Holmes on Waitangi Day

February 11th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by David Farrar

writes in the HoS:

produced its usual hatred, rudeness, and violence against a clearly elected Prime Minister from a group of hateful, hate-fuelled weirdos who seem to exist in a perfect world of benefit provision. This enables them to blissfully continue to believe that New Zealand is the centre of the world, no one has to have a job and the Treaty is all that matters.

I’m over Waitangi Day. It is repugnant. It’s a ghastly affair. As I lie in bed on Waitangi morning, I know that later that evening, the news will show us irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics, in which some bizarre new wrong we’ve never thought about will be lying on the table. …

Well, it’s a bullshit day, Waitangi. It’s a day of lies. It is loony Maori fringe self-denial day. It’s a day when everything is addressed, except the real stuff.

Never mind the child stats, never mind the national truancy stats, never mind the hopeless failure of Maori to educate their children and stop them bashing their babies. No, it’s all the Pakeha’s fault. It’s all about hating whitey. Believe me, that’s what it looked like the other day.

John Key speaks bravely about going there again. He should not go there again. It’s over. Forget it. It is too awful and nasty and common. It is no more New Zealand day than Halloween.

Our national day is now Anzac Day. Anzac Day is a day of honour, and struggle, bravery and sacrifice. A day on which we celebrate the periods when our country embraced great efforts for international freedom and on which we weep for those who served and for those who died.

Waitangi Day is an important day in terms of the treaty between the Crown (Government) and Maori. But it is not, and should not be, our national day.

John Roughan also writes on Waitangi Day. I’ve observed that Roughan tends to be fairly liberal on Maori and treaty issues generally, so that makes his column quite significant:

Protesters forget that Maori have to act in good faith too.

If you or I imagined we were plugged into the deepest yearnings of the people, raised our flag, stood for election and collected a miserable few votes, we’d probably fold our tent, slip away and revise our view of the world.

But we’re not that special breed of human life known as the protester. Votes don’t count for much in the protesters’ idea of democracy. The Mana Party came to Waitangi last weekend as though the election had never happened, or perhaps to say it didn’t matter.

Good faith is indeed required both ways.

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37 Responses to “Holmes on Waitangi Day”

  1. GPT1 (2,091 comments) says:

    He also beats up on the breast feeding nazis. Excellent

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  2. Jinky (171 comments) says:

    The protesters have become part of the tradition of Waitangi Day. The media build them up, the PM can’t afford to be seen to run away/avoid them so they are guaranteed to get publicity. The PM is a sitting duck in a way he/she seldom is on any other day of the year. John Key should state quite clearly that he will only return to Waitangi if dignity and decorum can be restored and MUTUAL RESPECT is shown

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  3. s.russell (1,565 comments) says:

    I do not believe that rabble should be permitted to determine our national day.
    And declaring some other day to be our national day would just be putting our heads in the sand – just like the rabble does.

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  4. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Waitangi Day is a pile of shit and should be abolished at the same time we burn the bloody treaty. Tomorrow will be fine.

    If the Maoris want to start the civil war they keep trying to threaten us with. :)

    The day after tomorrow is free in my dairy. :)

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  5. thor42 (922 comments) says:

    I agree with Holmes and Johnboy. Waitangi Day is complete crap.
    The day should be purged from our calendar, and Feb 6th made as ordinary as any other day. After that, a TRUE national day can be created. It does not need to be on the anniversary of anything – it would purely be a day to celebrate the country.
    Oh, and one more thing. It should be made a crime (punishable by, say, ten years in prison) to protest on the new national day. That’ll stop the Harawira mob and their hangers-on from souring the day.

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  6. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Your a fine man thor42 (as evinced by your obvious connection to the Gods). :)

    What say you to a propitious outcome to declaration of a holy war (starting the day after tomorrow) against all the forces of darkness that are spreading across our beautiful land from the dreadful little cesspit of Waitangi? :)

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  7. backster (2,082 comments) says:

    I agree it is a day of disgrace, and should be removed as a statuary holiday.

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  8. hj (6,374 comments) says:

    Holmes needs to be frog(blog) marched to a Te Tirritti workshop.

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/02/09/waitangi-wisdom/

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  9. Mark (497 comments) says:

    I agree Waitangi Day is a day of disgrace for maori, and should be removed as a statuary holiday.

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  10. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    You’re a sick man hj.

    Anybody who posts a link that ends up showing a photo of mad Cath should be sent to an asylum.

    Yeech! :)

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  11. big bruv (13,331 comments) says:

    Delahunty really is batshit crazy.

    “Professor Makere Mutu spoke about Te Hakaputanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to set the scene for the constitutional discussion. She brought alive the wisdom of her tipuna in asserting their requirements for the relationships with the manuhiri.”

    Does anybody really know (or care) what that shit means?

    I also laughed at the bit about nobody being rude, did this fucking moonbat miss the Ropata thugs (ferals) working themselves into a frenzy at the arrival of the PM?

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  12. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Fu big Bro. It’s obvious you need to spend a bit of time at a Whanau Ora, tax payer funded, get together to reconnect with your roots.

    Give us your details bro and without further ado a huge cheque will be in the mail to your whare.

    You too can feel the peace that taxpayer funding brings to soothe the effects of post colonial stress syndrome. :)

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  13. Griff (6,833 comments) says:

    We have grounds to scrap the treaty and we should give the notice now that we are going to

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  14. big bruv (13,331 comments) says:

    Johnboy

    Can you imagine the guilt that must run through the veins of batshit Delahunty, she must wake up early every morning and hate herself for being born with pale skin.

    As for he cheque, make it a big one, I have been stressed of late at the burden of paying so much fucking tax for people like the Ropata ferals to continue breeding and to continue their campaign of hate.

    It ain’t easy being a white mother fucker.

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  15. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Does a scrap on the treaty grounds = grounds to scrap the treaty? :)

    Questions, questions, questions! :)

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  16. Griff (6,833 comments) says:

    Yes johnboy it is
    The scrap is about different interpretations
    The difference between the Maori versions and the English versions allows us to give three months notice of cancelling the treaty under international law.
    Of course the Maori will revolt. That is wot they always threaten
    Good on them. instantly cut all benefits to those involved…..and A few more Maori in jail.
    Goodbye protest
    You could hang for treason its a pity we took that out of the law

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  17. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    But every Friday she checks her bank account and see’s the biggest paycheck she has ever collected in her whole useless life BB and then calls all her weird friends in the Greenie Party to see if they have checked their accounts too.

    Then they all give thanks to a Gaia that has enabled a bunch of crazies to live off the fat of the land.

    The prayer goes:

    “Thank you Gaia through your great prophet Rod we the saviours of the planet have received a small pittance to enable us to carry on the fight against the really nasty capitalist bastards. We trust in your wisdom as we wisely invest it all in profitable enterprises that will see us right once the stupid sheeple eventually get wise and toss us out”. :)

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  18. Manolo (13,396 comments) says:

    An utter waste of ink from a dedicated progressive.

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  19. emmess (1,373 comments) says:

    How about starting a movement to ‘work on Waitangi day’?
    If you are fed up with all the bullshit, you just organize with your boss to have another day off instead.
    Instead of relying on the government to scrap it, we could all just take control and do it ourselves.

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  20. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    The central issue is this:

    I know that later that evening, the news will show us irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics, in which some bizarre new wrong we’ve never thought about will be lying on the table.

    If the news had some intelligence behind it instead of what they do, all the time, they would put forth this angle but they’re so infected with lightweight commercially focused entertainment pap with a strong lefty editorial bent thrown in with all the distortion that brings, they would think this angle is incorrect and simply wrong and furthermore a bit nasty.

    That’s how bad this is.

    It’s be really good if one could plan some sort of operation to turn this around permanently but unfortunately I’m not clever enough to.

    Even if you sell it you just get another TV3 and what’s the point of that.

    I think what I would do is imprison every single journalist in the entire country at 4:00 AM one morning and sort through their work one at a time, releasing only those whose work I approved and letting them take over the companies and positions of the one’s I’m keeping locked away.

    That’s the only thing I can think of. Holmes wouldn’t be one of the released BTW, he’d just rot inside. I quite like this piece today but he’s got too much bad water under my bridge to make up, I’m afraid.

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  21. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    I find it hard to believe that the folks that inhabit KB also spend so much time watching the peoples channels on sheeple TV.

    Most of you seem to be semi intelligent. I would have thought TV1 and TV3 would be beneath your dignity.

    Specially you reid!

    Nowt as strange as folk! :)

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  22. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    Shit I don’t watch it ever. Not one program apart from a few Agenda interviews for two years.

    It’s my altruistic side Johnboy. Saving others from terminal stupidity is what I do. It’s a shame they’re so stupid prison is the only answer in this case but there we are, it would seem.

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  23. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Thank G-d for that. Shall we congratulate you on your 46 to go yet?

    Will you make it tonight?

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  24. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Waitangi Day is a disgrace.

    Nothing to celebrate. Let’s find another day.

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  25. Steve (4,500 comments) says:

    Off you go then Peter, find another day.
    When you find it, you’all come back now you ‘ear

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  26. David Garrett (6,463 comments) says:

    The thing that is quite amusing – and actually a little sad – about Cath I-wish-I was-born-brown Delahunty is when she speaks in parliament in the affected Maori accent Sue Bradford used to use, even the Maori Party members take no notice at all of her…I used to watch their reaction closely, especially when Mad Cath spoke on some particularly sensitive “Maori” issue….Sharples used to sometimes pay her some polite attention with a somewhat bemused expression on his face; all the rest of them never listened to a fawning word she said…

    But on the wider subject….most people seem to have forgotten that Norm Kirk changed Waitangi Day to New Zealand Day 35 years ago….Someone may be able to enlighten us who changed it back and when….

    I agree with others – its a bad joke, and Hone and his clowns should be left to “enjoy” it by themselves….provided nothing is burned down, I am a great believer in preserving historic places.

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  27. big bruv (13,331 comments) says:

    David Garrett

    I know you have said you were not there long enough but I urge you to write a tell all book about life in the house. The bastards shat on you and you are never going to get one of the jobs reserved for those who play the game so why not get your revenge on the pricks.

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  28. David Garrett (6,463 comments) says:

    Thanks BB, you are very kind….the publishers are not exactly lining up…

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  29. Scott Hamilton (286 comments) says:

    After reading Paul’s column I’m not sure whether I’m more worried about the fate of New Zealand or the fate of the English language…
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/lazy-maoris-and-idle-words.html

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  30. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    .the publishers are not exactly lining up…

    One imagines the insurance bills factor large David. Which is not how it should be. Just how it is.

    But there’s a huge latent market for a well thought out thesis on reducing crime.

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  31. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    That was an enjoyable read Scott, I got a laugh out of this summary:
    “On Waitangi Day the chief executive of the nation, who made his considerable fortune betting against the New Zealand dollar for an American company, and who flies out to his holiday home in Hawa’ii every chance he gets, travelled to one of the poorest parts of the country and attempted to lecture a group which has lived there for a thousand years about the virtues of patriotism. Curiously enough, his words were met with derision. “

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  32. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    Fixed link: That was an enjoyable read Scott

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  33. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Off you go then Peter, find another day.
    When you find it, you’all come back now you ‘ear

    In the spring. Positive. Renewal. Forward looking. Celebration of life.

    Not an endless re-run of festering violence from the brainless thugs stuck fast in 1850. Turn the cameras off. Leave them to it.

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  34. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Thanks BB, you are very kind….the publishers are not exactly lining up…

    Self publish as an ebook on Amazon.

    https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

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  35. David Garrett (6,463 comments) says:

    Peter: You would be in the book…mate….you and the blonde bint you seemed to put so much faith in…Where are you doing damage now?

    Yoza: surely the phoenicians of the south pacific have been here 40,000 years (or so their tame academics claim) not a mere 1000?

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  36. Gulag1917 (661 comments) says:

    Kiwis must be into masochism and guilt to tolerate such abuse as happens at Waitangi year in and year out.

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  37. mikenmild (10,766 comments) says:

    Scott Hamilton

    I enjoyed your summary of Waitangi Day:
    ‘a fine expression of our nation’s character and values. New Zealand is a country founded by dodgy property speculators from some of England’s second-rate public schools on land seized from Maori by Celtic and Yorkshire soldier-settlers who were pushed out of their own whenua by enclosures and poverty, and who soon found themselves in hock to the same landlords and bankers that had bothered them back home. Maori have tended to have a rather half-hearted attitude toward the nation founded on their dispossession, and so have many of their dispossessors, who have often identified more with their class, religion, or region than with their nation.’

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