240 the contemporary pacific • 32:1 (2020) racism is a serious problem in New Zealand and in more than one report White supremacy first arrived in had recommended constitutional Aotearoa, the home of Māori for more transformation (Mutu 2019, 207). than one and a half millennia, in 1769 However, anything that could be per- when a group of Englishmen set foot ceived as a possible threat to the afflu- on a beach at Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa on ence, privilege, and power that whites the East Coast and promptly shot the enjoy (Borell, Barnes, and McCreanor rangatira (leader) dead. The next day 2018) is deemed politically unaccept- they shot fifteen more tangata whenua able. Even a prime minister who is (people of the land). For these and relatively sympathetic to Māori and many other Europeans, they wrongly has five Māori ministers in her cabinet believed that their whiteness and their has been unable to make any measur- Christianity authorized them to travel able change to that attitude. That has the world and exterminate, enslave, not stopped Māori from continuing and dispossess nonwhite non-Chris- to pursue our rights—with increasing tians (ecosoc 2010). Whites renamed support from the United Nations. the country to New Zealand and rede- In this year’s review, I will consider fined it for themselves. Two hundred the ongoing battle between Māori fifty years later, white supremacy is and the
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 1, 2020
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