Recently, foreign-owned outlet Stuff.co.nz reported on an incident in Hamilton where an elderly Maori man named Taitimu Maipi vandalised the statue of historic New Zealand icon, Captain John Fane Hamilton. Hamilton was a hero of the New Zealand wars and namesake of the city. Maipi desecrated his monument with red paint and a hammer. He attempted to knock the nose off the statue, repeatedly hitting the memorial with his hammer as police and journalists stood by and watched.
The Maori man, Maipi, is a veteran professional protester. He previously walked into an office building owned by Sir William Gallagher, wearing white sheets labelled 'KKK'. Maipi had taken offence at Gallagher's mention of the utter destitution of pre-contact Maori life, his criticism of the frivolous tribunal claim industry, and his noting that '[The Treaty] was addressed to all New Zealanders, not native New Zealanders'.
Maipi was also involved in the lies about Rangiaowhia, saying that Maori children had been forced into a church and burned alive, in a supposed massacre covered up by colonial authorities. Maipi has a long history of spreading lies portraying Europeans as absurdly cartoonish villains.
The truth of Rangiaowhia is that after arriving in the village, Sergeant Edward McHale was shot dead outside a whare and his body dragged inside, and another soldier was killed outside the same building. Colonel Nixon was shot in the chest after trying to negotiate for the Maori in that building to come out and surrender. Naturally, a fight ensued. Twelve Maori would be killed in action, as were Sergeant McHale, Corporal Horatio Alexander, and Private Aitken on the British side. Colonel George Marmaduke Nixon, Corporal Joseph Little, Private John Ballenden and Private Charles Askew all later died of wounds suffered at Rangiaowhia.
The only recorded deaths during the battle which might be considered crimes were a pair of Maori who exited the whare half-way through the battle. Despite the officers' calls to stand down, their incensed soldiers shot both of them. Sparks from their relatively primitive weaponry set the thatched hut alight, and the whare was destroyed. The corpses later found within the whare had been killed during the gunfight, according to army surgeons and eyewitnesses.
The troublemaking Maipi speaks of reclamation. Despite being of visibly mixed heritage, he speaks of the need for 'locals' (meaning his tribe) to take 'ownership' of the Huntly area, which he refers to as 'Rāhui Pōkeka'. Like many modern Maori activists, he is an opportunist; he thinks that he can get something from white people, and so he engages in pseudo-historical guilt-tripping to get it. This mindset of ‘if you want something, take something’ is a pattern that can be seen all throughout Maori history. In many of the earliest contacts, Maori helped themselves to whatever they could steal from the white people who came ashore.
What did Captain Hamilton do to inspire such hatred in Maipi that he felt compelled to physically assault the man’s memorial? Maipi, apparently just as misinformed or dishonest about Gate Pah as he is about Rangiaowhia, said “This guy here, he murders all of our people at the Battle of Gate Pah and he gets a statue celebrating his achievements… It don’t make sense to me.”
Captain Hamilton never killed anybody at Gate Pah - in fact, he himself was killed during the charge at the Pah, as he bravely rallied his men with a wave of his sword and a cry of “Follow me!”. Mr Maipi, showing his senility, apparently thinks that we decided to put up a statue in celebration of a monstrous murderer.
When people like the contemptible Maipi attack the memory of Captain Hamilton, it is an open attack on the dignity of ordinary white Kiwis. This isn’t the statue of some slave-holding aristocrat, war criminal, slaughterer of native women and children, or anything else the Maori and his leftist allies might come up with to hide their true anti-white motives. This is a commemoration of the man for whom Hamilton is named - a memorial for a brave soldier, and a monument to our history.
If Hamilton cannot have a statue of Captain Hamilton, can Carterton no longer have a statue to Charles Carter? Will the Mackenzie country’s statue of James Mackenzie in Fairlie have to come down? Will the statue of John Plimmer, on Wellington’s Plimmer Steps, have to be destroyed? Are we to be subject to a campaign of Kiwi iconoclasm? Will we dismantle our national memory, one monument at a time?
In any case, the Maori were the killers at Gate Pah, far more so than the British. As it was war, I won’t call them murderers. The fact remains that those Kīngitanga forces were un-uniformed terrorists whose forces routinely attacked British civilians and subjects. They committed many very real war crimes, some of which were covered in my previous article. You can read about these events in more detail in the book Blood And Tears by Adam Plover.
The Battle of Gate Pah ended with one of the highest British casualties rates of the New Zealand wars. Captain Hamilton’s cousin, also a Captain Hamilton, was killed. So was Lieutenant Colonel Henry Booth, Captain Robert Glover, Captain Reginald Muir, Captain Edwin Utterton, Lieutenant Frederick Glover, Lieutenant Charles Langlands, Lieutenant Charles Hill and Commander Edward Hay, as well as dozens of enlisted men. Why shouldn’t the loss of so many of our men be commemorated?
The city’s mayor Andrew King, another racially masochistic British New Zealander who seems to live only to serve the Maori, has previously proposed changing the city’s name to 'Kirikiriroa'. He also did not rule out taking down the statue, and said that 'I don’t condone vandalism, but we do have to sit back and listen very carefully to the message', and 'It’s about dwelling together in harmony'. Presumably harmony to Mr King is doing whatever any Maori says, whenever he says it, erasing your own history to make way for their revisionism, and assimilating to their dead culture of cannibalism, slavery and speaking a prehistoric language with only fifteen letters.
Apparently in the harmonious 'Kirikiriroa' of the future, Maori like Maipi should be allowed to go around destroying monuments to white men whenever they please - why not? It “offends” them. It must go. After Hamilton, they're bound to go after Wellington and it’s statue of the 'imperialist' Queen Victoria, they will go after Christchurch and it’s monument to 'colonialist' James Cook and they will go after Dunedin and its statue to yet another 'dead white man' Robbie Burns.
What will come next? By then, I assume the flag will have been changed to some ridiculous leaf emblem, and only the Maori version of the anthem will be sung. Perhaps they will not only make Maori compulsory to learn, but even outlaw English? Maybe they will make everyone change their name, James becoming Hemi, John Hone and George Hori? This is hyperbole (for now) - but recent years have shown that the slippery slope is all too real.
Mr Maipi is engaging in fundamentally anti-white activism, just like the campaigns overseas against Cecil Rhodes and the veterans of the Confederate States. It’s more than activism, more than graffiti, more than vandalism; this is an attack on our people and our heritage. This kind of iconoclasm is the domain of terrorists - like the Irish Republican Army’s destruction of Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin, the Islamic State's destruction of priceless artifacts in Syria and Iraq, and antifa’s destruction of the oldest American monument to Christopher Columbus.
They want to destroy our history, they want to erase our past, so that we have nowhere to look for inspiration but the modern media, where all manner of social disintegration is normalised, which seeks to desensitise one to his people and their fate. They want to separate us from ourselves and our people. A deracinated cosmopolitan is much easier to rule over than a proud European. A brainwashed white guy is much more likely to collaborate in the destruction of his own people.
They don’t want you to remember the brave Frenchman, Euloge, a Lay Brother at a small Catholic mission, who personally lead a small force of loyalist Maori against the Hau-hau cultists, and fell at the battle of Moutoa Island. They don’t want you to remember Captain David Robertson of HMS Hazard, who with a scimitar and thirty sailors held off several hundred Maori warriors in a narrow pass before being shot down, a third of his men killed and most of the rest wounded, but having given the civilians in Kororareka enough time to flee from the oncoming horde. They don’t want you to remember the defence of the Pukekohe East Church, our very own Rorke’s Drift, where a handful of local militiamen held off between two and four hundred Maoris. They don’t want you to remember the fifteen Victoria Cross winners of the New Zealand Wars - heroes, all - from William Odgers at Omata to Hugh Shaw at Nukumaru.
This insidious revisionism, where heroes like Captain Hamilton become 'murderers', has to be fought. You can help in this fight by educating yourself and those you know in your own heritage. Research your roots, and take pride in them. Learn about the history of 'God's Own Country' - the works of James Cowan and other older, non-revisionist historians can be found for free online.
Had I the resources, I would put up physical memorials to not just Captain Hamilton, but every one of our honoured ancestors who died to make this country the gem of the Pacific. Only by following the example of the spirit and virtue of our forefathers may we once again carry our nation to greatness.