Early Maori

Dear Peg and Family
I find the Maori a very strange Race. If you were to listen to then carping on about how unfair the white people have been to them. How their land has been stolen, and further more, how they were forbidden to use their own language while in school. When the situation was exactly the opposite. In fact in most cases it was their parents who pushed their kids into speaking English. In spite of all the supposed dissatisfaction, nearly every other Maori family has married into white families. Now it’s got to the stage where it’s getting hard to find someone who can claim to be a 100% Maori.
In spite of all the rewriting of History that has gone on over the last 160 years, Maori as an individual was very lucky that the white race came along when it did. Many of the Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants who were themselves escaping a similar situation where it was difficult make a living. The new immigrants were grateful for what they found here. Most found what they were seeking.
The Maori was endeavouring to do their best under  difficult conditions as well. What with a poor diet, coupled with primitive medical treatment, the majority of that race could only look forward to a life span of only 35 years. In fact their future, as it stood back then was abysmal. And as if all this wasn’t bad enough, too many had to live under the standover tactics of the stronger tribes. If anyone thought the gangs of today are bad, when compared to the Maori of yesterday. Today’s lot are only pussy cats. The behaviour of some their these people in the past was appalling. In too many cases they actually resorted to cannibalism, and slavery was an accepted practice.
Today you never hear any discussion about the treatment meted out to the tribes that occupied another’s land. The Chatham is one that stands out, and it took place in relative recent times. As well It’s well documented. The tribes living in peace on the Chatham’s were invaded, and occupied by their Maori neighbours who coveted their land. What happened on the Chatham’s, was genocide at it’s worst, they were wiped out as a tribe. They were either killed and eaten, enslaved, or if they were lucky driven off.
If you carry in your head a picture of a happy Nation, with all of the population sitting under a pohutukawa, strumming a guitar and dancing. Forget it, this was back then, in too many cases  an unhappy Nation. Far too many were living under the most appalling conditions. Mostly their idea of dancing, was in your face, Hakas. They didn’t seem to have a soft side, far to often much of their culture, was confrontation and hostility.
Today there are still remnants of the bad side of the Maori culture about. Today they make up 50% of our prison population, yet they are only a small part of our society. Many are work shy, and think that the good things of life should be handed to them on a plate. As far as I’m concerned, too much is coming their way, via The treaty Of Waitangi. They seem to have the ability to make some of us feel guilty about our treatment of them as a Race, pinning their faith to the Treaty. Legally this document is a very shonky document, it’s in two parts. Maori and English. Maori is the written language that the Missionary’s cobbled together for them, as they didn’t have a written language of their own. To make it worse, the two documents are not even the same, but to listen to some, they are the Country’s most important agreement. In my mind the terms are all one way. The Maori have received millions in money, but do they spend any  these funds on say improving the lot of ‘Our Peoples’ in housing? for example? Another point huge fishing ‘off shore quota’, was also signed  over with the idea of doing something about the unemployment. Futile hope, the Maori then signed the quota over to foreign fishermen, and took the money. As someone said they didn’t want to leave home.
I come from the South Island, up until recent times we had few Maoris living amongst us. The ones I knew personally were all hard working, and many were very high achievers, they all made good neighbours.
Love from Christchurch,
Wally
I find the Maori a very strange Race. If you were to listen to then carping on about how unfair the white people have been to them. How their land has been stolen, and further more, how they were forbidden to use their own language while in school. When the situation was exactly the opposite. In fact in most cases it was their parents who pushed their kids into speaking English. In spite of all the supposed dissatisfaction, nearly every other Maori family has married into white families. Now it’s got to the stage where it’s getting hard to find someone who can claim to be a 100% Maori.
In spite of all the rewriting of History that has gone on over the last 160 years, Maori as an individual was very lucky that the white race came along when it did. Many of the Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants who were themselves escaping a similar situation where it was difficult make a living. The new immigrants were grateful for what they found here. Most found what they were seeking.
The Maori was endeavouring to do their best under  difficult conditions as well. What with a poor diet, coupled with primitive medical treatment, the majority of that race could only look forward to a life span of only 35 years. In fact their future, as it stood back then was abysmal. And as if all this wasn’t bad enough, too many had to live under the standover tactics of the stronger tribes. If anyone thought the gangs of today are bad, when compared to the Maori of yesterday. Today’s lot are only pussy cats. The behaviour of some their these people in the past was appalling. In too many cases they actually resorted to cannibalism, and slavery was an accepted practice.
Today you never hear any discussion about the treatment meted out to the tribes that occupied another’s land. The Chatham is one that stands out, and it took place in relative recent times. As well It’s well documented. The tribes living in peace on the Chatham’s were invaded, and occupied by their Maori neighbours who coveted their land. What happened on the Chatham’s, was genocide at it’s worst, they were wiped out as a tribe. They were either killed and eaten, enslaved, or if they were lucky driven off.
If you carry in your head a picture of a happy Nation, with all of the population sitting under a pohutukawa, strumming a guitar and dancing. Forget it, this was back then, in too many cases  an unhappy Nation. Far too many were living under the most appalling conditions. Mostly their idea of dancing, was in your face, Hakas. They didn’t seem to have a soft side, far to often much of their culture, was confrontation and hostility.
Today there are still remnants of the bad side of the Maori culture about. Today they make up 50% of our prison population, yet they are only a small part of our society. Many are work shy, and think that the good things of life should be handed to them on a plate. As far as I’m concerned, too much is coming their way, via The treaty Of Waitangi. They seem to have the ability to make some of us feel guilty about our treatment of them as a Race, pinning their faith to the Treaty. Legally this document is a very shonky document, it’s in two parts. Maori and English. Maori is the written language that the Missionary’s cobbled together for them, as they didn’t have a written language of their own. To make it worse, the two documents are not even the same, but to listen to some, they are the Country’s most important agreement. In my mind the terms are all one way. The Maori have received millions in money, but do they spend any  these funds on say improving the lot of ‘Our Peoples’ in housing? for example? Another point huge fishing ‘off shore quota’, was also signed  over with the idea of doing something about the unemployment. Futile hope, the Maori then signed the quota over to foreign fishermen, and took the money. As someone said they didn’t want to leave home.
I come from the South Island, up until recent times we had few Maoris living amongst us. The ones I knew personally were all hard working, and many were very high achievers, they all made good neighbours.
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