Owning Our History: The New Zealand Wars (Live-streamed Webinar)

Owning Our History: The New Zealand Wars (Live-streamed Webinar)

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When Ōtorohanga College pupils petitioned Parliament in 2015, calling for a national day of commemoration for the New Zealand Wars, they sparked a vital debate about memory, identity and history.

How do New Zealanders remember and forget difficult events in our colonial past? Why are some conflicts publicly remembered while others are forgotten or overlooked? And who decides? Now that New Zealand history will be taught in all schools from 2022, these questions become vitally important.

Speakers Vincent O'Malley and Joanna Kidman argue that iwi and hapū need to be at the forefront of conversations around this new curriculum and that connecting with mana whenua histories will empower rangatahi to better understand the places they call home.

Event taking place on March 22
12.00–1.00pm NZDT

Please note that this event is not organised by BWB.

To register for this free webinar, part of the Te Tiriti-Based Futures + Anti-Racism 2020 Online Conference, featuring more than 50 speakers over ten days, visit this page.


Vincent O'Malley is the author of a number of books on New Zealand history published by BWB. These include The Great War for New Zealand, Beyond the Imperial Frontier, and the recently published best-seller New Zealand Wars.

Event Date time: 
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00