AMI Humanities Lecture: The Great War for New Zealand and the Making of Auckland

In the inaugural Auckland Museum Institute Humanities Lecture for 2022, Dr O’Malley describes how the Great War for New Zealand, begun from the invasion of Waikato in 1863, played out in Tāmaki Makaurau, and the legacy it left behind.

In his acclaimed 2016 book The Great War for New Zealand, Dr Vincent O’Malley argued that it was in the invasion of Waikato in 1863, and not either world war, that was the defining conflict in New Zealand history. War in the Waikato shaped the nation in many ways and caused incalculable misery and lasting harm for many Māori communities. But as the same book highlighted, it also sealed Auckland’s future. In this lecture, O’Malley describes how the conflict played out in Tāmaki Makaurau and the legacy it left behind.

Vincent O’Malley is the author of many books on New Zealand history including bestselling works The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000 (2016) and The New Zealand Wars / Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (2019), and most recently, Voices from the New Zealand Wars/He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (2021), all published by Bridget Williams Books. He is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a group of historians specialising in Treaty of Waitangi research and an advocate for teaching New Zealand history in schools.

When: Tuesday 5 July 2022, 7.00pm. 

Where: This talk will be held online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be circulated to those who have booked for the talk the day prior.

Free for Museum Members. Visit the Auckland Museum site for more details. Note: You may have to create an account with Auckland Museum to register but the talk is free. 


  1. It looks as if this Lecture will cost me $75 for AMI membership first. Am I correct?

    1. You may have to create a free Auckland Museum profile/account but it shouldn't require AMI membership.

  2. I already have an account but still cannot book this lecture.

    1. Vincent O'Malley4 July 2022 at 09:46

      Sorry about that. If you use the contact form on this blog to get in touch directly I can send you the link.


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