Maori: Mine. Mine. That’s mine. That’s mine too. And that.

Who would have thought the Treaty of Waitangi applies to completely different continents?

Maori could develop power through Antarctica and the Treaty of Waitangi, writes Barrie Cook:

The placing of a pou whenua at Scott Base this year was a welcome affirmation of New Zealand sovereignty over its slice of Antarctica.

When Ngai Tahu leader Mark Solomon and Prime Minister John Key unveiled the carved totara pole at a ceremony in January, Mr Key called it a “very meaningful addition” to the base.

I don’t know what he had in mind, but by definition the pou can be seen as a territorial marker.

Clever, using the imperial colonial oppressor as a Trojan Horse to figuratively piss against a tree in Antarctica and claim it is all yours.

A few years ago I put a proposal to Ngai Tahu for them to lead an expedition to Antarctica to coincide with Scott Base’s 50th anniversary. I called it Te Pou Expedition. A centrepiece was to be the placing of a pou whenua. I wanted to encourage Maori interest to strengthen New Zealand’s territorial rights. My proposal was politely rejected. Ngai Tahu had more pressing matters with which to be concerned.

I like to think that the Crown side of the Treaty partnership can deliver something as tangible to the arrangement in the form of the Ross Dependency as Maori did when they delivered a share in their lands.

If not, maybe, just maybe, Maori will take it anyway.

Barry Cook and whose army?

This would be laughable if they weren’t so serious.

Note to Barry Cook:  At one point, there was a single continent called Gondwanaland.  Get the idea?  Go for broke big boy.



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