With Rogers Rabbits away we were left with Ryan Wood’s rambling about revival (The Weekend Sun, March 2).The topic was noble enough, just not the negative colonist overtones that still breathe within the underdeveloped points around treaty partnership and treaty breaches.
More capable scholars have already established that Maori only signed the Maori translation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Why sign only the Maori translation of the Treaty? The intent was to keep rangatiratanga or sovereignty in this land with Maori. Why else would tens of thousands of Maori concede to the minority group from overseas?
It was Henry Williams, a friend to Maori, who attempted to keep the British colonising another indigenous people. He wrote rangatiratanga with both a Maori and British heart, expecting peace. In many ways Maori were too generous towards the British.
What did Henry do so well that Jacinda Ardern has also learned first-hand? He spent generous amounts of time with the people. He fed them; literally. He learned te reo Maori and tikanga.
Could Ryan Wood argue that he too has engaged in such ways? If not, I suggest his Aotearoa education is not yet complete. Tama tu, tama ora, tama noho tama mate.
K Setiu, Papamoa.