The New Zealand Wars

Paperback: $22.00
ISBN-13: 9780947506933
Published: May 2022

Additional Information

100 pages | Over 70 color images
  • About the Book
  • Why did the New Zealand Wars occur? Who fought them and how did they proceed? And where were these battles fought? In The New Zealand Wars, Matthew Wright answers these questions in probing text supported by fact boxes and illustrations that make navigating these protracted wars easy.

    Building on his 2014 book on the same subject, Wright covers all of the wars’ major incidents, movements and people, including the Battle of Gate Pa, Pai Marire, and figures such as Colonel G.S. Whitmore and Te Kooti. He shows that the wars, which pitted British settlers and allied Maori against other Maori over a 30-year period, really ended up as a civil war fanning flames in many regions.

    The book features glossaries that explain military terms, and sidebars that explore subjects like ‘Did Maori invent trench warfare?’, and ‘Food, horrible food’. There are over 70 colour images, including of battle sites that we can visit today.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Matthew Wright, Author

      Matthew Wright is the prolific author of over 60 books on a wide range of topics for all ages, principally New Zealand history. A highly respected historian, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His other books with Oratia are Freyberg — A Life’s Journey and The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front. He lives in Wellington (see