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MAOR327 Ngā Pakanga Nunui: New Zealand Wars

An investigation into New Zealand’s nineteenth-century colonial conflicts, including their causes and repercussions.

This paper answers the myriad call for a wider understanding of New Zealand’s colonial wars. It investigates how and why the wars came about, the conflicts themselves, and their subsequent impacts on Māori and New Zealand more generally up to the present day. It also looks at how the wars have been represented over time on screen, in writings, and in other art forms.

Paper title Ngā Pakanga Nunui: New Zealand Wars
Paper code MAOR327
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 200-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited with MAOR310 taken in 2021 or 2022

At least 18 200-level points.


Professor Lachy Paterson

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor Lachy Paterson

Paper Structure
  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-contact warfare / musket wars / missionaries and traders
  3. 1840s conflicts
  4. Kīngitanga / First Taranaki War
  5. Waikato War & 2nd Taranaki War
  6. On-going Conflicts / Pai Mārire / Tītokowaru / Te Kooti
  7. Gender & War
  8. Legislative and Judicial Oppression & Control
  9. Te Kingitanga, from 1864
  10. Resistance and Coercive control / Parihaka / Rua Kenana
  11. Remembering the Wars / Representations
  12. Legacies into the present
Teaching Arrangements

The paper has 12 x 2-hour lectures, and 4 x 2 hour seminars.


Seminar readings are available on eReserve through Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
  1. Lifelong Learning
  2. Cultural Understanding
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Communication
  5. Research
  6. Scholarship
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historical themes and perspectives relating to the causes of the New Zealand Wars, the conflicts themselves, and the consequences for Māori, and New Zealand in general.
  2. Critically engage with, analyse and discuss literature relating to the New Zealand Wars and assess diverse historical interpretations.
  3. Undertake research on a topic reflecting on an aspect of the New Zealand Wars and their consequences.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 11, 13, 16, 18
A2 Monday 15:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18