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Vincent O'Malley
New Zealand historian and writer
New Zealand historian and writer

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Festival of Colour: The Great War for New Zealand
In April I will be travelling to Wanaka to take part in the Festival of Colour , Wanaka's flagship celebration of the arts and literature. On Sunday 9 April, I will be in conversation with former Prime Minister Jim Bolger at the Central Lake Trust Crystal P...

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Talk: The War that Shaped a Nation
Historian Vincent O'Malley discusses his new book The Great War For New
Zealand , an account of war in Waikato between 1863 and 1864. In
association with Bridget Williams Books and Bruce McKenzie Bookseller for the Festival of Cultures.  Where: Globe Thea...

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Inglorious Dastards: Rangiaowhia Raid and the 'great war for New Zealand'
A George Grey-inspired attack that killed up to 100 Maori
men, women and children to crush a non-existent uprising signalled “a
great war for New Zealand” was being waged.  Today, the only visible remnant is St Paul’s
Anglican Church. Further up the road...

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Settler Colonial History, Commemoration and White Backlash: Remembering the New Zealand Wars
'Settler Colonial History, Commemoration and White Backlash: Remembering the New Zealand Wars' , co-authored with Dr Joanna Kidman, has recently been published in its online version by the journal Settler Colonial Studies . When students from a North Island...

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A Tale of Two Rangatira: Rewi Maniapoto, Wiremu Tamihana and the Waikato War
Following publication of The Great War for New Zealand I continue to write and publish on the Waikato War, including this article published in the latest Journal of the Polynesian Society that takes a more biographical approach, comparing Rewi Maniapoto of ...

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New Zealand Herald Book of the Year 2016: The Great War for New Zealand
The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 by Vincent O'Malley (Bridget Williams Books, $80) Reviewed by Jim Eagles It
is a sad commentary on New Zealand's interest in its own history that
the most recent previous book-length account of the conflic...

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The Great War for New Zealand and the Making of Auckland
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 Th...

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The Great War for New Zealand - A Book for all New Zealanders
The arrival of a landmark book for all New Zealanders Me maumahara tātou – we must remember. Not lest we forget. We must remember...It has to be that we go forward from a position of enlightenment, of māramatanga. Rahui Papa, Chairman, Te Arataura, Waikato-...

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What a nation chooses to remember and forget: the war for New Zealand's history
E arly
in 2014 a group of school students from a small town in rural New
Zealand took a trip to some nearby historical sites. Guided by local
Māori elders, the students from Otorohanga College encountered a history
that was all but unknown to them. As L...
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