[...] Oh, I know, Dame Anne Salmond and her ilk will accuse me of being “unhelpful”. They will insist that the atrocity committed at Akaroa was simply a reflection of Maori cultural practice at the time. Tamaiharanui had killed a Ngati Toa chieftain: somebody had to die.
[...] Ever since Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth destroyed the naval power of England’s principal commercial rivals, the Dutch, in the early-1650s, the English-speaking peoples have maintained a more-or-less unbroken upward trajectory towards world domination.
[...] Bridges’ and National’s stance on Ihumatao enjoys considerable (quite possibly majority) support across the wider New Zealand community. For many years, the opponents of Maori nationalism have warned their fellow Pakeha that “full and final” would never be permitted to mean “full” or “final”.
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