Saturday, June 20, 2009

Maori "History" in NZ

I'm sick of this whole "we were first", pffftttt... NZ has virtually NO history. Compared to European History for instance (or Chinese History for that matter, etc... take your pick of many civilisations around the world) the Maori arrived in NZ a mere blink of the eye ago. And as has happened all over the world, other settlers followed after them... Read More. Here is an interesting titbit on Moriori on the Chatham Islands (which I'll point out is a territory of NZ, the same laws and general principles should apply): "Moriori have received recognition from the Crown and Government and some of their claims against those institutions for the generations of neglect and oppression have been listened to and acted on. Moriori are recognised as the original people of Rekohu. The Crown also recognised the invading Maori tribe: Ngati Mutunga as having "indigenous" status in the Chathams by right of 160-odd years of occupation. Both groups have been given settlement packages of fishing quota."

Fascinating, it only takes a hundred and sixty years for a Maori to go from invaders to "indigenous". As my ancestors arrived as peaceful settlers in NZ back in the mid 1800's I expect it should take them even less time before Norwegians get recognised as indigenous people of NZ, but even if we take the full 160 years then I still expect to be recognised as an indigenous NZer before I die.

When do I get my billions of dollars of lands and in particular fishing rights? As a soon to be indigenous NZ Norwegian this is very important to me, as Norwegians have a very long and proud history of fishing.

I also expect to see changes to NZ laws to recognise my indigenous NZ Norwegian right to freely rape, plunder, and sack any seaside NZ towns whenever we feel like it. (our Viking heritage has been constantly oppressed while we have been in NZ!)

I've only been touching on the forthcoming changes I expect to see for indigenous NZ Norwegians, I expect to see the same respect for all the other European races as has been shown to the Maori (that is of all European races which have been here about 160 years or longer, as shown by the precedent in the Chatham Islands). For instance the Dutch should be considered immediately, as they first came across NZ back in 1642. For those who struggle at maths, that is *more* than a hundred and sixty years ago. It is THREE hundred and sixty years ago, easily passes the "160 year rule".

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Backbenchers in Auckland!

Went along to it last night (in Mt Albert, to cover the bye election due to Helen Clark's disappearing act), even though I arrived 5 minutes early (yes, early. A rarity for me!) I had to stand in a queue outside for ages because they were at maximum capacity. Ah well, got in eventually and got myself positioned close enough inside to see everything. There is times when being tall is very handy ;-)

Unfortunately I was also in the middle of a very noisy bunch of Labour supporters and I could hear even less there than I could when I was outside! So I hope to catch a repeat of Backbenchers on tv during the coming week and I'll give my full impression of it afterwards.

Richard Worth

I really have to feel sorry for Richard Worth, first of all he gets puts up as the token National canditate in Epsom where Rodney Hide wins to ensure the survival of the ACT party. You couldn't expect an MP to be able to go far under these circumstances could you? (a person who loses a blue electorate...)

Yet he was still a Minster in the Government, having sucess just like in his previous very sucessful career as a laywer.

Then there was the "scandal" of his visit to India, which I really feel is nit picking over details and in my opinion shouldn't be a huge deal anyway (not to mention his visit to the taxi driver which caused another "scandal" in the presses, but really now where is the fire? Even more of a non-story than the visit to India).

Unfortunately now everything has built up and got to the point where he has been "sacked" (techincally he resigned, but John Key said he would have been sacked if he hadn't resigned...) because of the latest allegations from Neelam Choudary. Whch we must keep in mind that is all they are, allegations. We don't know for sure the validity of the statements, we can only merely guess at the likelihood of their truth. And as it stands it doesn't stack up well against her, as you have to suspect this is highly politically motivated. As these are dark days for Labour, the only good news than can find is when they make bad news for National! And this is the best they have done so far in this department. Just take a look at the bias we have seen from Phil Goof (even though he has claimed many times on tv this is not politically motivated. Tui: Yeah rght!), quoted directly from The NZ Herald: Labour leader Phil Goff said last night he was concerned that the woman had been named and that her husband was being brought into the story. His status had "nothing to do with the accuracy or the credibility or the veracity of what she has said was her experience with Richard Worth", he said. "I don't think it is fair for her to be judged in any context other than on her own merit."

Yet if you check out the source itself (supplied by the NZ Herald itself! Don't they bother to check with what they write themselves to work out when the politicians are spinning bullshit?): An Indian national now living in the Auckland suburb of Avondale told the Herald he met Choudary and his wife Neelam in 2002 after hearing about the scheme from a friend back in India who read an advertisement in a newspaper. AND also: The Choudarys claimed it was an immigration mistake and the man was sent another letter offering him a job with Denis Hansen's company Mantech and he was asked for another $3000.

So it is clear she was involved, plus those who you associate with is a reflection upon your own character (and her own character is currently the only basis we the public have to judge the validity of her claims). And who else do you associate with more closer than your own husband/wife? Remember additionally she can't simply write this off as long gone in the past and she now is a changed person, because these laws were being broken very recently... to be specific at the very same time she claims these goings ons with Richard Worth was happening.

The Otago Daily Time provides a very handy overview for those who want more details: