The great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000 / Vincent O’Malley
Ref: The great war for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000, Bridget Williams Books, 2016, Vincent O'Malley, Auckland Libraries, 993.3 OMAL.
Ref: Sketch map of the North Island of New Zealand, shewing approximately the loyal and rebel districts, 1869, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 2563a.
Ref: Map of the seat of the war, 1860s, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 17.
The great war for New Zealand is essentially the story of the Tainui people who trace their ancestry back to the arrival of the first Tainui waka in Aotearoa New Zealand. The author’s research contributes significantly to the increasing body of knowledge which provides alternative scripts to the official colonial government version of the history of the land wars. The colonial version dominated New Zealand history books for over 100 years and placed key responsibility for the war on Māori. The great war for New Zealand does not hesitate to ask the important questions which challenge the validity of accepted notions on, for example, the outcome of key battles such as Rangiriri and Ōrākau.
Ref: Monkton, Charles Henry, 1840-1890. Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te Waharoa with a double barreled shot-gun - Photograph taken by C H Monkton. Ref: 1/2-005322-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
The book contains much original source material and includes extensive endnotes to corroborate the text. The comprehensive bibliography is, in itself, a work of art: a scarily vast repository of sources on the land wars. The many illustrations provide an alternative visual narrative of their own. Of special interest are the evocative early photographs and Lindauer’s Maori portraits.
Ref: Henry Greenwood, Emigration to New Zealand, 1850s, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-C2024.
Ref: Mitchell, Leonard Cornwall, 1901-1971. Mitchell, Leonard Cornwall 1901-1971 :Rewi Maniapoto, chief of the Ngati-Maniapoto tribe, and heroic defender of Orakau in 1864. [1930s or 1940s?]. Ref: E-204-q-016. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Right: Hanna Studio, Portrait of Sir George Grey, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 346-A13113.