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New Zealand's 19th-century wars

War changed the face of New Zealand in the 19th century. Many thousands of Māori died in the intertribal Musket Wars between the 1810s and the 1830s. There were more deaths during the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s to 1870s between some Māori and the Crown, which for many tribes had dire consequences. Read the full article

Page 5 - End of the New Zealand Wars

The New Zealand Wars ended in 1872. European settlers prevailed through weight of numbers and economic power. By 1900, New Zealand was a settler society, with Māori pushed out to

Māori King movement - 1860-94

King Tāwhiao's reign was dominated by the Waikato War and the fallout from it. Read the full article

Page 3 - Response to war

The invasion of Waikato unified the factions within the Kīngitanga, whose forces won some victories despite being at an overwhelming disadvantage in terms of manpower and

Page 5 - Maintaining Te Kīngitanga

By the early 1870s, the Kīngitanga was struggling. Living conditions within the Rohe Potae (the Māori King's territory) were poor. Allies such as Ngāti Hauā had resumed selling

Page 6 - Tensions ease

It was clear by the 1870s that the Kīngitanga could no longer fight a war. Attempts were made to ease relations between the king and the colonial

Regional rugby

The passion and parochialism of provincial rugby helped give the game a special place in New Zealand’s social and sporting history. Read brief histories, highlights and quirky facts about each of New Zealand's 26 regional rugby teams. Read the full article

Page 11 - King Country rugby

History and highlights of rugby in the King Country

New Year's picnickers perch precariously atop logging wagons near the King Country settlement of Manunui.