The New Zealand Wars

Watercolour showing Māori warrior, wearing coak, ammunition pouches and holding club, addressing a group of seated Māori men and women. A Māori woman in a white blouse and blue skirt, holding a rifle is standing to his right.

'The War Council. June 1864' by Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky. Ref: A-159-047 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

Discover quality learning resources about Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa | The New Zealand Wars. There's information on the campaigns and the long-lasting impact on Māori. Find historical Māori and Pākehā primary sources, contemporary articles, and more.

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua.
As man disappears from sight, the land remains.

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New Zealand Wars: General resources and legacy: New Zealand Land Wars petition presentation at Parliament by Dylan Owen. Ref: PADL-001758 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

Wairau Affray 1843: 'Wairau April 1851' by Charles Gold. Ref: A-329-014 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

Northern War 1845–1846: 'View of the Left Angle of Heke’s Pah at Ohaiawai That Was Stormed on the 1st July, 1845, From a Breastwork Adjoining Our Right Battery' by Cyprian Bridge. Ref: A-079-005 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

War in Wellington and Whanganui 1845–1847: 'Fight at Battle Hill. Last Stand of Rangihaeata. Horokiwi 1846. Lieut. Page, 58th Regt' by George Page. Ref: B-081-001 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

War in Taranaki 1860–1861 and 1864–1866: 'Encampment of Chute’s Forces Near Te Putahi Pa, on the Whenuakura River, 7 January 1866' by Gustavus von Tempsky. Ref: A-198-008 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

War in the Waikato 1863–1865: 'Tu Kaitote, the Pah of Te Wherowhero on the Waikato, Taupiri Mountain in the Distance' by George French Angas. Ref: PUBL-0014-15 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

War in Tauranga 1864: 'Surrender of the Ngaiterangi at Te Papa — Coming In With Arms' by Horatio Gordon Robley. Ref: A-033-010 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

The story of Te Kooti 1868–1873: Banner possibly used by Te Kooti. Ref: WHAT 190, Box 15 Archives New Zealand on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

The story of Tītokowaru 1868–1869: 'The Death of von Tempsky' by Kennett Watkins. Ref: D-016-013 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.

The story of Rua Kenana 1916: Rua Kenana Hepetipa, with some of his household and visitors, at Maai, Maungapohatu by an unknown photographer. Ref: PAColl-6001-41 Alexander Turnbull Library. Some rights reserved.