Waitangi Day 2021

On February 6 1840 a British Naval Captain and the chiefs of the Northern Tribes signed a treaty that has three clauses. The first is that sovereignty was ceded to the crown of England. The second was that the cheifs and the tribes had the right to enjoy their lands and resources and property. The third was that they had the rights of British citizens. The Captain, William Hobson, famously said that “We are now one people”.

The problems started soon after: there were a series of land wars. But before that there had been bloody war, which stopped in the 1830s driven by a combination of attrition and conversion from the pagan ways to Christianity. The flat at the top of this post is the flag of the confederated chefs of Aoteoroa: it was designed in 1835 by William Busby, the British resident in the Bay of Islands, because the tribes (iwi) were building ships to go fishing, whaling, and trading.

So a newly conveted people joined with a group who they thought were less bad than the French and Americans, who were trying to extend their empire.

This is now considered a colonial narrative. It is badthink. We must instead have a new Maori religion, become pagans, and deconoloize.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to make Matariki a public holiday if re-elected, and today, she announced the first celebration will be on 24 June, 2022

The rising of Matariki, or the star cluster known as Pleiades, marks the Māori New Year, which falls between the end of June and beginning of July.

However some iwi such as those from Taranaki celebrate Puanga, a different star constellation, as Matariki is not visible in the sky in their rohe (region).

Bringing all the mātauranga Māori of the stars together is the Matariki Advisory Group, which has been tasked with deciding on the future dates for marking the occasion.

Dr Rangi Matamua, a Tūhoe astronomer and leading expert in this field, is chairing the group. He said they used the lunar calendar to predict when Matariki would be visible in the sky.

“It’s associated with the moon phases and the lunar months and different environment factors as opposed to the Gregorian calendar that we follow today,” Dr Matamua said.

“Using a lunar calendar method, a group of us … who are Māori astronomical experts in their own right … looked for a way of incorporating the date closest to the time period where Māori would traditionally celebrate the new year.”

He said the public holiday would always be between June or July but it would change each year based on where the moon was, and from a collective pool of different iwi celestial knowledge.

I did not think that in my life I would be seeing a clear application of the preaching against idolatry. i always thought it would be a metaphor for peoples lust for beautiful things. But I am seeing people praying to Tane Mahuta, and attending such ceremonies is part of the working day within our woke civil service and corporations.

I sneak out the back and get a coffee break.

Isaiah 46

46 Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
their idols are on beasts and livestock;
these things you carry are borne
as burdens on weary beasts.
2 They stoop; they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
and to grey hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
and compare me, that we may be alike?
6 Those who lavish gold from the purse,
and weigh out silver in the scales,
hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
then they fall down and worship!
7 They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
they set it in its place, and it stands there;
it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer
or save him from his trouble.
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose’,
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.”

Matthew 12:9-14

9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

Last year we had an election where something that is not supposed to happen under proportional representation did. The country gave a plurality of votes to one party: Labour, who had a lovely charming doofus pagan running it and a bun of woke twitter activists and journalists supporting it. The electoral rules allowed early voting and postal voting, and the majority for the government in postal voting ws markedly higher. In the process, many of hose who had been given the taks of praying over parliament were rinsed.

Alfred Ngaro has farewelled Parliament after nine years, with a dawn prayer and a rendition of the national anthem on the steps of Parliament. Ngaro isn’t back in Parliament following National’s dismal election result and failing to win the Te Atatu electorate seat. Standing on the front steps of Parliament this morning, he did a call to prayer for the nation. “So Lord, as the watchman that is here today, I sign off on my last day here, and I pray for our nation.I pray for these declarations [in God Defend New Zealand, the national anthem] that we would make to our nation as well.”

This morning, Ngaro said: “The Holy Spirit spoke to me really clearly. For I’ve chosen you for such a time as this, to uphold the name of Jesus as a banner to the nations and also to be a watchman on the tower, from Ezekiel chapter 33. So for the last three years I’ve walked this ground of Parliament, inside and out. I’ve prayed, I’ve interceded before the Lord. And as I’ve done that, I’ve seen what the Lord has in His heart for this nation and for its people.”

NZ Herald, archived, 21 October 2020

I recall that a prophet said in the final days of Israel that the righteouse were dying so that they were spared the troubles to come. I am seeing the genertaiion that fought bitterly against the progressive movements to make what should be banned legal and the opposition to such things illegal are now in their final years, along with those who prooted these things.

And there will be consequences for turning from God. Our rulers are thinking they can keep things going with ere communication skills. But it is being seen through. People are becoming bloody angry.

My prayer in all this is that we will indeed have revival, and that again the ends of the earth will glroify God.