NZ History: Rediscovering the big picture of Empire in Aotearoa

Mechanism of Imperial Conquest During the ‘Native Troubles’

Posted by Snoopman × April 25, 2017 at 9:19 am


Invisible Brotherhood: Freemasonry ensured their secret role in the New Zealand Wars vanished by omission in the early reports, records and recollections of the Colonial Pākehā ruling class.

By Steve ‘Snoopman’ Edwards

Re-Discovering the Big-Picture of Empire in Aotearoa

One hundred and forty-five years after the wars between native Māori and British imperial and colonial forces ended, most New Zealanders remain oblivious to the conflicts’ Masonic underpinnings. For those not disposed to empathize with Māori, this obliviousness works as a vector that transmits racism throughout the British-American tax haven jurisdiction of New Zealand. Furthermore, this racial prejudice persists structurally throughout the realm of New Zealand’s major and significant economic, political and cultural institutions.

This colour-based prejudice against the native people of New Zealand hides a largely ignored problem of class-stratification, or a hierarchy of privilege based on economic wealth accumulation, control of key institutions and the valourization of status addiction. It is no small irony that when the framing of discussions on racial prejudice does widen to include the phenomenon of a hierarchically class-structured society, such discourses frequently fail to nail the root cause of systemic material inequality or structural dispossession: Oligarchism.

During the period of New Zealand Wars (1845-1872), the secret society of Freemasonry was, essentially, an expression of oligarchism, which is the belief in the right of super-rich people to rule over humanity through the structural domination of resources, including institutions, covert networks and the exploitation of secret mechanisms. Historians of the New Zealand Wars and the New Zealand’s formative history have largely overlooked the instrumental role that Freemasonry played to absorb New Zealand into the British Empire. While some prominent Freemasons are mentioned in the 1940 edition of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography published by the Department of Internal Affairs, this ‘Who’s Who’ compendium of New Zealand hardly captures the brotherhood’s secret network of key players. Freemason papers, proceedings and their lodge books, many of which were not intended for public eyes, provide some details of their esteemed brethren, ‘noble’ heroes and fallen brothers. Together, these hard-to-find works provide partial lists of those who fought in the various regiments, volunteer militia and forest rangers, as well as those embedded across New Zealand’s hymn-singing protestant political-commercial-military establishment.

But, they fail to capture the big picture narrative of Freemasonry being used as a secret imperial mechanism of expansion, as well as exploiting their own fraternal brothers as hapless musket, tomahawk and patu fodder against a clever, resourceful and spirited native race. To be super-clear, Māori deserved far-better respect, compassion, and full disclosure following the horrors of the Musket Wars (1806-1845); the brazen fraud of Lieutenant-Governor Captain William Hobson and his Crown agents to get Māori chiefs to sign Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840; and Freemason Governor Bro. George Grey’s gambit during his first governorship to play the longer ‘Great Game’ of empire, by waiting until migration had evened-out the balance of population between colonists and natives.

Here I sketch the conflict as a ‘necessary’ and ‘justified one’ from the standpoint of unseen oligarchs that ruled the ‘British Empire’ through the secret society – Freemasonry. Oligarchs are super-rich tax-averse, land-grabbing, viscous-minded, enslaving people who use their enormous economic wealth to steer the trajectory of whole societies, particularly when they act as a cohesive coalition, or an oligarchy.

The primary purpose of the conflict, which I term the Masonic New Zealand Wars, that took place between 1845-1872 across several regions in the ‘North Island’, was to destroy the Māori communal economy, with which the colonists could not compete. Furthermore, the colonists’ British Masonic masters needed to implement their favoured private political system for the control of the territory that Freemason Bro. Captain James Cook, Lieutenant-Governor Captain William Hobson, Captain Stanley and Police Magistrate Bro. C. B. Robinson had slyly annexed for the British Empire with quills, ink, paper, poles, flags, propagandist prose and other Discovery Doctrine rituals. This private political system was Masonic Colonial Capitalism, which was inherently oligarchic, and this meant it used coercive economic mechanisms at the disposal of wealthy coalitions of Freemasons to control people. To establish Masonic Colonial Capitalism – and therefore, a British Masonic State – a period of ‘primitive accumulation’ or conquest of ‘land capital’ was needed. The expected dispossession of Māori from the ‘native land estate’ through confiscations during and after the ‘native troubles’ enabled the start-up Bank of New Zealand to formalize a debt-enslavement monetary system of private credit ‘loaned’ as national debt, backed by soon-to-be-stolen, swindled and stealthily snookered  land, resources and native human collateral.

New Zealand Wars Campaigns: This North island map depicts the battle locations between 1845-1872.

However, Freemasons have left their marks for historians to retrace their moves.

The Masonic Brotherhood often embedded the number 13 and multiples of it into events, appearing as mundane data in dates, quantities and locations. In occult numerology, the number thirteen represents ‘unity’ and ‘fraternal love’, as the occultists W. Wynn Westcott in his work, Numbers: Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues, and Aleister Crowley  in his book, Liber 777 – both asserted. More practically, Freemasons embedded 13 and its multiples into events to find one another, to signal they were advancing the ‘great game’ of empire together, and to caution other Freemasons not to investigate too hard when scandals broke.

This essay sketches Freemasonry’s secret role in the primitive accumulation of the Māori native estate during the peak period of the Masonic New Zealand Wars – 1858 to 1866.

Primitive Accumulation to Overcome the ‘Natives Troubles’

Freemasons appointed their members of the brotherhood to key positions in the New Zealand Colony. Despite the prominence of many of their members in public life, Freemasons were careful to keep the role played by their secret network largely out of history.

The secrecy worked as a weapon of intelligence, solidarity and plotting.


The primary secret mechanism by which the British Empire spread throughout the ‘New World’ was through the secret society of Freemasonry. In turn, Freemasonry was spread mostly through the military regiments, including the navy, as Jessica Harlands-Jacobs showed in her book, Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism, 1717-1927[2] Harlands-Jacobs, who accessed numerous libraries for her PhD including the Royal Archives, claims that Freemasonry merged with the British Government and the British Monarchy during the 1790s and over a period of three decades re-invented its political leanings and ideology.

However, Builders of Empire focuses a lot on how Freemasons lived up to their cosmopolitan ideology when it came to inclusiveness toward indigenous peoples and former slaves in the colonies, or in their exclusion of women and Catholics from Freemason lodges in the 130 year period of imperial expansionism examined. As a study of British Masonic Imperialism, Harlands-Jacobs’ work does not reveal the network of the secret brotherhood and their roles in the British Empire. Builders of Empire, therefore, leaves the legitimacy of the British Monarchy, Parliament, the City of London Corporation, the Bank of England, the Church of England, the Temple Bar, the Royal Society, and British Freemasonry intact because it avoids revealing the parallel political system, insider trading and structural dispossession through swindle, stealth and struggle by Freemasonry.

Due to these strategic shortcomings, Builders of Empire masks how two British Empires were layered, and why. There was the Christian British Empire, complete with missionaries exercising ‘soft-power’ to civilize ‘the natives’. And there was the hidden British Masonic Empire hell-bent on world domination, as Nicholas Hagger found in his epic study, The Secret History of the West, that modelled for the patterns of revolutions, how secret societies plotted them and reasons for the subterfuge. Their hell-bent vision competed with a rival Brotherhood, French Templar Freemasonry. British Freemasonry was Sionist Rosicrucian Freemasonry, which founded a United Grand Lodge in 1717 to unify English resistance to Jacobite Templar Freemasonry, that formed around the Scottish Stuart dynasty, who were formally and permanently banished the same year from the British Isles. It was at this point, in 1717, when Sionist Rosicrucian Freemasonry came to rule over the British Monarchy and the Church of England, after having successfully achieved a political and business merger with the Dutch in 1688. More specifically, the ‘Glorious Revolution of 1688’ – which saw Prince William of Orange and his consort Mary wrest control of the British throne from King James II after they landed at Torbay, near Brixham, Devon, on November 5 with 250 ships – was secretly bankrolled by English Rosicrucian Freemasons, the Bank of Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Jews, and was part of a two-hundred year Venetian project to takeover Britain. Sionist Rosicrucian Freemasonry is a revolutionary force committed to forging a universal empire under the rule of one monarch, while French Templar Freemasonry developed into a revolutionary force committed to forge a universal empire under the rule of one federal republic.

Naturally, these secret Utopian objectives that underpinned the real English and French Empires were not mentioned to rangatira in the discussions that took place around the signings of the Treaty of Waitangi. The British were playing for time, knowing that at some point conflict would occur. The fraudulent English version of the Treaty would serve its propagandist purpose because it could be construed that Māori chiefs voluntarily surrendered sovereignty without battle, even though the Māori language version retained rangatira sovereignty over Māori, lands and other resources that Māori did not sell. Māori would be cast as savage rebels for resisting incursions, pressures to sell and destruction of crops and other incessant acts of Masonic subversion.

In the colonial era, the propagandist task of agitating for war fell to the newspapers in the New Zealand colony, which during the crucial 1858-1866 period of the New Zealand Wars included the Masonic-controlled newspapers such as the Taranaki HeraldThe New Zealand Herald and the Wellington Independent.[3] The founder of The New Zealand Herald was Bro. William Chisholm Wilson, who also was a founder of New Zealand’s first Freemason lodge, the Ara Lodge,[4] while the Taranaki Herald was founded by Bro. Garland William Woon;[5] and the Wellington Independent, was owned by Bro. Thomas Wilmor McKenzie[6] and whose first editor was Dr. Bro. Isaac Earl Featherston, who while wearing his Superintendent of Wellington hat sarcastically said in 1856,  “Our plain duty as good compassionate colonists is to smooth down [the Māori race’s] dying pillow”. [7]

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