Reflections on this ANZAC day

It is of our old Waikato people -long passed- that I am most proud. The year was 1914 and the government was ordering Maori tribes to hand over their young men to go overseas and join in the slaughter.

Waikato were incensed, rightly so, why should the Waikato tribe fight for the British King against a foe who had done us no wrongs? Our tribe had been on the receiving of end of a full on invasion in 1863 resulting in huge loss of life, plunged into poverty, and the governmental confiscation of vast amounts of our ancestral homelands. All on trumped up charges. Why should the Waikato people be forced to fight for the Imperial British Empire?

History tells that we refused to kill and die for the British Monarch. We told the NZ govt to go take a hike. There were consequences. All in all it was well worth it. They are not forgotten. Unlike many of ours today, they stood fast to their principles.

They are our heroes. I salute them!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Winston
    May 08, 2014 @ 13:53:53

    New Zealand poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell wrote this about the ANZACs in Gallipoli:

    “The light of adventure that shone so brightly in our eyes when we set out was extinguished that day. Young men from the farms, the mines, the cities, the public schools, we died in a vast quagmire of blood and broken bodies. No one told us it would be like this.”

    We will remember them.

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