All week this week we feature tangata whenua writings to mark Waitangi Day. Today: Vincent O'Malley reviews a new history of the battle of Gate Pā.
Historian Vincent O'Malley conducted his own survey over the weekend on what people did and didn't learn about New Zealand history at school. The results, no matter how unscientific, still paint a clear picture.
In The Great War for New Zealand, historian Vincent O'Malley tells the story of the Waikato War of the 1860s – how it set back Māori-Pākehā relations by generations and changed the course of New Zealand history for good. Here, in an original essay for The Spinoff, he explains how the war helped create modern Auckland.