Waves of change
Vincent O’Malley (Waikato Times, May 11) may well be an acclaimed historian, but he is very biased against all things colonial.
His well researched history of the Land Wars devotes an entire chapter of 25 pages to Rangiaowhia and surroundings. Within that chapter there is no mention of the myth of innocent women and children being rounded up, locked in the Catholic church and burnt to death. This is a myth very easy to disprove.
On page 303 of his book is a painting of the new redoubt at Rangiaowhia, flanked by both the Catholic and Anglican
churches. The truth is the church was dismantled in 1931.
O’Malley, in other writings and in interviews, frequently alludes to the church myth with no supporting evidence. An RNZ interview October 7, 2016 is worth looking at.
In his article he refers to the girls from Otorohanga ¯ College who were shocked to learn of massacres. Of course they were, as they had been told the same lie by a high-ranked Ma¯ori historian. I wonder if their petition would have gone ahead had that lie not been told?
O’Malley smugly goes on to deride the group known as Hobson’s Pledge as being treaty revisionist. Pardon? As far as I can work out, all they want is for all New Zealanders to be treated equally, as the Treaty was envisaged by Capt Hobson in 1840. They very much question the revision of the Treaty and the terms ‘principles’ and ‘partnership,’ which don’t appear in any of the documents of the day.
It is easy to deride Don Brash, but it is worth remembering that a founder and spokesperson for the group is Ms Casey Costello, a Ma¯ori of Nga¯puhi descent.
He also jumps on the bandwagon by asking. “Would it hurt if Von Tempsky St, Hamilton, became Rewi Maniapoto St?”
It most definitely offends me, and is an insult to those city fathers who named the street in the first place. Did he pick on Von Tempsky because he had a German name, or because he was a good and loyal soldier following orders? If the latter then we would have to look closely at his superior officers too. Nixon, Cameron, Grey and Victoria are all streets in Hamilton.
Maybe Hamilton’s Mayor King should write to our Sovereign requesting consent to rename the main street as Tu¯ heitia Way?
Rewi Maniapoto was indeed an effective leader during the Land Wars, but it is hard to forget that some 30 years earlier he took part in the siege of the pa at Pukerangiora, in Taranaki. That would probably rank as the worst interMa¯ori battle of the Musket Wars. Many hundreds died, mainly women and children. Many were tortured and eaten, and many mothers threw their children off the 100m cliffs to avoid that fate.
I doubt whether Von Tempsky would have participated in such events.
Frankly, I am very disturbed, as a proud Hamilton-born New Zealander, to observe the waves of change that are being promoted by people who should know better. Today the divisions between Ma¯ori and other New Zealanders is greater than at any time in my life. and the divide is widening, thanks to people like Vincent O’Malley. MURRAY REID
Cambridge wonderful gift not only to our loved ones but also to our flora and fauna.
Perhaps we could see our tu¯¯ı with its white collar as the collar of pride or the collar of shame, the way politicians have handled Juliet Garcia, but whatever the outcome, a living kauri tree will be a reminder for generations to come of her services to many, a reminder that she was once part of our Far North, and that we are proud of her wonderful work and commitment to our elderly in need in their final days.
I know the Switzer Trust faces great problems in staffing and rising costs, as they attempt to keep their fees low, but they, along with many others, face the evil of greed of a few, where money overrides the dignity of others.
On that note I wish to thank the Switzer Trust and all its past and present staff for the caring, loving and nursing support you have given to friends of mine in their time of need over the years, in their final walk through their history on this Earth, but this does not exclude other residential homes around the country that have taken care of my loved ones and their friends in their final walk through life.
Let it be a reminder that with every passing day we grow older and need more love, compassion and support, sometimes more than we can offer our loved ones or friends on our own, so we need trusted care and nursing from those who provide for those who need their daily needs catered for.
Diggers’ Valley Lord, you are the court of highest appeal, Before your throne we humbly kneel, Entreating you to hear our prayer, To bind the prince of the power of the air. Forgive the sins of ignorance, Forgive the sins of arrogance, Forgive all those who do not care And those who yield to dark despair. Forgive the leaders of our land
For making us pawns in the devil’s hand. They think to change your times and laws,
No curse can come without a cause. Forgive our apathy, Lord most high, Our sin has reached beyond the sky. We repent for standing idly by, Neglecting to sound a loud war cry! Help us to rally around your cross, Deliver us from sin and dross.
May the coming persecution be
A time of purging for purity.
Give us holy boldness to speak the truth in love,
Give us words of wisdom direct from heaven above.
Keep us faithful to your cause,
Help us to know and obey your laws. Clothed in your holiness we’re gloriously free
To live with you forever in heavenly harmony. LAUREL CHICK