Maori activists almost certainly are aware that if anyone is foolish enough to move beyond hui, hikoi and haka then they will discover what Pakeha can do – when they are pissed-off.

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Known principally for his political commentaries in The Dominion Post, The ODT, The Press and the late, lamented Independent, and for "No Left Turn", his 2007 history of the Left/Right struggle in New...