Sunday Roast

Who did the readers give a good old Kiwi roasting this week?

This week’s Sunday roast comes to you from the far north, and is perhaps more of a hangi than a roast.  Wednesday was Waitangi Day, a day on which, in an ideal world, New Zealanders would celebrate our oneness and nationhood.  Instead, it was the usual fare, with a good serve of colonisation for starters, followed by healthy portion of blame, all topped off with a serving of white guilt.  And let?s not forget the lolly scramble of sweet sweet moola flung to outstretched hands. 

But we were having none of that here at Whaleoil, and instead of saying how delicious it all was, a few truths were served up. Christie’s post “Will Shane ever get the nephs off the couch” certainly got the Whaleoil cooks into the kitchen.

Macdoctor spooned out the first helping of hangi cooked kumara.

Once again. Colonization has brought Maori deliverance from genocide and cannibalism. It has brought them education, healthcare, modern conveniences and infrastructure. It has doubled their life-span. It has gifted them almost entire industries, large swathes of tourism and over-representation in places of power.

And what do they complain about? Land. Land that they scrabbled an existence out of by subsistence farming and hunter-gathering. Land that not one complainer could be stuffed to farm properly or make some other productive use out of. Give me strength. end quote.

T Mardell followed up with a generous helping of potato.

Sadly those blaming colonisation did not study their history that well. The fact that the English got here first, with what can only be described as one of the best deals ever, means that they did not get the French.
And that fact that we all fought bravely in the World Wars, means they did not get the Germans or Japanese. If any of those other scenarios had happened there is no doubt that Maori culture as we know it would not exist.

Prior to 1840 Maori did not own anything, as the concept of ownership is enshrined in the governing system, something that simply did not exist here at that time. Maori, along with other travellers who stopped off here, had only possession, and that in itself was only enforced by force and might. And there is no doubt that lead to much carnage, bloodshed, cannibalism, slavery, rape, and a violent society.

Colonisation brought with it peace and the systems to manage progress. No-one can deny that on both sides there were individuals who did not act well, or that there were events that did not reflect kindly on either side, but for every Parihaka there was a Volkner.

Sadly the “nephs on the couch” is a failure not of colonisation, but of welfarism. And that is a tool being used by desperate politicians to garner votes. end quote.

Beeman added some hangi tender pork

One wonders where the maori would be today if the white man had not sailed over the horizon. Would they have fought, killed and eaten each other to a stand still? Would there have been so much interbreeding that they would not have been a viable people? We know that without a written language that the seafaring skills had been lost in time! They would have been marroned in NZ with onwhere to go! Yet somehow it is colonization that is to be blamed for their predictiment!!!! end quote.

Wibble stepped in with a dash of gravy

“..because the P?keh? stole our land and the colonisation and he?d rather watch the Blues play the Chiefs.?

Ummm……that rugby that he likes to watch so much is a product of that evil colonialisation, as is the TV that he watches it on, the electricity that runs it, the beer he has in the fridge…oh, and of course that couch that he refuses to get off. end quote.

Citizen offered a helping of sweet dessert:

So I was thinking about this the other day. I was comparing this “colonisation” thing with the slavery thing, (after a discussion with a black American friend). Now my back American friend talks about slavery…any opportunity he can. I asked him if there are advantages from slavery for current generations? He got pretty indignant. But I explained my reasoning as such, I work in Africa, CAR, Chad, Congo etc, all pretty poor countries. Now here people die of preventable diseases, they die from malaria, they die from armed conflict, they die from intertribal warfare, they die because of witch doctors! They have little access to education, unless you’re born to the right families. So the offspring of the original slaves get to live in the USA, it hasn’t been a very easy ride for them, but I put it to my friend that they have it better than their African cousins.

Which led me to ponder my own situation, and that of the Fijian Indians, bought to Fiji as indentured labour, but more realistically slaves. This happened a lot more recently and ended a lot more recently than slavery in the U.S. My mother’s grandfather was a slave. But the Indians in 2 generations have become the educated, the business owners, the accountants, there didn’t exist any grievance gravy train for them, so they just had to get on with it. Maybe removing the gravy train is what is required to get the Neph’s of the couch. end quote.

But the cherry on top of the ice-cream on top of the pav is from Karma, who absolutely nails it with one sentence:

There?s about as much of a chance of getting the nephews off the couch as there is of getting the nieces to keep their knickers on and their legs together.

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