Author(s): Philippa Werry
The story of the 19th century New Zealand Wars, a part of New Zealand's history that many people wish they knew more about. The book describes how the wars came about, where and when they were fought, who was involved, and how they affected women and children. It explains the emergence of Kingitanga or Maori King movement, the land confiscations and the story of Parihaka.
Other chapters look at war memorials, graves and monuments, the work of the Waitangi Tribunal, how the wars have featured in New Zealand art, music and literature, and how they are being remembered today, including new ways of working towards understanding and reconciliation. The story is told in an accessible way full of fascinating detail, eye witness accounts, illustrations and little known facts, with lists of websites, resources and books for those who want to discover more.
We know more about wars fought in Europe than the 19th century battles that occurred in our own country and this enlightening new book helps to rectify that. Werry’s absorbing text describes how the New Zealand wars began, where and when they were fought, who was involved, and how the subsequent confiscation of land destroyed many iwi. It explains the emergence of the Kingitanga or Maori King movement, what happened at Parihaka and the history of land protests. Other chapters look at war memorials, graves and monuments, the work of the Waitangi Tribunal, how the wars have featured in New Zealand art, music and literature, and how they are remembered today, including ways of working towards reconciliation. The stories are told in an accessible way, full of detail, eye-witness accounts, illustrations and little-known facts, with lists of websites, resources and books for further study. Ideal for age 9 to adult, The New Zealand Wars is a valuable addition to Werry’s non-fiction titles Anzac Day, Waitangi Day and Armistice Day.
Finalist for the Non-fiction Elsie Locke Award of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018.