December 08, 2023
Peters cites Moriori myth as peace debate stumbles
Foreign Minister Winston Peters has told Opposition MPs comparing Israel’s attack on Gaza with New Zealand’s colonial experience to remember the Moriori.
During yesterday’s debate on a motion calling for a ceasefire, Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer cited her connection to Parihaka and called for the Government to go further, because there can be no peace without justice.
The New Zealand First leader reacted by raising the tradition of non-violence within the Moriori of Rēkohu-Chatham Islands.
“Some of us might remember who they were because the last pure Moriori died in 1936. Now why am I saying it? – because there are people here who know who invaded the Moriori and ruined their peaceful existence and stop lecturing to us as if somehow they’re perfect and the rest of us are not,” Mr Peters said.
Te Iwi Moriori have challenged the last Moriori narrative because of the way it is used to justify racism against Māori, and they were included in the treaty settlement process despite Rēkohu not being part of New Zealand in 1840.