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Voting for Harete

Ms Harete Hipango has been selected to run for National in this year’s elections, due to be held in September. Harete will be contesting the General Seat of Whanganui. Harete is Māori, from Whanganui, and is a prominent local barrister and solicitor. Harete is married to Dean, and they have three grown children. Running for Parliament Māori have had an interesting history in New Zealand, of running for General Seats. Normally, Māori… Read more »

Washington DC

If you are planning to visit the USA sometime soon, you must visit Washington DC. It’s a busy town right now of course; but, if history and monuments are your thing, then Washington is second to none when it comes to its array of memorials and monuments, to say nothing of its great museums, like the Native American Museum and National Archives. Not all of Washington’s memorials signify past battles, but many do… Read more »

What is Māori history?

‘Māori history’ can be defined in many different ways – it depends on which historian you are talking to, and whether that historian is Māori or not. But it doesn’t end there. In this book, Huia Histories of Māori. Ngā Tāhuhu Kōrero, Danny has written an Introduction entitled ‘Land, Culture and History Interwoven’ (edited by Danny, Huia Publishers, Wellington, 2012,  pp. xviii-xl). In this introduction, Danny discusses different aspects and forms… Read more »

‘NZ Wars Day’ on the way

Bridge fashioned as a whale's backbone, across Waiwakaiho River, New Plymouth.

The government has announced a New Zealand Land Wars Day will soon be introduced, to commemorate the wars fought on New Zealand soil between 1843 and 1872. Constabulary actions though continued until 1916, one whole year after Gallipoli where, and when, we supposedly ‘came of age’ as a nation. Heaps of Māori political figures are now pronouncing loudly in support, all new adherents to the cause; and good thing too. Some historians… Read more »

Parihaka Peace Walk

From 15 to 17 June, the Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, led a peace walk of hundreds of supporters from New Plymouth to Parihaka, a distance of about 25 miles. The walk took place over 3 days, with stops at Oakura and Okato. The walk happened because of Pākehā resistance in New Plymouth to the creation of a Māori Ward; 83% of the electorate there recently overturned a Council decision… Read more »

Remembering all of our sites

There is a really stunning epitaph inscribed on the memorial to the Japanese soldiers who died during a prison riot just outside of Featherston, in the Wairarapa – ‘Behold the summer grass, all that remains of the dreams of warriors’. The memorial commemorates the 64 Japanese prisoners who were shot during a prison riot on 22 February 1943, along with 94 who were wounded (of the 275 prisoners). # Remembering Our… Read more »

Teaching the Wars

Prominent Māori historians like Dr Malcolm Mulholland of Massey University are calling for the New Zealand Wars to be taught in schools as a compulsory subject. You can read Malcolm’s comments on the issue here – Malcolm’s Comments. We think the idea makes really good sense. Those of us who used to teach the New Zealand Lands paper at Massey in the 1990s to about 2005 remember well the responses… Read more »

Remembering our Māori Veterans

Each year, ANZAC Day comes and goes … a time to remember our overseas veterans. But what about our Land Wars veterans? Will we ever remember them? Well, we might, it seems. Māori  ‘rebels’ who fought against the British Army and Armed Constabulary during the Land Wars may soon be officially recognised. Recent calls have been made for the government to remember all Māori war veterans, not just those who fought overseas… Read more »

A New Zealand Land Wars Day?

The government is calling for submissions on whether we should set up a new Land Wars Day, to remember those 3500 or so people, Māori and Pākehā, who tragically died during the conflicts. Students from Otorohanga have been pressing the case for such a commemorative day, especially  Rhiannon Magee, Tai Jones and Leah Bell who organised a Land Wars petition signed by 13,000 people. Here is an article covering their… Read more »