The books were filled with pages warning of the dangers of a so-called greedy, tribal elite.
And descriptions of Māori as violent savages who were saved by colonisation.
“It just struck me as incredibly insensitive, ill-informed and damaging. It's potentially harmful to propagate views that are anti-Maori. That's not at all what we should be having on shelves of our bookstores,” Rose said.
Colonisation devastated Māori, claiming land and lives.
University of Auckland Senior Māori studies lecturer, Dr Daniel Hikuroa, was equally disgusted.
“That's something I would hate for my daughter to stumble across at bookstores but on the other hand I would like for them to understand that it's hate material is what it is. It's hate material. It's designed to drive wedges between peoples,” he said.
I absolutely reject the untrue charges made against Tross Publishing. I believe in equality, decency and accuracy and oppose the divisions in to-day's New Zealand. I am appalled by the ridiculous claims of wrongdoing which implicate me. I am being damned without a hearing.
Given the wording of the TVNZ report it is hardly surprising Tross Publishing did not appear on camera, as it is clearly of a monolithic perspective:
The company has been publishing books that condemn things like treaty settlements and the Waitangi Tribunal for years.
But they are still being sold by big franchises, including Paper Plus and Whitcoulls.
There are calls for stores selling the books to promote balance.
But what really disturbed me about this was the idea that freedom of speech is about being able to have any opinion and go unchallenged
1News has asked for clarification as to why the books can be purchased at both stores.