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This excerpt from the first episode of James Belich’s award-winning history of Māori vs Pākehā armed conflict examines growing Māori resentment following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The focus is on Ngā Puhi chief Hōne Heke, who sees few concessions to partnership. The refusal of the British to fly a Māori flag alongside the Union Jack particularly incenses him — and his celebrated acts of civil disobedience directed at this symbol of Imperial rule flying over the town Kororāreka (now Russell) lead to the outbreak of war in the north.

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 Tainui Stephens
 Colin McRae
 James Belich

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You can buy the DVDs from the Auckland Museum.



You would have to write to t.v nz, an request a copy from there archives, be aware kare everthing costs (pute) when it comes to the pakeha.

 Anatia Mehana

Anatia Mehana

can you buy the maori war series anywhere ?

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