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Jambalaya Drum & Dance Festival in Taupo

This weekend is the Jambalaya festival in Taupo, which the organiser has kindly given me a ticket to since one million dollars are playing the closing party. Check the Jambalaya website for more info. If you're into drum or dance it could be quite the bomb, a little like the OWLA workshops held back in 1998 me thinks! Get down there!

Sun 11 Apr
$35 for concert only
$120 for workshops

one million dollars @Jambalaya Festival, Taupo
Its a pretty amazing festival of percussion and dance, checkout

Sat 5 June
$10 door
  one million dollars @Dux De Lux,
w/ guests OdESSA
  A band I play drums for
  A band I think are The Bomb
  Interesting Event/Multimedia

Speel 'o the Day:

Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti
Written as an opinion piece for the Herald, they have not chosen to
publish it so far.
Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti
Nandor Tanczos MP, Green Party Treaty Spokesperson

Opinion piece, 12th March 2004

Like the Treaty of Waitangi itself, the current 'Maori Rights' debate
is not a Maori issue because it is not primarily about Maori. It is
about the place of Pakeha in this land.

Unlike some Pakeha, I cannot claim that my ancestors have been here
for six generations. I am a first generation New Zealander.
Nevertheless many of us share a common, almost unconscious, anxiety:
what right do Pakeha have be in Aotearoa?

That anxiety has grown as Pakeha dominance of political and cultural
affairs has lessened. The recent re-examination of history by such
scholars as Belich, Walker, Salmond and Binney has threatened our
simplistic views of the past. Waitangi Tribunal hearings and reports
have made public a number of tragic stories previously kept private.
The promises of the Treaty of Waitangi have become familiar in our

Accounts of the past indicate that Pakeha have long held a tenuous
position in Aotearoa. We probably underestimate today the
psychological effect of the fear of war in many early Pakeha
communities. With the constabulary's invasion of Rua Kenana's
peaceful community in the 1930's those fears would have largely come
to an end. The place of Pakeha in New Zealand seemed settled.

Growing awareness of the injustices of the past, along with a growing
Maori population, has again threatened the peace of Pakeha. It was,
after all, a peace built on the myth of exemplary race relations
and "One New Zealand". Most Pakeha seemed simply unaware during the
1940's to 1980's of constant Maori agitation for the rights affirmed
to them from the beginnings of Pakeha settlement here.

No Pakeha is today unaware of those demands. It creates in us a
difficult cognitive tension. We know that the past has been
characterised by gross injustices. We know that as a result Maori
feature in the worst health, education, and imprisonment statistics.
Many of us do feel guilty about it, and we resent that.

One way of dealing with our painful and difficult past is to return
to historical amnesia. Arguments that "it was all a long time ago"
and that we should "just get on with it" are part of that strategy.
Ultimately such an approach is doomed to failure. Too much knowledge
is now in the public domain, Maori culture is flowering anew, and if
we haven't managed to destroy all traces of it over the past 164
years, the chances of doing so in the next 160 are basically zip.

In fact until Pakeha are able to feel certain about our place here we
will continue to show signs of anxiety, defensiveness and
intolerance, always underlined by the question "when do I become
tangata whenua?"

Pakeha do belong here in Aotearoa. One reason that I use the term
Pakeha proudly is because it denotes that very thing. People can have
pedantic and irresolvable etymological arguments about the origin of
the term Pakeha, but they are irrelevant. Pakeha is an indigenous
word that refers to New Zealanders of primarily European descent. The
word indicates our place here.

Pakeha do have a right to be in Aotearoa. The Treaty of Waitangi
confers that right on us. That is why I argue that the Treaty is not
primarily a Maori issue. It is a Pakeha one. Maori have a right to be
here as tangata whenua. Pakeha have a right to be here because we
signed a treaty giving us that right. But the right carries an
obligation. It means we do not get to be here 100 per cent on our own

When Tariana Turia said that "Maori have nowhere else to go" some
misinterpreted it as saying that Pakeha should all go home. Many
Pakeha pointed out (correctly, if unnecessarily) that this is home. I
agree, so long as we honour the obligations we collectively agreed to
when we moved here.

That means we do not need to feel guilty for the past, or for the
actions of others. But we do need to take responsibility for the
future. We dishonour ourselves as Pakeha New Zealanders if we allow
injustices to continue. The foreshore and seabed policy is simply the
latest and most blatant example of Maori being dispossessed unfairly
of their property and the right to go to court to secure it.

It is time for Pakeha to secure our place in this land, and our
relationship with its indigenous people. However, if we fail to
honour the agreement that confers the right to be here, if we
continue to locate our emotional, intellectual and institutional
homeland on the other side of the planet, perhaps we really don't
belong here after all.

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