He karanga tenei ki nga hau e wha
Hei tautoko i te iwi Moemoea no Ahiterairia.
Na te mahi whakaware o te Kawanatanga me nga Kaporeihana e whai putea
ana e whai raupatu ana, kei te noho whakawhuia nga tangata whenua
He pouri tenei ahuatanga me kaati ra
Ko te tohenga ma ratou te iwi Moemoea ki te whai i ou ratou ake tino
rangatiratanga kia hapaitia e ratou te mana motuhake kia kaha ake kia whawhai tonu
Tautoko atu a wairua, a hinengaro, a tinana hoki
Kaati noa ra, ko tenei te wa ki te tu rangatira, tu kotahi i te kawau maro, o tenei kaupapa
The 26th of January marks 228 years since the arrival of the First fleet in Australia. This heralded the British invasion of that continent and the ensuing genocide against Aboriginal peoples.
The invasion of Aboriginal lands was illegal under international law at the time of the arrival of the First Fleet. This invasion involved the perpetration of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and theft of Aboriginal homelands.
The current contempt and lack of respect, rights, Treaty and third world conditions that Indigenous peoples face in Australia is an International Shame.
Like New Zealand, Canada, and the USA, Australia is a colonial settler state, based on invasion, dispossession and colonisation.
For Indigenous Australians, the 26 of January will be dedicated to protest the ongoing effects of colonialism and call for sovereignty, treaty and social justice.
There are protests taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.
Tangata whenua of Aotearoa are proud to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters and will be assembling at midday outside the Australian consulate at 186-194 Quay st Auckland, New Zealand.
Vanessa Ross, Bunjalung says “ I’ve never used the term “Australia Day” to me it’s always been “Invasion Day” and personally, it should mean a day of reflection and acknowledgement of the True, Real history, not some idealistic fabrication of white mans theft of nations among many other atrocities.”
Today we mourn the declaration of Australia as terra nullius. We remember all those who have died in massacres, and were dispossessed of their land and homes, those were denied their humanity, who were shackled, beaten, sent to prison camps, and made to live in reserves. We mourn those who have died in the resistance.
In solidarity we mourn the affects of genocide and colonisation which persists to this day.
Regardless of who is the PM of Australia all threats to Aboriginal culture and livelihood still remain.
We will not be pacified with bogus corporate-backed constitutional recognition that fails to respect and honour Aboriginal sovereignty.
It’s time for all Indigenous peoples all over the Pacific to unite and turn the tide against genocide, for ancestry and future generations.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal land !