New Zealand Wars

Page 1 – Introduction

On 28 October 2017, the first Rā Maumahara, National Day of Commemoration of the New Zealand Wars will be held. It will be interesting to compare the response to the commemoration of these wars with our commemoration of the First World War.

It is worth considering the role and purpose of such commemorations in the first place. What do we choose to remember as a society and why? How do we collectively acknowledge the impact of events such as war? In this conversation, we will discuss a number of issues related to the relevance of our internal wars of the nineteenth century and whether they should be a part of core curriculum. If we believe they are an important aspect of our past what would be an appropriate way to acknowledge and commemorate them today and in the future?

Steve Watters, Senior Historian/Educator

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