The great war for New Zealand
- Date: Wednesday, 1 November, 2017
12.15pm to 1pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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The defining conflict in New Zealand history
The great war for New Zealand tells the story 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, marking an end to any hopes of meaningful partnership 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 contacts in the Waikato in the early nineteenth century through to settlement and apology in 1995, Vincent O’Malley’s book focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath.
At this talk the author reflects on the book’s key messages and its reception, just over a year after publication, and following the inaugural national day of commemoration for the New Zealand Wars. Has the call for New Zealanders to own their history, warts and all, been heeded?
About the speaker
Vincent O’Malley is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a Wellington consultancy specialising in Treaty of Waitangi research, and is the author of many books on New Zealand history.
The tohu maumahara (symbol of remembrance) at the site of Rangiriri. Photograph by Vincent O’Malley.
We hope you have enjoyed our talks during 2017 and we’ll be back in 2018 with another interesting series of topics and speakers.