Hone Heke's War By John Robinson.
Hone Heke is best known for his cutting down the British flag at Kororareka. He had first stepped on to the national stage a few years earlier with a theatrical, grandstanding performance at Waitangi when he pushed ahead of more senior chiefs to be the first to sign the Treaty.Read more
by John Robinson
Pre-1840 the rules of tikanga could be brutal in respect of inter-tribal wars and their consequences - especially for the ordinary natives who often lived in fear. Happily everyday life for Maoris has been transformed. The practice of tikanga has changed, taking on many aspects of Western culture. There are many and varied descriptions of just what tikanga is now. This uncertain tikanga is being re-introduced into our way of life and written into law, setting rules to determine the behaviour not just of part-Maoris but of all New Zealanders.Read more
By John Robinson
A report titled Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand, by Ian Lambie of the office of the Prime Minister’s science advisor, which claims that Maori experienced little violence before colonisation, does not survive academic analysis.Read more
The arrival of British rule in New Zealand in the wake of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 did not immediately spread throughout the country as qualified manpower was scarce. Some Maori in the Waikato were dissatisfied that lawlessness still prevailed in the back areas and so the idea of having their own "king" and government was floated. Not all Maori - not even in the Waikato - accepted the idea.Read more