Did he tell you about the war crimes?

LETTER

Good stuff Roger Strong, your letter (January 7) was very thought-provoking old chap. Just shows how far race relations have regressed in this country.

For your information, we gathered together in prayer on Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the siege of Ngatapa, where your great-grandfather fought alongside Major Rapata (not Ropata), with our whanaunga from Te Whanau-a-Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Nga Uri-a-Te Kooti. It was an awesome day and well done to Dave and Te Whanau-a-Kai.

Did your great-grandfather tell you Roger of the war crimes he was involved in there with Crown forces and their allies, with the execution of countless prisoners on January 5, 1869?

Many of our ancestors, including women and children, were besieged in Ngatapa pa for a month by the Crown and its allies. Did he mention that in his diary? Did he mention the 100 or more mortar shells they fired into the pa, on men, women and children? Did he mention how many women and children they killed, or prisoners they took?

It’s rather odd if he didn’t tell you Roger. The Crown forces at that time kept very good records of their actions. The only problem we have is that they didn’t keep a good record of how many they massacred (men, women and children) at Makaretu and Ngatapa.

What about the Deed of Cession on 18 December 1868 when the Crown confiscated 1.25 million acres of land off the people of Turanga while they were in Ngatapa pa? Did he ever mention that?

In no way do we condone what happened at Matawhero. However, when you steal people’s lands, deport them to the Chatham Islands without trial indefinitely and continue to harass them, then you’re going to encounter problems.

You really need to read our Turanga Tangata Turanga Whenua (2004) case book Roger, which was written by some of New Zealand’s leading historians. It seems like you’re trying to rewrite your ancestor’s history old chap.

Before you point the finger at Te Kooti and his followers, you really need to look at your ancestor’s actions.

Waka Rau, Rongowhakaata, Turanganui-a-Kiwa

Good stuff Roger Strong, your letter (January 7) was very thought-provoking old chap. Just shows how far race relations have regressed in this country.

For your information, we gathered together in prayer on Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the siege of Ngatapa, where your great-grandfather fought alongside Major Rapata (not Ropata), with our whanaunga from Te Whanau-a-Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Nga Uri-a-Te Kooti. It was an awesome day and well done to Dave and Te Whanau-a-Kai.

Did your great-grandfather tell you Roger of the war crimes he was involved in there with Crown forces and their allies, with the execution of countless prisoners on January 5, 1869?

Many of our ancestors, including women and children, were besieged in Ngatapa pa for a month by the Crown and its allies. Did he mention that in his diary? Did he mention the 100 or more mortar shells they fired into the pa, on men, women and children? Did he mention how many women and children they killed, or prisoners they took?

It’s rather odd if he didn’t tell you Roger. The Crown forces at that time kept very good records of their actions. The only problem we have is that they didn’t keep a good record of how many they massacred (men, women and children) at Makaretu and Ngatapa.

What about the Deed of Cession on 18 December 1868 when the Crown confiscated 1.25 million acres of land off the people of Turanga while they were in Ngatapa pa? Did he ever mention that?

In no way do we condone what happened at Matawhero. However, when you steal people’s lands, deport them to the Chatham Islands without trial indefinitely and continue to harass them, then you’re going to encounter problems.

You really need to read our Turanga Tangata Turanga Whenua (2004) case book Roger, which was written by some of New Zealand’s leading historians. It seems like you’re trying to rewrite your ancestor’s history old chap.

Before you point the finger at Te Kooti and his followers, you really need to look at your ancestor’s actions.

Waka Rau, Rongowhakaata, Turanganui-a-Kiwa

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