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The veneer is radical, but the substance is not.

Volume 11, Issue 1

April, 2005

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Poata-Smith, Evan Te Ahu. (2005). The veneer is radical, but the substance is not. Pacific Journalism Review, 11(1): 211-217. Review of a Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End (Revised Edition), by Ranginui Walker. Auckland: Penguin Books, 2004.
Author(s): Evan Te Ahu Poata-Smith
Reviewed book by Ranginui Walker
Publication date: 
April, 2005

Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou represented a challenge to the more sanitised versions of history that tended to present New Zealand as a harmonious and progressive nation in a world otherwise characterised by incessant ethnic conflict, racism and division. This romanticism, originally encapsualted in Hobson's decree at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi that New Zealand was 'one nation, one people', had become firmly entrenched in the conciousness of many New Zealdners.