New Zealand's 19th-century wars

Image: 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā, by Chris Weissenborn on Flickr

This collection of online resources explores the history of the 19th century New Zealand wars and their repercussions for Māori the tangata whenua –people of the land.


To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term New Zealand Wars.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand's Internal Wars

Presents detailed information on the various regional conflicts that occurred during the New Zealand Wars.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

New Zealand's 19th-century wars

Comprehensive information on the New Zealand wars and their impact on 19th century Māori and Pākehā.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Wars (1845 – 1872)

This site has made available digitised text books, which include analyses and observations on the New Zealand Wars. Some also feature diary extracts and letters relating to the conflict.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Wars

Presents a detailed overview of the 19th-century battles involving Māori tribes and government forces that became known as the New Zealand wars.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

The New Zealand Wars 

This website focuses on aspects of the New Zealand wars fought between Pākehā and Māori during the 19th century. Includes a timeline, some maps and also information about the legacies and consequences of the fighting.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Puke Ariki: Taranaki Land Wars

Looks at the Pekapeka block where the New Zealand Wars started.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Taranaki Stories

Some of these stories about conflict and protest in Taranaki relate to the 19th century New Zealand wars including the story of Parihaka.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Taratoa and the code of conduct : a story from the Battle of Gate Pā, by Debbie McCauley 2014 (non-fiction)
Crow of Whareatua, by Sid Marsh, 1999  (graphic novel)
Remember that November, by Jennifer Beck (sophisticated picture book)


The New Zealand Wars was a five-part series detailing the history of Māori vs Pākehā armed conflict.”

The New Zealand Land Wars.- Ōrākau. Waka Huia 28:58