Paul Moon

Flag change would be like ?amputating? New Zealand history, says academic

Professor Paul Moon thinks that changing the flag would be amputating our history.

I think he?has a point.

On the eve of the flag referendum, leading New Zealand historian Professor Paul Moon has made a plea that voters reject any change, claiming that a new flag for the country would damage how we connect with our past.

?We are potentially risking setting our history adrift through any flag change,? Professor Moon points out. ?No matter what you think about its aesthetic value, our current flag is a link that connects us with more than a century of our nation?s experience and what it means to be a New Zealander.? Replacing the flag would be an act of historical amputation and could be interpreted as unpatriotic.?

Professor Moon describes the claims that there will be huge economic benefits from a new flag as ?bogus and without evidence,? and dismisses that a new flag will better reflect our identity:

?Our identity does not start afresh with a new ?brand?, but is accumulated slowly over generations, like layers of varnish.? Raising a different national flag cannot erect a border between now and the past, and nor should it.? You cannot manufacture national identity through a new flag ? identity does not work that way? ? Read more »

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Pressure mounts on Auckland Uni Professor Scott Poynting’s anti-semitic letter

The other day I received a legal letter from Professor Scott Poynting’s lawyer saying that my calling him anti-semitic was defamatory.

I replied at length explaining ?Professor Poynting’s problems with making that claim.

I pointed out the numerous public complaints on the University of Auckland’s Facebook page and now it seems one of his own colleagues is upset and has written to the Waikato Times also.

Scott Poynt?ing, in a re?cent let?ter to the Waikato Times (Novem?ber 28), made the com?par?i?son of Pales?tini?ans work?ing for So?daStream with Jews hav?ing worked for IG Far?ben.

Not only was the his?tor?i?cal con?text of the anal?ogy faulty, but the tacit ref?er?ence to the mil?lions of Jews killed by the Ger?mans dur?ing the era of the Third Re?ich was ap?palling, and seem?ingly de?lib?er?ately de?signed to min?imise the scale and sig?nif?i?cance of the Holo?caust.

Pro?fes?sor Poynt?ing must surely apol?o?gise for the hate?ful?ness of his com?ment.

Paul Moon Pro?fes?sor of His?tory, Auck?land Univer?sity of Tech?nol?ogy?

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Trotter on John Key’s history lesson

Chris Trotter isn’t taking the lefty stance of mocking John Key’s version of history after the stupid Waitangi Tribunal decision.

THE PRIME MINISTER, John Key, has been much mocked over the past week for his claim that New Zealand was settled peacefully. Hoots of derision have echoed through the Twittersphere from those who profess to know their New Zealand history a great deal better than the Prime Minister.

Are they right? Is Mr Key wrong?

It might help to place the Prime Minister?s comments in context. His remarks followed the Waitangi Tribunal finding that the tribal chieftains of the far-North did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840.

This finding is considerably more controversial than anything the Prime Minister decided to offer by way of commentary. The Auckland-based historian, Paul Moon, has already derided the Tribunal?s historical conclusions, and his intervention is unlikely to be the last.

The tribunal’s decision will likely be ignored.

A crucial element of the settled view is that the Maori chieftains who signed the Treaty, many of whom had enjoyed long and mutually beneficial relationships with the Europeans who had taken up residence in New Zealand since Cook?s exploratory voyages of the late eighteenth century, knew exactly what they were agreeing to at Waitangi on 6 February 1840.

Captain William Hobson was guaranteeing them the inviolability of their traditional territories and the safety of their people. In the light of what had befallen the iwi and hapu of Niu Tirani (New Zealand) between 1769 and 1840, the existential value of these guarantees is readily appreciated.

The indigenous population of these islands at the time of first European contact is estimated at 100,000. Between 1800 and 1830 as many as 30,000 Maori were killed and/or driven from their traditional lands by enemy iwi and hapu armed with the devastating military technology of the Pakeha. The protection of Queen Victoria (symbolising the world?s most powerful nation) was what they needed. Hobson offered it. The chiefs grabbed it with both hands. ?? Read more »

David Rankin on the Waitangi Tribunal decision

Today the Waitangi tribunal tried to rewrite law by issuing their decision that?that Maori chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi did not cede sovereignty.

Shortly thereafter David Rankin of Ngapuhi issued a press release:

Iwi leader says Tribunal ignored testimony and defames his ancestor

The Ngapuhi leader David Rankin (a descendent of the nineteenth century warrior chief Hone Heke) says that the Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori sovereignty, which is released today, defames his famous ancestor.

Mr Rankin gave evidence at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing which led to this report.??His testimony included details of the oral history of the treaty signing and how the rangatira [chiefs] at the time regarded political developments that were occurring:

?When our tupuna, Hone Heke, signed the Treaty of Waitangi, he did so because he know it was the only option in terms of having a relationship with the British Crown.??But the tribunal is now telling us that all those chiefs saw the Declaration of Independence, which a few had signed in 1835, as being the basis of their relationship with the British.??That is a lie and that is not what the tribunal was told.

Mr Rankin says the Tribunal report defames the memory of Hone Heke, and of his whanau?s oral histories, and that if the tribunal refuses to alter the report to reflect the testimony he provided at the hearing, he will lodge a Treaty claim against the tribunal itself, which will be a first in Treaty history, for prejudicial effect.

On top of that Paul Moon, a notable historian has also come out saying much the same thing.? Read more »

Maori leader supports honesty

As is typical these days, a liberal academic is upset at the truth:

Auckland University of Technology Maori history professor Paul Moon claimed in the last 18 months the racially-charged term of “Maori child abuse” has crept into public and Government use.

“The Government has even commissioned reports on Maori child abuse so it’s had the effect of entrenching that label.”

Moon said there is no such thing as Maori child abuse or Pakeha child abuse.

“By putting the word ‘Maori’ in front of it, a stereotype is created which is inaccurate and dangerous,” he said.

“The vast majority of Maori parents, like the vast majority of all other parents, do a fantastic job of raising their children.”

Moon called on the Government and media to stop referring to “Maori child abuse” when discussing New Zealand’s problem with violence towards children.

He accepted Maori child abuse rates were higher than Pakeha.

Paul Moon may be upset at labels but David Rankin is more upset with liberal academic tosspots:

Maori are a warrior race prone to violence, and an academic’s call to stop referring to Maori child abuse is whitewashing the problem instead of dealing with it, a prominent iwi leader says.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin hit back at an Auckland academic’s claim the increasing use of the term “Maori child abuse” is fuelling racism.

Rankin said Maori are a “violent people” and the term accurately reflects what some Maori parents are doing to their children.

“I am sick of academics trying to sanitise our behaviour,” Rankin said.

“We come from a warrior race but colonisation has meant that we no longer have any battles to fight and we have too much time on our hands so that violent energy is not used up.”

Rankin said Maori need to take ownership of the problem and stop trying to whitewash it.

“It’s time for us to take that warrior energy and deal to these thugs.”

Good on David Rankin for speaking the truth. Maori need to own their own problems not fob them off onto others.