B Moon (The Weekend Sun, May 19) in referring to the taking of Maori land in the 1860s makes the comment that "land was fairly confiscated from rebel tribes, as they had been warned it would be". In my view B Moon is misinforming us about this. Professional historians now tell us that the land wars were provoked by the government of the time using the British army to threaten Maori tribes who did not want to sell their land.
These tribes felt compelled to defend their land, as happened in Tauranga, and the government then used this as a reason to label them rebels. Professional historians no longer refer to these tribes as rebels. B Moon gives us a view of our history that is not shared by professional historians, and he is not a professional historian himself, so in my view people should be wary of the information that he provides.
P Dey, Welcome Bay.