Today, the 9th of October, 2019 is the sestercentennial anniversary of what is essentially the genesis of our nation, and the origin of our people. 250 years ago today, a man named James made the first successful landing by a white man in this country, coming ashore near what is now Gisborne.
Three days earlier, a twelve year Scottish old cabin boy named Nicholas Young had spotted land at a place now named after Young Nick, and the ship Endeavour made its way to the shore.
The crew of the Endeavour were not the first Europeans to visit New Zealand, but no white man was known to have made it to the land. During Abel Tasman’s visit more than a century earlier to what he would call Moordenaarsbaai, the first contact with Maori ended up with one of his ship’s rowboats being attacked, and four crewmen murdered.
Tasman took the hint, and no attempt was made to land in the country.
It has often been repeated by mainstream leftist media (as if there is any other kind), Maori apologists and assorted twitter left-wingers that Captain Cook was some sort of monstrous murderer, raping and pillaging wherever he went and slaughtering Maoris out of pure racial hatred.
In truth, there were only a handful of run-ins with hostile tribes during his visits to New Zealand’s shores, and the violence was anything but one-sided. Despite the fact that Cook’s actions were done in self-defence, the politically correct British High Commission recently issued a statement of great regret for the nine Maoris killed during Cook’s expedition.
During one of Cook’s later visits in 1773, ten men from the ship Adventure were killed and eaten after going ashore. Will the Maori King also apologise for something that he had nothing to do with? Of course not, and he shouldn’t.
There will likewise be no apology for the deaths of 27 (mainly Breton) sailors under Captain Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne in 1772, or the 12 men on the brig Venus in 1806, or the crew of the Parramatta that were slaughtered after being trapped ashore by a storm in 1808.
How about the 70+ passengers and crew (including women and children) of the Boyd killed in 1809? Or the dozens of white men killed during the Sealer’s War on the South Island, which started in 1810 and quickly escalated.
There’s also the crew of the Yankee brig Agnes, all but one of whom were massacred in 1816. In 1824 the ship Samuel was attacked, and Captain Dawson and all of his crew were killed. The year after that, the Rifleman sank off Cape Foulwind, with the survivors who made it ashore being swiftly killed and eaten by locals.
In 1827 a rowboat crew and midshipman from the HMS Warspite were lost to the Maoris. In 1828, the schooner Enterprise was sacked at Hokianga and all of it’s crew killed. In 1832 a group of sealers from the barque Vittoria were slaughtered at Rocky Point, and the year after that, all but one man from the whaleship Dragon were cannibalised after being boarded and captured.
In 1834 the whaling and sealing stations in Cloudy Bay were invaded and destroyed by invading Southern Maoris. That same year further North the Harriet would run aground and the encamped survivors were quickly attacked; more than a dozen Britishers would be killed (and later eaten), and the wife and children of Jacky Guard were kidnapped.
A detachment of British soldiers had to be brought out from Australia, and the sixty soldiers from the 50th Regiment of Foot, along with Guard and some of his fellow whalers, managed to retrieve his family from the tribe of murdering cannibal savages.
Two years later in Foveaux Strait an unidentified ship was found wrecked, looted and abandoned, its crew having all been killed by locals. In 1838 the Maori who had invaded the Chatham Islands, and begun to genocide the Moriori, attacked a French whaleship, the Jean Bart, killing more than forty sailors.
The Maori killing of civilians was also widespread, and on a much larger scale during the New Zealand Wars, when there was no shortage of targets as more and more settlers arrived in the country.
Would the Maori acknowledge that any of these events happened, let alone consider offering an unasked for statement of “regret”? Of course not; only the white man is expected to prostrate himself before the supposed victims of his long ago distant relatives.
The past is another country, and forcing our modern sensibilities and morals onto it will only make monsters. Cook is undeserving of the reputation he has built in far-left circles, and they know this; there’s nothing particularly egregious about him, he is just a personification of British New Zealanders.
It was Cook’s visit that heralds the start of our nation’s history, and I use the word ‘nation’ in the classical sense. Our nation is our people, and our people’s history began that day in 1769. Had the Dutch, French, Spanish or some other European power been the first to make landfall, perhaps the history of this country would have been much different.
But it was the British.
Even if Cook had nothing to do with the missionaries or the sealers, the waves of settlement from Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, colonialism in general, the land wars and land confiscations, real or imagined oppression, or much of anything else, he was the first of us. He was the first European New Zealander.
And that is why he is hated. Because he represents us.
The anti-white communists and Maori separatists hate White New Zealanders, and they hate White New Zealand. That’s why protesting Maoris forced the removal of a Captain Cook statue from Kaiti Hill near his landing place last year.
That’s why so many place names have been changed, with Benneydale (now Maniaiti, against the wishes of locals) the last to go only a few weeks ago. That’s why memorials to White New Zealanders are so often vandalised (and often completely destroyed). That’s why there have been so many protests (and there will be more to come) in advance of the 250th anniversary.
This very week so called environmentalists vandalised a plaque dedicated to James Cook at Parliament, as well as astatue of Richard Seddon. As always, this shows that they are not really climate change activists; they are just anti-white communists and anarchists appropriating environmental talking points to obfuscate their real goals and attract normies.
“Prior to colonisation Maori lived here and the land was pristine.” one of these anti-whites told the media, apparently unaware that huge swathes of native forest had been burnt deliberately by the Maori and numerous species driven to extinction, before Cook even saw this country.
“And now 250 years after colonisation we have rivers that are unswimmable, water that is undrinkable, and that is a direct result of colonisation.” For one thing, it has been 179 years since colonisation began, but I assume they meant “discovery by white people”. It’s arguable whether NZ wouldn’t have been polluted without white immigration, eventually a Maori state would have had to industrialise anyway, like Japan or China.
“We don’t want anyone to feel guilty about their history.” Which is of course a blatant lie. How can you pretend that white history is acceptable while attacking it’s physical representations? “What we want is for people to recognise what’s happened and move forward with decolonisation together.”
Here’s a translation of what this means: “You don’t need to feel guilty about your history, but we’re going to destroy all evidence of it and teach your children a false narrative painting you as evil; we are going to tear down all your institutions, slander your heroes, bury your culture, rename all the streets and towns to their “””original””” names, destroy any physical reminder that you ever existed as anything but a deracinated slave, etc.”
They see this as being a country for Maoris only, or at the very least not a country for whites. Anything that represents us, our history, our culture, and our presence in “their” land has to go.
The Government is never so openly anti-white as to encourage any of this, but it is abetted and accepted. One thing becomes immediately clear if you take a look at the official website for the 250th anniversary commemorations, run by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
It’s all Maori.
The programme is being called “Tuia250”, and the first words you see on the page are in Maori, translated as “weaving people together for a shared future.” They don’t want to commemorate the past, they want to manipulate the future; a raceless shared future.
James Cook is never mentioned at all on the main page of the website!
They did push in something about “Aotearoa” New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage, because obviously the anniversary of Captain Cook’s visit should be all about Polynesian navigation skills, before finally mentioning “onshore encounters between Maori and Pakeha”.
I suppose it’s good that they at least mentioned “pakehas”, even if that’s an exonym that almost none of us outside of the urban-leftist establishment actually use.
The programme is not designed to commemorate James Cook, or his arrival here (and by extension us). This is an opportunity for more of the same rubbish, with the Prime Minister calling for New Zealanders to talk “about our history much more openly”. She then clarifies that “we’ve had acknowledgement of… Cook before, but what we haven’t had is the telling of the navigational story of Maori and Polynesian ancestors, and that’s what’s different about this programme.”
Like the recent push to brainwash New Zealand school children with one-sided Maori narratives of the New Zealand Wars, this is just more anti-white rhetoric. According to the Prime Minister, we must “tell the full story of the country’s colonial past”, and by that, naturally she means we have to repeat every Tama, Riki and Hari’s complaints about how their great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather’s uncle’s cousin’s wife’s pet dog had a tail stepped on by a white Land Wars militiaman.
On the very day we should be celebrating OUR PEOPLE and OUR HISTORY, we must instead speak about how evil colonialism was, and celebrate the history of Maoris and Polynesians.
Thankfully there will be a replica of the Endeavour present at the events, although it has already been banned from some places, because the Maoris are allowed to do that, calling Cook a “barbarian” – apparently without any irony. There will also be two other traditionally designed European tall ships, the R Tucker Thompson and the Spirit of New Zealand.
But they aren’t the point of the events, and will be accompanied by an equal number of Polynesian boats. These craft will visit a number of coastal communities, “giving a platform to communities, iwi and hapu to share their stories of arrival and their encounters with Tupaia, James Cook and the Endeavour crew.”
The entire point of this programme is so that “iwi” and “hapu” can have yet another opportunity to air their grievances about Cook’s supposed mistreatment of them.
It’s also strange that they put such importance on Tupaia, a Tahitian interpreter who the Maori once tried to kidnap, but I guess they have to take every chance they can to insert some more non-white stuff.
Oh well, let them push whiteness to the side; if the ethno-masochistic white liberals want to ignore or misrepresent their history and their ancestors, then that’s their business. We will still remember and celebrate Cook and the other early explorers, just as we remember the whalers, the sealers, the missionaries, the soldiers and settlers, and everyone else who helped to build up our country from the ground.
The life of James Cook was celebrated in the Song for Captain Cook, by one of New Zealand’s premier folk musicians, the late Phil Garland. Give it a listen if you can’t or won’t make it to see the Endeavour.
There are also a number of old poems and writings about him, and many monuments across the world. At one time Cook was as famous in England as he was in New Zealand or Australia, and in Yorkshire at least he is still well remembered, with memorials and museums in places like Whitby.
After the construction of a monument to a local dark ages Anglo-Saxon poet, the Whitby Gazette published this short poem, written by George Whittick, dedicated to another of their town’s most famous sons in 1898:
“Whitby has raised a monument,
To Caedmon of bardic fame,
Yet another is with Whitby blent,
Who bears a world-wide name.
On almanac of the W.G.
Is portrayed the earnest face
Of Captain Cook the mariner,
Who Whitby’s streets did pace.
He sailed from out old Whitby’s port
On board of a Whitby ship,
Till the name of his Endeavour
Was on the whole world’s lip.
He helped to make Britannia
The mistress of the earth,
And now her wondrous Empire
Should remember well his worth;
Should raise a grand memorial,
On this his native land,
To one who lost a noble life
That the Empire might expand,
And when the ships go gliding by,
With wings of white or steam,
On Whitby’s swart and rugged cliffs
His statue white should gleam.
And crowds shall come from distant isles
On his marble form to look;
To breathe the health-restoring breeze
Once breathed by Captain Cook.”
Anyone fancy a quick Yorkshire getaway?