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And don’t forget…

Written by Gravedodger

February 6, 2023 at 8:19 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. Happy North Island Day.

    The South Island became part of New South Wales (and therefore Pom) in May 1840.

    Before that it was anybody’s.

    Now, of course, it’s anybody-with-a-brown-skin’s.


    February 6, 2023 at 11:02 am

    • The Celtic Maori down there doesn’t have brown skin. Talking about Stephen O’Regan.

      fighting temeraire

      February 6, 2023 at 11:04 am

      • All the maori blood in Steve went to his snoz.

        Interestingly, in about 1830 Canterbury maori were reduced to about 350 and the tribe survived only by breeding with sealers, flax traders and whalers visiting the region.

        Halfbred is probably the best they can hope for now


        February 6, 2023 at 11:53 am

    • I wonder if there are any history books that specifically deal with Ngi Tahu’s invasion of the South Island and its subjugation of the small Maori tribes that were scattered across that land?

      I recall that there was some TOW case being taken against Ngi Tahu some years ago by people claiming they descended from one of those beaten tribes, trying to claim their share of the Ngi Tahu settlement or some such reparation, but as far as I know it failed.

      Ultimately then Ngi Tahi have benefited from being a conquering tribe. I wonder if there leaders ever consider the irony of that? I doubt it.

      Tom Hunter

      February 6, 2023 at 12:11 pm

  2. To my knowledge there was only one battle, around about Waikuku. Ngai Tahu numbers overwhelmed.

    The previous group took over from the Moa Hunters.

    Information was given to me by a Ngai Tahu historian so can’t answer the book question but there is quite a bit about the Poms hurriedly claiming the South and Stewart Islands to spite the frogs (and Germans) who were on their way to settle Akaroa.


    February 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    • More than one battle for sure. Otherwise there’d be no Kaitangata…


      February 7, 2023 at 10:05 am

  3. She’s not really a silly old chook, is she?


    February 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm

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