At noon today, earnest listeners flocked to Unity Books on their lunch breaks to listen to Vincent O’Malley talk about his new book, The New Zealand Wars / Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa, published by Bridget Williams Books. O’Malley is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a group of historians specialising in Treaty of Waitangi research. He is the author of several books on New Zealand history, including The Meeting Place: Māori and Pākehā Encounters, 1642–1840 (AUP, 2012), Beyond the Imperial Frontier: The Contest for Colonial New Zealand (BWB, 2014), and his landmark book on the Waikato War, The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000 (BWB, 2016).
O’Malley’s new book is an in-depth history of the mid-nineteenth century wars that make up a vital part of Aotearoa’s story, written to be accessible for anyone who wants to learn about the conflicts that determined how society in Aotearoa functions, and still affect us today.
The New Zealand Wars / Ngā Pakanga o Aoteatoa, published by Bridget Williams Books, is available now in store and online.