The New Zealand Wars, 1820-72, Paperback Book

The New Zealand Wars, 1820-72 Paperback

Illustrated by Raffaele Ruggeri

Part of the Men-at-Arms series


Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers.

The Maori had a fierce and long-established warrior tradition and subduing them took a lengthy British Army commitment, only surpassed in the Victorian period by that on the North-West Frontier of India.

Warfare had been endemic in pre-colonial New Zealand and Maori groups maintained fortified villages or pas.

The small early British coastal settlements were tolerated, and in the 1820s a chief named Hongi Hika travelled to Britain with a missionary and returned laden with gifts.

He promptly exchanged these for muskets, and began an aggressive 15-year expansion.

By the 1860s many Maori had acquired firearms and had perfected their bush-warfare tactics.

In the last phase of the wars a religious movement, Pai Maarire ('Hau Hau'), inspired remarkable guerrilla leaders such as Te Kooti Arikirangi to renewed resistance.

This final phase saw a reduction in British Army forces.

European victory was not total, but led to a negotiated peace that preserved some of the Maori people's territories and freedoms.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 8 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Australasian & Pacific history
  • ISBN: 9781780962771

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