Māori Health Council Offers Alternative Registration for Pro-Choice Health Workers

New Zealand doctors and health workers (both Māori and European) who are losing their professional registration for 1) speaking out for vaccine choice or 2) refusing to be vaccinated now have the option of applying for registration through the Whakaminenga Health Council (WHC). The latter is based on Articles 1,2, of the 1835 Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Articles 2 and 3 of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, asserting that mana (authority) and sovereign power in New Zealand reside fully with Māori

The goal of WHC is to form a caring community-based network of duly qualified health practitioners who share its values and its commitments. Practitioners shall be immune from prosecution or censure by any authority, person, or entity, insofar as they are acting within the above stated principles, laws, and precepts in the context of their acknowledged skill set that has been vetted by the Wakaminenga Health Council (WHC) as part of their registration. The Wakaminenga Health Council shall be the sole authority to which their health practitioners are accountable.

The WHC is constituted under Tikanga Māori law and operates under Māori jurisdiction. Under the principle of first in time, first in law, Tikanga Māori law has precedence over NZ law. The NZ government recognizes Māori law as one of the two streams of law in New Zealand: “The Supreme Court has just reminded us that our law is indeed sourced in two streams and that the legal profession ought to be prepared to engage with Māori law…” (Sept.2020) https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/lawtalk-issue-943/tikanga-maori-in-nz-common-law/.
More recently the New Zealand Supreme Court stated:

Tikanga is applicable law, and there is no negotiation of that reality. Recognising and respecting tikanga, says the court, is part of the Crown’s obligation to give effect to the principles of the Treaty.

Registration with the WHC is only available for qualified health professionals who have first registered and been accepted by the Māori government of Aotearoa Nu Tireni. Registration with the Māori government of Aotearoa Nu Tireni is open to New Zealand citizens of good character who seek to fully support Māori and agree to sign an oath provided as part of the registration process.

More information at https://whc.maori.nz/index.html and https://whc.maori.nz/page5.html

The War Britain Lost

The New Zealand Wars: Part 1 The War Britain Lost

Directed by Tainui Stephens (2017)

Film Review

The New Zealand Wars (between British settlers and Māori) occurred between 1843-72. Until the modern indigenous rights movement, which started in the 1970s, it was rare for our public schools to teach the history of these wars. In 2019, the NZ Parliament approved legislation requiring the compulsory teaching of this history in public schools by 2022.

This film is the first in a five-part series exploring the British-Māori wars. Part 1 covers early British settlement of New Zealand and the first war in 1845-46. The defeat inflicted on colonial forces was extremely quite a shock for the British, especially as they outnumbered the Māori (6 to 1), who (unlike the British) had rifles but no heavy artillery (eg canons and mortars).

The trigger for the 1845 war was the repeated destruction of the British flagpole overlooking Kororāreka (Russell) by the Māori chief Hōne Heke. The latter believed British forces were in violation of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, which guarantees Māori full sovereignty over their own lands and people.

The victory of warriors led by Heke and his ally Kawiti is largely attributed to their superior military strategy. This involved a new form of fortified pā, a combination of deep trenches and primitive bunkers, in which flexible wooden fencing plays a similar role to the barbed wire used in World War I trenches, as well as their skill in drawing colonial forces into an ambush.

This new form of reinforced pā is viewed by military historians as the inspiration for modern trench warfare. It would spread to iwi (tribes) across the entire North Island for use in their own engagements with the British.

In 1846, colonists were forced to sign a truce with Heke and Kawati. They gained no new land in the three year war. The British flagpole would not be re-erected during Heke’s lifetime.