THE GREAT WAR FOR NEW ZEALAND
The Waikato War, argues historian Vincent O’Malley, is the defining conflict of this country: a bloodbath that resulted in more deaths per capita than the First World War, exposed two competing visions of NZ, destroyed the thriving economy of the region and set aside the Treaty for 100 years. In his 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted book The Great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000, O’Malley gives this traumatic conflict its due. Te Radar interviews O’Malley and Waikato-born Marama Muru-Lanning, author of Tupuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River, on our true great war.
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