Monday, 27 June 2016

The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000

My new history of the Waikato War, which draws its title from one of Wiremu Tamihana's several petitions to Parliament in the aftermath of the conflict, will be published by Bridget Williams Books in October. Visit the book's webpage for more details on the contents, and events connected with the work (or to make preorders), as the publication date draws nearer. 

No te taenga ki te kohuru i Rangiaohia, katahi au ka mohio he tino pakanga nui tenei, no Niu Tireni

When it came to the (time of the) murder at Rangiaohia, then I knew, for the first time, that this was a great war for New Zealand
Wiremu Tamihana (1865)

A monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. It was war in the Waikato in 1863–64 that shaped the nation in all kinds of ways: setting back Māori and Pākehā relations by several generations and allowing the government to begin to assert the kind of real control over the country that had eluded it since 1840.



Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​Vincent ​O’Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout, The Great War for New Zealand is a groundbreaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.


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