September 03, 2018
Statue bashing not educational
Associate Education and Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is giving a poor mark to an attack on a Hamilton statue.
Waikato Tainui kaumatua Taitimu Maipi took a hammer to the statue of the city’s namesake, colonial soldier Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton, in protest at the Education Ministry’s refusal to make schools teach the New Zealand Wars.
Mr Davis says things are changing, with Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta at the weekend announcing the opening of the $4 million Te Pūtake o Te Riri – Wars and Conflicts in Aotearoa New Zealand Fund to support whanau, hapu and iwi to bring to life the stories of the past.
There are also resources being developed for schools.
"So there is work going on so I don’t know if what he did was necessary because what he’s wanting to have happen is starting to happen so I don’t really agree with people going around doing these random acts of violence to make a point," Mr Davis says.
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