Release of Voices from the New Zealand Wars/He Reo Nō Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa

Voices from the New Zealand Wars/He Reo Nō Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa, the third in a series of works I have written on these defining conflicts, after The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato, 1800-2000 (2016) and The New Zealand Wars/Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (2019), all published by Bridget Williams Books, is officially released this month. 

Drawn from memoirs, letters, journals and diaries, newspaper reports, official accounts and more, Voices from the New Zealand Wars/He Reo Nō Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa brings together the accounts of multiple Māori and Pākehā men and women who either fought in or witnessed the conflicts that ravaged New Zealand between 1845 and 1872, telling the stories of these conflicts through their many voices.

Watch the trailer for the book here.


And read the first review here. A short extract: "By combining an incredibly rich set of sources – extracts from diaries, memoirs, letters, official documents and newspaper reports – with meticulous scholarship and a perfect editorial balance, O’Malley’s latest work will undoubtedly further efforts to raise the New Zealand Wars even higher in the national consciousness...The new Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories curriculum rightly places considerable emphasis on Māori history and experiences of colonisation, with the New Zealand Wars as a focus point. When the curriculum is shortly rolled out, there will be a pressing need for resources that teachers can utilise in the classroom to discuss these areas in an engaging, informative and sensitive way. This book fits that criterion perfectly as well as being an essential read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of these formative conflicts in Aotearoa New Zealand’s history."


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