Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jul 21, 2020 18:36:46 GMT 12
Northland Age 21/7/20
ONE PEOPLE It can be said by the 1840’s most Maoris had become nominal Christians.
They adhered more to Christian obligations than their Pakeha neighbours and frequently associated in large gatherings for worship. The Maori people, who had abandoned cannibalism and “Muru” (plunder) and “Utu” (revenge) they became our brothers and sisters.
We were one people – went to school, to work and played sport. We respected the Maori people who, in peace and war, education and government, were our equal – a challenge to the whole world.
Who were these young Maoris who spoiled this relationship? They were the product of our university system which challenges everything in life – religion, philosophy, art, music, politics.
Many Pakehas go through this rebellious stage, but the part-Maori activists found this was a potent weapon for discontent.
They began and continue to deny their British-Maori heritage, and wish to re-establish a separate Maori tribal entity based on racism not on the Treaty. IAN BROUGHAM, Wanganui