Waves of change

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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.

JOHN BAS­SETT

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

Kain­garoa

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