Tag: NZ Wars

Our trail of tears: the story of Ihumātao

The standoff at Ihumātao has deep roots in the legacy of colonialism and land confiscation. Historian Vincent O'Malley writes about how it was taken by the Crown, and why that matters today.

‘The Māori trouble’ at Waitara: Revisiting the Taranaki wars and myths set in stone

A new documentary by Mihingarangi Forbes and Great Southern Television for RNZ tells of the first conflicts over the fertile lands of Taranaki. 

Te Pūtake o Te Riri: Māori work hard to remember, and everyone else should too

When we remember the Armistice, remember what happened here too.

Headhunter: The story of Horatio Robley, Pākehā collector of Māori heads

Horatio Robley witnessed the most famous battle of the New Zealand Wars, he fathered a child with the daughter of a sworn enemy, his sketching helped end a war and his book helped save the art of Māori tattooing. But mostly he’s famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads.

Parliament can’t keep ignoring the New Zealand Wars

As the second annual commemoration of the New Zealand Wars approaches, Green MP Gareth Hughes lays down a wero for his fellow MPs.

Learning (and not learning) about the New Zealand Wars

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.

Do we need a national day of remembrance for the New Zealand Wars?

The arguments for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand Wars are strong, but each iwi also has its own case for holding it on a separate date, writes RNZ's Shannon Haunui-Thompson.

The first, forgotten Anzacs, more than 50 years before Gallipoli

Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

10 reasons why the government should return the Waitara lands

Taranaki are expected to host next year's national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be resolved.

“You wouldn’t call a beer ‘Hitler’ or ‘Jesus'”: ‘Heke’ beer leaves bad taste for some

The name of a beer from a Waiheke brewing company has come under fire for its links to a prominent Ngāpuhi chief.

Pākehā Māori: The American soldier who switched sides in the Taranaki Land Wars

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

Hamilton should honour Kirikiriroa Pā and the sacrifices made by its people

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King has withdrawn his proposal to rename the council Kirikiriroa City Council after widespread opposition. Hamilton local Horiana Henderson looks at the history of the name and explains why it's a missed opportunity.

Kin and kūpapa: how a ‘friend of the Pākehā’ fought his own family

Essayist Nadine Anne Hura goes looking for one ancestor's story, and asks what really lies underneath our monuments to war.

Unjust: the story of James Prendergast

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces James Prendergast, the attorney general and chief justice accused of being a racist enemy of Māori. 

Why the Declaration of Independence still matters

As well as being the official NZ Wars commemoration date, October 28 is celebrated by Northland iwi for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document that recognised Māori sovereignty, explains Miriama Aoake.

Uncomfortable and important: Stories of Ruapekapeka is mandatory viewing

Radio New Zealand has released a 30-minute documentary on the battle at Ruapekapeka, an incredibly sophisticated pā in the far north where 400 Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine warriors stood against a combined British force of 1600. Don Rowe attends the premiere, and considers what it means for New Zealand's self-image.

Remembering our forgotten war (WATCH)

The Stories of Ruapekapeka is a special online project by RNZ and Mihingarangi Forbes about Northland’s most infamous armed conflict. Historian Vincent O'Malley writes about the importance of acknowledging the darker episodes of New Zealand's past.