His­tory teach­ing backed

Waikato Times - - Opinion -

Pou brings wars to school yard. Guest speaker Sir Harawira Gar­diner sta­tus – ‘‘a fun­da­men­tal build­ing block of any civilised so­ci­ety is an un­der­stand­ing of its his­tory.’’ For 150 years, the New Zealand wars had ‘‘Danced in the Shad­ows’’ of main­stream learn­ing’’.

If we are to teach New Zealand his­tory, be it war his­tory, or gen­eral his­tory, then it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to start at the begin­ning, not half­way as men­tioned. Go back to when man first set foot on New Zealand soils. The real tan­gata whenua of New Zealand, the Kahupun­ga­punga/ Patu­pa­iarehe/Waitaha peo­ples.

What be­came of them, and why are these peo­ple and their his­tory be­ing de­lib­er­ately sup­pressed even to­day. ‘‘Who are we to deny them their rights to be heard, and to be re­mem­bered’’.

Many of their de­scen­dents are still liv­ing here to­day.

G B Burl­ing, Wahi

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