These past six months had been an insightful and personally rewarding period regarding my research on war and its effects on communities affected by war. In the spirit of Christmas, family occasions were particularly remembered by the soldiers who gained comfort and feelings of optimism while facing the prospect of death in the line of … Continue reading A Christmas Letter
Maketū men have sacrificed their lives for 100 years in defence roles of attrition and peacekeeping in foreign wars and hot spots globally. The Boer War underpinned a familiar theme in the acquisition of land by force for Māori and Pākehā. The consequences since the South African war for Maketū was manpower involvement in twentieth-century … Continue reading Preserving the Mana of a Fighting Chief
Writing a true account of history is no easy task. Bias and perceptions may influence the story and, to some extent, can change the historical record. Unfortunately, this bias will sometimes be replicated and assume a place in history as fact. As a researcher, I look for several references to an account of an event. … Continue reading Hunting for Truth in History
World War Two Maketū In September 1939, the outbreak of World War Two gave many New Zealand men the opportunity to volunteer for active service abroad. Men living in Maketū signed up with the local Native Recruitment Office. The contribution of volunteers from some families was extraordinarily high; sometimes three, four or even five brothers … Continue reading How Small Town Maketū Took on the World
The beginnings of writing the Maketu warriors’ story cropped up five years ago in a conversation with my cousin Huia Tapsell who wanted something concrete to remember all those men who lived in Maketu during the warring years.