Friday, March 03, 2017

Rambling

Over at The Spinoff Steve Braunias and I have had a discussion about Pacific slavery, the lost island of 'Ata, the Seleka Kava Club, cemetery etiquette in Tonga, Futa Helu's ghost, the loneliness of Karlo Mila, and many other subjects.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason your booklet on Ata got attention is because it appeals to the gutter press with shock history on slavery, cruelty by White men. Bugger the facts and sources of the information. You saw a story that would shove you into the limelight and you went for it. This book is about promoting you not correcting bad history. This is a fictitious sob story that you are riding and wringing out every drop of pathetic suffering by noble Tongans so that you look good as a historical saviour.

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Says Steve Braunias in his smarmy interview with Scott Hamilton "where you describe looking at Auckland with different eyes, seeing it as the city built on the profits made from blackbirding, that is the taking of slave labour in the Pacific. So Auckland is a consuming subject and both of us are drawn to it. But of course I do this work as a hack, and you do this as a serious scholar – and yet this is the thing about The Stolen Island, it is not an academic text". Scott is not an academic Steve, he's gutter press, internet troll out to get attention and a few freebies from gullible Tongans. His stuff on Auckland being built on profits of slave labour is total bshit. Its not even romantic bshit. He made it up.He got you to promote him free, your name will forever be linked to his. He will always quote you now. Go meet the guy in person, leave your wallet at home and you will come home sober.He's not about shouting drinks for others but happy to take anything offered.This is a bloodsucker - ideas booze kava you name it.he is sucking off you now, sucker called Steve Braunias.

6:24 pm  
Anonymous libcom said...

Hmm. Did he make this up? NZ Herald called them slaves at the time.

DISGUSTING RESULTS OF IMPORTED SOUTH SEA LABOUR.
New Zealand Herald 21 September 1870
We have had occasion some time since to direct public attention to the fact that certain enterprising persons have imported to this colony a number of South Sea Islanders. The ostensible object of the enterprise was declared to be the progress and development of the flax industry and the supply of needful labour.
The aspect of the whole affair bad a very equivocal signification, which is borne out by the alarm suggested to some English writers that the importation of slave labour has commenced in a colony which proudly calls itself the Britain of the South. We are told with complacent scorn that slavery as an institution, though bruised and trodden out in America, has found a place in New Zealand. This talk is no doubt the exaggeration which insufficient information allows, but we should not forget that the allegation upon which it is raised is a substantial fact and no a priori reasoning can disturb it.
We assume that the "niggers" brought here by the Lulu were induced to leave their own country by offers of advantage, perhaps of freedom. It is extremely probable that their chiefs have received the wages for which they are to toil. They may or may not have been kidnapped. It is possible that the engagement to which they are held bound will take the form, if it have none of the spirit, of an equitable contract.
What concerns us now is, if the traffic should continue, the introduction of a new social element. British subjects, for the most part, pride themselves upon their sense of justice no less than their love of liberty, and it becomes important to consider not merely the limit of authority to which these bondsmen have subjected themselves, but the position they are to occupy in relation to the white or civilized population, and to the brown-skinned, but free Maoris, who are as jealous of their national prejudices as any people in the world. It was a fortunate circumstance that through the New Zealand Press, the English Parliament was informed of the inceptive progress of this importation of black labour, and that the Colonial Legislature lost no time before conferring upon the Governor in Council the necessary powers to enforce the practice and treatment of humanity towards these blacks.

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