Historian Michael Bassett, a former Labour Government senior minister is a national treasure.

He refuses to go along with the gross dishonesty of so many in academia on maori issues.

The article below says all.


Sowing the winds of racial tension in New Zealand began decades ago under careless governments. Now we are starting to reap the whirlwind. Maori aristocrats have built up such a sense of entitlement, with a cornucopia of fabrications and grievances, that they are starting to fall out over how rapidly they can clap on the pace of the gravy train. Meka Whaitiri’s desertion of the Labour Party is the latest sign that radicals are at sixes and sevens over pushing even harder for a Maori take-over of New Zealand.

In her naivete, Jacinda Ardern enthusiastically supported the Maorification programme of Nanaia Mahuta, Willie Jackson and their Maori cabinet colleagues almost as soon as the writs were returned after the 2020 election. During the campaign there had been no mention of this policy. Had there been, Labour’s coalition partner, New Zealand First, would have denounced it. All of a sudden, in October 2020, New Zealand started incorrectly being referred to as Aotearoa. Radically revised versions of the Treaty of Waitangi were circulated, the authors inventing new principles as they went along. The four main cities that were all colonial creations because Maori didn’t live in towns suddenly had Maori titles forced upon them. Government departments sprouted newly-invented Maori names. On radio and TV it became mandatory for announcers to spout Te Reo that few listeners understood. Because of Jacinda’s new policy the daily papers started cozying up to ministers and suppressing anything that could be deemed critical of Maori. Their failing circulation figures necessitated access to the government’s Public Interest Journalism Fund. The word “racist” was now bandied about by genuine racists supporting Mahuta’s racially divisive policies like her Three Waters programme. It aims to give the tribal aristocracies control over water, leading to private Maori ownership. And the full shape of a new health system emerged with its twin sectors, one Pakeha, the other Maori, with Maori who constitute 17% of the population having veto rights over everything. Teaching of Te Reo in schools stepped up; a new history curriculum that is grotesquely skewed against 83% of New Zealand’s non-Maori population began being taught in schools.

Underpinning the whole Maorification programme is a prize piece of mischief called “He Puapua”. Hatched in secret by Mahuta, it aims at giving Maori effective control of New Zealand by 2040. It is the work of several radical Maori academics who believe they are doing their bit to further the interests of New Zealand’s “Indigenous” people. No matter that almost alone around the world, New Zealand never had indigenous people. We are a land of relatively recent arrivals. In retrospect, what was a spectacular piece of carelessness, John Key allowed New Zealand to sign up in 2010 to the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights when Maori were no more than first settlers, rightly proud of their feat of sailing to New Zealand from Hawaiki, probably Rarotonga.

Ardern gave Maori radicals free range from late 2020. She was woefully ignorant of her country’s history and was conned into the notion that it was “fair” that Maori should be given paramount status in our country, and that the whole process was certain to improve Maori lives, and solve any disadvantages they suffered. Not only was this never going to occur: it was woke nonsense of a high order. Instead, as more ministers talked up Maori policy, it stoked the notion amongst them that all national resources belonged to them as of right, and that their MPs could provide easy solutions to anything they happened to want. No exertion was required of them other than to board the gravy train.

Once it started moving, a rag-tail fringe of second raters began shouting “faster”. Before long bits started flying off. First it was the Prime Minister herself who was run-over by the careening machine she’d set in motion. “I had nothing left in the tank” she cried. Then the ill-suited Te Whatu Ora chair had to be fired. Meantime that bizarre collection of misfits, the Maori Party, under the influence of its president, John Tamihere, was cooking up plans to decouple the Maori seats from Labour and attach them to the tattooed twins, Waititi and Ngarewa-Packer. For personal reasons that Meka Whaitiri doesn’t wish to reveal, she decided to leap aboard the accelerating Maori Party gravy train. It is now conspiring to force King Charles to come up with free “reparatory justice” for “centuries of racism, oppression, colonialism and slavery, now…recognized by the UN as Crimes Against Humanity”. Coming from a party whose own paramount chief, Te Rauparaha, slaughtered a slave as the centerpiece of a feast only a year before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, this sets a record for chutzpah!

Increasingly, it looks as though Chris Hipkins is unable to free himself from Jacinda’s unfortunate post 2020 policies. But the Maori Party’s efforts are even crazier, and it is still possible that others in Labour’s Maori caucus might fly off in search of even greater extremism. The new Prime Minister might yet be hit by a flying object. On its recent form, KiwiRail could easily oblige….

Whatever, surely it should be clear to every Kiwi that if a racially more harmonious New Zealand is something you want, defeating Labour in October is an urgent necessity.



So much to agree with. The sheer incompetence of this current government are hard to believe. The damage done will take decades to repair. I see today the Herald are reporting that surgeons must now consider a patients “ethnicity” (for which read “Māori-ness”) as part of the matrix of determining surgical priorities.
The hubris of the part Māori in Wellington is staggering. I say part-Māori, because the next logical step is for a Court to have to determine who now qualifies as one of the chosen few.
(I believe Dr Goebbels had an excellent chart on his wall for just this kind of problem.)
The election cannot come soon enough.

PS-Sorry-“Is hard to believe”

I totally agree. A very well written article. Labour will lose in Oct, but shutting down all this racist nonsense will no doubt cause a reaction from the Māori separatists. The timid Nats will need ACT in order to hold the line

Michael should be given a post-humous medal.

Just look at the left wing Meng ( buffoon ) Foon , just another name added to the list that are sinking Labour.

Now hospital patients are ranked on ethnicity.

Well written Sir Michael,Sensible and accurate.
This needs to be in every letterbox to gen up the thousands who still don`t know whats going on in their country.
How to do this, has anyone got any suggestions?

Sir Michael is a breath of fresh air and with a measured knowledge of history.. The Nats surely will finally see the racist breakdown of democracy and perhaps act in the reinstatement of the equality of race that I grew up in. I am continually disappointed in the rubbish the media are promoting as “new” facts and should be corrected at every opportunity.

very relevant giving whats come out today over the waiting lists

Very good article and absolutely correct This government must be thrown out in October. I am not confident that it will be There are so many who have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement If there are very few Māori of even 50 % ethnicity and 17 percent of the population identify as Māori then the Māori ethnicity of this country
would be something like 5% in total None of them indigenous in the true sense of the word. Descendants of early settlers is all they are
Equality of citizenship is an absolute priority for any future government

Thank you Sir Michael for your succinct summation of our predicament. Surely Labour is GONE. But who has got what it takes to dismantle the exigency.


How can these facts be distributed country wide so people can see on paper what is happening???

I agree with Jane! Get it on the front page of the Herald, Dom and ODT.

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