Potaua Biasiny-Tule, a Good Man Gone Astray
New Zealand’s universities today, are full of idealist young Maori, many, the first in their family to enjoy a Tertiary Education. Unfortunately a culture of Marxism and Maori Nationalism leads many down the wrong road. All our universities are riddled with Marxist academics who see it as their revolutionary duty to “educate” young Maori in seperatist and socialist beliefs. While much of the pakeha world is leaving socialism behind, many educated young Maori are embracing it.
Potaua Biasiny-Tule is a classic example of a family loving, all round nice guy led down a socialist blind alley, by the prevalent culture in the NZ Tertiary Education system.
Rio Tule, as he was known then, was active at Waikato University in the mid ’90s. He was involved in Students of Waikato Environment Teamt (SWET), a radical green group linked to the Maoist leaning Aotearoa Youth Network.
In 1995, Tule was active in support of the Maori occupation of Motua Gardens in Wanganui.
By 1997 he was at Canterbury University serving as publicity officer, for the local Maori students group, Te Akatoki.
Pule met his wife at Canterbury, a Puerto Rican of Dutch descent and was henceforth known as Biasiny-Tule.
Starting in 1997 and carrying on until 2002, Biasiny-Tule became involved with the semi-annual “Activism in Aotearoa” gatherings. Organised by the Aotearoa Youth Network, Peace Movement Aotearoa and other radical groups, these meetings were designed to school young activists in everything from building “bugging” equipment to banner making, “de-colonisation”, sexual activism, peace activism and women’s activism.
Katie Bradford, daughter of Green MP, Sue Bradford describes, in “Common Ground”, May 1997 a “Great Debate”, facilitated by peace activist, Edwina Hughes, who “had the joyous task of controlling Marxists, Anarchists, Trots…and the odd feminist.”
At the 1997 AIA, Biasiny-Tule ran a session on “de-colonisation” with Norman Uy Carnay of the Asian Students Association. Uy Carnay came to the ASA from the League of Filipino Students, a well known front for the Maoist, Communist Party of the Philippines.
Biasiny-Tule spoke at the 1998 AIA on the MAI Agreement-which later collapsed “I was happy when those capitalists couldn’t agree on their own greed…”
In 2002 Biasiny-Tule started Rangkainga Indigenous Media Network
because “although there was much online discussion on topical issues relevant to Mäori communities there was little in the way of a Mäori relevant newsletter that was delivered to people at regular intervals.”
In May this year, he used it to explain his political development.
Now, part of me has always been opposed to the capitalist system – maybe it was because I loved to sit and listen to my koroua and uncles talk about Marxist Economic Theory, Maori communal marketing and how the West was corrupt, and so too their economic framework. Or perhaps it was that we were a poor, working class family with barely enough to make ends meet. When the left imploded in the mid-80’s, no one felt that hit more than our whanau. It was like our entire world was being crushed…
When I attended university some years later, I felt a natural affinity with the politics of the left, the movements of the working people. I would sit in smoked filled rooms discussing radical economic theories throughout history, listening to the words of freedom fighters like Malcolm X, Thomas Sankara, Tupua Tamasese and Angela Davis, talking about the economic theories of Engels, Marx, and muttering over Noam Chomsky’s latest musings.
All of this reinforced my belief that capitalism was inherently bad, that purveyors of capitalism sold out every day to make a sale, and that profit favours big business, not the people. Studying in the Faculty of Humanities may have added to my swing against capitalism, and the introduction of student fees and the subsequent burden of student debt may have hardened my resolve.
Biasiny-Tule also has stated that his “inspirational role models were people like Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Sankara, Che Guevara and locally, Whaea Eva Rickard, Angeline Greensill, cousin Annette Sykes, Tame Iti, Ken Mair, Pita Sharples, Tariana Turia, and Hone Harawira.”
In 2004 Biasiny-Tule was vice president of the Waikato Students Union. That year he also began active involvement in the Maori party. In 2005 he was the Party’s candidate for Hamilton East and also served as Maori Party education spokesman. More recently he has been executive assistant to Maori Party MP, Hone Harawira.
Earlier this year Biasiny-Tule was a Senior Tutor in Te Aka Tikanga, at Waikato University. He was assisting with the Treaty of Waitangi papers and tutoring in the School of Management in a first year paper called “Communication in Aotearoa”.
Biasiny-Tule is currently a claims co-ordinator for the Waitangi Tribunal, one of several socialist leaning individuals working for that august body.
Imagine how much better off this country would be if Biasiny-Tule and hundreds like him were educated, not by socialist sloganeers, but by committed, libertarian lecturers.