Longknives: Thanks for the article. Denial of oral history comes under the category of ‘Political Expediency'; to acknowledge the facts would completely destroy the whole te ritei, and the ‘We’ve been here for a thousand years’ line that the polliticos peddle. It would also put a lot of academics in a very difficult position . . .
FWIW, I had a long conversation with a respected (now deceased) Maori elder from the eastern BoP who was very adamant that Maori were NOT the first – at least not in his tribal area; he gave them the name ‘Minipeni’ (my phonetics). A discussion with a senior kuia from Poverty Bay also revealed essentially the same thing. All of which is terribly inconvenient, and vehemently denied by the young generation of Maori (especially those who are lecturers at certain universities) who choose to ignore that which is an ‘inconvenient’ truth. No doubt it will be suppressed (ie situation normal).
I see that Feral Herald is at it again – making up survey results to try and influence public opinion against the Government.
“Ambrose” fact or fiction (I did not intend to listen in to Key and Banks – was a mistake – but I did sell it to the MSM and Winston) is irrelevant.
The Treaty claims do not derive from being here first – they derive from being here and in command of the place (being tangata whenua at the time) when Pakeha turned up.
The only evidence of prior discovery being rat bones over 2000 years old, this does not imply settlement.
Iwi stories about others being there first does not prove these earlier people not to be people of other iwi (other Maori).
All peoples build myth into the story of the beginning – does anyone really believe there were giants on the Earth in Canaan before Herbrews arrived or that the people of the land at this later still really really tall even then. There are no bones of giants found anywhere.
Select Committee submissions close 24 January 2013 and no doubt principals and others will be making submissions expressing concerns. It is a pity that the article did not indicate the status of the bill at the time, but then I suppose it would spoil a good story to say that it has yet to go to Select Committee rather than leaving the impression that it is a ‘fait accompli’.
That part of the bill (clauses 27-28) would at first blush be inspired by wet wishy-washy educationalists. Coming to think of it, though, it makes sense initially to make the draft restrictions strict but then to ease them up if need be during the Select Committee process. However because this is a ‘portmanteau’ bill which also includes Partnership (Charter) School provisions, this is likely to take centre stage with other parts being virtually overlooked at submission time.
One item highlighted for concern is a ban on ‘physical force’. At first glance this appears to over-ride s 48 of the Crimes Act (self defence or defence of others). IMO nothing should over-ride that and the clause should be amended to clarify that. If a teacher believes a pupil has a knife or gun, in defence of staff and other pupils he or she should be able to use reasonable force to take it.
The Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage has been falling largely on deaf ears. In addition to the U.S. election gains, the Constitutional Court in largely Roman Catholic Spain upheld the law legalizing gay marriage last month. Earlier this month, the British government announced it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage, though it would ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies
Why will the Church of England be banned from conducting gay marriages?
The New Zealand Presbyterian Church has gay clergy, as do other faiths – should they be disinclined to conduct services for those they empathise with?
magsta, I was not suggesting a prior settlement, only that an older age for rat bones may have indicated a prior discovery and a later belated settlment. The evidence that the rat bones are not as old as first thought dismisses even that possibility.
That later dating is indicative of the latest evidence across the region – showing post 1000CE settlement for French Polynesia and Hawaii.
The British government ban their church from having a Catholic monarch as head of their church – Jewish is fine, Moslem is fine, atheist no problem, a Catholic – hell no. Reason does not come into it, damned if the British government is going to have “their” state church marrying those people – when they won’t marry the Prince because of a prior divorce. PC human rights do not intrude on the Tory party at prayer.
When one agrees, one can say: “see, I told you so”.
When one disagrees, one can say: “They are just rubbish (or worse)”
So in 2011 the Nats, that I proudly helped elect, got almost 49% oif the vote (an unprecedented MMP high). But the naysayers screamed: “They have no mandate.”
Now, Granny Herald produces a poll this morning which says 74% (Yes, seventy four %) of New Zealanders say: “Enough is enough. Pay David Bain compensation for 13 years’ incarceration.”
But silly crusher Collins disagrees. So does the porno Judge, and so do the numbskulls at Crown Law. They all disagree with an eminent, independent Jurist…..and five Privy Council Judges.
To recap: Bain was found guilty and served 13 years in prison before his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council as being unsafe and “a substantial miscarriage of Justice”. The Crown Law Office ignored the Privy Council’s nudge and sent Bain to retrial- Not Guilty.
Ergo, 13 years unjustified incarceration, says former and independent Canadian SC Justice (supported on points of NZ law by two (2) Auckland professors of law (Rishworth and Optican) Binnie Pay the man, says Binnie.
Lordy. Shock and horror in the crusher’s office, in Mike Heron’s Crown Law office and in the corral of the Molesworth Street cowboys.
One thing for sure about all, this: when the MSM faunally gets around to publishing Binnie’s report in full, and also publishes his full his response to the Porno Judge, the number in favour of compensation will rise to closer to 90%. There, will of course always be idiots like the revisionists, the re-litigators, the red necks, and the cult-like JFRB groups.
Time to pay, Messrs W.English and J.Key. Oh, by the way. Crusher for Education!
kowtow, there are three ways of counting time according to those who claim to be the chosen of God.
If one regards none as the chosen of God, it is not appropriate to use any of them – not the dating of Jews, Christians or Moslems.
Besides Jews got the creation date wrong – confusing it with the founding of their calendar the same year that a city called Nippur was founded. And Christians cannot demonstrate the year that Jesus was born – but all agree it was not the year zero of the BC AD counting system.
chiz has managed to get the anti Catholic/anti free speech brigade on side. One silly Italian priest says something mildly controversial and it becomes world news for the wanker MSM and their sheeple followers.
At least the priest won’t get a criminal conviction for airing what are clearly his personal views (as opposed to official Church teaching) unlike this atheist in England who is on trial for tearing up some paper……..
why isn’t this world news,it’s far more significant,you anti Catholic tossers should be more concerned about this man’s freedoms than what some idiot Eyetie has to say in the privacy of his church.
But then the KB anti Catholics/leftists will be on the side of the oppressors as they don’t believe in free speech.Only in what is “correct”.
Couldn’t agree with you more. These bunch of wankers like shiz and co. cherry pick their criticisms – wouldn’t dream of quoting the full story, which made it quite clear the position of the Catholic Church.
My guess is chiz is a woman. Taking that silly priest’s advice would do her a world of good – get with the real world
But roll on, the anti-Catholic brigade. I wonder who’ll have the last laugh?
One day a guy died and found himself in hell. As he was wallowing in
despair, he had his first meeting with a demon.
The demon asked, “Why so glum?”
The guy responded, “What do you think? I’m in hell!”
“Hell’s not so bad,” the demon said. “We actually have a lot of fun
down here. You a drinking man?”
“Sure,” the man said, “I love to drink.”
“Well you’re gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays all we do is drink.
Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, diet Tab and Fresca. We
drink till we throw up and then we drink some more!”
The guy is astounded. “Damn, that sounds great.”
“You a smoker?” the demon asked.
“You better believe it!”
“You’re gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars from all over
the world and smoke our lungs out. If you get cancer, no biggie. You’re
already dead, remember?”
“Wow, the guy said, “that’s awesome!”
The demon continued. “I bet you like to gamble.”
“Why yes, as a matter of fact I do.”
“Wednesdays you can gamble all you want. Craps, blackjack, roulette,
poker, slots, whatever. If you go bankrupt, well, you’re dead anyhow. You
The guy said, “Are you kidding? I love drugs! You don’t mean . . .”
“That’s right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great big bowl
of crack, or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can do
all the drugs you want, you’re dead, who cares!”
“Wow,” the guy said, starting to feel better about his situation, “I
never realized Hell was such a cool place!”
The demon said, “You gay?”
“Ooooh, you’re gonna hate Fridays!”