What’s this about rape?

LETTER

Re: Hand up for re-enactments, February 13 letter.

Shane, while I do appreciate and realise the historical truth about some of Cook’s crew killing some Maori males, yours is the first reference to rape that I have ever heard. As far as I can gather, Cook’s men spent very little time ashore so they must have been very quick to commit the sins you mention.

Can you provide factual information about this outrage?

Please, do not quote verbal stories passed down from generation to generation as the spoken word alters quite significantly from story teller to story teller.

I do not wish this to appear to be a retaliatory reaction, but merely a “seeking of the truth”.

Mike Mulrooney

Re: Hand up for re-enactments, February 13 letter.

Shane, while I do appreciate and realise the historical truth about some of Cook’s crew killing some Maori males, yours is the first reference to rape that I have ever heard. As far as I can gather, Cook’s men spent very little time ashore so they must have been very quick to commit the sins you mention.

Can you provide factual information about this outrage?

Please, do not quote verbal stories passed down from generation to generation as the spoken word alters quite significantly from story teller to story teller.

I do not wish this to appear to be a retaliatory reaction, but merely a “seeking of the truth”.

Mike Mulrooney

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lloyd gretton - 5 months ago
Hand up for re-enactments does not appear on Herald online site, so I can't read it. Challenging tribalists to produce documented or physical evidence has been tried. However, the tribalists always declare victory because the challenger is a "racist" etc. The tribalists have the sway over the MSM. I might add that while the deaths in the 1769 Cook visit were lamentable, there was a background to it. Some of the men shot were stealing or thought to be stealing from Cook's provisions. That was summary justice - also practised by Maori then on themselves and the Pakeha.

Footnote: The "letter" referred to was a comment posted by Shane Nikora at the end of the following story:
www.gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2651338-135/gisborne-first-in-2019

Thelma Karaitiana - 5 months ago
Cook and his men captured three boys and kept them aboard the Endeavour amongst the sailors, where they were abused. Cook was of a mind to keep them but for the intervention of Tupaia, who insisted they be put ashore.

lloyd gretton - 5 months ago
I checked the Cook journal. On 12 October 1769, three young men were stranded on the Endeavour in Hawke Bay, the day after leaving Poverty Bay. They spent the night on the Endeavour. Cook observed the next day, they were glad to return to shore on a canoe although happy to be stranded the day before. Parkinson took the opportunity to paint a portrait of one, showing him a man of standing in his twenties. The English naval code was very strict on discipline on board. If the men had reported back to their whanau of abuse, utu would have been administered instead of the plain sailing for the rest of the Endeavour voyage. Still, did anything happen that night with the young men and the rough sailors? I don't entirely dismiss the thought. That is all there is in Cook's Journal.

lloyd gretton - 5 months ago
I did some more research in Parkinson's Journal. There were three other young men who were taken after their canoe was attacked by the Endeavour on the tenth in Poverty Bay. Parkinson wrote they were gathering information after a land battle. On the eleventh the young men were returned to the other side of the bay. They pleaded not to be disembarked there because they would be eaten.

lloyd gretton - 5 months ago
Parkinson's report on an attack on a large waka by the Endeavour for purposes of kidnapping could even then be constituted as murder. I find it significant that neither Cook nor Banks mentions the incident. It reminds me of a line: "She wasn't raped. She was only murdered."