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From the early cultural collisions between Maori and Pakeha that led to this landmark agreement, to the many reinterpretations that have followed, Waitangi: A Living Treaty brings the story and concepts of the Treaty to life in this revealing and thought-provoking read.

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‘In Waitangi: A Living Treaty, Matthew Wright surveys this journey of the Treaty, revealing how the agreement has insinuated itself into our history, and how it has both reflected and challenged attitudes at different stages in our nation’s past’  – Professor Paul Moon.

 

The History of Hawke’s Bay  spans centuries and people, a tale of settlement, wars, and colonial hopes. This profusely illustrated 260-page book offers a unique overview of the history of this district from its geological origins to the wild cowboy world of the colonists, the disasters of earthquake and world wars, through to the lifestyle province of the twenty-first century. Click to buy.

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My social history of war, The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, is published by Oratia. Available in all good New Zealand bookshops or buy online from Oratia. “This is a fine introduction to a war that still shapes our world” – Gavin McLean, Otago Daily Times.

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Review comments

“Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and most readable historians…” – Christopher Pugsley, foreword to The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

“Few New Zealand historians are as prolific as Wright, and fewer still have his command of events and developments in the country during the 19th century” – Paul Moon, NZBooks, June 2015.

‘Like [Michael] King and [Keith] Sinclair, Wright has profound knowledge of his subject and uses lucid prose to convey it…He is deeply interested in the why of things, in the complex interplay of environment, economics and personalities.’
– Fritz Logan, Timaru Herald, 21 November 2009.

‘Familiar places become much more fascinating and monumental as a result of Wright’s multi-faceted treatment of his subject…the extent of his research into the archives is obvious… We can discern here the true paths of human interaction in all their complexity.’
– Mick Ludden, Wairarapa Times-Age, 17 February 2007.