“..Labour leader David Cunliffe has apologised again – not for being a man – but for being a Cunliffe.
On a day the Crown apologised to Tuhoe – Cunliffe confessed to a family secret –
– that ancestors on his mother’s side were among Crown forces who chased the rebel Te Kooti into the Urewera mountains in 1869 – following his escape from the Chatham Islands.
The chase led to some of what the Crown apologised for yesterday –
– scorched earth tactics and the killing and kidnapping of Tuhoe ancestors..”
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