Posts Tagged ‘NZ History’

Re-writing history by pretending it never happened

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The education system did me proud when I learned New Zealand history – briefly – at primary school. It never bothered again; British history was much more important; but there were always Weet-Bix cards to collect, and they told you all you’d ever need to know about the national story. We learned how lucky Maori Read more

New Book – The French Catholics in the Bay of Islands

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The book  is a series of essays by a number of eminent authors, including Anne Salmond, Henare Tate, Jessie Munro, Peter Lineham and more. It presents very human stories of conflict, ambition, struggle, success and failure, shedding new light on Māori-Pakeha relations at the time of Treaty-making at Waitangi and of the founding of the New Zealand we know today

These are stories centered on the enduring French and Catholic influence in Kororāreka Russell and the Bay of Islands, specifically the work of Bishop Pompallier and of the Marist missionaries whose South Seas headquarters and printery were then here.

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