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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Festival Event

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War in the Motu


Sunday 12 June 2022, 11:00 AM – MIDDAY, Waimarie/RSA. $15


There has been a torrent of literature about New Zealanders fighting in foreign wars, and now, finally, the story about wars in our own country is being told.


These wars – The Musket Wars (1806-1845) and the New Zealand Wars (1845-1872) – profoundly shaped, and still shape, the course and direction of our nation’s history.


Paul Diamond explores the events, causes, and consequences of these defining conflicts with writers and historians, Vincent O’ Malley (The New Zealand Wars Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa) and Ron Crosby (The Forgotten Wars: Why the Musket Wars Matter Today).