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The New Zealand Wars: A Brief History

28 July 2014

The New Zealand Wars
A Brief History

Matthew Wright

A new history of the New Zealand Wars out tomorrow provides a compact introduction that readers of all ages can access.

The New Zealand Wars: A Brief History shows how these conflicts shaped the way race relations developed in New Zealand, though there was never a simple division in who fought whom.

‘There were professional British soldiers and barely trained settlers, while Maori fought on both sides depending on prior alliances and disputes,’ says author Matthew Wright.

And although they may seem distant, some of the causes of the conflicts are still manifest in modern New Zealand.

‘The wars finally came to an end not because the issues that drove them were resolved, but because both Maori and Pakeha were looking for different ways to settle their problems.

‘This is a process that continues today,’ Wright notes.

‘Some of the injustices Matthew Wright that triggered the wars, and others that were generated by them, have still to be resolved.’ With clear and concise text, colour illustrations and maps, The New Zealand Wars outlines this core history for modern readers.

Release Date: 29 July 2014 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-68-5 | RRP $29.99 Paperback, 210 x 160 mm, 88 pages, full colour

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