Tawa his­tory al­ready noted

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I thank Peter Gra­ham for his con­grat­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s most re­cent pub­li­ca­tion, A His­tory of Tawa, (Oc­to­ber 28).

I note his in­ter­est in the preEuro­pean his­tory of Tawa, and his as­sump­tion, based on a re­cent ar­ti­cle in the news­pa­per, that the book does not in­clude any ref­er­ence to the Maori oc­cu­pa­tion of the area in pre-Euro­pean times.

I also note that he is look­ing for­ward to read­ing the book, now avail­able from the Mervyn Kemp Li­brary in Tawa.

On read­ing it, he will find in the first chap­ter con­sid­er­able ma­te­rial re­lated to the preEuro­pean pe­riod of our his­tory, and to Maori in par­tic­u­lar. In the sec­ond chap­ter he will also find that the Maori view­point of, and re­sponse to, Euro­pean set­tle­ment, is given its proper place.

We had a fab­u­lous turnout and were de­lighted to raise just over $1000 for this char­ity that res­cues chil­dren from des­per­ate cir­cum­stances.

Thanks to ev­ery­one who came along and sup­ported this cause.

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