From the earliest days of European settlement in New Zealand, Maori have struggled to hold on to their land.
Tensions began early, arising from disputed land sales. When open conflict between Maori and Imperial forces broke out in the 1840s and 1860s, the struggles only intensified. For both sides, land was at the heart of the conflict, one that casts a long shadow over race relations in modern-day New Zealand.
Wars Without End is the first book to approach this contentious subject from a Maori point of view, focusing on the Maori resolve to maintain possession of customary lands and explaining the subtleties of an ongoing and complex conflict.
Written by senior Maori historian Danny Keenan, Wars Without End eloquently and powerfully describes the Maori reasons for fighting the Land Wars, placing them in the wider context of the Maori struggle to retain their sovereign estates.
The Land Wars might have been quickly forgotten by Pakeha, but for Maori these longstanding struggles are wars without end.
Title: Wars Without End: New Zealand’s Land Wars – A Maori Perspective
Author: Keenan, Danny
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)