On 15 September I emailed the following Letter to the Editor of the NZ Listener, responding to an article by journalist Philip Matthews that appeared that morning.
Re. Listener article by Philip Matthews
I would like to explain to readers the reason why I would not contribute in any way to the article Philip Matthews wrote (20-26 September). As I explained to Mr Matthews by email when he approached me, his previous article on me persuaded me that he was not a fair and ethical journalist. I did not believe he would treat my circumstances in an even-handed, professional manner.
As for Mr Matthews' curiously veiled suggestion that I no longer regret mistakes in my 1991 thesis, let me bring clarity:
I continue to feel sincere regret at three things: errors in my thesis; some people's anger at those errors; and the misuse of the thesis by certain racists and politically motivated cranks.
I firmly stand by all my statements in the Addendum, dated
That does not mean I will remain passive while protagonists on either side of the revisionist/anti-revisionist debate attempt to use me or my old thesis as ammunition to fire at each other.
Although I don't trust Mr Matthews I certainly do trust the good sense of the
Thus, I believe the
To facilitate this process, I have started compiling material, including the complete History Now article (slightly longer than the edited version that appeared in The Herald and The Press), and placing them on my little Totem Press website.
I invite readers to visit this website: http://totempress.tripod.com/press/ and to explore the various pages.
Dr Joel Hayward