…the Settler built New Zealand with ‘a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other’, trying to carve out a nation from the wilderness of lands that had for a large part, always been devoid of human settlement, which had nonetheless been paid for, and which were now subjected to Maori aggression, all the while imposing an increasing debt burden on the hapless Settler. What a travesty that the image today being imposed especially on children is one of the rapacious, avaricious Settler, responsible for our ‘white privilege’
The European heritage can only be disparaged through a pseudo-scholarly method called presentism – the application of current attitudes onto former eras. Presentism is the premise on which Europhobia rests.
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