Confused with identities

LETTER

John Porter seems to be confused with identities and the rule of law.

Ninety-six percent of the land mass of New Zealand was willingly sold by the individual representatives of various tribes, sometimes a number of times over, not “Maori”.

Land was confiscated from rebel tribes who rose up against the sovereignty of the Crown, not Maori. The same sovereignty which more than 540 individual representatives of tribes had willingly signed over to the Crown in 1840.

Does he expect that the Crown should not have protected the sovereignty it had obtained from the people of New Zealand?

The Crown represented all New Zealanders and the first Maori Members of Parliament, Frederick Nene Russell, Mete Kingi Te Rangi Paetahi, Tareha Te Moananui and John Patterson took their places as the first Maori Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House in 1868.

The Crown is not and has never been Pakeha, no more than John Porter is a Pakeha because he has a European name. He is very confused about history and engaging in identity politics seems to be his only release.

Andy Oakley, Porirua

John Porter seems to be confused with identities and the rule of law.

Ninety-six percent of the land mass of New Zealand was willingly sold by the individual representatives of various tribes, sometimes a number of times over, not “Maori”.

Land was confiscated from rebel tribes who rose up against the sovereignty of the Crown, not Maori. The same sovereignty which more than 540 individual representatives of tribes had willingly signed over to the Crown in 1840.

Does he expect that the Crown should not have protected the sovereignty it had obtained from the people of New Zealand?

The Crown represented all New Zealanders and the first Maori Members of Parliament, Frederick Nene Russell, Mete Kingi Te Rangi Paetahi, Tareha Te Moananui and John Patterson took their places as the first Maori Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House in 1868.

The Crown is not and has never been Pakeha, no more than John Porter is a Pakeha because he has a European name. He is very confused about history and engaging in identity politics seems to be his only release.

Andy Oakley, Porirua

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John Porter - 2 months ago
According to Fricker I was preoccupied with the "politics of envy".
Now, according to Oakley, it's "identity politics".
It is becoming very obvious that my Pakeha detractors need to get their stories straight before attacking me.
Even the readers are getting confused.
It doesn't look good.
Everyone will begin to think you lot are telling lies.
Keep it up.
Very entertaining.

Joe Naden - 2 months ago
I suggest Andy, Mike and all the others of similar beliefs and interpretations read Waitangi, Maori and Pakeha Perspectives of the Treaty of Waitangi, edited by Professor Hugh Kawharu; Making New Zealand and The New Zealand Wars by Professor James Belich and an example of the treatment of Maori by the Crown in Professor Ranginui Walker's Opotiki mai Tawhiti. If you approach them with an open mind, you might be surprised at the stuff you believe. These are the books scholars read these days.

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