October 02, 2019
Sorry not enough for Cook rampage
One of the organisers of protests against Tuia 250 commemorations says while she respects the right of Gisborne iwi and hapū to receive a statement of regret from the British government for those killed and wounded when the Endeavour landed in Tūranganui a Kiwa, the rest of Māoridom is also owed an apology.
High Commissioner Laura Clark had a private meeting with Ngāti Oneone at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae this morning, and she's with Rongomaiwahine this afternoon and Te Aitanga a Māhaki tomorrow.
Tina Ngata says the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1769 was the birth of colonialism on Aotearoa.
She says any celebration of Cook ignores multiple killings around the country.
"He barely went a week in his time here without shooting at people or torturing them or killing them. We really need to pull the veil back on a lot of those experiences, and as much as Tuia 250 has tried to maintain that it is about honest conversations, more often than not it has suppressed and sanitised and watered down the truth of what happened," Ms Ngata says.
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