Golden Globe or not – Stop TPPA & Honour the Treaty

2016 Golden Globes“I want to share this award with all the First Nations represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world, it is time we recognised your history and we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them…..” 

2016 Best Actor Golden Globe winner Leonardo diCaprio for the movie The Revenant.

Kia ora Mr DiCaprio, we accept!

Can’t wait to see y/our Golden Globe housed on our marae, some time soon. I know,  I know, it could take some years to work its way thru all of the nations of Turtle Island, home crowd first and all that, but maybe we could ask Sir Richard at Weta Workshop (Oscar winning local) to knock us up a replica while y/our real Golden Globe is making its tiki tour to these shores?

My Screen Natives movie review of  The Revenant can be seen here.

While First Nations the world over basked in the nano second of sudden online fame of being feted by one of the worlds leading movie actors, and ‘winning’ a Golden Globe,  our reverie was cut short by the ‘Oscars no natives’ story and the planned boycotting of the 2016 Oscar ceremony.

Aue!  Just when that nice Mr DiCaprio was planning on taking us with him – the whole bro’town –  to reflected First Nations Oscar victory, a boycott had to come along and ruin it. Taiho! Haven’t we already seen a spectacular Oscar boycott ? And just what the hell is a revenant and what does revenant mean?

Revenant: Noun 1.  a person who returns. 2. a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost. Word origin, French revenir

Stranger than fiction but true nonetheless;

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  • in 1973 at the Oscars ceremony in front of millions of viewers,  Sacheen Littlefeather (see above) President of the National Native American Affirmative Committee refused the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando who had boycotted the Oscars ceremony in protest at the representation of Native Americans in film and television and to support a Native struggle at Wounded Knee.HTT
  • 2016 Māori are actively opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the grounds that it is likely to take away our intellectual rights present and past, and relies upon the good will of the government to take into account the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi obligations to Māori.

But there ends the analogy to being REVENANT for; Māori never left Aōtearoa and despite everything that has been inflicted upon us, we are not ‘returning’ or even ghosts in our land but very much alive and fighting. The flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement are real and do jeopardise Māori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Cheers Mr Leo DiCaprio for supporting us and bringing our plight as First Nations people into the world media consciousness for a precious heartbeat.

We wish that it could be so –  but our over 170 year fight for sovereignty of lands, language, culture against all those who would exploit them for profit – is not so easily fixed with winning a Golden Globe.

Stop the signing of TPPA and Honour the Treaty of Waitangi.

Sources

Expert Paper #3
MĀORI RIGHTS, TE TIRITI O WAITANGI AND THE
TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Dr. Carwyn Jones, Associate Professor Claire Charters, Andrew Erueti, Professor Jane Kelsey

https://tpplegal.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/ep3-tiriti-paper.pdf

https://tpplegal.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/ep3-tiriti-paper.pdf

 

Leonardo diCaprio 2016 Golden Globes Winning Speech

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncgFQAISaGo

Leonardo DiCaprio savages corporate greed of big oil: ‘Enough is enough’

Dr Hirini Kaa

Ratana, TPPA, Māori women politicians

In February the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) free trade deal will take place in Aōtearoa. The Ratana celebrations on 25th January could provide a catalyst to overturn the signing of TPPA. That would be a miracle worthy of the Ratana heritage.

Founder T.W. Ratana who died in 1939 was a Māori prophet, leader, healer and visionary. Known in the early 20th century as ‘the Māori miracle man’ he asked for Māori to believe in things that had never occurred before and the people flocked to him.

His influence on Māori politics and politicians is such that the Ratana movement continues to this day. Each year on 25th January at Ratana pa (village) his adherents the Morehu celebrate his birthday with services, sports tournaments and the like. And each year NZ politicians travel to Ratana to see and be seen by Māori voters.

The Ratana movement is more than just a Māori form of western religion started by a charismatic leader. Over the years, from the early 1920’s it has been a lightning rod for Māori aspirations and they have never lost sight of pursuit of the honouring of the Treaty of Waitangi.

In 1975 Ratana village hosted the Māori Land March, in 2006 the Ratana movement (see Ratana flag pictured at NZ parliament) marched against the Foreshore and Seabed legislation of the Labour led government.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement signing is another such critical moment that the Māori nation face, not the least because Waitangi Tribunal claimants against the signing

‘..allege that the Crown has breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and that prejudice will result….’ Wai 2522

but as clearly articulated after the reading of the full TPPA terms by Māori lawyers and leaders such as Moana Jackson they attest, that TPPA will advantage non-elected corporations to make profits without the constraints of democratically elected governments. Furthermore, TPPA opponents say

‘Maori will lose intellectual property rights;…..Settlement of grievances will be prejudiced (past and future); Wai 2522

The Trans-Pacific partnership agreement is modern day piracy on a world-wide scale and divine intervention is called for to halt its signing.

We may all be skeptical that a political miracle like this could ever happen at Ratana in 2016, however T. W. Ratana in his own age challenged the status quo not just in Māori hierarchies and spirituality matters but also the NZ government. In 1924, he travelled to England to attempt to petition the English King for the Treaty of Waitangi to be honoured.

The Ratana movement has also been integral to Māori women entering NZ parliament.

In 1893 Māori got the vote unlike English women who had to wage a long and sustained militant civil disobedience war on their own government until achieving universal voting rights in 1919. See my Screen Natives movie review of the movie ‘Suffragette’ here.

Although Māori got the vote in 1893, we had to wait until 1949 for Iriaka Matiu Ratana to be the first Māori native woman to enter NZ parliament. She stood for Western Māori seat after her husband Matiu Ratana, the incumbent died suddenly. Iriaka held the seat for twenty years, despite being a solo parent to seven children and running a dairy farm.

In 1972 Whetu Tirakatene Sullivan became the first Māori woman Cabinet Minister and she was endorsed & groomed for politics by the Ratana movement and in particular, her father, Eruera Tirakatene, a Ratana stalwart and the first Ratana holder of the Southern Māori seat.

The brilliant Sandra Lee who in 1993 became the first Māori woman to win a general seat. does not have any obvious links to Ratana Pa or whanau, however, a Ratana link exists nevertheless. The late great Matiu Rata mentor of Lee and of course the 1979 founder of the Mana Motuhake Party had been a Ratana Youth leader.

In 2004 outstanding political leader Dame Tariana Turia founded and was co-leader of the Māori party. Raised in Whangaehu near Ratana, in her formative years she witnessed firsthand the results of the political work of Iriaka Ratana and Whetu Tirakatene – Sullivan on her village and at Ratana.

Politicians of all persuasions always appear at Ratana 25th celebrations. This is their photo opportunity with Māori en masse a kind of ‘cuzzie up’ before Waitangi Day in February.

An eleventh hour stand at Ratana by all Māori politicians against TPPA to overturn the signing of the agreement in February is still possible.

Now that would be a miracle worth witnessing.

 

Sources

Te Haahi Ratana

http://www.theratanachurch.org.nz/worldtour.html

Waitangi Tribunal

Wai 2522, Wai 2523, Wai 2530, Wai 2531, Wai 2532 CONCERNING the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975 AND applications for urgent hearings concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement by the claimants for the Wai 2522,2523,2530,2531 and 2532 claims.

Nga Kahui Pou: Launching Maori Futures by Mason Durie, Huia Books 2004

Crossing the Floor – The Story of Tariana Turia by Helen Leahy Huia Books November 2015

Dorothy Page “The Suffragists: Women worked for the vote” Essays from the Dictionary of NZ Biography : Bridget Williams Books/Dept of Internal Affairs, Wellington: 1993

‘ Iriaka Rātana ‘, URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/people/iriaka-ratana, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage),

Angela Ballara. ‘Ratana, Iriaka Matiu’, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 14-Jan-2014
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/5r7/ratana-iriaka-matiu

Angela Ballara. ‘Tirikatene, Eruera Tihema Te Aika’, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 12-Mar-2014
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/4t18/tirikatene-eruera-tihema-te-aika