Graeme Bridge (October 30) opines that "the facts of New Zealand History are controversial, [being] on one hand documented records, on the other, oral folklore".

He is wrong — and his misunderstanding could be explained by the fact that only brief "sanitised" extracts, romanticised with myth and legend from the early historians, were taught in our schools for most of the last century (eg: J. H. Wallace, 1866; S. P. Smith & E. Best, 1914-20).

In the intellectual fashion of the day, they were rarely evaluated critically before they were used, via the compulsory "school journal".

Graeme´s concern with recorded

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