The New Zealand Wars

TitleThe New Zealand Wars
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBelich, James
Episodes1: The war that Britain Lost. 2: Kings and Empires. 3: The Invasion of Waikato. 4: Taranaki Prophets. 5: The East Coast Wars.
Running Time250 min.
Date Released06/09/1998
DistributorSilver 7 Ballard NZ Ltd.
CountryNew Zealand
Publication LanguageEnglish

Five-part series The New Zealand Wars takes a new look at the history of Māori vs Pākehā armed conflict from 1845 to 1872, between the New Zealand Colonial government and allied Māori on one side and Māori and Māori-allied settlers on the other. It was presented by historian James Belich, who with his arm-waving zeal proved a persuasive on-screen presence: "we don't need to look overseas for our Robin Hood, our Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, or Gandhi". The popular series reframed NZ history, and its stories of Hōne Heke, Governor Grey, Tītokowaru, Te Whiti, Von Tempsky and Te Kooti, easily affirmed Belich's conviction. The New Zealand Wars was judged Best Documentary at the 1998 Qantas Media Awards.

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