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  • Edward Landels Douglas (1838 - 1916)
    Edward Landells was born in Walkergate Street in Alnwick, Northumberland, England on 6 July 1838. His parents were Adam and Margaret Landells (nee Douglas) who had married at Gretna Green in Dumfries, ...
  • Benedict Benjamin Biddle (1847 - 1933)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Benedict 'Ben' Benjamin Biddle (1848-1933), NZC, one of New Zealand's last land wars heroes, was awarded the rare New Zealand Cross for his acts of bravery at Ngatapa Pā, G...
  • Samuel Crowther (1848 - 1924)
    Obituary MR. SAMUEL CROWTHER. [BY TELEGRAPH. - OWN CORRESPONDENT.] TAUPO. Sunday. The death of Mr. Samuel Crowther, at Taupo last week, removed a Maori War veteran, and one of tha best known figures ...
  • Te Whiti (c.1830 - 1907)
    Te Whiti-o-Rongomai III was a descendant of both Awa-nui-a-rangi, the founder of Te Ati Awa of Taranaki, and Tahu-ao-ariki. More directly, he was descended from Te Rangi-apiti-rua, paramount chief of T...
  • Capt. Christopher Faulkner (1852 - 1936)
    Christopher Faulkner (1852-1936). Born in Otumoetai on 28 July 1852. Christopher was a trooper and despatch rider during the New Zealand Wars. He became one of the best-known captains in the Northern S...

The New Zealand Wars, sometimes called the Land Wars and also once called the Māori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand between 1845 and 1872. The wars were fought over a number of issues, the most prominent concerning Māori land being sold to the settler population.

The Māori King Movement (also known as the Kingitanga Movement) began resisting the purchase of their land by British settlers, in some cases resulting in violence. These disputes sowed the seeds of eventual war between Kingitanga Māori, with their supporters, and the British and New Zealand governments, with the support of allied Māori