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Dr Muriel Newman

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On TVNZ’s Q+A programme on the eve of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s landing in New Zealand, reporter Jack Tame asked the Minister of Crown-Maori Relations, Kelvin Davis, to name one good outcome of colonisation.

The Minister was clearly taken aback by the question, and in spite of being asked multiple times, refused to identify a single benefit, instead arguing that we should be honouring the contribution made by Maori.

It was a bizarre interview and highlighted the dangerous situation that we are now in whereby a former State School Principal, who is a senior representative of the Crown, has become so conditioned by Maori sovereignty activists that he found it impossible to outline any benefits that colonisation has brought to New Zealanders of Maori descent.

Kelvin Davis should have re-read The Treaty of Waitangi written by the great Maori leader Sir Apirana Ngata, who reminds us, “The Treaty found us in the throes of cannibalism…This was at a time when the Maori tribes were fighting fiercely among themselves. The Maori did not have any government when the European first came to these islands.  There was no unified chiefly authority over man or land… the people were divided.”

In light of this widespread lawlessness, Kelvin Davis might have recognised that some of the benefits of colonisation include the Rule of Law, democracy, secure property rights, the enforcement of contract, infrastructure, health care, and education. These helped to provide the foundation for the economic growth and improvement in living standards that have transformed New Zealand into the modern society it is today. 

The Minister’s denial of a positive contribution made by Captain Cook was echoed by Waikato University’s senior research fellow Dr Arama Rata, who labelled the HMB Endeavour a ‘death ship’, saying, “…the replica death ship, the replica of the Endeavour, is literally on the horizon and will be arriving any day now to re-enact the invasion of Maori whenua. This mentality that Cook brought over, and the project here was to really eliminate Maori, to dispossess Maori, and to replace Maori with Pakeha settlers.”

What she and other Maori supremacists are seeking is a radical transformation of New Zealand’s constitutional framework to replace our present system of governance – which she claims is based on “settler colonial ideology” – with one that transfers authority and control to Maori.

This week’s NZCPR Guest Contributor Chris Trotter is one of the few political commentators who really understands the sinister agenda of radical Maori, describing the ‘death ship’ attack as a ‘Maori nationalist assault upon the meaning and reputation of Captain James Cook’:

“What Maori nationalism seeks is a reversal of political fortunes: the creation of an Aotearoa-New Zealand in which Pakeha will no longer call the shots.

“A radical revision of New Zealand and, indeed, of global history, is crucial to achieving this political reversal. The cultural and scientific achievements of the European peoples, especially their dramatic expansion into practically every other significant land mass on the planet, must be re-cast as an horrific tale of murder, rape and theft – undertaken by that global human scourge which Dr Rata calls ‘white people’. Only when the general perception of European civilisation has become one of technological prowess unmitigated by compassion or restraint, and the colonisation process is presented as uniquely oppressive and destructive of land and people, will the nationalist cause enter its next and most important phase – that of radical constitutional transformation.”

Chris believes that, “If Maori nationalist historians can seize control of the new, soon-to-be-compulsory, history curriculum, then the necessary ideological preparations can be made for a radical constitutional transformation.”

Through the unprecedented denigration of Captain Cook and other historical leaders as “white supremacists”, and the malicious vilification of the colonisation process, the scene is now being set for the next phase of this power grab: the indoctrination of children through fake history.

The Prime Minister’s recent announcement that New Zealand history will become a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools from 2022 has set the scene.

At her announcement, the PM explained, “We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. The curriculum changes we are making will reset a national framework so all learners are aware of key aspects of New Zealand history and how they have influenced and shaped the nation.” 

She explained that the new curriculum will include the arrival of Maori, early colonial history, the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars, and New Zealand’s evolving national identity. 

What the Prime Minister didn’t explain was the disproportionate influence that Maori culture and history already has within the existing curriculum.

In order to understand the full significance of this influence, we need to look back to 2007 when the present curriculum was being introduced.

Our current “progressive” primary and secondary school curriculum was the brainchild of then Prime Minister Helen Clark. Progressive education, which is strongly ideological, was seen as a way of removing elitism from the education system. Outcomes-based child-centred learning replaced the traditional subject-based syllabus. Teachers became facilitators of learning, objective testing and assessment were avoided as much as possible, and the centralised control of education was eliminated by passing that responsibility onto schools and their Boards.

At the time, the approach was considered to be highly experimental – only a handful of countries had adopted it. Some, like the USA and South Africa, rejected it when it became clear it was leading to a decline in student achievement. In fact, most countries that outperform New Zealand in international tests have a more traditional approach to education, with a standards-based syllabus, strong subject discipline, more formal methods of teaching, and curriculum road maps that are clear, concise, teacher friendly and detailed.

Professor Elizabeth Rata from Auckland University’s School of Education has pointed out that when the Prime Minister made her announcement that New Zealand history would become compulsory for all primary and secondary students, she was puzzled by the fact that no-one seemed to know exactly what history is presently being taught in schools.

Professor Rata outlines the reasons: “Bizarrely we have a national curriculum that isn’t a national curriculum. It’s a localised one. This means local schools and teachers decide what to teach. That is why we don’t know who is being taught what. And now, in a curriculum that fiercely rejects national prescription, New Zealand history will stand alone as a prescribed subject. Will this anomaly lead to calls for prescribed content for other subjects too? I hope so.”

Professor Rata believes that academic knowledge is the key to educational success, and that New Zealand’s slide in international education rankings is the result of a lack of prescribed content in core subjects such as English, maths and science. She believes all students have a right to be taught the very best knowledge that is available, no matter their home circumstances, nor where they live.

But under our progressive curriculum, where each school is free to choose what students will learn by picking and mixing topics from the curriculum framework, there is such a huge variability in classroom learning, that many students are missing out.

In this context, if the Government considers a subject to be so important that it needs to be made compulsory, the question is why did they choose history over English, maths, or science – subjects that students need for further education and worthwhile employment?

Or is their underlying aim political – are they planning to progress the radical agenda Chris Trotter described, in return for retaining Maori support at the next election?

It was 8 days after the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand history would become compulsory, that the Minister of Education followed up with a further announcement that a full review into what is actually being taught in our classrooms will now be undertaken. The inference is that other subjects will also be made compulsory.

But the fact that the Minister and Prime Minister didn’t really understand how our curriculum works raises concerns that they may also be unaware of the extent to which the Maori supremacist agenda is already influencing education.

While Helen Clark initially removed the Treaty of Waitangi from a dominant position in her new curriculum, Maori sovereignty activists campaigned for it to be re-instated. As a result, the Treaty now plays a central role in New Zealand’s Education Curriculum.

The Purpose and Scope statement explains that the curriculum will “give effect to the partnership that is at the core of our nation’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi”.

The Vision statement affirms that young people “will work to create an Aotearoa New Zealand in which Maori and Pakeha recognise each other as full Treaty partners”.

The eight Principles of the curriculum includes “Treaty of Waitangi: The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori.”

The Treaty is also interwoven in all subject areas at all curriculum levels.

But that was not enough for iwi leaders.

When National was in government, the Maori Party also introduced compulsory cultural competency standards for all teachers, embedding the “Maori world view” into the culture of every school and early childhood centre in the country.

As a result, teachers are expected to ensure that Maori students will be able to learn “as Maori”, that they will be prioritised above other children, and that te reo will be used in the classroom – no doubt in preparation for when the teaching of the Maori language becomes compulsory.

Looking ahead, the big question that arises when considering the compulsory teaching of New Zealand history, is whether the “Maori world view” will be allowed to dominate, or whether it will be balanced by traditional viewpoints, so students will become aware of the extent to which history has now been politicised.

For instance, when it comes to the ‘arrival of Maori’, which the PM says will be an important part of the new curriculum, will children be taught the full story, that while the main migration arrived around 1200 AD, archaeologists agree that the settlement of New Zealand was most likely a continuous process with evidence of humans well over 1,000 years before that?

Will children learn that proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand show that not only did Moriori precede Maori, but that when Maori invaded the Chatham Islands in the 1830s, they slaughtered most of the Moriori, eating many and enslaving the rest?

Will they teach our children that former Prime Minister David Lange was correct when he explained, “The treaty cannot be any kind of founding document”, and that “The court of appeal once, absurdly, described it as a partnership between races, but it obviously is not.”

So, while the Treaty of Waitangi has been called this country’s founding document, will school children be taught that when it was signed on the 6th of February 1840, New Zealand was still part of New South Wales? If an agreement is to be called a founding document, shouldn’t it be the one that created New Zealand as an independent British colony, namely the Charter of 1840 – a Letters Patent signed by Queen Victoria on the 16th of November 1840?

And when it comes to claims by the elite of Maoridom that the Treaty made them partners with the Government, will children be taught that such a partnership between Maori and the Crown is constitutionally impossible, and that such claims are a myth based on the deliberate misrepresentation of a court finding.

These are very controversial matters, but New Zealanders need to be assured that vested interests will not be permitted to seize control of the new New Zealand history curriculum to pave the way for the radical constitutional transformation that Chris Trotter has warned about. 


Are you concerned that the compulsory new New Zealand history curriculum will be used to indoctrinate children with fake history?

*Poll comments are posted below.


*All NZCPR poll results can be seen in the Archive.


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Yes, I am very concerned. DEFUND STATE EDUCATION – UNIVERSITIES FIRST ! That won’t work you say. Possibly not, but it ought to. Remember the definition of insanity? We won’t get a different result while continuing to fund it the same way. Don
I am very concerned at the proposed changes to the history curriculum as the object seems to be a distortion of the truth. In other words – a brain washing of the facts Brian
I know that some museums are removing pots used for cannabilism to try and make one race of people a euphoric and spiritual people. Darrel
Children are already being indoctrinated with the ‘partnership’ aspect of the TOW. Mark
Because any teacher under the age of 45 will have been indoctrinated from a young age with constructed lies, so will merely perpetrate those lies. Graeme
Just as those in the Middle East who have tried to deny the holocaust have used fake history Kevin
Both sides need to be taught in schools .. Kevin
Maori history is oral therefore cannot really be relied on as factual, as we know like Chinese Whispers the actual wording can vary by the end of its telling. The truth probably is that Maori coming to NZ were thrown out of the countries they left because of their aggressive behaviour towards other residents. Who can really say what is true Maori history, up to the time of European writings such as Captain Cook. Murray
There is no doubt that this will be the interpretation that many schools and in particular, the modern teachers , who have come through the teacher training system that has already given greater influence on the importance of fake Maori participation ahead of basic learning .Will this go on to replace world history, an outcome that I saw in the United States in the mid eighties where the influence of the “African America”history became the most important, and look at the turmoil and dissension that that has resulted in. Barry
Without doubt. Maori seats must be abolished for starters. Alan
Unless it is factual it is not helpful to anyone. Kim
Yes I am very concerned. We have already experienced deceit from some of our more radical part Maori referencing to the treaty document and I am of no doubt the same will occur with our less savoury Maori history. The truth must be recorded correctly not glossed over to appease some of our radical population. Chris
When I was at school (a long time ago) we learnt about Maori, how they lived, where they came from, cooked, lived in etc,etc. We visited historical war sites which taught us something of the area we lived in (Franklin at the time). I have travelled the length & breadth of NZ several times, and observed the Maori sovereignty flag in the most outback of places including one very well known Invercargill teaching Institute. This same flag has an insidious presence at the piece of land at Ohum—– at Mangere. This land bought in good faith by Fletchers, with 40 houses offered to Maori, has been turned into another Bastion point. I thought we had “full & Final Settlement? If these people waving these flags about, went to school instead, and learned to think for themselves instead of being leamings they could be useful citizens. It’s no wonder they earn the scorn of most people. Ray
This is a most serious matter. Fake history destroys truth and gives a false idea of real history. It must be stopped. Brian
Jacinda Ardern herself started the process of on Waitangi Day when she declined to provide an answer to the question, What is the first article of the treaty? She ummed and Ahed and then lied that she didn’t know so we should teach it in history classes. What she had meant to say was, what do you want it to be? John
That is their grand plan. It is obvious. Keep the masses ignorant and poor and Jacinda and Co have a job for life. They are enablers for poor outcomes for all New Zealand. We need this article to be published in all major newspapers. Unfortunately, with future loss of freedoms this will be deemed as hate speech. Robert
Sure will be Roger
Some years ago I was concerned about the information being given to visitors to that venue. Patsy
Another socialistic certainty! Stuart
My oath I am concerned. Clark
There is not a shred of doubt that this will happen. Barbara
Of this there is absolutely no doubt. Tragically, many teachers currently in classrooms have already been brain-washed to favour an extremely biased view Frank
i had a dna test done and found that i was 97.5% of european descent yet the teachers at my grandsons school keep telling my grandson that Maori is his heritage. Brian
Absolutely Ian
It is already happening–EG when asking a Te Reo learning non Maori (family member) whose children are attending a Total immersion(kapa haka) Area school, have you read the explanation of the Treaty by Sir Apirana Ngata ??? (so there can be an informed discussion)the response was “No without reading it, because it was an English translation IE not to be believed” . So there is one example of Incoctrination/misinformation/lies, both at the Marae where the Te Reo course is given, to in this case a totally gullible group think virtue signalling non maori,, and in the Area School where the children are being fed the same. Jack
This is a very real worry. School years are a major part of a child’s growth in knowledge. It is dictatorship at its best and a government version of what we want children to believe. Andrew
Been happening for years in the education system. Rules bent, special treatment given. When my wife was studying to be a school teacher years ago, the few Maori students were not required to pass the exams! Hugh
I expect it will be written as an invasion by white supremacists. In future what will be written about the current invasion from India supported by the Government? David
Most Maori forget they have a good percentage of European ancestry! Marianne
It’s obvious that this is what will happen. I am not at all sure that it can be stopped now; it may be too late already. Kathryn
History lessons must be from recognized records %u2026%u2026.worts and all!!! Brian
It should be remembered that in the late 1940s NZ history was taught with emphasis on Maori arrival, canoes, and settlements. What was also taught at the same time was the settlement of NZ by Europeans, the cities, the towns, the Church involvement. By the late 1970s when my children were at school this was no longer taught and when I asked why not, I was told, “We don’t bother about all that now.” We also need to remember that memory is not history. Paloma
Very concerned, this editorial should be published in its entirety in all publications in New Zealand, the wider public in New Zealand need to be told what is going on. Bill
Your latest column headed Fake History should be printed in newspapers and documented on television. All New Zealanders need to read or hear this before it is too late. Mary
It is very clear that this Government wants to secure the Maori vote by appeasing the radicals. For the record I am of Maori descent and am appalled at the new history that is being written to glorify Maori and vilify Europeans. Mike
The racist hate speech proferred by this section of nationalist Maoridom must be stopped as such. Brian
It is a very frightening prospect akin to only the plaintiff can give evidence in court, nothing from the defendant. The story will be told on very selected items and there will be a great deal of omissions. Cannibalism and slavery, let alone infanticide and incest will not be touched on. Steve
The so called academics will not be able to help themselves. pdm
Yes I have seen this with the Physical Education curriculum and the introduction of Haora that really had nothing to do with physical skills but a lot of airy fairy nonsense that was force upon teachers. What has spirituality got to do with PE. The NCEA level ,2 & 3 needs revision to be more skills based with competence in biomechanics and physiology. That is why I gave up teaching. Andrew
The “Maori elite” agenda is clear, and none of it involves the truth. The PMs commie faceist agenda is also clear, Globalist collectivism. Mix the two together and there is chaos. But that is her objective is it not.. We must be clear about this leading up to the next election and vote for sanity and the the commitment to NZ sovereignty. I will not vote for this present direction and will do my bit to influence others accordingly. What about you? Neil
Disgraceful, but may be too late to stop. Graham
no one talks about the rife cannibalism before Endeavor John
Well, that’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Tony
Its about time the vast but silent majority, who are being labelled as ‘racists’ by these hypocritical disaffected radicals, stood up and said enough is enough and took back our own mana and reported history like it really was and is dave
Ask any Kamatua currently living in Rarotonga about the “great Migration”. He will tell of lawless, unruly tribes being forcibly put on canoes and driven out to sea. Over decades, they returned their Island to peace…and a few if the misfits made landfall in NZ over several decades. Brian
No doubt in my mind whatever. A read of Bruce Moon, John Robinson or any of the other excellent well researched books on early NZ history show a completely different version of events than the current batch of distorted “facts” currently being pushed by a few names. Bart
What I learnt as a child they are changing I went to a Maori class to learn Maori and they told me some of the History explaining how tribes could be divided and then fight against each other and now they want to change it. Cherrryl
Socialist academics and government will ensure that school kids are indoctrinated with fake history to suit their own agendas Laurie
History should be taught but it must be truthful! There will be civil unrest if things don’t turn around soon. Chris
I find it hard to understand how a race with no written language can have such vivid and twisted memories of the past. The treaty for me is one sided, and only ever see Maori with any gains. Sad to say as time goes on Government’s scared of being called racist will continue to give in to these radical idiots Get rid of this treaty, and let’s live and learn together. Paul
I’m pleased I have retained some NZ History books from 30 years ago. They were fair and balanced. Chris
Just another move by Maori on the most stupid PM and her Ministers this country has ever seen.Maori is simply a despicable race of people but smart enough to use weak politicians Don
Very very concerned. It will just ramp up the indoctrination already taking place. Brenda
More worried that the Maori history will be fake and radicalised John
An independent international historian should be commissioned to produce a FACT BASED NZ history curriculum based on best properly researched FACTS. Stan
Conquest by stealth always the agenda!! Mis information upon innocents the next step!! Mike
Some of the comments are certainly hate speech. Soon as it becomes illegal then time for us to act against this and put a stop to it. Freedom of speech is one thing. Hate speech is not acceptable Joh
Who wouldn’t be concerned? Just look at how Cook is being abused. Michael
Fake history is the new NZ (for Maori) Peter
the parts are pushing the agenda, they are 10% and the 80% are to lazy to get of their arses to do any thing about it, they are like a flock of sheep Colin
As shown it already being used in that way. To the detriment of children’s general knowledge. Terry
Teaching fake history isn’t new. When I was at school from the early 1960s onwards, we were taught Maori were peaceful, loving conservationists who sat around playing stick games and singing, a far cry from the true story. Sharen
Its already happening Maurice
This is the ominous proof that social engineering by progressive liberals is well under way and poses a grave risk to the natural liberties of all New Zealanders Johan
This must be prevented at all costs! John
Continual Maori victimisation is the new normal.Why? Money. Graeme
Our children need a balanced, truthful version that is not dominated by racism. Peter
This fake NZ history has been inserted into all three levels of education for the past 30 years. Time to stand up to this maori supremacy. Coral
Without a doubt it will let’s change the government and get some Sense back into society Peter
Most certainly! When you are aware of the world situation imposed by the UN, it becomes patently obvious what is intended by this plan. Elizabeth
Who to trust these days with all the lies and unfair controls.. its getting worse too. Brooke
European New Zealanders need to wake up and realise the agenda of Maori activists is to remove their rights. Unfortunately politicians have allowed that agenda to flourish, and now it is being imbedded into a new much younger generation of activists. JD
Clearly this is the path of continuation of the agenda of Maori separatist development activists. Fake ‘partnership’ treaty interpretation, fake history. Dick
Fake history is already being taught under Maori Studies in universities. My first-year law student daughter came home at the last holiday spouting the most incredible Maori-favouring “historical” nonsense I’d ever heard. She became most annoyed when I tried to point out some easily recognisable flaws in what she was attempting to convey. Jim
Like a number of things and more importantly the teachers are putting their own spin on a lot of what’s currently taught in this space along side science . Andrew
I venture to suggest that whereas most of those who describe themselves as Maori today have a significant percentage of European blood. And, most of those who have no Maori blood have no colonial era forefathers. Even so, Maori would appear to be condemning the non-Maori as evil colonisers and to make reparation for claimed wrongs. I’m over it, Geoffrey
The interview on Q& A says it all. Maori elite want to control New Zealand for their own benefit regardless of the true facts of history. Trying to change history from a Maori point of view is a load of crock. Yes there was faults done by both Pakeha and Moari. But the true history has been reported and we have to live with the facts. Maori are in denial because it shows some Maori for how they truly acted. If we allow them the chance they will have Maori walking around as Saints. If we do not stop this bickering sooner or later we will end up in Civil War. Frank
This is not a Labour party for the people it’s for the maori. hand out and give ,,what they will do for a vote Jimmy
Maori are the penultimate invaders of this land and therefor have no better right to it than the Europeans that came after. At least the latter embraced Maori whereas Maori murdered the people already here. Any proposed school curriculum must teach that truth as well. William
This is exactly what I am worried about. Colin
A very dangerous course to be embarking upon. John
Truth is precious, and too much of history is lies. Political history such as will likely be taught for indoctrination purposes will undoubtedly be less than honest or truthful. Bryan
When our PM can’t recite or understand what the treaty says there’s no other possible outcome other than the indoctrination of our children with fake history Trevor
Absolutely – indoctrinating of children with radicalised fake history pushing Maori supremacy is what this is all about. In return, Labour will gain all of the Maori seats. It is despicable what they are up to but unfortunately most of the population won’t realise what’s going on.  Murray
I agree that it is all a ruse to push the Maori sovereignty agenda. But using children is the pits.  Brian
This government is corrupt. Of course they will peddle fake history if it buys them the Maori seats. But would National order a review of the curriculum if they became the Government? Because that’s what they need to do. Maxine
New Zealanders are being set up for Maori control but most people are completely unaware of what’s going on. Thank you Dr Newman and Chris Trotter for alerting us to the underlying agenda.  Paul
Our children are doomed to indoctrination with fake history unless there is a change in government. I have no confidence in Jacinda Ardern to do the right thing. She is ideologically driven and cannot see the wood for the trees. The damage she is doing to this country is a enormous. Geoffrey