Who controls the past, controls the future, who controls the present, controls the past … it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it.  –George Orwell

Thanks to our May speaker Owen Mapp
Local bone and ivory carver Owen Mapp gave a fascinating talk on how he got interested in the craft and became a highly professional artisan. His power point gave wonderful examples of his work and many of these, along with some of his tools, were displayed on tables at the talk. It was unfortunate that there were only 20 of us there to hear Owen, however those who did get along were not disappointed. 

The Speaker for July 12

Mike Styles –  Dyslexia – why we should all care.

 Our education system has short-changed the 10% of Kiwis who have dyslexia.  People with dyslexia are clever, but struggle with text. 

Almost all people with dyslexia have compensating skills that we are currently wasting.  We can do more to use these creative people. This session gives some direction to achieve equity for these people.

Sadly, the government is not doing its share to meet the needs of dyslexic/neuro-diverse Kiwis. The high number of dyslexic people in our prisons (50%) is evidence of that. However, slowly but surely the business world is realising that dyslexia is a difference – not a disability, and that people who think differently are a valuable asset to the workplace.

The book is written to be a guide for parents and other loved ones to help people with dyslexia reach their potential. There is a significant demand for more information about dyslexia and related neuro-diverse conditions – by parents, grandparents and other family members.

 People will be able to purchase Mike’s new book on the subject at the meeting for $40.

This is a session not to be missed. We all must have been aware of people who have had Dyslexia and probably not understood what it was all about. Come along and find out.

  • Tuesday 12 June, starting at 7.30 sharp.
  • Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach
  • In the hall beyond the main door and up a small set of steps.
  • A koha would be appreciated.

The programme for the rest of the year

August 9 – John Robinson – Kohimarama 1860 – He Puapua 2020s 

September 13 — Roger Childs – Enlightenment or indoctrination? What will school kids be learning about NZ History in 2023? 

October 11 – Larry Keim – Serving with the U.N. in Western Sahara (To be confirmed.)

November 8 — Mark Dickson – The changing Kapiti Coastline over time 

December 13 — David Hadfield – Barry Hadfield – first mayor of the Kapiti District 

If you have any suggestions for speakers let one of us know.

Rangiaowhia 1864 – dealing with atrocity lies

Members will remember that during the “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations and vandalism in 2020 statues of slave owners, Confederate generals etc. were being pulled down overseas. In Hamilton NZ a local kaumatua wanted the statue of Captain Hamilton removed, because he had supposedly committed atrocities.  If the mainstream media had bothered to check, they would have found that Hamilton came off a ship in Tauranga in late April 1864 and died the next day in the Battle of Gate Pa.

Lies about our history are a big worry. Rangiaowhia is one of the worst examples.

Setting the Record Straight on Rangiaowhia 1864

On 21 February 1864, 1000 British troops marched into the tiny, defenceless village of Rangiaowhia and wantonly slaughtered a hundred women and children. Or did they? –Piers Seed

There is no way that General Cameron, the chivalrous Commander of the Colonial troops in the Waikato War, would contemplate the killing of women and children. He had criticized Kingite general, Wiremu Tamihana, for having women in the front lines at the earlier Battle of Rangiriri.

Cameron wanted to occupy Rangiaowhia, because it was the major source of food for the Kingite forces, notably over 1000 warriors at the powerful set of forts at Paterangi. To get to the village he cleverly by-passed these fortifications in the dead of night to avoid casualties. 

The warriors at Paterangi were furious that they had been duped, but Cameron’s strategy made perfect sense as he wanted to avoid unnecessary deaths on both sides and shorten the Waikato War.

Action in Rangiaowhia centred on a single whare which would not surrender. 

Piers Seed has recently written a book called Hoani’s Last Stand The Real Story of Rangiaowhia. He conclusively proves, using all the eye witness accounts available, that the stories about atrocities committed – such as women and children being burnt to death in a church – are appalling lies.

(For more see  https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2022/06/roger-childs-dispelling-appalling-lies.html)

Hope to see you next Tuesday.

Roger Childs, Gordon Dickson and Larry Keim