Monday, June 26, 2023

Mike Butler: What triggered Julian?

The day that correspondents on the tail of an email from Heritage New Zealand gloated about getting control of a picturesque Bay of Islands homestay property via “wahi tapu” legislation was the day Julian Batchelor launched his Stop Co-governance crusade.

Batchelor, a former teacher turned real estate salesman, has held dozens of hall meetings throughout New Zealand and distributed hundreds of thousands of booklets.

At those meetings he tells his story of an attack on his two-storey villa at 2am on January 1, 2016, that involved a haka by 20 Maori men on his front lawn, death threats, and $10,000 worth of damage.

That was just one of a series of incidents since 2008, when Batchelor bought the villa on 3.5-acres of land at Rawhiti on the Cape Brett peninsula about 35 minutes from Russell.

The following year, 2009, when he put up for auction one title of his property, te auction sign was chopped down within hours and replaced with a sign saying “This is Maori land. Not for sale”.

Meanwhile, a video was circulated on social media saying “This land was stolen from us and it was a racist who bought it”.

The auction was called off on Police advice after a threat that a busload was on its way to smash up the Auckland auction rooms.

The night attack came after antagonism during 2015 when Batchelor replaced a retaining wall on the property.

A group called Te Komiti o te Kaitiaki o Opourua made a series of complaints to the Far North District Council over alleged bylaw breaches, work done without consent, serious adverse effects on the environment, and asked Heritage New Zealand to declare the land a sacred area (wahi tapu).

The wall proceeded, but not without a court battle.

The night attack cost $10,000 in repairs, he had to refund the homestay tenants, he had to take time off work to work on his property, and he had to camp by the villa for the rest of the summer to be on hand should there be further attacks.

The attack prompted Batchelor to write a 200-page book titled Hauai te whenua – the untold story of Hauai 2G3. It has a foreword by historian Paul Moon.

Batchelor found out that some people in the area believe that the land he bought had been stolen from them. They want it back.

It turns out that his 140-year-old, two-storey villa is not on Maori land. It is on general land, which, of course, Batchelor has freehold title to.

A Maori family sold the land in 1937 to a teacher who had worked in the community for 17 years. The Rawhiti community which turned up at the Maori Land Court to support the sale.

Hauai te whenua is mostly a compilation of all documents, held by the Government, to do with the original Native Land Court hearing which determined ownership of the property, and the sale of the property in 1937 by descendants of the original owners to the highly respected teacher who also was the local postmaster, roading organiser, and vet.

While researching that, he also found all the evidence required to debunk further myths, held by the claimants, that the Government both refused to provide a school and when they eventually did so, forced local Maori to pay for it.

Batchelor went to “Te Komiti” with proof that their claim was baseless and told them to pay for the damage. He encountered a dead silence.

Both Batchelor and “Te Komiti” knew that having evidence in the public arena made it difficult to justify the claim for his property.

The next step came in 2018, in the form of a demand. One day when Batchelor was working on the property, a woman came up the driveway, said “I want this land back” and started gouging his arms with her fingernails.

He took footage of the incident to police, laid a charge of assault with intent to injure, the case went to court, and people in court gasped when they saw footage of the woman and Batchelor with blood running down his arms. Unbelievably, the judge let her off.

A further step came when a woman arrived, asked to have a chat, and in the “chat” said “if you don’t give us your land, we’re going to burn your house down.

Batchelor recorded that incident too. He took it to police, the footage was viewed by one inspector, then another, then concluded that they could not take action because she didn’t say “I am going to burn your house down”.

Heritage New Zealand got involved, at the instigation of “Te Komiti”, and last year notified Batchelor that his land had been reclassified as “wahi tapu”.

When asked why, Heritage New Zealand said that some bodies had been dragged across there in 1775. No proof was provided.

The emailed response had an embarrassing tail in which email which it looked like Heritage New Zealand staff and members of “Te Komiti” were either buddies or relatives who were crowing that “we got the land”.

“I’m mobilising,” Batchelor said, snapping the pencil he had in his hand.

I became very interested in exactly how this unfolded because it followed the pattern of a claim, in 1986, for two farms north of Dargaville, one owned by Allan Titford and the other by Don Harrison, which I detailed in 24 Years – the trials of Allan Titford.

From 1986 to 1995, the Te Roroa claimants drove Titford and Harrison to sell their farms at prices dictated by the Government. The claim depressed land values in the area for years. Five other Kauri Coast farmers resorted to legal action to get the Government to buy them out.

The steps in a land claim go like this:
1. A property goes on the market. The for-sale signs mark land that is up for grabs. This seems to trigger any claimants in the vicinity.
2. New signs appear with the claim that “This is Maori land that has been stolen”. This is the big lie because everyone knows that the property advertised is general land to which the owner has legitimate title.
3. Activists occupy the claimed property, creating the appearance of some sort of entitlement to the property. Although Batchelor’s property was never occupied by claimants. Occupations occurred at Bastion Point, Raglan, on Titford’s farm, at Ihumatao (by the Auckland airport), Shelly Bay (Wellington), and at a number of other places.
4. If building work is involved, claimants will complain about lack of consent, lack of consultation, or that the land is sacred and should not be touched. Council staff side with radicals.
5. If the Police are involved, Police side with radicals.
6. Claimants will declare that the land is wahi tapu. Such claims frequently succeed because of badly written law which doesn’t require hard evidence as proof.
7. The ultimate persuader is to burn down or threaten to burn down any structure on the land.
How did Batchelor mobilise? First, he wrote the 26-page booklet Co-governance, what it is, why it is wrong, and why it must be stopped. I was one of three non-establishment writers who he consulted while putting it together. The booklet has a wider scope than its somewhat comprehensive title suggests. It:
• Publishes the full text of the Treaty of Waitangi in English using the Busby February 4 draft (Littlewood treaty). This has just two differences from the Te Tiriti text that 512 chiefs signed, being the date and the addition of the word “maori” in Article 3.
• Shows how its meaning twisted into a piece of nonsense which cedes sovereignty in Article 1 and confirms that chiefs retained sovereignty in Article 2 in 1 retranslation done in the 1980s.
• Describes the origins of both Treaty partnership and principles.
• Details attempts to change the constitution to cement Maori supremacy.
• Explains how New Zealand was surreptitiously signed up to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
• Summarises the covert preparation and implementation of the He Puapua plan for two governments of New Zealand under tribal control which has spawned co-governance in water infrastructure, health administration, resource management, and local government.
Batchelor’s power point meetings which are more like mini seminars go much further than the contents of the booklet. Both a former teacher and evangelist, he has the ability to get his message across.

For instance, after screening footage of a young warrior angrily asserting the twisted treaty, Batchelor shows exactly what the radical’s lies are and where they are rooted in which treaty.

Government treaty orthodoxy is built on a number of deceptions, the twisted treaty being one, and the refusal to consider the Busby February 4 text as the missing final Treaty draft as another.

“If it is built on lies, the structure cannot stand,” Batchelor said.

How has a treaty orthodoxy based on lies that has created a wealthy oligarchy survived for nearly 40 years?

It is enabled by ignorant politicians, by police, judges and bureaucrats who fail to do their jobs, and by a biased media that has been corrupted by Government money, Batchelor said.

Footage of former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unable to say what was in articles 1 and 2 of the Treaty until prompted by sidekick Willie Jackson was the main example Batchelor presented of an ignorant politician.

Batchelor’s story of the claim for his property contains substantial evidence of police, judges and bureaucrat not doing their jobs.

He also shows footage of an activist in one of his meetings ripping up booklets one metre away from a policeman who calmly looks on, doing nothing. Wilful damage is detailed in the Crimes Act and carries a substantial penalty.

Batchelor’s warning: “I’ve spent 14 years living under tribal rule. It’s absolute hell. This is what’s coming to New Zealand”.

Copies of Batchelor’s Co-governance – what it is, why it’s wrong, and why it must be stopped 26-page booklet may be ordered at

His Hauai te whenua – the untold story of Hauai 2G3 book may accessed at


Robert Arthur said...

It is a trajedy that almost none of this appears in the msm. EJ Wakefield in his book describes how maori forever strove to put one across Europeans and that considerable mana was gained even by a failed blatant try.
Polak described maori complete contempt for lands and burial places of conquered tribes. Yet now anywhere where some maori in olden times, conqueror or conquuered, is "remembered" in oral history as having lived,slept,lazed, eaten, fought, copulated, slaughtered, cannibal feasted, died, was buried or became buried is claimed as wahi tapu.

Anonymous said...

Batchelor is significant force and very courageous in the present situation.
He has understood the real dangers.

Anonymous said...

why is the mostly 'white' executive, legislature and judiciary willing to support this co-governance nonsense? it is misplaced guilt? sheer ignorance? what's in it for them? as an outsider, i find clear answers hard to come by...

Anonymous said...

Look no further then BlackRocks agenda worldwide .

Rosemary said...

I have heard Julian Batchelor speak here in Northland, and he was very courteous towards loudly and rudely heckling people who tried to shout him down. The majority of people there were simply wanting to hear what he had to say but the rudeness of the hecklers (all Maori of course) made it difficult for him to have a fair chance. This is quite normal in our country today, sad to say.
In my opinion he is the bravest person in NZ today. He has even stated he is prepared to lose his life if need be in this campaign, and everywhere he goes he meets with opposition, and cowardice as well, from people who are extremely racist, or who are terrified of being called racist, if they appear to be supporting him.
His booklets are very well written, and at $2 each are a good way of spreading his message, and hopefully waking up NZers to what they have to look forward to with full blown co-governance.

Mark James said...

What a load of rubbish Julian Batchelor has no credibility in the field of history, if he did he would understand the context on the following.
In 1835 Northern māori chiefs signed He Whakaputanga o Rangatiratanga o Nu Terini, their declaration of independence, it declared full sovereignty and power, mana and tino rangatiratanga over their land to rangatira and their hapu. This was accepted by the crown in 1836 and by the French and Americans as well. The King of England allowed māori to sail with their own flag and gave them fill protection of the royal navy.
This was again undertaken in 1840 when the māori version of the Tiriti was signed in Waitangi, Hobson, the Queens representative signed the māori text. International law states the tiriti with the most signatures is the binding tirit, that is the māori text. Both international and domestic law stare that if there is any ambiguity it goes against the writer and favour the other party, the crown wrote the Tiriti and translated it into māori there for it goes against the British, now the Crown, and favour the tangata whenua, māori
In 1840 there were 200,000 māori, many fighting fit warriors and there were 2,000 pakeha, the majority convicts, sailors and 3rd rate soldiers who didn't want to be at the end of the world in challenging environment at best
Māori did not have the right to give up their land, do you honestly think that on the 6 th February 1840 they all woke yp and gave up sovereignty of their land that had been determined and accepted in 1835.
Julian Batchelor is a racist white entitled NZercwho can handle the truth.
Where is all his evidence of the assaults, the court proceedings, the videos, the determination by the court, the police statements, he doesn't have them because they don't exist.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe Julian Batchelor. He talks a lot. He tells tall tales about "good pakeha" and "bad maori". He has no "evidence" that his tall tales are true. If he does, why isn't it included in this blog. Because he is nothing more than a rage farmer. And this blog is thoroughly tainted by his rage farming.