Historian and founding partner of research consultancy History Works, Dr Vincent O’Malley is the author of The New Zealand Herald Book of the Year 2016 and Ockham NZ Book Awards 2017 longlisted book The Great War for New Zealand, and new title The New Zealand Wars.
The Great War for New Zealand is a monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. It was war in the Waikato in 1863–64 that shaped the nation in all kinds of ways: setting back Māori and Pākehā relations by several generations and allowing the government to begin to assert the kind of real control over the country that had eluded it since 1840.
Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, Vincent O’Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout, The Great War for New Zealand is a ground breaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.
Vincent will join us on a tour of the sites he has written about and will share his reflection as our keynote speaker after Conference Dinner- a hāngi at Ngā Hau e Whā marae in Cambridge. He will literally journey with us as we walk the earth, see the sky and hear the stories of the Waikato War, the Great War for New Zealand. We as school librarians hold much information that we must be ready to share and offer our staff and students.
It is time for us to be upskilled and participate in these stories so with integrity we can offer information to our staff and students that has become a story we know and understand. We are thrilled Vincent will help us on this journey as School Library professionals.