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The Pencilsword: Lest We Forget

Monday 25th April 2016

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“Awesome to start seeing convocation being opened about this subject. The plain lack of media coverage on the bill getting put through parliament (Should it be compulsory in NZ schools to teach NZ history) made me feel a tad sick. Regardless of your stance on this matter, we should agree on one thing, teach it.
Then you can start looking at the how.
In response to your point your comment Ken Clark, if schools looked into NZs whakapapa with more rigour and depth, we would find the Kūpapa history being taught, along with an abundance of others.

I think its easy to get bound up in "one's" opinion first off, and to me, that is stamping out the opportunity for others to even form an opinion.
This young countries history is rich, unique, deep, and HAS to be taught. Why? I have been asking myself this question a lot. I believe if we can pick up our history, examine it objectively, from various angles, I have a hunch that will keep us more informed as to how we conduct ourselves in the now, in the future.
It reminds me of the experiment on the Simpsons where Lisa rigs an electric cupcake for Bart, he keeps trying to grab it whilst receiving continuous electric shocks and not learning, if he could remember it was electric he wouldn't touch it. Thats my analogy for not recognising our not so ancient history here in NZ.
I hope that our shoddy main stream media picks up their mana and actually starts some convocation around it. So thanks Mihi Ngārangi Forbes for the pod cast this eve. Great panel discussion.
Nga mini nui kia koe RNZ!
Alex Mann
Ngāti Pākehā” — Alex Mann


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Toby Morris is an Auckland based illustrator and comic artist. He is the creator of the Pencilsword and also half of the Toby and Toby duo behind the series 'That is the question' at radionz.co.nz
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