Most kiwis will have missed the news from Parliament recently of the passing of a bill that supposedly brings to an end the long suffering of the Chatham Island tangata whenua - the Moriori.
But we would be fools to believe that now a settlement has been reached, we can all return to normal.
There are reasons why it is not possible in the current climate.
The settlement of claims against the Crown can only be described as breathtaking, considering the scale of its disingenuous response to legitimate grievances.
The behaviour of some Crown Ministers who had responsibilities for drawing a line under one of the darkest chapters in this country’s history can only be described as contemptuous.
Minister Willy Jackson openly recounted that it was members of his own tribe who spent the weekend in the Chathams on an orgy of rape and pillage so ferocious that it virtually wiped out the Moriori as a viable society. Sadly, they have never and will never recover.
Yet this government has the gall to claim this has been an honourable process that allows forgiveness for by far the greatest individual atrocity in the nation’s history to be bought for the modern version of thirty pieces of silver - a paltry $18 million dollars.
I wonder what old Tommy Solomon would have said about the process had he been part of the charade. I can just imagine him comparing the compensation paid to his people to that demanded by those Maori tribes and hapu who suffered similar genocidal assault - ironically not at the hand of evil pakeha but from the more powerful Iwi who saw an opportunity and wilfully exploited it to the hilt.
The only good thing about this particular settlement is that it exposes the radical elements of Maoridom and even more so, the white, liberal academics who support these revisionist crusades to claims of hypocrisy and denial of New Zealand’s true heritage.
We can only guess that this latest dismissal of real history as being of no consequence will not warrant a mention in the new history syllabus currently being prepared as the revised version of the historical record.
I can see the identical trend to extinguish parts of our history that we would be better off forgetting in the approach taken to their own school curriculum by the Chinese Communist rulers who have removed much of the record of Chairman Mao’s bloody regime and replaced it with a sanitised narrative featuring the good works of the modern Emperor- Xi Jinping.
Unfortunately, it gets worse.
Other more knowledgeable writers than myself have exposed the liberal, left academics and their destructive agenda by referring to the recent moves by that once great institution - this country’s Royal Society - to investigate a number of their most distinguished scholars, including an internationally acclaimed Maori Professor who had the temerity to challenge the preposterous notion that Maori folk law should be regarded as a Grade 1 science.
And who are the defenders of this audacious concept while promoting the prosecution of their learned colleagues?
Why, surprise, surprise - none other than two of the most high profile epidemiologist puppets who appear on our TV screens on a nightly basis justifying the continuation of our lockdowns.
Any wonder that the average Kiwi is fast running out of patience with these modern day promoters of doom and is reacting in a way that will demand a return to a society that is based on what we know to be true - the unadulterated truth, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.