Overview:

Using all the available accounts written by eye-witnesses, the author has written the most detailed account of the skirmish at Rangiaowhia in the Waikato war that has yet appeared.

We are running another yet fantastic giveaway for our members.

The prizes are three copies of “Hoani’s Last Stand The Real Story of Rangiaowhia” by Piers Seed

Hoani’s Last Stand The Real Story of Rangiaowhia” by Piers Seed. Photo credit The BFD.

Summary:

Using all the available accounts written by eye-witnesses, the author has written the most detailed account of the skirmish at Rangiaowhia in the Waikato war that has yet appeared. Rangiaowhia was the breadbasket of the area, supplying food to the strongly held fortress of Paterangi. The control of Rangiaowhia and the bypassing of Paterangi were strokes of strategic genius on the part of General Cameron, enabling him to defeat his opponents without the need to attack Paterangi and thus preventing much loss of life on both sides. In so doing, Cameron hastened the end of the Waikato war. After the night march through the bush from Te Rore Cameron’s force, including von Tempsky’s Forest Rangers, broke into two in order to occupy the village. In the process, they were fiercely resisted by the gunfire that came from one house – the famous last stand of Hoani.

Hoani’s Last Stand The Real Story of Rangiaowhia” by Piers Seed. Photo credit The BFD.

On the 21st of July, we will give away three copies to three lucky BFD members. We will use an online random number generator to select the winners from our membership base and then we will contact the winner via e-mail.

There will be one book for Basic and Bronze members, one for Silver members and one for Gold and Platinum members.

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BOOK REVIEW

Title.                               Hoani’s Last Stand:  

                                        The Real Story of Rangiaowhia (290 pages)

Publisher.                      Tross Publishing RRP $35.00)          

                                         Email [email protected]

Author:                           Piers Seed 2022

Rating                             5 STAR

Target Audience.          All Kiwis

Reviewed                       Paterson and Prince

This book is factual, well researched with detailed accounts (including photos and maps) covering events at Rangiaowhia on 21st February 1864 (Waikato Maori Wars) and is long overdue. The mythmakers and activists have recently had a field day and held sway with their lies and mistruths surrounding this affray. The flight of fancy tale took root from Kingite Tamihana (not present), who was sore at being outflanked and outmanoeuvred by General Duncan Cameron hence concocting the tale of a “holocaust” which was taken up by one Rusden in 1883. Both accounts were widely refuted by eyewitnesses and the claims were completely discredited at that time.

In the book’s narrative, the author Piers Seed refutes and dismantles the false allegations completely. The book makes compelling reading and to the best of our knowledge is the fullest factual coverage of the events at Rangiaowhia ever published.

It follows from the book: –

  • That the so-called defenceless village was no such thing, as there were about 40  Paterangi Kingite armed convoy guards present, the number of guns and the fortified whares (slab timber wall forts) with rifle pits within the village also attest to that.
  • The preposterous claims of a ‘holocaust’ and that up to 144 women and children were wantonly slaughtered in a burning church are arrant nonsense.
  • The alleged burning of a church simply did not happen as both churches stood intact after the affray, the Catholic Church was demolished in 1931 and the Anglican Church is still standing there today. Faced with these incontrovertible facts the fabulists then seek to switch the false myth to a “whare karakia or house of prayer” which is equally fatuous as this was a fortified whare (with a narrow entrance and rifle pit) full of guns and ammunition manned by rebels that withstood a series of concerted assaults by Government troops.
  • All eye witness and subsequent accounts by those living in that era make a mockery of the current fictitious claims.  Cowan, ‘NZ Land Wars’, Volume 1 Chapter 37 the Invasion of Rangiaowhia Pages 351 to 357 reconfirms that position. Cowan is still the authoritative text and, as he spoke Maori fluently, interviewed surviving eyewitnesses and visited most of the sites, he was in a unique position to assess the events of the day.

Those who spread the false allegations have been exposed by this book. The book to some degree plays ‘devil’s advocate’ thereby covering every aspect of the events.  Politicians, Government bureaucrats, modern-day historians, teachers and academics intent on rewriting history who all know better, should be silent and apologise for their outbursts – that of course will not happen. Using impressionable young school children to spread race-based falsehoods is abhorrent.

Promoting mistruths has no place in NZ History. The standard defence when the culprits are challenged confronted and faced with the facts is that ‘history is often contentious and debatable’ but the truth is not negotiable.

Every NZ Public Library, School Library, all MP’s and the 67 Local Authorities should have a copy of this book on hand as a foil against blatant racism and activism.

The Tross Publishing trilogy of books is now complete- Gate Pa and Te Ranga The Full Story, Parihaka The Facts, and The Real Story of Rangiaowhia have all put paid to the myths and lies surrounding these events and ordinary Kiwis will as a result be all the wiser.

  • Denying the truth doesn’t change the facts.
  • Truth matters above all else.
  • The great enemy of the truth is very often not only the lies, (deliberate, contrived and dishonest as they may be) but the associated myths which are persistent, pervasive and unrelenting.

 Kiwis enjoy the book and draw your own conclusions from the facts

Hoani’s Last Stand The Real Story of Rangiaowhia” by Piers Seed. Photo credit The BFD.

Price: NZD $35.00 

( *postage included if purchased directly from the publisher)

Size: A5

Type: Soft Cover

Pages: 270 pages including 10 pages of drawings/maps/photos

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