Author(s): Danny Keenan
From the earliest days of European settlement in New Zealand, argues historian Danny Keenan, Māori struggled to hold on to their land. Tensions began early, arising from disputed land sales. When open conflict between Māori and Imperial forces broke out in the 1840s and 1860s, the struggles intensified. For both sides, land was at the heart of the conflict. When the fighting was over, the 'wars' for land spilled into the courts. This is the first book to approach this subject from a Māori point of view, focusing on the Māori resolve to maintain possession of customary lands. Written by a senior Māori historian, Wars Without Enddescribes the Māori reasons for fighting the 'Land Wars', placing these conflicts in the context of the Māori struggle to retain their sovereign estates. In this revised edition, the author has substantially reworked and expanded sections covering the Waikato wars.
Dr Danny Keenan of Te Atiawa and Ngati Te Whiti is Associate Professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a specialist in New Zealand nineteenth century history and has published many academic papers, articles and contributions to scholarly publications. He is the general editor of the book Terror In Our Midst (Huia, 2008) examining the controversial police raids in the Urewera in October 2007. He manages an active and popular website called The New Zealand Wars.