Interview with Chris Laidlaw on Radio NZ

Wendy was invited to join Chris Laidlaw on yesterday’s Sunday programme on Radio New Zealand to discuss Nation Dates.

Chris and Wendy had a lively discussion about the significance of New Zealand’s history to our future. Chris also quizzed Wendy about her passion for the constitutional review and the opportunity it represents for New Zealanders to participate in shaping their future. Wendy shared her vision for providing a copy of Nation Dates to every secondary school in the country free of charge with the assistance of a commercial sponsorship partner.

The interview closed with Chris’s wonderful quote from Tawhiao the third Maori King in 1894: “I know lots of missionaries. They ver’ nice men, ver’ good men, make Maori do what they please. When miss’n’ries come first Maori’s have plenty of land everywhere. They say ‘Let us pra ay, let us pra ay.’ We pray and shut our eyes so we see nothing at all. When we open dem again the land had gone!’.  To view the full article, click here.

Listen to the full interview.

Nation Dates reviewed by Lily Richards on 95bFM

Earlier this month Nation Dates was reviewed by Unity Book’s Lily Richards on Auckland’s 95bFM. Lily has a great perspective on the book:

‘This isn’t dry or boring, or it doesn’t make me feel like I’m at school – it makes me feel like this is the kind of book that everyone should have in their library. Something that you can reference, but also something that’s really inspiring……’s very, very informative, but for some reason quite pleasing in the same breath.’

Thanks Lily for your positive feedback! We agree and really want to see Nation Dates become a handbook for everyone who has an interest in New Zealand’s past and future – and from our perspective that should be all of us! It’s amazing the things we have learnt while working on this project – it’s all the little details that surprise and excite. Did you know that it wasn’t until 1977 that automatic dual citizenship with Britain was abolished and those born in New Zealand became simply New Zealanders?  And were you aware that in 1886, non-Maori born in New Zealand outnumbered those who had immigrated here for the first time? In her review Lily picks out a few dates that really interest her too.

You can listen to the full review here.