All About History

DR VINCENT O’MALLEY

Q. CAN YOU EXPLAIN FOR OUR READERS WHAT THE NEW ZEALAND WARS WERE?

A. The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts fought between the British Crown and various groups of Māori between 1845 and 1872 over much of the North Island. At one time they were known as the ‘Māori Wars’ following the British tendency to name wars after their enemies, and sometimes they are still called the ‘Land Wars’. They left about 6,000 people killed or wounded, over two-thirds of them Māori, and they brought more than 18,000 British troops to New

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