too hard basket" shows a people comfortable with the state of this country remaining monocultural. Same silly talk about Maori special privilege which is obviously reflected in positive Maori statistics (NOT). We all know that "One Law For All" will be White law - Common law not one in which Maori law sits side by side. We all know that "One Nation" and the notion of equality is just a false guise to push white dominance who hold this country. Fact is, Maori people live in the dispossession of what was wrongfully taken and Pakeha live in the privilege of what was taken . So I'd like to know a little bit more about Pakeha special privilege as against Maori special privilege.
The Army, Police, Courts and Prisons are the blunt force edge that oppressed Maori while the Settler Parliaments laws is the surgical knife that cuts at the heart of the Indigenous Soul.
Whether you were there in 1840 or not, present day New Zealand is what it is today because of what happened in 1840 and more importantly - it is what it is because of what DIDN'T happen.
Had Pakeha taken Maori seriously the first time we wouldn't be here today. Sure enough, their descendants won't take Maori seriously either - the likes of some present in this discussion and so the cycle continues unbroken.
Pakeha have built their country directly on top and at the expense of Maori people and Aotearoa.
Our peoples will continue to talk past each other without proper leadership and understanding. Something of which will never be achieved should such ignorance and aggression persist.
Honour this country.
25/12/2012 6:59:18 p.m.
Grayson, your spelling is atrocious dude, it makes us whities look less than ordinary and plainly stupid. No one is going to take your rant seriously and fortunately stigmatizes all the other losers that side with you, not only here but on the other pages as well. Well done you're a winner my less than educated peanut.
G, string a few logical facts together and maybe the educated community will stop laughing at you. Elevating me to celebrity status as a truthful speaking White Maaori Activist is gratifying but really means absolute nothing coming from you who we've come to know proudly endorses hegemonic practices to forcibly control another nation, that my white ilk when weighing up the terrorist actions of the past and well documented may i add categorizes you and your followers as an Supremacist with Terrorist tendencies. That's a scary thought and you and your type should be jailed for conspiring to damage the national integrity of the Maaori Nation. Like I've stated on numerous occasions you and your loser like minded views do not represent us better white educated members of society. Merry Xmas and look out for the fat white man dressed in red to leave unhealthy food in your smelly socks how uncouth is that? Ho Ho Ho our way is best ... Not!
22/12/2012 8:42:14 p.m.
the treaty is an out of date document that has no relevance today BURN IT i beleive they also need to look further into tuhoi never agreeing to the treaty as well racism all the treaty is these days benifits one race over every other
22/12/2012 11:33:49 a.m.
Well said the Waitangi Tribunal... ;-)
21/12/2012 3:58:52 p.m.
Well said Brian, it's amazing Adrian hasn't got on this page yet - he's the white Maori activist. Yep the gravy train has reached the station and time to disband/sack this racist tribunal - I would say they are all getting a back hander for reporting back with this rubbish
21/12/2012 3:55:38 p.m.
No amount of money will ever be enough to fix past transgressions of the Government. Treaty settlement payouts are long over due no question about it..and even still, the Waitangi Tribunal process is a sham and Maaori have no choice but to work within these proccesses set up by the government in order for an i would say, less than fair outcome to be achieved for Maaori. People like you who choose to live in denial and fear is staggering. The ignorance of some people are a reminder of the same attitudes of the day these transgressions took place. Brian i suggest you and your mate t take a history lesson on Aotearoa and remember Maaori are tax payers aswell and that they actually do contribute to the economy.
21/12/2012 3:51:51 p.m.
Not being contentious, but does anybody know what the treaty of Waitangi has to do with Tuhoi? Why are we addressing breaches of an agreement that they never agreed to?
21/12/2012 3:09:38 p.m.
It's sad to see so many delluded racist people who pretend they have no entitlement issues themselves when they clearly do.
Sometimes money is what is required to fix the past Tallica1 I wonder if you were injured as a result of someone elses negligent actions whether you would be expecting monetary compensation.
I have the feeling that the correct answer would be "Tallica1 would be the first person in the line with their hand out for a payment).
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